In today's global economy, students must be well-prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. Nicollet Public School provides support to assist students as they transition from middle school to high school and into an increasingly wide array of postsecondary options.Each of the options is described below.
For questions on any of these resources please contact:
Samuel Cotton, Dean of Students/Academic Advisor/DAC
507-232-3411 ext 3115
College In The Schools (CITS)
There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses, but there are entrance requirements. These courses provide high school students advanced skills today and greater flexibility when they enter the university setting full-time. That may include pursuing second majors and internships or studying abroad. The CITS handbook can be found by clicking here
Nicollet Public School offers the following CITS courses:
CIS Introduction to Literature
CIS Principles of Microeconomics
CIS State and Local Government
CIS General Biology I and II
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a College Board program that allows students to accelerate their education by earning college credit by taking a computer-based test of their knowledge. Learning can be done through general academic instruction, independent study, extracurricular work or volunteerism. The time and money saved can be significant. Check with the postsecondary institution of your choice for their most recent CLEP credit policy. Visit the College Board website for more information.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
PSEO is a program that allows students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a student is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide up-to-date information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year.
To Enroll in PSEO Courses, students must complete the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program Registration Form found on the MDE site.
This information provided with the assistance of MREA, a statewide organization advocating for Greater Minnesota students.