Planning for Higher Education

09 Feb

Century Hosts PSEO Information Night Feb 14

Century College will host a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Information Night on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m. on the East Campus Lincoln Mall.

Students and their families are invited to learn how high school students can earn both high school and college credit through this popular public program.

For more information, please call 651-773-1700 or email


Dual Credit courses are working, and Minnesota should do more to encourage participation

By Paj Ntaub Lee and Joe Nathan, originally posted on
Dual Credit courses offer important benefits to high-school students. This includes saving money by earning free, or almost free, college credits while still in high school. It also includes reducing the likelihood of taking remedial courses in reading, writing or math on entering any form of post-high school education. Since taxpayers help pay for remedial courses, reducing the number that are needed saves us money too. Whether students are considering enrolling in a one, two or four-year program after high school, these are great options.

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First Step Summer Institute at St. Kate’s

The First Step Summer Institute is a free, unique college-immersion experience that prepares 50 young women of color for higher education. In each one-week residential program, 25 students gain a deeper sense of commitment to pursue higher education, a strong network of diverse, college-bound friends and mentors, a sense of support and encouragement from St. Kate’s staff, faculty, and students, and more perspective on college living and college expectations. Plus, students have a great time exploring campus and the surrounding Highland Park area.

If accepted to First Step, students have the option of attending one of two sessions:

* Session I: June 18-22, 2012
* Session II: June 25-June 29, 2012

By participating in First Step, students will get:

* Instruction from college staff and faculty about career exploration, ACT test prep, financial aid, essay writing, scholarships, study skills, college culture, women’s empowerment, and college money management
* Advice from students of color attending St. Kates and professional women of color who are leaders in the Twin Cities
* Fun, interactive, outdoor training on leadership and teamwork skills

All First Step graduates are eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $2,000 per year for four years (totaling up to $8,000), if they enroll at St. Catherine University.

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for admission to First Step:

* Be currently enrolled as a sophomore or a junior in high school
* Identify as a woman of color
* Have at least a 2.5 G.P.A.
* Submit two completed letters of recommendation (see attached document)
* Submit a completed application (see attached document)
* Submit an official transcript

The APPLICATION DEADLINE for First Step is Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Admission decisions will be mailed to students and families by the last week in May. All application materials should be mailed to me at the following address:

St. Catherine University
Multicultural & International Programs & Services (MIPS) Office
Attn: Carolyn Jackson
2004 Randolph Ave., F-29
St. Paul, MN 55105

First Step website:

Carolyn Jackson,


UMN Asian American College Day seeks volunteers on Friday April 27th

Interested in volunteering? Planning meeting is this Thursday, January 26th from 4:00pm- 5:00pm in the Social Sciences Building, room 260

During this daylong event, we invite local Asian American high school students to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. The purpose of College Day is to promote post-secondary education for Asian American students and to empower these potential college students to succeed in academic excellence. College Day provides a unique on-campus experience at the University of Minnesota that will offer insight to higher education by partnering Asian American high school students with a small group of U of M undergraduate students.high school students will meet current undergraduate students, faculty and staff, and gain access to available resources and services that can prepare them for college admission and academic readiness. Participants will attend a series of workshops to help prepare them for college. The workshop series will consist of Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Exploration, and Gender Issues in Higher Education. This will also help the high school student network and build connection to the University.

For more info, contact Saengmany Ratsabout at ratsa001 [at]


Lastly, US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, made a stop in Minnesota last month. Here is a video of the event at Irondale High School where he addressed Minnesota’s education and government leaders.

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