Did you know there are five different ways for high school students to earn college credit while in high school for free? How many ways can you name? How many students/families do you know that could benefit from this?
So, how did you do? The various ways for students to participate in dual enrollment options (meaning credit for achievement in the course is being recorded on both high school and college/university transcript while the student is in the course) include PSEO and concurrent enrollment (CIS is the University of MN’s brand of concurrent enrollment). Articulated credit, PLTW and AP are credits that can be obtained in the future when needed conditional are met.
Two real time, credit bearing options that are available to students in Rochester Public Schools. Information on the other three can be found in the RPS publication Dual Enrollment Options, located in high school counseling offices or by contacting Jayne Gibson in C and I.
First, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) – this is the option that students and families are most familiar with. To participate in the PSEO option, high school students attend college courses at the college campus of their choice. High school students are in class taught by college professors with college students.
Secondly, Concurrent Enrollment/College in the Schools (CIS) – this option is gaining popularity in Rochester Public Schools. We currently have partnerships with Riverland Community College, Rochester Community and Technical College, and the University of Minnesota. Students have the opportunity to participate in college level courses while remaining in their high school. Credits obtained in these courses are recorded on both the high school and the college transcript simultaneously. These courses are taught by high school teachers who have been approved by the institute of higher education. Teachers for these courses often receive additional training from the college/university, are skilled in working with high school aged learners and have access to the university’s technology.
This post brought to you by Jayne Gibson, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Rochester Public Schools
Connect with Jayne Gibson via email or by calling 507.328.4301
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