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Meeting to explain college credit program for high-schoolers

Riverland Community College will host a post-secondary enrollment option information session at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Owatonna campus, in the Owatonna College and University Center.

The meeting is designed for area high-schoolers and their parents who are interested in learning more about PSEO; it will explain how juniors and seniors can build their college transcript while enrolled in high school, as well as how to apply for the credits through Riverland.

There is no tuition for PSEO credits because the program is funded by the state of Minnesota.

To be eligible, juniors must rank in the top one-third of their class or score at or above the top 30 percent on a nationally standardized test. Seniors must rank in the upper half of their class or score at or above the top 50 percent on a nationally standardized test. Students must also score at college level on the Accuplacer assessment.

"The decision to participate in PSEO is an important one, and it is not for everyone," said Stephanie Shea, Riverland counselor. "The student will be expected to be a responsible, self-starting independent learner. Several advantages of participating in PSEO include earning college credits toward a degree, getting a feel for what college is like without having to leave home."


The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, which consists of general education courses, guarantees transfer to all state public colleges and universities and most private colleges. Past students have successfully transferred Riverland degrees or courses to colleges across the country. In addition to general education courses in the liberal arts and sciences, Riverland has a wide variety of career and technical programs, from accounting to wind turbine technology that offer hands-on training that could lead toward a career.

PSEO night will be held in the Owatonna College and University Center at 965 Alexander Drive S.W. The meeting will last about 60 minutes. Students or parents who want more information may contact Shea at (507) 431-2216.

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