College is a huge step for every high school student. Whether or not to go, where to go, what to major in, what to do once your done with college. What is college going to be like, will you be able to handle to intensity of it, is it intense? To help prepare for the heavier workload there are CIS classes, but how will this help you with some of the other questions? Such as, what is college like? What about PSEO? PSEO will help prepare you for then heavier work load, while gradually immersing you into the college atmosphere. Through PSEO, you can learn how college works and what you will have to do in order to be successful in college. There are many benefits to PSEO, such as saving money and time, and gaining college experience.
First off, what is PSEO? “Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a state-funded program through which qualified high-school students can meet high-school graduation requirements while earning college credits.” Eligible students in grades 10-12 can participate in PSEO. Tenth graders participating in PSEO have certain restrictions on how many classes they can take, and all PSEO students have restrictions on the number of credits they can take. However, PSEO is a still great opportunity; participants have the chance to earn their Associates in Arts Degree (AA Degree), or other two-year degrees, by the time they graduate from high school.
Besides having the opportunity to earn a degree, PSEO has many other benefits, one of which is saving you money. The state pays for PSEO, so it is free. If you play your cards right, you could earn a two-year degree for free! Depending on what college you chose to attend, you could save anywhere from $3,000 to $43,000! Breanna Knutson, an 11th grader at NLA, plans on doing PSEO her senior year, she agrees, and says: “PSEO will definitely save me a lot of money, that is one of the main reasons that I want to do it.” Abbey Millerbrend, also an 11th grade student at NLA, who hopes to do PSEO next semester agrees, “PSEO will save me money, I just want to get my generals done and over with so I don’t have to spend more money in my big college.”
It is every high school students dream to not have to go to school. Unfortunately in today’s society if you want to be successful you almost always have to have some sort of college education, prolonging the horrible stay in education. However, PSEO will cut back the amount of time you spend in school. If you earn an AA degree while you are in PSEO, then after you graduate high school, you will spend two less years in school. Even if you don’t earn a degree, finishing any amount of classes will help eliminate unwanted time in school. Breanna Knutson agrees with this, “PSEO, will also save me a lot of time, I don’t want to be stuck in school my whole life.”
If fear is the only thing holding you back, try some CIS classes first. CIS (College- in-the-schools) classes are a great way to experience a college workload in our very own NLA. They are real college courses, but instead of going to a college you take them at NLA, taught by NLA teachers. This will help eliminate many fears, and CIS students will have their professor right here helping them along the way. Breanna Knutson describes how she feels CIS classes have helped prepare her for PSEO and college, “The tests help me to see how hard college tests will be, and have helped me to figure out new studying techniques to help with the new test difficulty. Also, the field days in each class have helped me to see what college campuses are like, and how college works.” Abbey M. concurs with Breanna’s statement, “PSEO prepares me for what to expect during a science class and what to expect at college in general.”
For more information on PSEO you can visit either of these websites, MNSCU, CLC, or contact the college that you are interested in for more information. For more information check out Laura Stolz’s article, once you’re done, feel free to visit the links she suggests!