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College Credit Options

Career and College Readiness Resources

In today’s global economy, students must be well prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. Virginia High School’s goal is to support and 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 call (218) 749-5437 to contact any of the following:

Paula Larson, School Counselor

Jill Oja, School Counselor

Lisa Perkovich, Virginia High School Principal

 

Concurrent Enrollment

Virginia High School partners with Mesabi Range Community and Technical College and Vermillion Community College to offer the following college credit courses to our high school students on the high school campus. Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution as long as they have met the individual course pre-requisites.

There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses, but there are entrance requirements. A junior will be considered for Concurrent Enrollment with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A senior will be considered with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher. These courses provide high school students advanced skills today and greater flexibility when they enter a post-secondary education setting full-time, which may include pursuing second majors, internships or studying abroad.

Virginia High School offers the following Concurrent Enrollment Courses:

College Course NameCourse NumberParticipating CollegeAssessment Pre-RequisiteCourse Pre-RequisiteCollege Credits Earned High School Credits Earned
American GovernmentPOLS 1556Vermilion CollegeReading 7830.5
American History I HIST 1565Vermilion CollegeReading 7841
American History IIHIST 1566Vermilion CollegeReading 78American History I41
Beginning Spanish ISPAN 1462Vermilion CollegeReading 7841
Calculus IMATH 1561Mesabi Range CollegeReading 78, Sent St 86, Elem Alg 76, Coll Alg 50Trigonometry & College Algebra51
College Composition IENGL 1511Vermilion CollegeReading 7841
College Composition IIENGL 1512Vermilion CollegeReading 78College Composition I30.5
Fund of College ChemistryCHEM 1511Vermilion CollegeReading 78, Elem Alg 50 or Coll Alg 4041
Fund of College PhysicsPHYS 1555Vermilion CollegeReading 78, Elem Alg 50 or Coll Alg 4041
Human Anatomy & Physiology IBIOL 2551Vermilion CollegeReading 7841
Survey of American Literature I ENGL 2537Vermilion CollegeReading 7830.5
Survey of American Literature IIENGL 2538Vermilion CollegeReading 78Survey of American Literature I30.5
Survey of British Literature IENGL 2535Vermilion CollegeReading 7830.5
Survey of British Literature IIENGL 2536Vermilion CollegeReading 78Survey of British Literature I30.5
Survey of EconomicsECON 1555Mesabi Range CollegeReading 78, Sent St 8630.5
TrigonometryMATH 1547Mesabi Range CollegeReading 78, Sent St 86 Elem Alg 76 and Coll Alg 5020.5
College AlgebraMATH 1521Mesabi Range CollegeReading 78, Sent St 86 Elem Alg 76 and Coll Alg 50Trigonometry41

Applied Learning Institute Concurrent Enrollment for Vocational Education

The Applied Learning Institute (ALI) is a concurrent enrollment partnership specifically designed for post-secondary vocational education. Virginia High School partners with Mesabi Range Community and Technical College and Vermillion Community College to offer the following college credit courses to our high school students on the high school campus. Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution as long as they have met the individual course pre-requisites.

There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses and the entrance requirements are different than traditional concurrent enrollment. Generally, the requirements are lower and do not require a specific grade point average or college entrance exam. These courses provide high school students with industry standard experiences and equipment.

Virginia High School offers the following ALI Concurrent Enrollment Courses:

College Course NameCourse NumberParticipating CollegeAssessment Pre-RequisiteCourse Pre-RequisiteCollege Credits Earned High School Credits Earned
Adobe Photoshop & Digital PhotoGRAP 2271Mesabi Range College21
Basic Maint Welding & Cutting IIMT 1251Mesabi Range College21
Basic Maint Welding & Cutting IIIMT 1252Mesabi Range College21
Build Construction: Hand & Power ToolsCARP 1225Mesabi Range College21
Healthcare TechnologyNURS 1227Mesabi Range College This is one course that incoporates three individual college courses.3,1,11
(Intro to Wellness/CPR for Healthcare Providers/Medical Terminology)HLTH 1459/1458
Intro to Engineering DesignENGR 1010Mesabi Range College31
Intro to Nursing: Certified Nursing AssistantNUNA 1215Mesabi Range College41

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP is a College Board program that offers high school students the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses and earn college credit while in high school. The content in AP courses is structured like college courses. Students who complete an AP course and take the end-of-course examination may qualify for college credit from postsecondary institutions, provided their score meets the institution’s credit policy. These courses help prepare students for further education and many colleges look favorably on transcripts that include AP coursework.

Virginia High Schools offers the following Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:

AP Biology

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. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have met the proficiency level of “meets or exceeds” on the 8th-grade MCA reading test. If the student did not take the MCA, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted.

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.

*PSEO modifications for 10th grade students with disabilities may be available to enroll in career and technical education courses.

For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

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.

This information provided with the assistance of MREA, a statewide organization advocating for Greater Minnesota students.

  • Virginia Minnesota Public Schools
  • ISD 706
  • 411 South 5th Ave.
  • Virginia, MN 55792
  • Phone: 218-749-5437
  • Fax: 218-741-8522