Are you a high school student who is interested in learning more about dual credit courses and how to enroll?
Listen to actual advice from real Minnesota college students! They share their personal stories and what they wish they would've known in high school to prepare them for college or career. Hear some individual student stories below, or access the entire Shaping Your Future video collection.
Shaping Your Future videos were produced by Twin Cities Public Television and presented by the Minnesota Department of Education.
You have to be a straight A student to take dual credit courses.
Many high schools and colleges do require students to have a minimum standing to participate, but your grades don't have to be perfect. While this may not sound fair, keep in mind that they want you to succeed. If you're having trouble with your regular classes, you may not be ready for ones at the college-level. Check with your school counselor to find out if you are eligible.
If you know how you learn, you make the most of your learning potential. Take this 2 minute adventure to figure out how you learn best.
Imagine yourself in 10 years. What are you doing? What is your life like? If you're going to achieve your dreams, you will need to gain certain knowledge, experience and skills. Find out what you like to do and what some of your interests are.
Learn the ins and outs of earning college while your still in high school.
Discover the many ways you can earn college credit while in high school.
This video, from the Texas Education Agency, provides a great introduction to how enrolling in dual credit courses in high school can save you time and money.
Download this chart to see how the programs compare at-a-glance.
Visit this website to learn about dual credit programs in Minnesota - and to watch testimonial videos from students in dual credit programs across the state. For example, Antonia, a student at an alternative high school for pregnant and parenting mothers, shares her positive experience about earning free college credit in high school:
On this website, there are several interactive quizzes and short questionnaires you can complete in order to explore careers that match your interests and skills.
Find out if you can achieve the lifestyle you want with the career you like.
Play a fun AND educational game about making it in the "real" world! See how far your "income" will go based on the choices you make.
Watch career videos to find out about particular occupations or the 16 career clusters recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
This is a great tool for anyone to start or continue their career search.
A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your school to help move you towards a college and career path. Use this website to learn what combination of classes and activities will help you prepare for your future.
There are many tools to use during the college planning process. Answer 5 simple questions and get a free step-by-step road map to college. Or, use the following planning checklists to see what you can do each year to stay on track for graduation and beyond:
Overview: Middle School through 12th Grade
9th Grade (pdf)
10th Grade (pdf)
11th Grade (pdf)
12th Grade (pdf)
From urban to rural, big to small, public to private, Minnesota's postsecondary schools offer you a variety of choices after high school. Visit this website for an overview of the types of colleges that Minnesota has to offer.
This website has all the tools you need to plan for high school and college, by grade level. Test your knowledge by taking the college prep quiz. It's fun and interactive.
This workbook, from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, helps you explore your interests and talents, relate those to possible careers options and discover how to use high school to achieve your college dreams.
You will be more prepared for college and career if you enroll in more challenging courses.