Other Academic Programs
- Hennepin Technical College
- Post-Secondary Enrollment Options
- Talent Development Mentor Program
An outcome-based, alternative program offering young adults the opportunity to earn a high school diploma (no diploma program is offered in the Eden Prairie location). SHAPE serves students whose high school class has graduated, or, in special circumstances, whose class has less than one year before graduating. All sites offer GED test preparation.
A program for juniors and seniors who are interested in vocational skills.
Career courses are designed to assist students in making career decisions. Hands-on instruction is emphasized. Each course offers a broad array of information from similar careers within an industry. From here, one can branch off into a major for a college career choice. Earn technical college credit at HTC by satisfactorily completing the course requirements and earning a grade of A or B. Utilize these credits by enrolling at HTC after graduation.
College Major Courses (for Associate in Applied Science degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates)
After successfully completing a related career course, students may continue their education by enrolling in advanced level courses or college major courses. This is an excellent opportunity to begin one’s college course work while still enrolled in high school. Completion of a college major will lead toward employment in a chosen career. (Required: college placement testing before registration.) Many courses meet during the school day, Monday through Friday. Courses are also available at other times of the day, evenings, and weekends. Ask a high school guidance counselor for the HTC catalog, course schedules, enrollment procedures, college contact persons, and other information related to college major choices. For more information, visit the HTC website
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th,11th, and 12th grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level 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. 11th 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 of C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses. There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course.
Visit the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) PSEO website below for more information including an updated list of participating colleges and their requirements and to download the PSEO Notice of Registration form:
How to become a PSEO Student:
- Follow the PSEO application directions found on the college’s website. Make sure all required documents are completed and signed.
- Turn in a transcript request form to Student Center East to request an official high school transcript for your application. Some colleges also require a copy of your standardized test score ( ACT, PSAT…)
- After the college receives your completed application, you will be notified by the college about your admission decision. Students will not be accepted until all paperwork listed above has been submitted.
- Once accepted to a PSEO program, schedule an appointment with your high school counselor to discuss appropriate college classes and to adjust your EPHS schedule.
AFTER you are accepted as a PSEO student:
- Complete the placement test at the college. (Students may substitute ACT exam score of 18 or higher in English and/or a score of 22 or higher in math)
- Attend orientation and registration - attendance required before PSEO registration (Bring placement test results or ACT exam results to your orientation and registration session).
- Meet with your EPHS counselor to discuss appropriate college classes and to adjust your EPHS schedule.
- If accepted during the summer, see the EPHS registrar to adjust your EPHS schedule.
Points to Consider
Students who begin PSEO mid-year will often find that the end of the EPHS semester one overlaps with the beginning of the colleges’ second semesters. Students must realize that they are still responsible for all of the EPHS coursework through the end of the semester.
Students may participate as a full-time or part-time student. PSEO students may participate in EPHS co-curricular activities, dances, etc.
If you are aiming for the Honors Diploma, make sure to ask your high school counselor for the PSEO approved courses list. Not all courses are approved.
Neither EPHS nor parents have access to monitor the student’s progress.
Some colleges prefer to see Advanced Placement classes on the applicant’s transcript, rather than PSEO classes.
Students are responsible to communicate with their Connections teachers and/or find announcements on the high school website if they will not be attending Connections. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain announcements, graduation materials, etc.
Most PSEO participating colleges automatically send final grades to the student’s high school. The exact grade assigned by the college is transferred to the EPHS transcript. For most colleges, one college credit equates to a .5 EPHS credit. The Pass/No Credit and Drop Policies are followed according to the college’s handbook. Students need to complete a PSEO enrollment form each semester (found on MDE website).
Students should be registered as a full-time EPHS student until they meet with their counselor to adjust their schedule. Summer enrollment may happen when the counseling office is closed so plan accordingly by being prepared with a graduation balance sheet from your counselor prior to the last day of school.
The Talent Development Mentor Program is an individualized advanced learning opportunity to connect with professionals and peers. Working with a mentor provides students an opportunity to develop professional and leadership skills while exploring a specific career. Past mentorships have included broadcasting in the TV industry, hardware development engineer in the computer industry, and sensory science manager in the food industry. Students receive one credit per term for time spent in seminars and with mentors. Students interested the program must be juniors or seniors. In addition, students must provide their own transportation to and from the mentor site. Students need to be available during 4th period for two consecutive terms.