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Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)

COVID 19 Update:

Please complete the online HTC application and then email all PSEO documents (high school transcripts, PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form, and any MCA/ACT test scores) to Becky Koltes, the PSEO Coordinator, at becky.koltes@hennepintech.edu.  Please email Becky with any questions pertaining to PSEO as well. See the Application Process at the bottom of this page for more details.

PSEO allows eligible high school sophomore, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to earn college credits and can use those credits toward the completion of high school graduation requirements.  Students who are enrolled in a Minnesota public, nonpublic (private, charter, or online), or home school are able to take classes if they meet the necessary requirements. PSEO is intended to promote a more rigorous curriculum and provide a wider variety of options.

Eligible sophomores may only enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course during a semester. If the student earns a “C” or higher grade in this first course, they are eligible to take additional CTE and general education courses the following semester with approval from their high school counselor.

Eligibility Requirements for PSEO

  • Seniors-must rank in the top half of their class
    • If the applicant does not meet class rank or GPA requirements or if the high school/home school does not have a class rank, a letter of recommendation that specifically outlines the applicant's readiness for college level coursework must be provided by the high school counselor, principal or instructor to HTC.
  • Juniors- must rank in the top third of their class
    • If the applicant does not meet class rank or GPA requirements or if the high school/home school does not have a class rank, a letter of recommendation that specifically outlines the applicant's readiness for college level coursework must be provided by the high school counselor, principal or instructor to HTC.
  • Sophomores- must pass the 8th grade MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Reading at the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds” and meets the prerequisites of the CTE course.

Updated Testing Guidelines:

Colleges and universities shall use one or more of the following placement measures to determine a student’s course placement within reading, writing, and mathematics:

1. Eligible ACT, SAT, and/or MCA scores
  1. All validity windows apply as outlined within System Procedure 3.3.1.

and/or

2. Cumulative high school grade point average (HS GPA)
  1. A student who presents a HS GPA of 2.6 or higher must be given a placement of college-level that allows for enrollment in courses that designate college-level reading skills as a prerequisite. A college or university may establish lower minimum HS GPA score(s) for placement into developmental reading courses. A college or university may establish higher minimum score(s) for placement into a higher-level reading course(s).
  2. A student who presents a HS GPA of 2.6 or higher must be given a placement of college-level that allows for enrollment in a college-level writing course and in courses that designate college-level writing skills as a prerequisite. A college or university may establish lower minimum HS GPA score(s) for placement into developmental writing courses. A college or university may establish higher minimum score(s) for placement into a higher-level writing course(s).
  3. A student who presents a HS GPA of 2.8 or higher must be given a placement of college-level that allows for enrollment in College Algebra. A college or university may establish lower minimum HS GPA score(s) for placement into introductory college-level mathematics courses other than College Algebra and for developmental mathematics courses. A college or university may establish higher minimum score(s) for placement into a higher-level mathematics course(s).
  4. Self-reported HS GPA must be accepted in the absence of an official, transcripted GPA.
  5. For purposes of course placement, HS GPA is valid for a period of up to 10 years from the date of high school graduation or, if the student has not yet graduated, from the date submitted.

and/or

3. Eligible ACCUPLACER scores (i.e., Classic or Next Generation ACCUPLACER).
  1. Scores already on file may be used. All benchmarks and validity windows apply as outlined within System Procedure 3.3.1.
  2. Remote proctoring of the Next Generation ACCUPLACER is suspended at this time due to availability of resources. College Board will continue to investigate viable options. Minnesota State will monitor those opportunities and communicate solutions as they become available.

Course Information:

  • PSEO students are able to register for any courses that they meet the prerequisite for, including online courses.
  • There are certain courses/programs with restrictions for PSEO:
    • Culinary Arts: Student must be 16 years old
    • Dental Assistant: Student must have a high school diploma or GED prior to starting first semester of program (can take pre-reqs)
    • Emergency Medical Services: EMSV 1100 (EMT Basic) Student must receive required vaccinations
    • Ford ASSET: Student must be 18 in order to do their internship at the dealership with a valid driver's license
    • Law Enforcement: Not available to PSEO students
    • Medium/Heavy Truck Technology: Student must be 18 and eligible to obtain a commercial driver's license
    • Nursing Assistant (NURS 1001): Student must be 16 years old

Apply early! The more time a student has to complete the necessary steps (paperwork, Accuplacer tests, meet with advisors, etc.) the better prepared the student will be to start PSEO classes.