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College in the Schools

logoCollege in the Schools Program (CIS) at Central Lakes College is a partnership with local high schools that gives high schools an opportunity to strengthen their academic course offerings while providing high school juniors or seniors a  jump start on earning college credit. Students experience the academic rigor of college curriculum and strengthen their study skills in a high school environment. Upon high school graduation, students who have participated in the CIS program make a smooth transition to a college setting.

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Central Lakes College is Awarded National Accreditation:
College in the Schools (CIS) Program is fully accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). This accreditation demonstrates that the CIS Program at Central Lakes College meets or exceeds rigorous national standards of quality in the areas of curriculum, instructors, students, assessment, and program evaluation.

NACEP is a professional organization for high schools and colleges that fosters and supports rigorous concurrent enrollment. Established in 1999 in response to the dramatic increase in concurrent enrollment courses throughout the country, NACEP serves as a national accrediting body and supports all members by providing standards of excellence, research, communication, and advocacy.

To learn more about NACEP or to view the NACEP standards, visit www.nacep.org

What is Concurrent Enrollment?
Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers. It is a low-cost, scalable model for bringing accelerated courses to students in urban, suburban, and rural high schools. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course.

Concurrent enrollment also facilitates close collaboration between high school teachers and college faculty that fosters alignment of secondary and postsecondary curriculum.

Sometimes called “dual credit,” “dual enrollment,” or “college in the high school,” concurrent enrollment partnerships differ from other models of dual enrollment because high school instructors teach the college courses.

Resource: NACEP Website: http://nacep.org/about/what-is-concurrent-enrollment/

 

Contact Us

College in the Schools Program Director:
Betsy Picciano
(218) 855-8110
bpiccian@clcmn.edu

College in the Schools Enrollment Coordinator:
Janet Gontarek
(218) 855-8134
jgontarek@clcmn.edu

Assessment/Accuplacer Testing:
Lynn Anderson - Brainerd Campus
(218) 855-8254
landerso@clcmn.edu

Gayle Wonders - Staples Campus
(218) 894-5114
gwonders@clcmn.edu

Director of Admissions:
Nick Heisserer
(218)855-8038
nheisserer@clcmn.edu

Records and Registration Department:
Michelle Kangas, Registrar
(218) 855-8034
mkangas@clcmn.edu

Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 855-8000 Local
(800) 933-0346 Toll Free

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 10/17/13