Minnesota State College Southeast is proud to announce that among the class of 2020 were 16 high school students who graduated with college-level credentials. These certificates and degrees were made possible by the PSEO (post-secondary enrollment options) program at the college.
Through PSEO, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade high school students earn both high school and college credit for college-level courses completed on a college campus, at a high school, or at another location.
“Students can complete a certificate or even a full two-year degree prior to high school graduation, allowing them to go straight into the workforce or start at an advanced standing at a four-year university,” said Jeannie Meidlinger, MSC Southeast director of secondary relations.
Four area high school students earned two-year college degrees while still in high school:
• Mira Rodriguez, Red Wing, Minn.: Associate of Arts in liberal arts and sciences, High Honors**
• Samuel Hager, Wabasha: Associate of Applied Science in construction technology, Honors*
• Joshua Hager, Wabasha: Associate of Applied Science in construction technology
• Damian Powers, Kellogg, Minn: Associate of Applied Science in cyber and information security
** High Honors GPA: 3.75-4.00
* Honors GPA: 3.50-3.74
Twelve area high school students earned shorter-term certificates:
• Stefan Escobar, Houston, Minn.: Certificate in automotive technology foundations
• Lorenz Buchanan, Rushford: Certificate in automotive technology foundations
• Cameron Soukup, Winona: Certificate in diesel maintenance
• Ethan Atkinson, Peterson, Minn.: Certificate in prototype engineering
• Seth Beck, Winona: Certificate in prototype engineering
• Aaron Billing, La Crescent: Certificate in prototype engineering
• Carlos Horton, Rushford: Certificate in prototype engineering
• Dwight Kerns, La Crescent: Certificate in prototype engineering
• Ethan Kumpf, Caledonia, Minn.: Certificate in prototype engineering
• Dylan Lee, Wabasha: Certificate in prototype engineering
• Abraham Stemper, Caledonia, Minn.: Certificate in prototype engineering
• Wyatt Wieser, Houston, Minn.: Certificate in prototype engineering
Certificates like these can lead directly to employment or give students a head start in their college endeavors. “For example, the prototype engineering certificate provides high school students with nearly one semester of cost-free college credits, saving them both valuable time and money if they choose to pursue a diploma in MSC Southeast’s CNC machine tool program after graduation,” said Calvin Clemons, director of trade and technology.
Because PSEO classes are tuition-free for high school students, they offer a tremendous opportunity, noted MSC Southeast Vice President of Academic Affairs Chad Dull. “PSEO opens doors to young people and makes college not just a dream, but an achievable reality.”