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Pequot Lakes High School joins U of M effort to prepare kids for college

Pequot Lakes High School has been selected to participate in a partnership with the University of Minnesota to help kids reach their highest potential.

Ramp‐Up to Readiness is a college preparedness program designed to help Minnesota middle and high school students succeed at the next level, whether they choose a four-year college or university or a technical or community college.

In April, school officials participated in an official program launch on the university’s St. Paul campus, where they joined teachers, principals and counselors from 15 schools around the state who are joining 44 schools already implementing Ramp‐Up to Readiness.

"We are excited to be implementing this program to help meet the needs of all students as they graduate from Pequot Lakes High School," said Tracy Tschida, coordinator for the program at Pequot Lakes High School.

High schools in this cohort are part of an important study funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences as part of work by the Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory (REL Midwest). The study aims to better understand the processes and interventions that enhance college going, college completion, and workforce success.

According to a growing body of research, by 2018 more than 70 percent of jobs in Minnesota will require some form of education past high school.

"We’re excited to be part of this aligned effort and help Minnesota enter a new era, one in which all of our students are expected and supported to go beyond a high school diploma," Tschida said.

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