MSC Southeast - Connect to College (C2C)

College Credits in the High School

Connect to College (C2C) NACEP 100 

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Connect to College (C2C) is a program that offers Minnesota State College Southeast college-level courses to high school juniors and seniors. By using credentialed high school faculty, students have a unique opportunity to gauge their ability to do college work in introductory freshmen‐level courses prior to full-time college study. Students that register for and successfully complete these courses gain college credit. Through this contract, the high school pays a flat fee of $2,000 per course per section directly to MSC Southeast. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of the Minnesota Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (MnCEP) and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)

Nationally Accredited by NACEP


Students

Enrolling as a C2C student is a great way to complete college courses while you are still in high school. Here is more information to help you as you start your college journey.

Student Resources

Student Qualifications

  • For Juniors: Class rank in the upper one third of the class OR GPA of 3.0 or higher OR reading comprehension scores of 78 or higher on the Accuplacer AND program/course prerequisite requirements.
  • For Seniors: Class rank in the upper one half of the class OR GPA of 2.5 or higher OR reading comprehension scores of 78 or higher on the Accuplacer AND program/course prerequisite requirements.
  • NOTE: Deadline for student paperwork to be complete for fall semester starts is MID-APRIL.  For spring semester starts it is MID-NOVEMBER.

Application and Registration

Accuplacer Placement Exam

What is the Accuplacer Placement Exam?

The Accuplacer Placement Exam provides Minnesota State College Southeast with accurate information about your skill levels in reading, English, and mathematics, which will help in determining the right courses for you. This assessment is the first step towards achieving academic success as it helps us ensure that you and your courses are a good fit. Find more: Accuplacer FAQ.

How to prepare for the Accuplacer Placement Exam

Parents

Through the C2C program, your child can become better prepared for college by earning college credits without leaving the high school campus. Students develop college study, communication, and critical thinking skills while being taught by qualified high school teachers who work in conjunction with a collaborating Minnesota State College Southeast instructor. Best of all, C2C credits are earned at no cost to your family! Check with your high school counselor to see if C2C courses are offered.

Parent Resources

Student Qualifications

  • For Juniors: Class rank in the upper one third of the class OR GPA of 3.0 or higher OR reading comprehension scores of 78 or higher on the Accuplacer AND program/course requirements.
  • For Seniors: Class rank in the upper one half of the class OR GPA of 2.5 or higher OR reading comprehension scores of 78 or higher on the Accuplacer AND program/course requirements.
  • NOTE: Student enrollment information is completed on-site at the high school with the C2C Director and must be completed for fall semester by mid-April. For spring semester, the enrollment information must be completed by mid-November.

High School Collaborators

C2C courses are taught by high school instructors, referred to as high school collaborators, in collaboration with Minnesota State College Southeast college faculty, referred to as college collaborators. Through this dynamic partnership, both high school and college collaborators help ensure that C2C courses are academically challenging and follow MSC Southeast course outlines, objectives, outcomes, and assessment.

High School Collaborator Resources

Process for Approving High School Collaborators

  • College Collaborator and High School Principal/Superintendent meet to discuss C2C course/instructor
  • C2C instructor submits application to include unofficial transcripts, licenses and additional documentation regarding advanced coursework/seminars/workshops and years of experience
  • Materials are reviewed by Division Chair and Dean of Academic Area
  • Initial Introduction Meeting much like an Informal Interview is set up with High School Instructor, Division Chair and/or Academic Dean of the Area and College Collaborator
  • Recommendation is then made to Human Resources to include documentation

Criteria for Approving Liberal Arts & Sciences C2C Instructors

  1. Master’s degree in the discipline
  2. Master’s degree and 16 graduate credits in the discipline
  3. Master’s degree in Education with a Bachelor’s degree in the discipline
    • significant years of experience teaching in the discipline
    • advanced coursework/seminars/workshops in the discipline
    • recommendation from high school principal

Criteria and Procedure for Non-Compliance

Non-Compliance could occur in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Lack of curriculum alignment
    1. Syllabi not aligned
    2. Grading standards not aligned
    3. Assessment methods not aligned
  2. Little or no participation in the following
    1. Site visits
    2. Discipline specific training
    3. Professional Development activities
    4. On-going communication with College Collaborator
  3. Provisional approval criteria not met for credentialing
  4. Failure to complete annual Professional Development Plan
  5. Failure to administer end-of-course surveys
  6. Failure to provide the Student Handbook with college policies and procedures
  1. Non-Compliance concerns are
    1. Reported by the College Collaborator
      1. Via site visit reports
      2. Through alignment documents
      3. In conversation with the C2C Administrator
    2. Noted by the C2C Administrator through D2L (course management system)
      1. Submitted documents
      2. Tracking spreadsheets
      3. Communication logs
  2. Non-Compliance Procedure
Step 1.
C2C Administrator and College Collaborator meet to review and discuss issues of non-compliance.
Step 2.
College Collaborator follows-up with High School Collaborator to discuss necessary corrective actions, which may include a plan for additional support and/or training.
If High School Collaborator returns to compliance no further action is required.
Step 3.
C2C Administrator meets with High School Collaborator and Administrator to issue a warning of non-compliance.
C2C Administrator, High School Administrator and Collaborator document corrective action to be taken by High School Collaborator necessary to return to compliance.  This documentation is maintained by the C2C Administrator.
This course/high school collaborator will be placed on probationary status for up to three years during which time compliance will be reviewed more frequently.
Step 4.
If the necessary corrective actions are not taken, C2C Administrator sends a letter of non-compliance to the High School Collaborator and Administrator and the High School Collaborator will no longer be allowed to offer this course through concurrent enrollment at MSC Southeast.
 

All of the above include a partnership with credentialed college collaborators for orientation to college policies and procedures, ongoing discipline specific curriculum discussion, site visits at both locations and professional growth and development.

High School Counselors

High school counselors are the first point of contact for students interested in participating in C2C. The information below will help you better understand the program and how to help students enroll.

High School Counselor Resources

Student Qualifications

  • For Juniors: Class rank in the upper one third of the class OR GPA of 3.0 or higher OR reading comprehension scores of 78 or higher on the Accuplacer AND program/course requirements.
  • For Seniors: Class rank in the upper one half of the class OR GPA of 2.5 or higher OR reading comprehension scores of 78 or higher on the Accuplacer AND program/course requirements.
  • NOTE: Student enrollment information is completed on-site at the high school with the C2C Director and must be completed for fall semester by mid-April. For spring semester, the enrollment information must be completed by mid-November.

 

Administrators

The support of high school administrators is vital to the success of the Connect to College (C2C) program. The C2C contract is an agreement between the college and high school partners to support the C2C program and ensure program quality. The contract identifies the rights and responsibilities of all partners including student expectations as well as the fiscal responsibility relating to course delivery.

The contract is sent to high school administrators during the month of August and should be returned to Southeast Technical prior to the start of fall semester classes.

Administrator Resources

Program Evaluation

To ensure the ongoing quality and rigor of the C2C program, Minnesota State College Southeast provides the following program evaluation surveys as part of the college’s continuous improvement efforts.

High School Partners

The following High School Partners have participated in Minnesota State College Southeast's C2C program:

  • Caledonia Area High School
  • Cannon Falls High School
  • Chatfield High School
  • Fillmore Central High School
  • Goodhue High School
  • Mabel-Canton High School
  • Red Wing High School
  • Rushford-Peterson High School
  • Spring Grove Public School
  • Winona Senior High School

 

C2C FAQ

What is the Connect to College (C2C) program?  

The Connect to College (C2C) program works as a supplement to the high school curriculum by offering Minnesota State College Southeast credit courses to qualified high school juniors and seniors. By utilizing credentialed high school faculty, students have a unique opportunity to gauge their ability to do college work in introductory freshmen-level credit courses prior to full time college study. Students that register for, and successfully complete, these courses gain college credit. Through the C2C contract, the high school pays tuition and applicable fees for each student directly to MSC Southeast. In return, Minnesota State College Southeast will pay one half the tuition rate for every student credit generated in the MSC Southeast course to reimburse the high school for delivering the course. 

What is the purpose of C2C enrollment?

To provide academically challenging college courses to students and teachers in the high schools. 

What are the objectives of C2C? 

  • Provide high school students the opportunity to experience the academic rigor of college level curriculum.
  • Integrate college level curriculum within the high school environment so students can continue to maintain their high school relationships.
  • Strengthen collaborative relationships between high school and college faculty through professional development activities and curriculum development opportunities.
  • Decrease overall expense of a college education through the offerings of these introductory, freshmen-level credit courses opportunities while still in high school.

What are the benefits of C2C?

Benefits for high school students:

  • Earn college credits without leaving your high school campus.
  • Develop college level study, communication, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be successful at the college level.

Benefits for high school teachers:

  • Involvement in professional development opportunities provided by the college.
  • Develop professional relationships and share ideas and techniques with college faculty.
  • Re-energize selves through collaborative opportunities with other motivated colleagues

Benefits for high school districts:

  • Satisfy parent/student demands for on-site, college courses.
  • High quality professional development opportunities for faculty.
  • Establish professional partnerships with college.
  • Prevent loss of state student based foundation aid.
  • Receive state dedicated concurrent enrollment reimbursement.

What do parents of high school students need to know?

  • See the Parents page.
  • See the Student page.
  • C2C classes offer the same curriculum and credit value as classes at MSC Southeast in Winona and Red Wing.
  • C2C classes are taught by qualified high school teachers who work in conjunction with a collaborating MSC Southeast faculty to ensure the curriculum and college-level standards are met.
  • C2C classes have college-level rigor and expectations, and students should be prepared for the additional work and accelerated pace.
  • C2C courses may be offered at your high school. Check with your guidance counselor for additional information.

What information is necessary for high school teachers to participate in C2C?

What information is necessary for high school counselors to participate in C2C? 

  • See the High School Counselors page.
  • The counselor is the first line of contact for students interested in participating in C2C.
  • High school counselors are the key to students being successful in C2C.
  •  Counselors provide a direct link between the high school and the college.

Where can students contact for information on the Connect to College (C2C) program?

See your high school guidance counselor or contact:

Shannon Schell, Director of Recruitment 
C2C Program Director 
Minnesota State College Southeast 
Winona Campus, 1250 Homer Road 
Winona, MN 55987 
1-800-853-TECH or 507-453-1443 
Email: sschell@southeastmn.edu  

Gale Lanning, Director of Admissions
C2C Student Co-Coordinator
Minnesota State College Southeast
Winona Campus, 1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987
1-800-853-TECH or 507-453-1443
Email: glanning@southeastmn.edu

Melissa Carrington-Irwin, Admissions Advisor 
C2C Student Co-Coordinator 
Minnesota State College Southeast
Red Wing Campus, 308 Pioneer Road Red Wing, MN 55066 
1-800-853-TECH or 651-385-6309 
Email: mirwin@southeastmn.edu 

Mary Johnson, Registrar
C2C Transcript/Grade Reports Specialist
Minnesota State College Southeast
Winona Campus, 1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987
1-800-853-TECH or 507-453-2745
Email: mjohnson@southeastmn.edu

Steve Zmyewski, Director of Learning Resources 
C2C Tutoring Services and Support 
Minnesota State College Southeast
Winona Campus, 1250 Homer Road 
Winona, MN 55987 
1-800-853-TECH or 507-453-2410 
Email: szmyewski@southeastmn.edu 

Jo Poncelet, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
C2C Administrator
Minnesota State College Southeast
Red Wing Campus, 308 Pioneer Road Red Wing, MN 55066
1-800-853-TECH or 651-385-6349
Email: jponcelet@southeastmn.edu


Contact Us

Shannon Schell, Director of Recruitment
C2C Program Director
Minnesota State College Southeast
Winona Campus, 1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987
507-453-2743 (877-853-8324) 
Email: sschell@southeastmn.edu  


Melissa Carrington-Irwin, Academic Advisor 
C2C Student Coordinator 
Minnesota State College Southeast
Red Wing Campus, 308 Pioneer Road Red Wing, MN 55066 
651-385-6309 (800-657-4849)
Email: mirwin@southeastmn.edu

Mary Johnson, Registrar 
C2C Transcript/Grade Reports Specialist
Minnesota State College Southeast
Winona Campus, 1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987
507-453-2745 (877-853-8324) 
Email: mjohnson@southeastmn.edu

Steve Zmyewski, Director of Learning Resources 
C2C Tutoring Services and Support 
Minnesota State College Southeast
Winona Campus, 1250 Homer Road 
Winona, MN 55987 
507-453-2410 (877-853-8324) 
Email: szmyewski@southeastmn.edu


Jo Poncelet, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
C2C Administrator
Minnesota State College Southeast
Red Wing Campus, 308 Pioneer Road Red Wing, MN 55066
651-385-6349 (800-657-4849)
Email: jponcelet@southeastmn.edu


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