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Republican-Eagle: In spite of pandemic, Rodriguez graduates twice

PSEO program allows Red Wing student to earn college credits while in high school

By Steve Gardiner, July 3, 2020

RED WING -- Even though the COVID-19 pandemic shut down both schools Mira Rodriguez was attending this spring, she still managed to pull off a double graduation.

Rodriguez, who was a senior at Red Wing High School, was also enrolled in PSEO at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing. PSEO -- Post Secondary Enrollment Options -- is a program through the Minnesota Department of Education which allows high school students to earn college credits through approved postsecondary institutions.

Rodriguez said she heard about the PSEO program from A Red Wing High School teacher.

"It was something I was really interested in," she said. "I wanted to take some classes that pushed me to do my best, to continue to learn more."

During her final two years of high school, she attended classes at MSCSE full time, allowing her to earn a diploma from Red Wing High School and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Minnesota State College Southeast.

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