College, career preparation and readiness the focus of events.

    College and career readiness has become an increasingly important focus of secondary schools across the nation and in Minnesota.

    A Ramp Up to Readiness and Minnesota Principals’ Academy are slated for Thursday, Oct. 10 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

    The presentation, hosted by the Center for Adult Learning, will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, and is free for participants.  For more information, contact Michelle Chirstopherson at 281-8679.

    Ramp-Up to Readiness™ is a school-wide guidance program designed to increase the number and diversity of students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for success in a high-quality college program. It focuses on grades 6-12 in five areas: academic, admissions, career, financial and personal social readiness.

    The Minnesota legislature passed a 2013 law requiring districts to “assist all students by no later than grade 9 to explore their college and career interests and aspirations and develop a plan for a smooth and successful transition to postsecondary education or employment.”  Increasingly principals and counselors realize that providing academic rigor alone is not sufficient to prepare students with the knowledge, habits and skills they need for postsecondary success. Learn more at

    The goal of the Minnesota Principals’ Academy is to create a statewide network of district and charter school leaders who are motivated and have the skills to create and sustain schools in which all students are on the path to college readiness by the end of high school. It is a source of support for principals across the state as they play their critical and challenging roles in improving schools and raising student achievement. It was created in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association, the Minnesota Association of Secondary Schools. To learn more, visit