ST. PAUL, Minn — Senator LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) is championing legislation that would make it easier for high achieving students in Minnesota high schools to access college courses online. Sen. Stumpf has partnered with Online College in the High School (OCHS) to increase course options, enhance existing experiences, and provide additional support to students who would otherwise not be able to access these resources.
A $180,000 appropriation over two years would expand the existing program, allowing it to reach even more students. Available college courses include Advanced Physiology, Juvenile Justice, and Minnesota History. Schools in western and northwestern Minnesota make particular use of OCHS, where close access to two and four-year colleges can be scarce.
“The Online College program is exactly the sort of thing we want to promote in rural Minnesota,” said Sen. Stumpf. “Online College is a great way for students in Greater Minnesota to earn college credits early and inexpensively. An expansion of the program puts Northwestern Minnesota high school students on a more even playing field with their metro peers.”
Previous students enrolled in Online College courses have earned credits through four different community and technical colleges, and report very high success rates. The bill is currently waiting for a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee.
For more information, Sen. Stumpf can be reached at LeRoyS@senate.mn or at (651) 296-8660.