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Post-Secondary Enrollment Options

The 1985 Minnesota Legislature adopted a new program, the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act, which will enable 11th and 12th grade public school students to enroll in courses or programs at eligible post-secondary institutions.  The purpose of this legislation is to promote rigorous educational pursuits and to provide a wider variety of options to high school students by enabling 11th and 12th graders to enroll full-time or part-time, without cost to them, in non-sectarian courses or programs in eligible Minnesota post-secondary institutions.

School district will grant academic credit to a pupil enrolled in a course or program if that pupil successfully completes the course or program attended.  The credits are to be counted toward the graduation requirements and subject area requirements of the school district.  The pupil will receive high school OR college credit.  There is no charge to the student for the costs of tuition, textbooks, materials, or fees.  At the end of each school year, the Minnesota Department of Education will reimburse the post-secondary institution for the costs directly related to the course or program charge for the secondary pupil.  The amount paid for each pupil is subtracted from the aid paid by the state to the pupil’s public school district.

The options program is available for high school students in grades 11 or 12 at an approved College or University in Minnesota. In accordance with Minnesota State Law a student enrolled in a public high school and in either grade 11 or 12 may enroll in classes at a Minnesota public or private post-secondary degree granting educational institution on a part-time or full-time basis. The cost of tuition, textbooks and fees, up to the amount paid to the school district in State Aid, will be paid for by the school district. The student will receive high school credit for successfully completed course work. All college classes that are to be used to meet district graduation requirements MUST BE APPROVED by the Principal or the Principal’s designee.

Students must provide their own transportation.  See your assigned counselor for more information.

Dist 287-HTC Program

An application is required.  Prerequisites are to be completed at the high school before moving to the HTC courses.

10th graders are accepted by special permission only.  Bus transportation is provided to and from the campus, however, students may choose to drive themselves, with parent permission.

**Please note - similar Career and Technical Education courses may be offered on District 279 school campuses. Students are encouraged to enroll in similar courses offered at their respective high school, prior to applying to attend HTC.

Students have an opportunity to receive technical training at HTC (HennepinTechnicalCollege) on a part-time basis while in high school. Courses focus on an overview of various careers in each cluster area. The college majors can lead students toward a technical college degree, diploma, or certificate. High School Graduation Standards are offered in each course.


Intermediate District 287 Course Offerings on the Hennepin Technical College Campus - Brooklyn Park.

For details on District 287 course descriptions, application procedures, prerequisites, and eligibility for enrollment -- see your respective High School Career Resource Center Staff.  All courses on the HTC campus are semester-length courses and usually require a two-hour time commitment daily, Monday through Friday.


Career courses are designed to assist students in making career decisions. Hands-on instruction is emphasized. Each course offers a broad array of information from similar careers within an industry. From here, the student could branch off into a major for your college career choice.

Class activities will include:

  -- Exposure to equipment and practices representative of current technology

  -- Lab projects designed to "put it all together"

Students will:

  -- Gain an understanding of the opportunities available within a chosen career cluster

  -- Develop a foundation of technical knowledge and skill development

  -- Acquire a deeper understanding of each related college major and how it matches student interests, abilities and aspirations

  -- Earn HTC articulated college credit in some courses by satisfactorily completing the course requirements and by obtaining a grade of A or B

The courses offered to District 279 students from 12:15 - 1:50 PM (Monday through Friday)

  -- Auto Body Repair and Advanced Auto Repair

  -- Law Enforcement

  -- Culinary Arts and Cooking for Independent Living

  -- Basic Automotive Skills (by permission only) (8:00 and 10:00 AM)


(Courses apply toward Associate and Applied Science Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates)

This is an excellent opportunity to begin your college course work while still enrolled in high school. Many courses meet during the school day, Monday through Friday. Courses are also available at other times of the day, evening, and weekends. Visit your Career Resource Center to obtain the Hennepin Technical College catalog, course schedules, enrollment procedures, college contact persons and other information related to college major choices.

School Info

Osseo Area Learning Center
7300 Boone Ave N
Brooklyn Park MN 55428

School Hours
8:50 am - 3:20 pm
Office Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Phone & Fax

School Office
General Fax

School Leadership

Kristen Hauge

Student Management Specialist
Randy Carter