College courses give high school students a head start


Every summer MLHS instructors who teach college courses travel to Southwest State Minnesota University for training. Pictured: Ben Youngs (English), Casey Pack (math), Eric Meyer (speech) and Kim Fynboh (Spanish).

In the rat race of life everyone can do with a little head start, and that is exactly what students at Maple Lake High School are getting when they enroll in college courses. Seniors and juniors who meet the criteria have access to nine different college general classes at MLHS. They are taught by MLHS staff in MLHS classrooms, it doesn’t cost students anything, and the credits are the same as they would receive if attending at a college campus.
“I have two step-daughters who went through this and one was able to start (college) almost as a sophomore,” Eric Meyer said. Meyer teaches in the high school English department. He also teaches college speech.
Maple Lake adopted the program in 2003, not long after the school district experienced a record year for post secondary attendance. In 1999 20 seniors elected to leave MLHS and attend St. Cloud State University as post secondary students, said Ben Youngs, who teaches English and college English at Maple Lake.

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