College and Career Readiness

Minnesota Valley Area Learning Center (MVALC) emphasizes the transition from School To Work through intensive career investigation, job training, community-based learning as well as on-the-job learning opportunities which may also include field trips to local university and technical colleges.  All students are required to attend these field trips because it is part of our curriculum and students receive credit for their attendance. 


The MVALC has been selected to participate in the RAMP-UP to Readiness Program sponsored by the University of Minnesota.


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.


Through participation in Ramp Up to Readiness, students in grades 6-12 progress toward readiness in five areas:  Academic, Admissions, Career, Financial, and Personal and Social Readiness, areas that are critical to helping kids to… make the transition from high school to career.


Students build their educational plans by identifying a series of Life Goals, then working with advisors and teachers to shape a pathway of educational experiences that will lead to mastery of skills that will guarantee fulfillment of these dreams.