Pathways to Post Secondary

Student Transition to Post-Secondary 


MVALC programming is designed to meet MN Statute 2013, Section 120B.125 which requires all students, starting no later than grade nine, to “plan” around seven key elements.  The statute addresses student successful transition from secondary to post-secondary education to employment through a plan designed to:


1.      Provide a comprehensive academic plan for completing a college and career-ready curriculum premised on meeting state and local academic   standards.  MVALC currently uses Ramp-UP to Readiness curriculum along with MCIS.

2.      Developing 21st century skills such as team work, collaboration, and good work habits.  MVALC has an advisory program which addresses programming such as advisory program, MAAP STARS and Service Learning which promotes team work, collaboration, etc.

3.      Emphasize academic rigor and high expectations. MVALC uses MCIS and other tools such as ASVAB, Accuplacer to prepare students for college entrance exams.

4.      Help students identify personal learning styles that may affect their post-secondary education and employment choices.  MVALC utilizes several learning styles inventories as part of our student Continual Learning Plan.

5.      Help students gain access to post-secondary education and career options.  MVALC uses MCIS along with visits to local colleges throughout the school year.

6.      Integrate strong academic content into career-focused courses and integrate relevant career-focused courses into strong academic content. MVALC provides essential career development activities into coursework.

7.      The post-secondary plan should be reviewed and revised at least annually by the student, the student’s parent or guardian, and the school or district to ensure that the student’s course-taking schedule keeps the student making adequate progress to meet state and local high school graduation requirements and with a reasonable chance to succeed with employment or post-secondary education without the need to first complete remedial course work.  Students attending MVALC are required to develop a Continual Learning Plan.  Students will meet periodically with Program staff to review their Continual Learning Plan (i.e. grades earned, goals attained, changes in individual needs, etc.)  An advisor will be assigned to each student when entering the ALC.  The advisor will meet with the student throughout the year to discuss the Continual Learning Plan.  Parents may review the CLP with the advisor at Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Along with the learning plan, students participate in various programming designed to prepare students for the transition from high school to post-secondary education and employment.