Student & Parent Information

WELCOME TO PINE!

We are very excited that you have chosen to begin or continue your college experience with us. By choosing to participate in concurrent enrollment courses, you are making an important decision that will have a positive impact on your future. When you enroll in concurrent enrollment courses, you will experience the rigor of college curriculum, get a jump start on your college education, save money, and get the college experience in your own high school, in classes taught by your own exceptional high school instructors. We hope that you enjoy all the benefits of being a Pine Technical & Community College (PTCC) concurrent student!

Because you are starting your college transcript, which will be a part of your permanent post-secondary academic record, please review this information carefully and discuss your options with your high school counselor and parent(s)/guardian(s). We want to help you reach your educational goals and the first step in that process is making sure that attending college while in high school is the right choice for you. Your success in college will depend upon you and the effort you put forth. Concurrent enrollment courses provide an excellent opportunity to get a jump start on college and to explore for future careers. Conversely, a lack of effort on your part may result in a negative start to your college experience and permanent college transcript, which may affect your future opportunities in college.

WHAT IS CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT?

Concurrent enrollment programs and partnerships provide high school students the opportunity to take college credit-bearing courses. Students registered for a concurrent enrollment course are able to take college-level courses taught by their own high school teachers without having to leave their high school. Students receive a high school and a college grade for their concurrent enrollment course. 

There are many benefits to taking advantage of concurrent enrollment options while in high school:

  • Get a jump start on a degree at PTCC or transfer the credit to another college
  • Explore future careers, and in some cases, earn industry-recognized certifications and credentials
  • Receive “dual credit” to apply toward both your high school diploma and your future college degree
  • Opportunity to earn a certificate, diploma, or degree from PTCC before you graduate from high school
  • Experience the rigor of college curriculum at no cost to you or your family
  • Have a smoother transition when entering college or the workforce after high school graduation

By the Numbers

Pine Technical & Community College has the second lowest tuition in the state of Minnesota. A typical 3 credit course costs a student $471 (not including fees and textbooks). Here are a few highlights from the students enrolled in PTCC’s concurrent enrollment program during the 2016-2017 academic year:

  • 1,469 – total number of students enrolled in PTCC’s concurrent enrollment program during this academic year
  • 6,596 – total credits earned
  • 4.5 – average number of PTCC credits earned
  • 3.15 – average GPA for PTCC’s concurrent enrollment students
  • $687 – average tuition savings for students and their families. (Imagine the cost savings if you were to take these courses at another college or university!)
  • $1.1 million – collective cost savings to students and their families

Select for Success – The Right Students for the Right Reasons

Because these courses are rigorous college-level courses, students should be motivated and ready for the challenge of balancing college coursework with their high school courses and the demands of being a high school student. Students should have a conversation with their high school counselor and parent(s)/guardian(s) to ensure that concurrent enrollment is the right choice. The concurrent enrollment student handbook provides additional indicators of success that students considering enrolling in these courses should possess. 

Student Eligibility

Seniors

  • Be in the upper one-half of class or have a test score at or above the 50th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such, or
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher for general education courses or a GPA of 2.5 or higher for career and technical education courses, and
  • Meet course placement requirements as determined by assessment score (such as ACCUPLACER, ACT, MCA)        

Juniors

  • Be in the upper one-third of class or have a test score at or above the 70th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test, or
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher for general education courses or a GPA of 2.5 or higher for career and technical education courses, and
  • Meet course placement requirements as determined by assessment score (such as ACCUPLACER, ACT, MCA)

Sophomores and Freshmen

  • Have a favorable recommendation from a designated high school official to enroll in concurrent enrollment courses.
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher for general education and career and technical education courses.
  • The course is a world language course currently available to 11th and 12th -grade students, and consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.022 governing world language standards, certificates, and seals.
  • The school district and the eligible postsecondary institution providing the course agree to the student’s enrollment (documentation must be on file at both schools indicating mutual agreement), and
  • Meet course placement requirements as determined by assessment score (such as ACCUPLACER, ACT, MCA)

Pine Technical & Community College places the onus of verifying the enrollment eligibility of students taking its courses on the partner high school.

Student Appeals and Waivers

  • Students who wish to take a concurrent enrollment course, but do not meet eligibility requirements or required ACCUPLACER scores, and a counselor/administrator/teacher within the discipline feels they can be successful may appeal. A student must submit an appeal form, with all required documentation and signatures to be considered.
    • Submission of an appeal form does not guarantee course registration.
    • While June 1st is the suggested deadline for appeals, students may submit appeals 4 weeks prior to the start of the course(s) for which they are appealing.

NOTE: ACT, SAT, and MCA scores may not be appealed.

ASSESSMENT TESTING

Most concurrent enrollment courses through PTCC require students to meet minimum placement scores on the ACCUPLACER exam. ACCUPLACER testing is usually held on-site at the high school the spring prior to the academic year in which a student plans to take the course. Check with your high school counselor for ACCUPLACER testing dates. Concurrent enrollment students may also take the ACCUPLACER exam at Pine Technical & Community College. Students who are unable to take the ACCUPLACER assessment at their high school or at Pine Technical and Community College, may request a remote testing voucher and take the assessment at another Minnesota State Institution. For additional information regarding requesting a remote ACCUPLACER test voucher follow the link below.
 
Remote ACCUPLACER Test Information
 
Students may submit qualifying ACT, MCA, or SAT scores in place of taking the ACCUPLACER exam. Please visit PTCC’s concurrent enrollment website for specific placement scores required for common concurrent enrollment courses.

Academic Standing/Satisfactory Academic Progress

Concurrent enrollment students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and a course completion rate of 67% to remain eligible for future courses. If students do not meet these standards in a given semester, they will be placed on academic warning. Students who have not maintained a 2.0 GPA and a 67% course completion rate for two semesters, will be placed on academic suspension and will not be eligible to enroll in a future concurrent enrollment course.

Grading

All concurrent enrollment courses will be graded using the same grading standards as the courses taught at the college (including online, hybrid, or face-to-face). Pine Technical & Community College grading standards can be found in the student handbook, and the grading policy (209) can be found here

Transferring PTCC/Early College credit to other schools

To request an official copy of your PTCC transcript to be sent to another college or university click here; click on “Obtain My Transcript”. Please note that if you are attending another college or university that is part of the Minnesota State system (once you have applied to their institution) they should be able to pull your transcripts electronically.

Transcripts

Courses attempted, grades earned, and program completion is reflected on the academic record or transcript. Students may access their unofficial transcript through their eServices account. Requests for official transcripts may be obtained through Student Affairs or online here

Academic Support and College Resources

At Pine Technical & Community College, we are dedicated to your success. Our Student Affairs and Student Success teams are here for you at each step in your journey. We provide personalized student support to assist you with everything from academic planning and career development to student services. We provide resources that will help you choose the right courses, whether you’re looking to expand your opportunities through career training, complete your degree, or transfer to another college or university. All services are free and open to all Concurrent Enrollment students. Refer to the student handbook for specific academic supports and college resources available to concurrent enrollment students.

Code of Conduct – Student Rights and Responsibilities

All students, including concurrent enrollment students, must adhere to the PTCC Student Code of Conduct. This policy outlines appropriate classroom behavior, as well as academic integrity (cheating and plagiarism), which are treated as serious offenses by PTCC and all instructors. Students of the College have certain rights as both citizen and student. In the same manner, students, as members of the greater College community, have certain obligations and responsibilities. Students should read, understand, and agree to the PTCC Student Code of Conduct prior to enrolling in concurrent enrollment courses.

Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Once a student enrolls in courses beyond the high school level, including concurrent enrollment courses offered at the high school, the rights to educational records are transferred to the student alone. This means that we cannot give out information to relatives or anyone else concerning your school record(s) without your written, signed permission; however, Pine Technical & Community College will coordinate with your high school and instructor regarding your enrollment and grades each semester.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA), Minnesota Statute (Chapter 13) are federal and state laws that provide for the disclosure and privacy of student educational records. Under FERPA, once a student turns 18 or enrolls at a postsecondary institution, any parental rights to information transfer to the student. That means that PTCC is not able to disclose course registration or grade information to parents without the student’s written consent.

PTCC does not permit access to or the release of personally identifiable information in student educational records without the written consent of the student to any third party, except as authorized by 12 FERPA and MGDPA or other applicable law. A student may grant consent by completing a Consent to Release Form.

 

Student Resources

Spring 2019 Concurrent Enrollment Course Registration

ACCUPLACER Accommodation request form

Online Application Process 

Remote ACCUPLACER VoucherConcurrent Enrollment Students Only 

Student Handbook

Student Appeal form