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College Readiness for Medical Careers

A group of students working togetherThe College Readiness Academy (CRA) is a partnership that provides college preparation to New Americans and others who would like to begin college-level classes but are not yet college-ready. The Institute site is particularly for adults who are interested in healthcare careers. Many of our students are nursing assistants — or were nurses in their countries of origin — and now want to go to college to advance their medical careers in the U.S. Students who are interested in careers other than healthcare are welcome too; the class covers academic skill that are important to any college student.

These free programs practice the same reading and writing skills as expensive prep classes run by colleges. At the end of the program, most students show great improvement on the Accuplacer, the community college placement test. They need fewer reading and writing classes (in “Developmental English”), saving $100’s or $1000’s — and some are eligible to begin General Education classes. With the help of two full-time college navigators, students also develop a good understanding of how the college system works, how to plan their classes, how to apply for financial aid, and how to be academically successful.

Class Schedule:

Summer Grammar Class 2017

  • May 30 – July 6.
  • 3 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Applicants must register for one Information and Test Day. Contact Lauren  at 651-647-0191 x 321 or to register.

  • April 19 from 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • May 10 from 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • May 16 from 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • May 25 from 9:30 – 11:30 am

Fall Semester 2017

  • September 5 – December 15 2017.
  • 4 days a week: Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – Friday
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Applicants must register for one Information and Test Day. (Dates to be determined.) Contact Lauren  at 651-647-0191 x 321 or to register.

Spring Semester 2018

  • January – May 2018. Exact dates to be determined.
  • 4 days a week: Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – Friday
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.


  • Summer class – Course fee is $10 (supply fee)
  • Fall & Spring Semesters – Course fee is $20 (supply fee)

Skills students attain in College Readiness Academy:

  • College-level reading skills, including critical analysis and vocabulary-building
  • College-level writing skills, including note taking and essay-writing
  • Study skills, including skimming, scanning, test-taking, vocabulary-building, process-writing, and note-taking
  • Computer skills, including word processing and research tools
  • Build knowledge of medical vocabulary and the medical field (guest speakers from many medical professions)
  • Grammar refresher
  • Introduction to Human Body Systems – on Fridays

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