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College Readiness Academy

A group of students working togetherThe College Readiness Academy (CRA) is a partnership that provides college preparation to New Americans and others who are not yet ready for college.

Some of our students are now nursing assistants who want to go to college to advance their careers. Some are stay-at-home parents who now want higher education. Others were nurses, accountants, business people, lawyers, engineers, or teachers “back home” and want to get retrained.

Our college partner is Saint Paul College; our adult education partners are Neighborhood House and Hubbs Center.

This free program practices the same skills as expensive prep classes run by colleges that cost $1300-$3000. Most students show great improvement on the Accuplacer test and need fewer reading and writing classes. Some students will even be ready to begin college-level (general education) classes.

Applicants must register for one Information & Test Day. To register or get more information, complete the form at the bottom of this page, OR contact Madie at 651-647-0191 x 321 or

With the instructor, students will build:

  • Reading skills — such as critical analysis and vocabulary-building
  • Writing skills — such as essay-writing and process-writing
  • Study skills — such as scanning, note-taking, and test-taking
  • Computer skills — such as word processing and research

With college navigators, students will learn:

  • How the college system works
  • How to plan their classes
  • How to apply for financial aid
  • How to balance school, work, and home life

Class Schedule:

Summer: Grammar for College 2018

  • June 4 – July 12
  • 4 days a week: Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Summer: Introduction to Human Body Systems

For students planning on healthcare careers to prepare for college-level Human Body Systems and Anatomy & Physiology classes

  • July 17 – August 16
  • 3 days a week: Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fall Semester College Readiness

  • September 18 – December 21, 2018
  • 4 days a week: Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – Friday
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Take reading and writing placement tests
  • Be able to write a good paragraph
  • Be able to communicate clearly in conversation

Applicants must register for one Information & Test Day. To register or get more information, complete the form at the bottom of this page, OR contact Madie at 651-647-0191 x 321 or

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