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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 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 Lauren at 651-647-0191 x 321 or LHagen@iimn.org.

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:

Fall Semester 2017

  • September 5 – December 15 2017.
  • 4 days a week: Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – Friday
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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.

Information & Test Days:
Applicants must register for one. Let us know which date is best for you.

  • Friday December 1, 9:30-12:30
  • Thursday December 14,  9:30-12:30
  • Wednesday December 20, 9:30-12:30
  • Wednesday January 3, 9:30-12:30
  • Tuesday, January 9, 9:30-12:30
  • Thursday January 11, 9:30-12:30

Cost: Supply fee of $20

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 Lauren at 651-647-0191 x 321 or LHagen@iimn.org.

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