Prep Me! It’s Never Too Early to Get Ready for College

Posted by on June 13, 2013

It’s the time of year when backyards overflow with high school graduation parties, but Minnesota School of BusinessSt. Cloud (MSB) is already looking forward to next year’s juniors and seniors by offering 1,000 area students a free ACT/SAT preparation course.

PrepMe is a web-based test prep system that helps students meet their achievement goals on standardized college entrance exams. Customized to a student’s strengths and weaknesses, the program is designed to adapt to an individual’s own pace. In coordination with area high schools, MSB will administer the program at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis to 1,000 students.

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Campus Director Jim Beck addresses area high school counselors about the PrepMe program. Seated left Rick Wippler. Seated right Cathy Chabot.

With the current employment trend leaning to 70 percent of jobs in 2025 requiring a college degree, Campus Director Jim Beck sees the program as a win-win for students and schools.

“It’s a way for us to give back to the community,”. Beck said. “We are a charter member of the local Partner for Student Success initiative, which works to ensure all area children succeed by graduating high school and receiving some sort of post-secondary degree. PrepMe is a step toward those goals.”

MSB High School Coordinator Cathy Chabot is excited about the program because she believes it offers opportunity to students who might not otherwise receive it. Also, she adds, “Other test prep programs I’ve seen focus on taking the test. This system focuses on content where a student needs it.”

Training for high school counselors in the program began this week as the school year began to wind down, and the first proposed training for students is scheduled for July. In this way, students who are motivated to begin can use their summer vacation to start the process. Other training sessions will take place throughout the fall.

Albany High School counselor Amy Olson is anxious for her students to take part in the program. “I can go back to Albany today and call someone,” she told Chabot. “Can she start this summer?”

 Olson continued, “Today getting into college is more and more competitive.” She sees PrepMe as giving an early advantage to high school seniors.

According to Network Director of College Relations at Globe University, Rick Wippler, high school counselors have a huge impact on college enrollment. For this reason, all high school students participating in the PrepMe program will need to apply through their counselor. Parent involvement is a requirement of participation as well.

Prepping for college early foreshadows success later. Minnesota School of Business is proud to be a part of that process.

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