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PSEO on the rise

More juniors are signing up for PSEO
Yosef Teshome
Junior Sam Tolzin works on his PSEO work Mar. 8. Tolzin is currently taking one online class this semester.

As the year is going by and class registration just ended, Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is an option for upcoming juniors. PSEO allows students to be dually enrolled at a college and earn both high school and college credit.

Counselor Heidi Cosgrove said what PSEO is and what it stands for Post Secondary Enrollment Options

“(PSEO) is where students can apply to take college classes that meet high school requirements as well as start earning college credit,” Cosgrove said.

Junior Sam Tolzin said taking PSEO classes can help save money in college because you don’t have to pay for as many courses.

“I am taking it to help get college classes done in the future, so I don’t have to pay as much,” Tolzin said.

Junior Owen Barnett said the PSEO college he goes to is one out of the many options.

“I go to Normandale community college. I take one class every semester, they are four credits each,” Barnett said. “US history was my first semester and now psychology is the one I’m currently taking.”

Cosgrove said doing classes at colleges while in high school can save students money and give them exposure to what college is like.

“It can save students money — that’s a huge benefit,” Cosgrove said. “Having that experience of being on a college campus can be beneficial for students to experience.”

Barentt said he started doing PSEO so he would be able to manage work better and be less stressed.

“I take PSEO because I can better manage my work and I like the structure of the classes,” Barnett said.

Cosgrove said PSEO gives students the opportunity to take both in-person and online classes.

“If they go in person, it can give them an early look at what a college environment and experience will be like,” Cosgrove said. “It will offer them college-level rigor in those classes.”

According to Junior Sam Tolzin PSEO is going well and he is happy with the choice.

“I think it was a very good idea to switch from in-person to online PSEO,” Tolzin said. “I have so far had a great first experience and I suggest that people look into taking PSEO.”

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Hey, my name is Yosef Teshome. I’m a junior and I play football for the SLP Orioles. I also like to hangout with friends and play video games. This is my first year on Echo and I’m excited to be here!   

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