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Approved for College Credit, and the Apps are Rolling In

Posted By Lisa Bah, Friday, March 25, 2011

Initially, we were trying to get approval to have BizTech Academy approved for two college credits, based on the course content, time spent in the classroom and ongoing expectations of participants from the time of enrollment through follow-up. A few weeks ago, we were informed that we had been approved for three credits—one in Science and two in business! These are transcript-eligible credits, and as such, may be used at any college across the country that is willing to accept them. In the case of the University of Minnesota, the value of these credits would be valued at $1,130, plus course fees. We think that this will be a wonderful valued-added bonus for our students.

Last week, we rolled out plans for the Academy to Perkins Consortium members in several large school districts, as well as a large home school parent's group, and some specialized programs such as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Upward Bound programs that are within a 20 minute drive of the college. We also connected with the STEM Consortium that covers seven metro counties, and they've agreed to spread the word to the high school math and science teachers in their groups. Ideally, this will generate a lot of interest for our inaugural year.

On another note, the information page on BizTech Academy is up and running on our website. We have the program description, scholarship information, the online application and a FAQ's section ready to go. The content is there, and I'm looking to add a few photos and graphics to brighten the page in the next few days. The link is . In the first few days, we've received three applications, and multiple inquiries. The application deadline is April 10th, so we're hoping for an influx in the next few weeks! On the back side, we've had to create things like a Medical Permission Form, an Immunization Form, a campus map, an Attendance and Responsibility Contract, and an activities waiver.

We're meeting again April 1 to finalize the curriculum, schedule instructors, and to solicit guest speakers and more. It's taken some time to nail down the details, but we've been intentionally cautious, as we're hoping that we can use all the forms for future camps, and offer not only BizTech the Summer of '12, but a few others as well.

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