College Credit Options
Students in grades 11 and 12 are eligible to participate in college in the high school earning them dual credit – high school and college credit. NYMHS master’s level teachers teach these courses through Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The course content is at college level which is often more rigorous than high school courses. The following courses are taught as College in the High School courses: College English, Algebra, Anatomy, Sociology, Computer, Audio Video, CNA (please see course descriptions). GPA requirements: Juniors 3.2 Seniors 2.8. Passing test assessment scores in the Accuplacer is also required for this program.
College Credit Course Descriptions
College Writing I (English 1101, 3 credits)
College Writing is an introductory writing course designed to prepare students for later college and career writing. The course focuses on developing fluency through a process approach, with particular emphasis on rewriting and revision. Students will consider purpose and audience, read and discuss writing, and further develop their own writing processes through successive revisions to produce polished drafts. Course work will include an introduction to argumentative writing, writing from sources, and a short research project.
Prerequisite: Placement by Assessment.
College Writing II (English 1102, 3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL1101. This course provides students with additional opportunities to develop fluency through a process approach by continuing work with rewriting and revision. Students will read critically from a variety of genres as they continue to give attention to organization, syntax, usage, point-of-view, and voice in their essays. Coursework will include argumentative writing and writing from sources.
College Algebra (Math 1114, 4 credits)
Prerequisite: MATH1020 or by placement test. Rational and polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, inverse functions, quadratic equations, inequalities, matrices, progressions, complex numbers, theory of equations and variations, and linear equations in one, two and three unknowns.
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 1111, 3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the study of societies and of the social factors that influence individual and group behavior. The course incorporates sociological and other critical thinking models for the investigation of various components of social life: culture, socialization, social organization, social stratification, social institutions, populations, dynamics, and social change.
Human Anatomy & Physiology I (Biology 2230, 3 credits)
This course covers basic anatomy and physiology. Topics and areas covered: study of cell, tissues, organs of the different body systems and structures. Systems studies: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, lymphatic, and respiratory.
Human Anatomy & Physiology II (Biology 2232, 3 credits)
Prerequisite: BIOL2230. This course builds on BIOL2230 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I). Structures and processes associated with the following systems will be covered: nervous, endocrine, digestive, urinary and reproductive. Metabolism, nutrition and basic genetic concepts will also be covered.
Introduction to Computer Technology (Computer 1104, 3 credits)
This course covers the operation of the personal computer hardware and software. The course is an overview of a personal computer operating system, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, e-mail, scheduling, Internet, and database management software.
Car & Home A/V Technology (Electrical 1140, 3 credits)
In this course the students will learn techniques used in home and car audio systems and have the opportunity to design, build, and test these systems. The students will learn how to distribute video signals throughout the home and how to setup home theater equipment to optimize performance. Wireless communication techniques for the home will also be discussed.
CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant (Health 1121, 4 credits)
This course introduces concepts of basic human needs in simple terms. Students learn to assist residents in activities of daily living. Selected common technical nursing skills are introduced. Principles of body mechanics are emphasized. This course is intended to prepare for practice at the Nursing Assistant level. This course covers an introduction to home care. Topics include observing, reporting, and documenting; caring for special populations, includes MR – MI, chemically dependent, and developmentally disabled; care of the child, includes handicapped, genetic problems and abused; homemaking skills, including food and meal management, nutrition and time management; and hospice care.
Tech Prep Courses:
Course Title: Accounting I Grade Level: 10 - 12
Accounting will introduce you to the language of business and assist you in understanding the basic principles of business operation and profit, a class essential to those considering a career in business. A career in accounting is interesting, challenging, rewarding, and almost unlimited. The first semester of Accounting will provide an opportunity for you to know accounting terminology and procedures related to the service type of business that is operated as a single owner business. To enhance the understanding of the concepts being taught, a business simulation for a service business will be utilized. Fundamentals of accounting will be taught, and those include: understanding what constitutes an accounting transaction, analyzing transactions into debit and credit parts, journalizing, proving, and ruling a journal, posting to a ledger, preparing a reconciliation and checks, handling petty cash, preparing a worksheet and financial reports, recording adjusting and closing entries and preparing and analyzing business forms to determine profit/loss. Finally the students will be introduced to automated accounting and will complete a series of accounting problems using the computer.
Course Title: Accounting II
A necessary follow-up to Accounting I, this course will allow you to go beyond the level of using accounting on a personal level. If you are considering business education at a post-secondary institution, you will need to have a proficiency level of accounting that this class will provide. The second level of accounting deals with business practices that relate to a merchandising business that is operated as a partnership. To enhance the learning of principles taught during the course, the student will complete an advanced level business simulation practice set which includes: preparation on an expanded journal, general and subsidiary ledgers, analysis and preparation of employee payroll records, preparation of financial reports, recording of adjusting and closing entries, and period ending operations. Interspersed throughout the course will be the introduction of an automated accounting program. The final Graduation Standard package will be completed using this automated system. Upon completion of the automated package, the student will create and present a report based on information obtained from data analysis in which they will describe and using graphs display the data, analyze effectiveness of past financial actions, and recommend future courses of action based on conclusions of data analysis. Successful completion of this performance package will earn for the student one of the required standards necessary for graduation.
Course Title: Foods Grade Level: 10-12
The Advanced Foods class takes students "beyond the basics" which are taught at a lower level Family & Consumer Science class. Students enrolled study the nutritional aspects of food as well as practical consumer "know-how", meal planning and preparation. The class begins with a review of the five food groups and basic cooking skills. Students have an opportunity to experience International Cookery and experiment with their own creative "gourmet" ideas. Lastly, class will explore foods as an industry, foods in the marketplace, career opportunities which are available in the working world. This class challenges the experienced and inexperienced cook! The Foods course will explore how areas of health are interconnected in the areas of long term health promotion and disease prevention (e.g. dietary practices), as well as, community and/or societal influences. Daily learning teaches the student to identify the five food groups and classification of foods in them, practice proper use of kitchen tools and basic cookery skills, differentiate between marketplace tactics and apply knowledge of practical consumer decision making, evaluate efficient use of time, money, energy, and management skills in meal preparation, assemble new recipes and implement knowledge of cookery principles, and investigate career opportunities in the field of Foods and Nutrition.
Course Title: Parenting Grade Level: 11-12
Many of us will find ourselves parents someday. They say parenting is the hardest job one will ever do. This course is designed to give the student insight into the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of children. Students explore how you as a parent or care giver can foster positive growth in your relationship (s) with children. The course content extends from 1 year of age to 18. Students participate in a parenting simulation using computer operated dolls, as well as, visiting local daycares for experiences with child care. We will also explore careers related to child development and parenting. Daily learning will ask you to identify the various stages of development in preschool children and the needs that they have, explore various discipline methods, decide proper physical, emotional, mental and social care for a child, implement child care skills by working with a preschool situation.
How do you know if your M State concurrent courses will transfer after you graduate high school? The majority of M State concurrent credits transfer seamlessly to other colleges and universities, however it is up to the receiving institution to decide which credits transfer and whether those credits meet their degree requirements.
Tools and information for transfer planning:
- Minnesota State system - M State is a member of the Minnesota State system. A course that meets a Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area at M State will meet the same goal area at other Minnesota State institutions. Visit the Minnesota State Campuses website to see a list of all 30 colleges, 7 universities and 54 campuses that are part of this system.
- Syllabi - Students are strongly encouraged to keep the syllabi from their concurrent courses as a receiving institution may request it if a transfer decision is appealed.
- Transferology - This is a free online tool designed to help students explore their college transfer options nation-wide.
- MnTransfer - A resource for students, transfer specialists and educators.
- Appeal - All colleges and universities have an appeal process, so if a course doesn't transfer, or transfers as an elective, take the next step and submit an appeal. The M State Concurrent Enrollment Program will also help advocate for our students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Meet with your high school career counselor
- Meet with M State advisors and/or attend M State transfer workshops