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Admissions Readiness

The ability to meet admissions requirements at a range of postsecondary institutions

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Academic Readiness

The ability to succeed in first-year, credit bearing courses at a technical college, a community college or a four-year college or university

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Career Readiness

The ability to identify careers that match personal, financial, and other goals and an understanding of the skills, credentials, and experiences required to succeed in those careers

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Financial Readiness

The ability cover the cost of the first term of study at a postsecondary institution through savings, loans, and financial aid

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Personal and Social Readiness

The ability set educational goals, make and monitor progress toward them, and create relationships with peers and adults that support academic success

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What is Ramp-Up to Readiness™?

Ramp-Up to Readiness™ is a school-wide guidance program designed to increase the number and diversity of students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for success in a high-quality college program.

Through participation in Ramp-Up to Readiness™, students in grades 6-12 progress toward readiness in five areas: Academic, Admissions, Career, Financial, and Personal and Social Readiness. Read more »

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Ramp-Up Parent Guide

A Parent’s Guide to College and Career Readiness now available

A Parent's Guide to College and Career ReadinessProduced by the College Readiness Consortium in partnership with the University YMCA, "A Parent's Guide to College and Career Readiness" provides information for families on preparing a child for college from preschool through high school. For print copies, email ready@umn.edu or call 612-625-3695

Ramp-Up News

Middle school students in south Washington County show off what they are learning in their Ramp-Up College and Career Readiness courses

  • Oltman Middle School teacher Kathy Henderson’s class shares what they believe was one of the most important things they learned in CCR. Watch the video »
  • Cottage Grove students in Kari Utez’s CCR class researched colleges around the country and then held their own “College Fair” where they shared what they learned and tried to “recruit” classmates to attend their institution. Watch the video »

University of Minnesota Gopher athletes visit Ramp-Up's Westwood Middle School. Full story »

Success in college starts in high school: a blog entry by Dave Ellefson, Ramp-Up Coordinator, Hutchinson High School. Full story »

Ramp It Up: a blog entry by Shane Zutz, Ramp-Up Coordinator and Principal, Lincoln High School,
Thief River Falls.  Full story »