by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
After attending a Ramp-Up to Readiness™ workshop in Minneapolis early this month, Royalton Middle/High School Principal Joel Swenson is convinced of the need for the program in Royalton.
“Very few workshops have ever left me thinking, ‘This is exactly what we need,’” he said. “Ramp-Up to Readiness is one of those items. Everything that we discussed at the workshop has a practical and relevant focus that we need at RHS/MS.”
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.
Participation in Ramp-Up to Readiness™ will help students in grades 6-12 progress toward readiness in five areas: academic, admissions, career, financial, and personal and social readiness, according to the program’s website.
Schools are recruited and selected on a yearly basis based on an application process.
Royalton was selected for implementation during the 2013-2014 school year, along with Staples Motley High School and 13 other schools from around Minnesota. Up to 26 more schools may still be selected for participation.
Pillager was selected for implementation during the 2014-2015 school year.
The program was developed by the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium.
“I am very excited to get started,” Swenson said. “I think this is a critical component for having our students ready for post-secondary.”