Career And College Center

Students at the Alternative High School have the option of taking classes at the Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center in White Bear Lake. It becomes part of their school day as they are bused to the College in the mornings and return by lunch. They then take their required classes in the afternoon. This option allows students to explore a career that might be a good fit for them. Check out the description of the courses available! See Kate Jenkins, School Counselor, if you are interested.

Career Resources

  • Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center Programs
    • This website gives good information on colleges in Minnesota. It also has some self assessments that are free to take that match interests or skills to careers.
  • (see counselor for username and password)
    • MCIS is an outstanding post secondary planning resource. You can use the website to access occupational information, college information and individual career planning information. A special feature is its ability to sort schools across the country on 10 criteria and scholarships using various criteria. It also has job preparation


Financial Aid

  • FAFSA on the Web:
    • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the federally approved application for financial aid. it generates information for colleges to determine a student's eligibility for grants, work study, loans, and some forms of need-based scholarships. For this year's seniors, the FAFSA cannot be completed unit the family completes its taxes, or after January 1st. This application is free and can be completed online at the above link.


Minnesota has the reciprocity with South Dakota, and parts of Iowa and Manitoba, Canada. Essentially, what this means is that students can attend public institutions in these locations and pay tuition that would be comparable to a similar Minnesota public institution. Students must complete a reciprocity agreement with the appropriate state or province to qualify.

Get Ready for College

CSS/Financial Aid Profile

    • Some colleges (Augsburg, Carleton, Gustavus, Macalester and St. Olaf) also require the completion of the College Board's CSS/Financial Aid Profile. Be sure that your college requires it, as there is a fee included.

MN Career Info System

  • (see counselor for user name and password)
    • MCIS can access thousands of sources of financial aid and scholarships. Go to "financial aid" to get an alphabetical list of financial aid sources and/or to "financial aid sort" to sort



Jenkins, Kate
School Counselor