360 eTECH High School

By Jeremy Leffelman

360, through eight partnering Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) colleges, provides 360 eTECH, an educational solution to both adult workers and high school students. The 360 eTECH High School Program was launched Fall 2014, and included three high schools participating in northeastern Minnesota. This program has now expanded to five high schools and sixteen students, and will be adding more high schools and students in the near future.

The first three high schools (Barnum, Carlton, and Cook County) had a total of ten students who completed the first year of the program. Cook County had five students enrolled in the Welding Technology certificate, which allowed the students the opportunity to travel to Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN to complete required weekend labs. Lake Superior College (one of the eight enrolling colleges for 360 eTECH) opened a brand new trades facility in downtown Duluth, known as the Lake Superior College Downtown Center, which provides machining, welding, and CAD programs in a classroom and lab environment.

This onsite experience for the students allowed them to get a “taste” of real college, in addition to the online coursework. Students in the high school program may begin taking college-level courses via PSEO or other contractual arrangement in 10th grade.

The 360 eTECH High School Program is designed to be completed by students in two years (junior-senior), but since students may begin in tenth grade, this provides additional time for the students to complete coursework. In order to participate in the program, 360 eTECH high school students qualify based upon testing, or class rank, or GPA. Students then are registered for coursework, and take the combination online and hands-on education through various colleges. These students are gaining a valuable manufacturing education and applying skills they are learning.

If you have questions about the 360 eTECH program, please contact Jeremy Leffelman at 218-755-4222 or jleffelman@bemidjistate.edu.