Richfield College Experience Program (RCEP)

The Richfield Career Education Program (RCEP) is a partnership between Richfield Public Schools and Normandale Community College that supports students with the desire and motivation to graduate from high school and achieve success in college. RCEP is for students ages 16 to 20, who are credit deficient, off-track to graduate with their class, have previously dropped out and want to continue their education and for whom a traditional learning environment is not meeting their educational needs. RCEP enrollment is open to any eligible Minnesota high school student

At RCEP, students work toward their high school graduation while simultaneously earning free college credits at Normandale Community College. RCEP students have the potential to earn 20-30 college credits at no cost while being supported with Richfield Public Schools teachers and Normandale staff.

RCEP

Apply/Enroll in Program

At the Richfield College Experience Program (RCEP), students work toward their high school graduation while simultaneously earning college credits at Normandale Community College through a process called dual enrollment. Each student will have the opportunity to enroll in college courses to help them move forward in their academic and career goals. Our students may complete requirements for their high school diploma and earn college credit at no cost while being supported by both Richfield Public Schools and Normandale Community College teachers and staff. 

For more information about enrollment please contact RCEP Anthony Padrnos or RCEP Counselor Cassie Acostacano:

Anthony.Padrnos@rpsmn.org; Phone: 612-243-3057
Cassie.Acostacano@rpsmn.org;  Phone:612-243-3031

Is RCEP right for you?

Richfield College Experience Program is a program designed specifically for high school students who meet the following criteria:

  • Students ages 16-20
  • Students who are credit deficient and off-track to graduate with their class
  • Students who have previously dropped out and want to continue their education
  • Students for whom a traditional learning environment is not meeting their educational needs
  • RCEP enrollment is open to any eligible Minnesota high school student

Once prospective students have completed an RCEP application, a team consisting of the RCEP director, the RCEP counselor, and available RCEP teachers will meet to determine student eligibility for enrollment.

Pathways

At RCEP it is important for each student to create a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for themselves.  Each student will be assigned to a teacher who will meet weekly to implement the PLP.  The teacher will act as an advisor to support student progress in high school and college courses. In addition, each student will have regular meetings with the school guidance counselor. As a team, they will select a college and career pathway and create a Continual Learning Plan (CLP) for the student to obtain their goals while enrolled at RCEP. There are many opportunities to begin a pathway in a career while taking courses at Normandale Community College.  This process motivates students to achieve while maximizing their experience and exposing them to the opportunities of college.