Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP)


  • Seniors must rank in the top half of their high school class or have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Juniors must rank in the top third of their high school class or have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Sophomores who have taken the 8th grade MCA reading test and have met the composite proficiency level of meets or exceeds may enroll in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.
  • For more information visit the Minnesota Department of Education.


  • Students save money on highly transferrable college courses.
  • Students get a head-start on in-demand career preparation.
  • Students take rigorous courses and explore content at a deeper level.
  • Students continue to participate in high school sports and activities.
  • Students receive MRC credit immediately after successfully completing a CEP course. There is no need to test out of the course, unlike AP.
  • High schools keep top-performing students who remain with their peers and act as class leaders.
  • High schools retain MDE per-pupil funding.
  • High schools develop valuable relationships with college staff and faculty.
  • High school teachers receive valuable professional development.


Mesabi Range College’s CEP program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, the sole accrediting body of concurrent enrollment partnerships. Accreditation confirms that MRC’s CEP program “met the standards of quality set by NACEP, in terms of faculty, curriculum, student assessment, student support, and program evaluation.”


Mary Gorman


Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP)