Four Directions Pathway to Saint Paul College

  • What:  Four Directions Pathway to Saint Paul College is a new initiative to guide and support SPPS American Indian students to begin and then complete their post-high school training/degree.  Students can opt to train or study in any certificate program (less than a few months), diploma program (less than two years), Associates Degree (two years), or Associates Degree and transfer to a four year college.

    The program will provide 1) assistance to complete the Saint Paul Colllege application; 2) guidance on completing the FAFSA (Financial Aid) application; 3) support by partnering students with an American Indian College Navigator to walk with students on their college journey; 4) support for both academic (tutoring and mentoring) and career planning; 6) cultural enrichment opportunities; and 5) support to obtain paid internships with local American Indian businesses and organizations.  Additionally, students may be eligible for Power of You scholarship and the Minnesota Indian Scholarship.

    Who: Any student who identifies as American Indian and will graduate from an SPPS high school or SPPS program in June 2021 or August 2021.

    When:  Spaces are limited.  Recruitment begins Feb. 22 and until 10-15 students have applied to the program.  The Summer Bridge Transition Program cohort will begin in June (even if students need to attend summer school).  The College Navigator will start with students in June and continue free services until the student obtains their certificate, diploma, or degree.  Each year students will be supported to acquire a paid internship in their career field of choice.  

    Where: This opportunity is available through Saint Paul College, which is located in St. Paul, MN.

    Why: Saint Paul College, SPPS Indian Education, the American Indian Family Center, and Right Track have formed a collaboration to create a culturally-responsive high school to college transition program.  We acknowledge that our American Indian students have goals, dreams, and aspirations.  As a community, we can provide students with a strong support system to guide them along their college journey.  


    Interested?  Please call, text, or email the SPPS Indian Education School Counselor, Kerrie Troseth, to get started.  She can be reached at 612-720-4442 or