CIS Spanish Coordinators Sara Mack, Stephanie Anderson, Cristina Castro

Do you ever wish you had a taste of college before starting your freshman year? College in the Schools (CIS)  is a program that allows high school students to do just that, while earning college credit, too. It allows highly motivated high school students from across the state to engage with the University of Minnesota by taking college-level courses in a high-school setting. 

Faculty Coordinator Assistant Cristina Castro coordinates the CIS Spanish program. With CIS, Minnesota’s high schools are better able to engage with the University, providing students with the necessary preparation and tools they need to further their education. 

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies implemented the CIS program more than a decade ago, with only a handful of schools participating in the program. Now, CIS Spanish comprises nearly 40 Minnesota high schools, with nearly 45 teachers and almost 1,800 students. 

Read more of A Taste of College: The Impact of College in the Schools on High Schoolers to learn how, CIS “helps students receive college experience before going to college.” 

Story (by Cole Sterr) and photo (by Jacob Van Blarcom) courtesy UMN Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies.