Area Learning Center
Questions? Please contact your building principal or Brian Cashman, Coordinator of Alternative Programs, 651-764-9016, firstname.lastname@example.org
Goodhue County Education District Area Learning Center (ALC) – General Overview
The Minnesota Department of Education supports alternative education options for students to provide viable educational options for those students who are experiencing difficulty in the traditional system. Individual school districts and educational cooperatives are eligible to apply to be an Area Learning Center (ALC).
An Area Learning Center provides comprehensive educational services to enrolled secondary students throughout the year. This could include a daytime school within a school or separate site for both high school and middle school level students. Students must be at-risk as defined by statute. In addition to day programs, these centers offer extended learning time opportunities for students to engage in additional learning (Targeted Services) or to make-up credits (Credit Recovery). ALCs serve students from more than one district. ALCs must also provide services to middle level students, either at a separate site or within their school. ALCs can apply to provide Targeted Services to elementary age students in after school and summer school programs.
The Goodhue County Education District partnered with its member districts near the end of the 2012-2013 school year to become a state recognized ALC. This means that each GCED member school district has access to the existing ALC day programs, as well as credit recovery and Targeted Services programming. The following is a list of ALC programs that will be available to students in GCED member schools for the 2020-2021 school year:
Pathways Program @ Twin Bluff Middle School
(an alternative middle school option for grades 6 and 7)
Pathways Program @ River Bluff Education Center
(an alternative middle school/high school option for grades 8-12)
Tower View Alternative High School
(an alternative high school option for grade 10 through age 21)
Targeted Services @ Cannon Falls, Goodhue, Kenyon-Wanamingo, Lake City, Red Wing, and Zumbrota-Mazeppa
(before school, after school, weekend, and/or summer school programs for students in grades K-8)
Credit Recovery @ Cannon Falls, Goodhue, Kenyon-Wanamingo, Lake City, Red Wing, and Zumbrota-Mazeppa
(before school, after school, weekend, and/or summer credit recovery programs for students in grades 9-12)
For more information, please click on the following links.
Alternative Education Handbook