Cornerstones is a FREE college-preparatory program at North Hennepin Community College, designed for junior high and high school students who are either low-income, minority, and/or first-generation. We hold special events throughout the year and during the summer. 

High School Summer Program

For students currently in grades 9-12
Monday, June 16-Thursday, August 7

The Cornerstones High School Summer Program is for students who are on the cusp of college readiness. It provides them with an exciting opportunity to take summer classes at North Hennepin Community College and develop college readiness skills.

The program runs four days a week, from approximately 10am-noon, for eight weeks. Lunch is also provided and transportation may be arranged upon request.

To participate, students will:

  • First take a placement test and pass at a pre-college reading level. This common college placement test is called the ACCUPLACER and is administered by a Cornerstones representative on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Then, the High School Summer Program Application is submitted. 
  • Once the application is accepted, students will apply to NHCC and enroll in college courses with other high school students and receive up to six college credits. This summer, the two college-level courses include Introduction to Theatre and Creative Writing.

A Cornerstones representative will be on hand to help parents and students with this process.

Middle School Summer Program

Students currently in grades 6-8
Monday, June 9-Friday, June 27

The Middle School Summer Program goals focus on skill, will, self-direction, and developing knowledge of the college environment through math, science, nutrition, and language through project-based learning activities. Core classes incorporate hands-on learning, auditory learning, and visual learning, while connecting academic content with everyday life experiences.

The program also encourages students to pursue higher education. Students learn the advantages of a college education and why college can be important to reaching their goals. They develop self-direction through project-based learning and activities that help them envision how college enables them to pursue the career options they are most interested in. They also gain first-hand knowledge of how college works by visiting colleges, as well as extending their learning with web-based research. Through participation, students develop confidence in their ability to be college students.

The program runs for three weeks from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Thursday, with half-day Fridays for field trips. At the end of the program, there is a ceremony that showcases student work. To support long-term involvement and sustained growth, students and parents will be invited back to each during each school year for a variety of activities.

To participate, submit the Middle School Summer Program Application. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.



Contact Information

Namibia Little
Academic Transitions Advisor

Annette Koska
Lab Assistant


Summer Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am-12:00pm