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Aspiring Teachers of Color

The Aspiring Teachers of Color Pre-college Program is a unique opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to experience college life at Winona State University.

This program is funded by the Minnesota Department of Education, and the WSU Foundation.

It is specifically designed for students of color who are interested in pursuing an education degree at Winona State’s beautiful campus and/or at one of our 2+2 partnerships.

  • Winona State University (Winona, MN)
  • Rochester Community and Technical College (Rochester, MN)
  • Riverland Community College (Austin, MN)
  • Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College (Cloquet, MN)

Aspiring Teachers of Color program is a 3-day program on June 16 - June 19, 2019 held at Winona State University.

Most of the schedule will focus on activities related to our teacher education programs, and preparing you for admission into Winona State University.

This includes instruction-led ACT Plus Writing preparation, information about our 2+2 college transfer programs, materials that demystify the application for financial aid (specifically the FAFSA), knowledge about how Winona State prepares students to become teachers and digital software users taught by college professors at Winona State University!

In order to participate in this program, you must be a rising junior or senior in high school, a resident of the state of Minnesota and an aspiring teacher of color.

Rising describes the grade level you will enter into Fall of 2019. An estimated 15 students will be accepted each summer. Are you interested? Apply now! Or, view application materials.



 Students who participate in this program will be expected to take the ACT Plus Writing and apply to Winona State University.





Aspiring Teachers of Color 2019 is scheduled for June 16 - June 19. A detailed outline of daily classes,seminars and workshops on the Aspiring Teachers of Color Schedule (PDF).


 Time Activities
Check-In to Residence Hall
Free Time



 Time  Activities
 7-8am  Breakfast
 8:15-9:15am  College of Education Workshop
 9:20-10:45am  Financial Aid Workshop
 11am-12pm  Admission Tour
 12:15-1pm  Lunch
 1:15-3:30pm  ACT Prep.
 WSU Admission Information
 5:15-6pm  Dinner
 6:15-8pm  Teachers of Color Workshop
 8:15-10pm  Free Time



 Time  Activities
 7-8am  Breakfast
 8-11am  Outdoor High Adventure Activities
 11:30am-1pm  Writing Your Teaching Philosophy
 1:15-3:30pm  ACT Prep.
 3:45-5pm  Ways to Teach and Ways to Learn
 5:15 -6pm
 6:15-8pm  Undergraduate Teachers of Color
 8:15-10pm  Free Time



 Time  Activities
7-8am  Breakfast
8-11am  Children's Center
11:15am - 1:30pm  ACT Prep.
1:45-3pm  Education Technology
3:15-4pm  Program Ceremony
4pm  Students depart for home