Students

High school juniors and seniors–you can gain experience beyond the traditional classroom and grab this opportunity for a big step up with your future college and career plans. VANTAGE is Minnetonka's Advanced Professional Studies Program that will strategically position you with a competitive advantage for your college applications and career.

  • Get the hands-on experiential learning colleges value
  • Spend half your day in a professional environment with leaders in your field
  • Learn from more than 50 guest instructors who share a diverse range of insights
  • Solve real-world problems that impact our partner's bottom line and future success
  • Earn potential college credit (depending on the VANTAGE courses you pursue)
  • Earn required high school credits in English, social studies, science or physical education

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Student Benefits

If you choose to participate in VANTAGE, the program will give you unparalleled insight and experience both academically and professionally. Students who become a part of VANTAGE will:

  • Explore potential career interests before applying to college
  • Connect with professionals
  • Learn through collaborative projects
  • Stand out from peers
  • Transform the high school experience
  • Increase communication skills
  • Grow in competence, identity and effectiveness as a professional
  • Set high performance standards and goals that stimulate personal motivation
  • Learn to cope with the formal and informal structures of an organization
  • Enhance career development
  • Improve knowledge about what is happening in the professional world
  • Increase coursework satisfaction
  • Reap the benefits of exploring potential career paths early on

Student Commitment Checklist

  • Wear proper professional attire
  • Be professional when addressing your instructors, mentor and other professionals
  • Be on time
  • Participate in any arranged group work sessions or teams working on real projects
  • Participate in any special events or opportunities offered by your mentor or instructors
  • Complete projects on time or before due date
  • Be a good, active listener
  • Be open to instruction and advice
  • Ask for and be receptive to feedback
  • Ask questions and “pick your mentor’s brain” to gain knowledge about your profession of interest
  • Be a problem-solver
  • Take responsibility for your own growth and success
  • Document your success
  • Request letters of recommendation
  • Support and collaborate with others
  • Be eager to learn and show initiative
  • Demonstrate follow through and willingness to apply the knowledge and advice mentors and instructors offer
  • Present needs in an articulate way
  • Exhibit a professional attitude
  • Participate in an initial face-to-face meeting with mentor. Face-to-face meetings may be scheduled at the VANTAGE location, mentor’s office, coffee shop, etc. Subsequent meetings should be scheduled based on mentor’s schedule – weekly, monthly or as needed
  • Communicate with your mentor a minimum of one email per week
  • Maintain confidentiality