SCC Hosting Healthcare Career Exploratory Event for Middle and High School Girls

(May 16, 2016) - On May 18 three Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) campuses will host over 250 middle and high school girls in a healthcare career exploratory event.  In its second year, the event has increased in capacity from 198 high school girls in 2015; where 80% of the girls identified as non-white and 33% identified as first generation college hopefuls.

This year, South Central in Mankato will host 30 girls, Winona State University-Rochester and RCTC will host up to 120 girls, and North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park will host approximately 120.  Girls will experience a unique trip to a college campus, where they will have an opportunity to explore a variety of careers in the health sciences through fun and engaging hands-on activities.  Each site offers a unique schedule of events.  For example, the Rochester site will offer girls activities ranging from careers in mental health to working with Rochester Community Technical College nursing faculty in their simulation lab. 

Girls ConnectZ Day is a collaborative project between HealthForce Minnesota, Girl Scouts of River Valley, North Hennepin Community College, South Central College, Winona State University-Rochester and Rochester Community & Technical College.  Outreach activities like this help inspire students to set educational and career goals.  The impact of this partnership is best explained by one of the participants from last year.  Youa shared, “It would be amazing to be someone who can save a life.  It is a blessing you can give to them.”

About HealthForce Minnesota
HealthForce Minnesota, hosted by Winona State University, is the Center of Excellence in healthcare for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.  HealthForce Minnesota uses K-12 outreach events to address the needs of expanding the number and diversity of healthcare workers, creating innovative health science education, and promoting collaborative efforts between education and industry. 

About Girl Scouts ConnectZ Program
Girl Scouts ConnectZ is a college and career readiness program to the MN and WI River Valley Council.  Girl Scouts ConnectZ serves the metro and south of the metro regions.  The program serves girls grades K-12; 3,000 girls are members, of which approximately 1/3 of the girls are high school age.  To qualify for the Girl Scouts ConnectZ Program, girls must be a girl of color and/or qualify for free and reduced lunches at their school.

About North Hennepin Community College
Located in Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College is one of MnSCU’s largest and most diverse community colleges.  North Hennepin serves more than 10,000 students and offer over 60 degree and certificate programs.

About South Central College
South Central College has two locations with campuses in North Mankato and Faribault.  With over 5,400 students served, South Central College offers 50 technical career and professional programs, along with Liberal Arts and Science Programs.

About Winona State University-Rochester and Rochester Community and Technical College
Winona State University-Rochester (WSU-R) has served the region on the Rochester campus since 1917, serving over 1,500 students each year.  WSU-R works in partnership with Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) to complete one of 12 baccalaureate degrees.  RCTC offers over 130 degree options and serves over 13,000 students in the region.