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Katrina DeYoung-Harper questioned her decision to go back to school. At the time she was facing many struggles, challenges and uncertainties about her future. Fast forward just over a decade later and she found she was SCC's 2021 Outstanding Alumni Faribaults campus honoree. DeYoung-Harper is a graduate of South Central College’s Professional Nursing program in Faribault, earning her Associate of Science degree in 2008.

She was selected to receive the South Central College Faribault Campus Outstanding Alumni Award due to her undying dedication to the nursing field and the Faribault community. Katrina was a recipient of several South Central College Faribault Campus Foundation Scholarships that, as she put it, provided not only the much needed funds but also the validation for her efforts to go back to school after some time away.

Following graduation from South Central College, Katrina went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Northfield Hospital before becoming a public health case manager for Rice County. While not currently in direct care nursing, she works for Genevive as a Care Coordinator helping the elderly find the services they need. She has also been involved with the Hope Center, Health Finders Clinic and has been a mental health support group facilitator.

View Katrina’s Acceptance Speech on YouTube