South Central College and Area Partners Announce New Health Sciences Pathway Program
"H2C – High School to College & Career” puts students on a pathway to success in healthcare
South Central College (SCC) and area education, chamber and healthcare leaders today announced a new Health Sciences Pathway Program for Faribault High School students beginning this Fall. The program includes classes that students can take at the high school or South Central College that will prepare them for college and career opportunities in six areas: Practical Nursing (LPN), Nursing Assistant (CNA or HHA), Trained Medication Aid (TMA), Medical Assisting (MA), Phlebotomy and Health Unit Coordinator. Students will be able to register for these classes in February during Faribault High School’s registration window.
The program, called “H2C- High School to College & Career” is based on a successful national model, which SCC and area leaders customized for Faribault High School. The program’s launch in Faribault was made possible thanks to the collaborative efforts of South Central College and visionary leaders from Faribault Public Schools, the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Allina Health Faribault District One and Owatonna Hospitals and Mayo Clinic Health System-Owatonna and Faribault. “The program we have all created together will provide career opportunities for students in the critical healthcare sector,” said Marsha Danielson, SCC Vice President of Economic Development.
Through the program, Faribault High School students can complete the first two to three semesters of a health sciences program at SCC with local healthcare facilities providing workplace experiences. In addition to getting much of their college program completed while still in high school, some participants will also have the opportunity to earn certifications along the way that enable them to earn a good wage as they gain valuable working experience in the healthcare field.
“Through the H2C program, students will be able to simultaneously complete their high school diploma, potentially earn a certificate along the way and progress in a health sciences program at SCC,” said Faribault Public Schools Superintendent Todd Sesker. “Students can start exploring the health sciences in 9th grade and begin the H2C program in the 10th , 11th or 12th grade. Those beginning early will get the most benefit, including the opportunity to earn up to 36 college credits while in high school to save them not only time but also over $6,000 in tuition when they transition to SCC.”
South Central College plans to roll out H2C in other areas in the future. According to SCC President Annette Parker, “Faribault High School and the chamber and healthcare industry leaders here have been instrumental in helping SCC develop a model that will benefit high school students not only in Faribault, but throughout southern Minnesota. Their trailblazing efforts have paved a path that will benefit high school students as well as communities by contributing to the critical healthcare sector.”
“We have found that when Faribault leaders work together we can move mountains, and this is a wonderful example,” said Faribault Chamber of Commerce and Tourism President/CEO Nort Johnson. “We are so fortunate to have within our community an outstanding college, education system and businesses who are willing to work together to meet the workforce needs of the region while providing career opportunities for our citizens.”