Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced a partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation today as part of a multiple partner initiative to encourage more Minneapolis high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The initiative is designed to create a pipeline of low-income students and students of color who are prepared for college-level math and science courses upon graduating from a Minneapolis charter or public high school.
Funding by Boston Scientific will provide a clear pathway for students who are interested in math, science and technology but have fallen off the college math track in middle school or high school. The initiative links the AchieveMpls Career and College Centers, the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Summer jobs program and two successful programs at MCTC—Jump Start to College and the Power of YOU program.
“I am pleased that Boston Scientific is stepping forward as a corporate partner to help close the gap that exists in preparing students for careers in science and technology,” stated Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “This is what the ‘Minneapolis Promise’ is all about—working together, focusing and giving our Minneapolis students the opportunity to succeed.”
The pathway for high school students will comprise:
- Outreach through Career and College Centers operated by AchieveMpls in each of the seven Minneapolis high schools,
- Summer math readiness courses at MCTC that count towards high school graduation and as pre-college developmental (remedial) courses,
- Summer internships at Boston Scientific through the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Program,
- Creating a Boston Scientific STEM Scholars Program as part of MCTC’s Power of YOU program for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.
“Science and math education is a critical focus area for our outreach efforts,” said Marilee Grant, Director of Community Relations for Boston Scientific. “We are excited to launch these partnerships with MCTC, AchieveMpls and the City of Minneapolis, and look forward to seeing aspiring engineers and scientists on our corporate campus this summer.”
Boston Scientific’s first year commitment to this initiative exceeds $100,000. The goal of this program is to serve up to 100 students in its first year.