Boston Scientific Partnership
MCTC Continues Partnership with Boston Scientific to Launch Math and Science Initiatives for Minneapolis High School Students
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced the continuing partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation today as part of a multiple partner initiative that encourages Minneapolis high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The initiative is designed to increase the number 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.
Boston Scientific’s funding provides 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, Minneapolis Public Schools and two successful programs at MCTC—the Summer Math Academy and the Power of YOU program.
The generous support of Boston Scientific helps us to address the real or perceived barriers of expectation, preparation, investment and access. I am very pleased that Boston Scientific is stepping forward for a second year to work with MCTC to close the gap that exists in preparing students for careers in science and technology,” stated Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.
The pathway for high school students comprises:
- 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,
- 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 are critical focus areas for our outreach efforts,” said Kevin Ballinger, President of Cardiology Division at Boston Scientific, based in Maple Grove, MN. “We are excited to continue this work with MCTC, and look forward to seeing aspiring engineers and scientists on our corporate campus this summer.”
About Boston Scientific
Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties.
For more information, please visit, www.bostonscientific.com.
About Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC)
MCTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, and offers students more than 130 liberal arts, technical and career programs designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-demand professions or transfer to a four‐year college or university. Located in the heart of downtown
Minneapolis, MCTC enrolls more than 14,000 students annually and is an active partner in initiatives designed to strengthen the social, economic and cultural vitality of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Since 2007, the Jump Start to College program has increased the college readiness of hundreds of Minneapolis high school students. The Power of YOU program has offered up to three years of free tuition to over 1,000 recent urban high school graduates. For more information, visit www.minneapolis.edu.
As the strategic nonprofit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools, AchieveMpls mobilizes a wide web of community support and resources to ensure academic achievement, equitable opportunities and career and college readiness for all students. Preparing our young people to succeed in school, work and life is the best investment we can make in our city’s health and vitality. The Career and College Initiative works with community members, families and schools to ensure that all Minneapolis Public School students have a chance to explore the multitude of opportunities that life offers. Learn more at www.achievempls.org.