Boston Scientific’s funding provides a clear pathway for students who are interested in math, science, engineering and technology but have fallen off the college math track in middle school or high school. The initiative links Minneapolis Public Schools, Robbinsdale Cooper High School and two successful programs at MCTC: the Summer Jump Start to College 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,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “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.”
The pathway for high school students includes:
• Summer math, English and reading 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
• Free bus transportation, textbooks and tuition
“Science and math education are critical focus areas for our outreach efforts,” said Kevin Ballinger, president of the Cardiology Division at Boston Scientific, based in Maple Grove, Minn. “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.