Envisioning College & Health Care Careers

Image courtesy of HealthForce Minnesota

Image courtesy of HealthForce Minnesota

The Partnership supports Scrubs Camps, created by HealthForce Minnesota, as one way to expose high school students to going to college to pursue a health care career.  Scrubs Camps inspire young people from the Central Corridor neighborhoods to pursue the training and education needed for a career in health care.   The Central Corridor Anchor Partnership is proud to host two Urban Scrubs Camps as part of the Partnership’s Workforce Development initiative.

These camps offer high school students the opportunity to engage in an immersion experience to explore careers in health and medicine including: dentistry, nursing, public health, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, and much more.   Scrubs Camp participants are actively engaged in hands-on sessions, tours of medical facilities, and interact with a variety of practitioners and professionals from the health care field. 

One student said after last year, “After this experience I am 100% certain that I want to work in the medical field.”

Urban Scrubs Camps at Augsburg College and Saint Paul College are supported through donations that provide scholarships to neighborhood youth that allow them to participate.  The camps intentionally recruit students from very diverse backgrounds to attend and provide scholarships to cover the $350-400 cost per student.  HealthForce Minnesota, Augsburg College, and Saint Paul College raise scholarships from Central Corridor Anchor Partnership members and from other sources, allowing participation by lower-income students who might not have other opportunities to learn about health care careers.   Last year 70% of the Augsburg College campers received a scholarship.  

“This scholarship has given me the drive and inspiration I needed to really open myself to the world of healthcare,” one camper recognized. 

By using college labs and facilities, attending sessions in college classrooms, and eating meals in the cafeteria, campers have the chance to experience what it is like to be on a college campus.  Post-camp surveys have confirmed that this experience has been transformative for most participants, sparking interest in particular health careers and inspiring students to pursue higher education.  

One student highlights this enthusiasm, “This camp made me discover what I want to do in the future! Thank you!”
“We never know what session is going to impact which camper but inevitably there is that moment when you see the light bulb go on and you know you’ve made a difference. It might be the adrenaline rush of delivering a baby in the SimBus or the tenderness that comes through giving an elderly resident a hand massage. Maybe it’s the empathy that comes from touring the Amplatz Children’s Hospital or the appreciation of cultural differences that happens through team building. All we know is that it happens all the time at Scrubs Camp.”
— Valerie DeFor, Executive Director for HealthForce Minnesota

See the HealthForce Minnesota web site for more information about Scrubs Camps.