High-Step Health Science Academy

High-STEP Academy LogoThe mission of the High-STEP Health Science Academy—a dynamic, regional partnership between secondary and postsecondary education, business, and community—is to provide secondary students with health science coursework and work-based learning experiences, to excite and prepare them for health science and technology careers.

high-STEP infographicThe program is uniquely designed to allow students who have interests and passions in health and health sciences to pursue those pathways. Each student will explore health sciences and health careers, however, the first goal is to provide each student a quality education, and expect the experiences and opportunities will prepare every student to graduate and to pursue a wide variety of post-secondary educational opportunities and careers. Our goal is to expand every student’s educational and career options.

To get started, contact: 

Gwenn Wolters, 507-389-2123

  • Cleveland
  • Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton
  • Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial
  • Le Sueur-Henderson
  • Madelia
  • Maple River
  • Martin County West
  • New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
  • St. Clair
  • St. Peter
  • Tri-City United
  • United South Central
  • Waseca Public School Districts

“High-STEP Health Science Academy has helped me determine my career focus and college major. I know I want to use my passion for sports and medicine and major in Athletic Training. I couldn't have gotten to this decision without taking the High-STEP courses and I'm proud of the grades I've received thus far.”

–Sydney, TCU Senior

“Thanks for sharing the kids and their programs.  So often I lose track of them after eighth grade, and I don't get much of a chance to see where their interests are taking them.  Each display was presented by well-informed, well-spoken, and confident young men and women.  I was particularly impressed with their honesty in speaking about where they are going from here, i.e. staying with it because they have found exactly what they were looking for or moving along because they have discovered a new possibility in their area or even moving out because they learned something about themselves that just wouldn't fit in this career path.
Very cool.  Thanks for what you have given them."

St. Peter Middle School Teacher

“I really am enjoying this experience. Almost all of the therapists are shocked when I tell them I'm only a senior in high school because most observers that come around are trying to get hours for their classes in college, usually graduate school students! That makes me happy. Now I know that I'm getting an experience that most high school students don't have the chance to get."

Kelsey, St. Peter Senior

River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic

River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic in St. Peter, MN, along with campus partners, provides the necessary staff, supervision, equipment and viable clinical settings that help to foster experiential learning for all students. They believe that High-STEP Academy is an innovative model that provides an applied education for students, who face a future where a severe shortage of health care workers is predicted. This program affords students the opportunity to learn all aspects of the industry through hands-on experiences throughout the hospital and clinic. River’s Edge is committed to this unique model of education because it provides students with clinical settings which cannot be duplicated in a classroom or typical educational setting. River’s Edge is a new facility with state-of-the-art equipment and resources. Their staff members are very excited to share their experiences and knowledge to help educate health care providers for the future.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca

Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca is excited to partner with the High-Step Academy to bring a unique opportunity to students in our surrounding communities. Mayo Clinic Health System is committed to continue its investment in the health of our community well into the future. By investing in education and developing future health care professionals, they are able to work together to share the knowledge and expertise of Mayo Clinic, close to home. Through the power of collaboration, Mayo Clinic Health System provides students with access to cutting-edge technology, research and resources to help build a foundation for health care opportunities post-graduation.
Mayo Clinic Health System supports the High-STEP Academy and believes it is a strong community initiative as the program provides students with hands-on learning and the exciting opportunity to work with health care professionals who are highly trained in their field. By providing an in-depth curriculum that brings students right into the hospital, health care professionals are able to show students the importance of the health care industry through real-life experiences. 
Mayo Clinic Health System is committed to working closely with community partners to advance health care in our community through integrated clinical practice, education and research. The staff at Mayo Clinic Health System is passionate about this unique opportunity to foster young minds and look forward to strengthening the quality of life, health and well-being in the communities they serve.

Gwenn Wolters, 507-389-2123
Glenn Morris, 507-389-5106

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