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Biomedical courses show success and are in high demand

Students in grades 9-12 at Mankato Area Public Schools' East and West high schools are now able to receive an expansion in their health science programming which includes Project Lead The Way (PLTW) biomedical sciences. Through partnership with the foundations of: Educare, Mayo Clinic Health System and Mankato Clinic, a sustainable and successful program is helping to build critical thinking and problem solving skills in a field that's in high demand. More than 160 students enrolled in the first course this year. In fall 2018, over 170 students are registered for biomedical sciences.

"Our partnerships with the Educare, Mayo Clinic Health System, and Mankato Clinic Foundation are essential as we continue to build our Health Science career pathways," says Heather Mueller, director of teaching and learning." The opportunities that are available to our students build upon our mission of assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world which will prepare our students to be career, college and life ready."

A new PLTW course is being provided fall 2018--Human Body Systems. Since demand for qualified healthcare professionals continues to grow, key regional stakeholders have highlighted the need for early career exploration and rigorous experiences to help encourage students to consider this field. A local advisory committee, comprised of area post-secondary institutions and healthcare facilities staff, recommended these local opportunities.

"Mayo Clinic Health System is committed to exploring novel educational opportunities such as Project Lead the Way," says James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System. "Our partnership with Mankato Area Public Schools will focus not only on educating students within our community, but also inspiring them to consider future careers in healthcare."

PLTW programming, a national curriculum, uses industry-recognized equipment, resources and strategies that mimic and simulate learning as it relates to real life situations. Engaging lessons and curriculum help students solve problems.

A four-course series progression option is available for interested students:

  • PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science (2017-18)
  • PLTW Human Body Systems (2018-19)
  • PLTW Medical Interventions (2019-20)
  • PLTW Biomedical Innovation (2020-21)

For more information contact Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School at 507-387-5671, or West High School at 507-387-3461.