The Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus had the pleasure of hosting their second group of AVID grade-school students on March 27, 2013. Fifty-five AVID students from Andersen United Community School in grades six through eight spent two and a half hours touring the campus and learning more about higher education.
After the students arrived, Minnesota School of Business’s Michelle Rivard, AVID liaison, and Ann Deiman-Thornton, dean of faculty, welcomed the students and their teachers to the campus. Both shared stories about their educational journeys so that students could see that not everyone travels the same path to get to their careers. Rivard and Deiman-Thornton also spoke about the history of Minnesota School of Business, the Brooklyn Center campus student population, the different programs that are offered at the campus, and how a liberal arts college differs from a career college.
Students then toured the campus. They visited the AVID Learning Connection, the main administrative offices, the library, and the student lounge. Students spent the next 45 minutes rotating among three classrooms. Stephanie Petersen, massage therapy program chair, spoke about different massage techniques, showed off the equipment that a therapist might use, discussed various types of massage such as hot stone and pregnancy massage, and held a discussion with the students about why a client may need a massage.
Ryan Samuelson, criminal justice program chair, began his discussion with defining what the field actually is. He explained the legal process, juvenile detention, career opportunities, and Minnesota law. Students were very interested in what he had to say because the reality is that they see people in the criminal justice field almost on a daily basis, whether those individuals are security guards at the mall or school or the local police in the community.
Alicia Larson, medical assisting program chair, did a more interactive presentation, as she showed students how to take a blood pressure and listen to a person’s heartbeat. Students practiced on partners, and everyone had the chance to try out the techniques.
Students ended their visit by doing an AVID strategy called 3-2-1. They listed out three things they learned while on their visit, two questions about college and/or Minnesota School of Business, and one word to describe their visit. A pizza lunch was served, and the students headed back to their school.
Johannah Priessler, AVID coordinator at Andersen United Community School, said, “I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for allowing us to come and see your amazing classes and staff. It was a wonderful experience…thank you for putting in so much effort to engage my students and inspire them that college is a possibility for them. Students were excited and positive about their experience!”
Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with local AVID grade schools and high schools to promote student success.
To learn more about AVID and some of the things that the campus has done during its first quarter of implementation, read this blog post!