Globe University & Minnesota School of Business and Minneapolis Public Schools Partner to Introduce Career Training to Junior High School Students

MINNEAPOLIS (June 18, 2015) – Career training and workforce development are more important than ever before. To get students thinking about their education and career paths early, Globe University & Minnesota School of Business and Minneapolis Public Schools are partnering to offer a unique summer school program that will allow junior high school students to gain hands-on exposure to higher education and future career options.

GEAR UP for College is a six-week program that will include interactive classroom experiences, practical lab application, guest speakers and tours of various college campuses which will present information about careers including cosmetology, game programming, nursing, veterinary technology, music business/production and medical assisting. Students will also learn from Minneapolis Public Schools high school career tech ed (CTE) teachers in high school lab experiences. The program is made possible through GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a seven-year federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of Minneapolis School District students to enroll and succeed in postsecondary education.

“Globe University & Minnesota School of Business and Minneapolis Public School both utilize AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a learning system to improve school success for students and to close the achievement gap,” says Diana Igo, campus director for Globe University & Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center. “AVID’s philosophy and our goals for GEAR UP for College are both to challenge students with high standards while providing the academic and social support needed for those students to rise to the challenge.”

Thirty students will participate in the program, which will take place Monday, June 15 to Thursday, July 23. Globe University & Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center will serve as the main site, and students will also visit the Richfield and Plymouth campuses, as well as IPR College of Creative Arts in Minneapolis. They will spend the last two weeks at various Minneapolis Public Schools.

“This program will give students the opportunity to learn CTE high school options as well as possible career paths in a higher education setting,” says Rob Rand, district program facilitator for Minneapolis Public Schools. “Students will also build community each day through social and emotional skill development, which will encourage them to be college bound.”

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Globe University & Minnesota School of Business are part of a family-managed network of career colleges and universities. The schools prepare students for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand professions. Through its We Care mission the colleges integrate career-focused education with applied learning to expose students to real-world working environments. Programs offer undergraduate, diploma and graduate degrees in career fields, including business and accounting, health sciences, legal sciences, technology, creative media and applied arts. More than 30 programs are available online. All academic programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). For more information, visit