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Bridges hosts Scrubs Camp for high schoolers

The Bridges Workplace Connection will host a two-day career immersion experience in the health care industry on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Aug. 21. Area 11th and 12th graders enrolled in a public high school in central Minnesota are encouraged to apply to this free camp, though registration is limited to 48 students. Find more information online at, and click on calendar.

Students will explore specific occupations that are in demand now, learn about the work environments and talk to professionals about their career track. The 2013 Scrubs Camp includes a full day at Essentia Health-St Joseph’s Medical Center, including visits to the lab, radiology, rehabilitation, and pharmacy. Participants will meet department coordinators in the areas of: stress/trauma, respiratory therapy, infection control, and also will learn health care basics from Dr. Peter Henry, Essentia’s Chief Medical Officer. Day two of the Scrubs Camp offers the spotlight on nursing careers through a visit to Good Samaritan Society – Woodland.

Research shows that a workplace connection creates relevance, guides careers and educational goals, and connects regional employers with graduates. Allowing students to observe workplace activities, discuss the education and training required, and find out what qualities are desired in a potential employee helps put futures in focus.

This is the first of a series of immersion camps coordinated by the Bridges Workplace Connection in partnership with Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (Rural MN CEP) and supported by the Otto Bremer Foundation.

The Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection was developed to better integrate work-based learning between schools and business. The Bridges Career Academies, coordinated by Central Lakes College, are a sequence of high school courses that focus on career pathways. Curriculum is developed by high school teachers, and each course includes technical skills, foundational skills and workplace experiences. The Workplace Connection, coordinated by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, is an intermediary between schools and business to integrate work-based learning through Business Tours, Speakers Bureau for the Classroom, Educators in the Workplace and Career Exploration Day.

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