Next spring, 10 eighth-grade students can say they have been accepted into Carroll University. Thanks to PASOS (Preparing and Advancing Students for Opportunities in Science), students at Bruce-Guadalupe will have a chance to learn, and potentially study, the nursing, physical therapy and physician assistant fields. PASOS is a unique, one-of-a-kind program that will prepare Hispanic youth for careers in health and medical sciences. The program is a partnership between The United Community Center and Carroll University.
The purpose of PASOS is for students to gain exposure and explore in-demand careers in health and medical sciences. The goal then is for them to take that learning back to their communities to serve Hispanic populations. Carroll University has a highly competitive health science program that is qualifying up to 10 Bruce Guadalupe eighth-grade students annually. Once accepted, these students have to meet all progression standards and admission requirements throughout high school to remain eligible for a spot at Carroll University as a student of the health sciences department.
On June 26, 2014, 70 rising 8th graders came to Carroll's campus to kickoff PASOS. They were involved in an interactive experience that engaged them in activities on campus with the nursing, physical therapy and physician assistant student groups.