High-Step Health Science Academy

High-STEP Academy LogoThe mission of the High-STEP Health Science Academy—a dynamic, regional partnership between secondary and postsecondary education, business, and community—is to provide secondary students with health science coursework and work-based learning experiences, to excite and prepare them for health science and technology careers.

high-STEP infographicThe program is uniquely designed to allow students who have interests and passions in health and health sciences to pursue those pathways. Each student will explore health sciences and health careers, however, the first goal is to provide each student a quality education, and expect the experiences and opportunities will prepare every student to graduate and to pursue a wide variety of post-secondary educational opportunities and careers. Our goal is to expand every student’s educational and career options.

To get started, contact: 
Dustin Julius, 507-386-2987

December 2022
Health science students from Tri-City United Schools took a field trip to Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato on December 1, 2022. During their tour, students heard from professionals from many different departments and were able to do some hands-on activities.



HOSA is a student-led leadership organization.  The goal is to empower future leaders in the health community through education, collaboration, and experiences. 
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  • Cleveland
  • Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton
  • Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial
  • Le Sueur-Henderson
  • Madelia
  • Maple River
  • Martin County West
  • New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
  • St. Clair
  • St. Peter
  • Tri-City United
  • United South Central
  • Waseca Public School Districts

“High-STEP Health Science Academy has helped me determine my career focus and college major. I know I want to use my passion for sports and medicine and major in Athletic Training. I couldn't have gotten to this decision without taking the High-STEP courses and I'm proud of the grades I've received thus far.”

–Sydney, TCU Senior

“Thanks for sharing the kids and their programs.  So often I lose track of them after eighth grade, and I don't get much of a chance to see where their interests are taking them.  Each display was presented by well-informed, well-spoken, and confident young men and women.  I was particularly impressed with their honesty in speaking about where they are going from here, i.e. staying with it because they have found exactly what they were looking for or moving along because they have discovered a new possibility in their area or even moving out because they learned something about themselves that just wouldn't fit in this career path.
Very cool.  Thanks for what you have given them."

St. Peter Middle School Teacher

“I really am enjoying this experience. Almost all of the therapists are shocked when I tell them I'm only a senior in high school because most observers that come around are trying to get hours for their classes in college, usually graduate school students! That makes me happy. Now I know that I'm getting an experience that most high school students don't have the chance to get."

Kelsey, St. Peter Senior