Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Rapid City Area Schools and South Dakota Mines Team Up to Inspire the Next Generation of Healthcare Workers at Scrubs Camp

Dr. Tyler Bergstrom, a general surgeon at Rapid City Medical Center, is a Mines electrical engineering graduate.

In the coming decade, as the baby boomer generation continue to retire, the need for healthcare workers is expected to increase significantly. The young people of today will play a vital role in meeting the critical healthcare needs of tomorrow.

Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) and South Dakota Mines are joining forces in an effort to inspire the next generation of health care workers. The RCAS Scrubs Camp, planned for Feb. 2 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Surbeck Center at South Dakota Mines is one part of this overall effort.  Students in this camp will get hands-on training that introduces them to various healthcare fields.

“Scrubs Camps are designed to increase awareness of education, skills and understanding of health careers available in South Dakota through interactive activities taught by professionals in the health care field,” says Bobbie Jo Donovan, the academy coordinator at RCAS. “Students attending this Scrubs Camp will learn about careers related to nursing, athletic training, dental, mental health, biomedical science, CNA, MA, EMT, paramedic and surgical technician.”

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the healthcare occupations are expected to grow “much faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 2 million new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 1.9 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.”

South Dakota Mines offers a range of programs for students interested in the fields of healthcare.  Mines is helping meet the need for frontline healthcare workers like doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in a number of pre-med programs.  The university also offers degrees in biology, chemistry and health sciences alongside biomedical engineering for students who want to undertake cutting edge research to help cure diseases like cancer


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $68,685. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Gray Hughes, 605-394-2554, gray.hughes@sdsmt.edu

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