Normandale has been awarded several grants to support a pair of critical programs.
The first is a Great Lakes College Ready Grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation providing $23,175 for the college’s Upward Bound Program. This program develops strategies to prepare 6th through 12th grade students for college by helping them improve academic performance.
The grant will enhance a summer program in which high school students take math, science, English, and world language courses, along with college preparation workshops. During the academic year, programming includes after-school tutoring at the four partner schools (Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest, and Washburn).
Several grants fund Normandale’s Academy of Math and Science scholarships. During the 2006-2007 school year, the Foundation Board of Directors and Normandale's academic administration team conceived of the Academy to recruit and support STEM students. Since the program’s inception, contributors have included H.B. Fuller Corp., Donaldson Co., Medtronic, the Bloomington Noon Rotary Club, Xcel Energy, Thompson Reuters, and Polar Semiconductor.
The Academy group, on average, includes the following:
60% from families whose parents did not have a post-secondary degree
35% as the first member of their family to pursue a higher education degree
55% students of color
40% Pell Grant recipients
48% female students
In total, over 80% of Academy scholars meet one or more of these underrepresented groups in STEM education and career development.
Overall, 103 students have transferred to four-year institutions. The most recent group of graduates transferred to Minnesota State University, Mankato; University of Minnesota; University of North Dakota; University of St. Thomas; and the New York Institute of Technology, among others.
Academy graduates also have gone on to work for such companies as Atomic Data, Bolton & Menk, Xcel Energy, Fairview Southdale Hospital, and United Health Group.