Building a bridge to fulfull academic dreams

The Pathways to Health and Science Education Program (,
the College’s first formal initiative in creating a bridge to intentionally transition diverse students into the College officially started on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The Pathways Program includes a year-long Academy composed of a series of seven lectures and workshops to participating students; three workshops designed to help parents understand and navigate a variety of aspects regarding college life of their children; a one-on-one mentorship program, where all participating students work and interact with an assigned mentor and experience the excitement and challenges of solving a problem or question in any area of interest; and a closing Science Fest, which will include a full day summer camp experience and closing student symposium.
Twelve students, six girls and six boys who are attending Missouri and Kansas high schools were
accepted into the first cohort of the program. During the orientation session, students and parents
were introduced to the faculty of the Pathways Program, to the staff of Saint Luke’s College, and
each participant was paired with a mentor who will guide the students in a research project. The
inaugural academy session was offered by Carlos Peñaloza, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs for Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City. Dr. Peñaloza presented the topic
“Observe, propose, try, document, conclude and start all over again: the life of a scientist,” where topics such as the scientific method were thoroughly discussed.
Concurrent to the first academy session, the inaugural College-Parent Education Series workshop
was offered. Parents of all students attended and actively participated in an open forum session
where Dr. Benitez, the College President, spoke on careers and degrees in health sciences. Josh
Richards and Veronica Navarro from the Office of Admissions guided parents through the process of applying to college. Dean of Students Marcia Ladage shared a wonderful first-hand account of life in College and skills for success. Director of Financial Aid Jennifer Wright explained the different options for financing an education. At the end of the session, the College was complimented for the quality of the program, for the attention to detail, to the program structure, and most importantly to the value it will bring to student participants.
We have not doubt that this program will create long-lasting relationships with students and the
schools where they come from and instill in students an appreciation for science and careers in
health. It will enhance the Saint Luke's brand and increase awareness of our institution of higher learning. Our College continues to build a bridge to fulfill academic dreams of the future generation.
As always, thank you for believing in Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences.
Hubert Benitez, DDS, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Meinke and Robert A. Kleist Endowed Professor
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences