EPPD Analyst Ryan Kapaun talks to STRIVE students

This morning students from Eden Prairie High School’s STRIVE program visited the Police Department and other city departments to learn more about careers in local government. STRIVE is a Rotary-sponsored mentoring program for high potential students who face obstacles with college and career planning. There are 40 students in the program in 11th and 12th grades. Each student is matched with an adult mentor who helps guide them during their junior and senior years in high school. These students are often first generation college students who need additional guidance and support to successfully navigate high school and planning for life after graduation.

While at City Center today, the students rotated through seven different career stations: Park Maintenance, Fire/Building Inspector, Engineering Technician, Assessor, Water Treatment Operator, Crime Analyst and Dispatcher. At each station, city staff members gave a brief presentation on their positions and then took questions from the students.

We enjoyed having the students visit us and hope to do it again in the future!