African drum class aims to equip aspiring Minn. college students with skills to succeed

July 11, 2019 |

Karice Austin has a packed agenda this summer: taking classes in reading, math and financial literacy, learning to use a 3-D printer, attending a play at the Guthrie Theater and participating in weekly African drum and dance classes with new friends.

The 16-year-old rising junior at Cooper High School in New Hope spends much of her week on the Brooklyn Park campus of Hennepin Technical College, where she and more than a dozen of her Cooper classmates are part of a program that aims to help low-income and potential first-generation college students prepare for their futures — all while having a little fun.

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