New Student Spotlight: Benjamin Armstrong

Ben Armstrong
Ben Armstrong

Future EMS major receives Workforce Development Scholarship

Benjamin Armstrong, 18, grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota, and graduated from Burnsville High School in spring 2018. Benjamin has enrolled at Inver Hills Community College with the goal to earn his Associate of Science (A.S.) in Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Benjamin is the recipient of a $2,500 Workforce Development Scholarship for 2018–2019. Half the amount, $1,250, he can use toward fall 2018 educational expenses. He will receive another $1,250 to use toward spring 2019 expenses if he maintains a 2.0 GPA or higher for fall 2018 while enrolled at Inver Hills with at least nine credits in both fall and spring semesters.

“Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me,” Benjamin said. “Getting help paying for college really motivates me to succeed.”

Learn more about Workforce Development Scholarships:
Read “Minnesota State Announces 400 Scholarships” on Inver Hills News.

Michelle Boe, interim executive director of foundation at Inver Hills and Dakota County Technical College reported that Minnesota State has offered 400 Workforce Development Scholarships of $2,500 each for students enrolling in high-demand programs at state colleges.

“Benjamin and other Workforce Development Scholarship recipients will be attending the Foundation Donor Recognition Breakfast in January or February 2019,” Michelle said. “We will celebrate Inver Hills scholarship recipients at the event and will also recognize our generous donors who provide scholarship funding for so many of our students.”

More about Benjamin…

Benjamin chose his major because he has some experience in emergency situations. “I’ve always liked helping people,” he said. “I want to be there when someone needs urgent care.”

Three words that describe you as a person:

Benjamin plans on working at Jimmy Johns while going to college. His long-range academic plans include earning an A.S. degree in biology. His long-range career plans are centered on working in the field of animal rehabilitation and wildlife conservation. He enjoys playing videogames in his free time, including God of War and ARK: Survival Evolved.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Care for sick and injured people in emergency situations.


Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $22.14/hour
High: $28.22/hour


This career is currently in very high demand and is seeing very high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate is 17.3 percent, or well above the statewide average. There will be a need for about 1,500 new Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics to meet market demand between 2014–2024. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

— Minnesota State CAREERwise Education

Benjamin Armstrong • 12 Answers


  1. Favorite sport or physical activity: Weightlifting
  2. ben_2Place you would most like to visit: Alaska
  3. Most exciting thing you would like to do: Go on a safari
  4. Your personal motto if you had to have one: “Sit back, relax and take it easy.”
  5. Favorite all-time TV show: Game of Thrones
  6. Favorite all-time movie: Avengers: Infinity War
  7. One thing you most want to accomplish in life: Successful career
  8. ben_1Most precious material possession: PlayStation 4
  9. Dream occupation: Exotic animal trainer
  10. Person you would most like to meet: Steve Irwin
  11. Skill you would most like to learn and master: Playing guitar
  12. Most important issue or problem facing humankind: Expansion
To learn more about Emergency Medical Services at Inver Hills, contact:

Jeff Morgan
Director of Emergency Services

For more information about the Foundation, contact:

Michelle Boe, JD
Interim Executive Director of Foundation
Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College
Inver Hills Office: 651-450-3519
DCTC Office: 651-423-8236

Chris Hinrichs
Foundation Business & Accounting Coordinator

To learn more about the Workforce Development Scholarship, contact:

Admissions Team
College Center

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