Career Pathways Newsletter
A Message For All
Hello from WBL Career Pathways. We miss you all and look forward to seeing each other again in the future. As you all know, our students are online learners until May 4. Our teachers and staff have been working around the clock to ensure that students have adequate food supplies, internet access, and quality education at their fingertips. For all COVID-19 updates at WBLAS, click HERE.
As we take each day one at a time, I am continually reminded that work provides purpose. It is the job of high school students to be at school. We have heard from many students that they miss their teachers, peers, and learning. Our faculty and staff love their jobs and put their hearts and souls into supporting all of our students during these difficult times. WBLAS reported earlier today that, "yesterday we had 1,737 total Google meets, with 9,729 users and 5,332 students joining conversations in that way. A total of 4,220 hours were spent connecting remotely." Amazing!! Employers want to provide work and serve their local community in countless ways. And now more than ever, we lean on our purpose to get us through these tough times. We are all in this together and we will adapt and overcome now, and for the future of learning. As always, thank you for working together to shape the future.
How Can YOU Help?
Cerenity Senior Care - White Bear Lake is currently our clinical site for our Certified Nursing Assistant students. Cerenity Senior Care is currently accepting and needs masks. If you are choosing to make masks, check out the CDC website for guidelines on how to make masks. They could also use your creativity! Cerenity’s residents are not able to have any visitors during this time. Cards, paper flowers, art - basically anything to brighten their day is greatly appreciated and accepted. You can drop off masks or any other supplies at their front entrance (1900 Webber St. WBL, MN). Please put ATTN: Peg Black.
Building the Future Together
Construction Careers Foundation (CCF) is partnering with WBL Career Pathways, construction and building trades workers and general contractors to help support youth. This collaborative movement will create fun & easy to understand informative videos for educators to share as part of Minnesota’s new distance learning model. Think TikTok-like educational videos with optional curriculum. The goal is to host a free online learning platform for students interested in learning about apprenticeship and construction careers. Topics may include: A day in the life of a trades worker, tools and how they work, safety on the job site, time-lapse builds and more. Together we can build an online platform for showcasing construction and building trades apprenticeship and careers. Stay tuned for more information, or get involved, at constructioncareers.org.
Success Story Fridays begins Friday, April 3
WBLAS Teachers continue to use their innovative spirit even in the digital classroom! Automotive Career Pathway Instructor, Derek Doescher, will be hosting Success Story Fridays for students who would like some additional enrichment and thought provoking ideas to learn from. Join us this week, as Doescher interviews Seneca Little on Friday, April 3 at 9:00 AM (central time). To learn more about Little, along with his childhood story and how he chose to strive for success even in the most difficult times, check out the WBL Career Pathways calendar HERE. To listen in on the live interview on Friday, April 3 at 9:00 AM, click HERE.
Career Pathway Highlights
Before the world changed as we know it, we were rockin' and rollin' with WBL Career Pathway experiences. On March 3, a group of Manufacturing & Engineering Pathway students visited Hallberg Engineering to learn about careers in mechanical and electrical engineering. On the same day, a group of middle school students visited Reell Manufacturing with Delroy Nyren and Heather Schmidt. Finally, on March 5, our most advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Pathway students visited Trane to extend their learning in the classroom to real world applications. Thanks to all of our local manufacturing & engineering companies for continuing to support WBLAS and WBL Career Pathways.
Thank You to...
White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation for a Bear Grant. WBLAEF is supporting another year of Gen Z Connections by providing steel toed boots for our 12 interns.
White Bear Acura Subaru and Service Director, Donovan Brummond for the donated transmission to the automotive students.