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March, 2020

Career Pathways Newsletter

March, 2020

Career Pathway Highlights

How is it already March?!?! Students are getting excited for Spring Break and are gearing up for our summer season packed with internships, job shadows, summer camps, and more! The 2nd semester is in full swing. During the month of February, WBL Career Pathways visited over 40 classrooms and held multiple advisory sessions assisting students with resume building, interview prep, and application support. Let us know how we can help!

Trades Ambassadors visit US Bank Stadium

Congratulations to the 2020 Trades Ambassadors cohort! Sophia Walsh, Sam Saucedo, Dylan Scott, and Bryan Vang (not pictured) attended the inaugural Trades Ambassador Kick-off event on February 4. Walsh plans to pursue Carpentry & Design. Saucedo will be pursuing the Laborer’s Union & Demolition. Scott is interested in Heavy Machine Operating. And Vang is looking into the Electrical Trades. The program and event was created by BridgeWorks and Red Wing Shoe Company. 12 metro-area school districts will be offering a variety of Trades focused events next school year. The students were invited to tour US Bank Stadium and learn about all the different skilled trades needed to build the stadium. Check out the amazing Trades Hub website they created. There are resources for students, teachers and families!



Acupuncture & Holistic Healing Field Trip

On February 25, a group of Healthcare Career Pathway students visited Soul Chiropractic and Acupuncture with Rachel for a Holistic Healing & Wellness field trip. Ashanti Cox, Day'monie Nins, Ava Ocel, Petrie Moua, Josie Taylor, Jessica Kerstetter, and Avery Shearen are all Healthcare Career Pathway students who plan to pursue a healthcare career after graduation. They learned about a variety of holistic healing and preventative health practices which included acupuncture, somatic therapy, reiki, chiropractic care, and more! WBL Career Pathways aims to provide opportunities based on student input. This field trip is an example of how WBLAHS students desire opportunities to look at a healthcare career through a holistic and preventative care lens. Thank you to Rachel Jensen and Dr. Shannon McCarty for offering up their space and expertise!


Student Groups Receive Race 2 Reduce Grants

Congratulations to the student groups and advisors who were selected for the Race 2 Reduce Grant. All projects are an effort to engage young leaders who want to pursue a variety of careers in Sustainability & Innovation. The following student groups were chosen:

  • Student Road Map for Sustainability & Engagement by Sophie Davis (student), Dan Roeser & Josh Lane (advisors).
  • Watershed Activities by Lynzy Tran (student) and Jacob Montgomery (teacher & advisor).
  • Explore High Efficiency Lighting by Anna Barton (student) and Josh Lane (teacher & advisor).
  • Weather Monitoring Equipment by Luci Gunelson (student) and Seth Salenger (teacher & advisor).
  • Reusable Silverware in Cafeteria by Valeria Diazmoreno & Izzy Perron (students), Amy Donlin & Jenny Moore (advisors).
  • Dual Flush Inserts by Luci Gunelson & Abby Nistler (students), Jacob Montogmery (teacher & advisor).

Local Community supports White Bear Art Crawl

With help from our community, Sunrise Park Middle School is hosting an Art Crawl from March 18 to March 27. Student artwork will be in the windows of local White Bear Lake businesses and organizations allowing families and community members to enjoy the artwork at all times of day. It's not too late to get involved! Employers and organizations who want to participate should email Ryan Clark at


  • Congrats to the 14 WBLAHS students who recently became Certified Nursing Assistants. WBLAS received a MN DLI Youth Skills Training Grant and was able to pay for all students to receive free training and testing. 
  • Congratulations to Fiona Wiltse and Gretel Tassah for receiving a Certificate of Distinction for an Aspirations Award in Technology. The MN IT Center of Excellence offers a variety of awards and opportunities for young women in technology. Wiltse and Tassah will be recognized for their work at General Mills in April. Way to go!

Thank You to...

  • the 30+ industry partners who attended the Healthcare Career Pathway meeting on Feb. 13 and the Construction Career Pathway meeting on Feb. 28. Your feedback and innovative ideas are greatly appreciated to help us move WBL Career Pathways into the next school year.
  • the 100+ industry partners who filled out our Employability Skills survey. The results are being used to help shape the future of learning in our new 9-12 high school.
  • to the WBL Chamber of Commerce's  Business Education Network for supporting the 2nd annual Black Excellence Showcase at WBLAHS - South Campus.
  • to Maplewood Toyota for hosting Brandon Ehlers to learn about a variety of sales and automotive careers. Brandon is currently a Senior at WBLAHS - South Campus and landed a full-time job as a Lot Technician! Thank you, thank you!

Opportunities & Asks

  • ATTENTION STUDENTS! Nominate an employer for the Youth Employer of Choice Award. This award will be given to Ramsey County employers who have dedicated their time, resources and care to support their community’s youth and young adults. These employers are nominated by Ramsey County youth and young adults who have directly benefited from the support provided by the employers. Ramsey County Youth Works! recognizes the important efforts of all who are nominated. Want to nominate an employer? Submit a Youth Employer of Choice Award.

  • Are you an employer who is looking for some entry level IT employees? We have students who have a variety of skills and who are looking for part-time work to get started in the IT field. If this is you, please email

  • Calling all employers! We have many students interested in a job shadow experience. If you are interested in hosting a student in your career field, please email Jenny Moore at

  • Ever thought of having an intern? WBL Career Pathways can help you! We are currently gearing up for the 2020 Summer Season. If you would like WBL Career Pathways to help you create an internship that works for you, email Jenny Moore at

Upcoming Career Pathways Events

WBLAHS Senior Parade Subscribe to Alerts
WBLAHS - South Campus (see notes for more details)
Explore Your Future - MN State Week - FREE COLLEGE APPS THIS WEEK! Subscribe to Alerts
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