Career Pathways Newsletter
Marc h 2021
Attention Employers! Are you hiring? Interested in offering paid internships? Want to add a new scholarship opportunity? At WBL Career Pathways, we create and align our educational opportunities with YOUR workforce needs. Now's the time to get started with WBL Career Pathways today! For more information about the program, click HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Walz Announces 2021 Youth Skills Training Grants
White Bear Lake Career Pathways is excited to announce that White Bear Lake Area Schools District 624 was chosen as one of the recipients of the MN DLI Youth Skills Training Grant. WBL Career Pathways’ program titled Training Tomorrow’s Technicians looks forward to offering a variety of paid, experiential, and training opportunities for high school students wanting to pursue a career in the Automotive and Transportation Systems Industry.
The following industry partners will be a part of the YST collaboration: AECOM, AutoNation Ford, Buerkle Honda, Center for Transportation Studies, City of White Bear Lake, Cummins, MNCARS, MN State Center of Transportation Excellence, Music Video Photo LLC, Newtrax, TGK Automotive Specialists of Hugo, Walser Automotive Group, and White Bear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “Youth Skills Training grants provide students with hands-on workforce training in high-demand, high-growth fields,” said Governor Tim Walz. “Employers across the state are facing workforce shortages, and these innovative partnerships connect schools with local business to create career pathways for younger Minnesotans.”
FUN FACT: The WBL Automotive Career Pathway is #1 in the Twin Cities for the number of completed FORD ACE Safety Modules! To date, WBLAHS students have completed 382 Ford Credential Training Modules. A big thanks to Automotive Career Pathway Instructor, Derek Doescher for working to support his students. Way to go!
We are Looking for Engaging Guest Speakers!
WBL Career Pathways continues to partner with a variety of student and staff groups throughout District 624. Career Navigator, Michael McGarthwaite is leading a variety of career listening sessions for middle and high school students. Speakers like Lisa Dunnigan, CIO at Olsen Thielen and Dr. Jennifer Goldsmith with Lux Family Chiropractic generously share their time and expertise which continues to enhance the learning experience for interested students. For more information on how to get involved and to see available dates, email email@example.com.
CNA Students Complete Their Clinical Skills Training Amidst a Pandemic
Congratulations to Julia Bacigalupo, Ashley Grahek, Hannah Mudgett, Day'Monie Nins, and Aramide Adegoke, (pictured left to right) for completing their clinical skills to receive a Certificate of Completion for their Certified Nursing Assistant Training. Due to Covid-19, these students were unable to complete the required hours through the MN Nursing Assistant Registry. Thanks to our qualified and dedicated CNA Instructor, Jody Ryan, students completed their clinical skills this month and are now eligible to sit for the MN NAR Exam to officially become CNAs.
CNAs and other healthcare occupations were in high demand before the pandemic. Now more than ever, healthcare organizations are in desperate need for skilled workers. In fact, 26% of the highest demand jobs in MN right now are in healthcare (MN Career Force, 2021). It is worth noting that the WBLAHS CNA course is sustainable through the generous support of Youth Skills Training funding through MN DLI.
Day'Monie Nins is a 2020 Graduate who will complete the Phlebotomy Program at Century College this May. Way to go Day'Monie!
Meet the Interns
Meet Aramide Adegoke, Saron Bekabil, and Amanda Pendergast. The WBLAHS Seniors are currently 3 of the 8 hired interns working on The Anchor Program which will be a supportive mentor program for middle school students. These students have created a variety of focus group sessions and surveys for middle school students to use best practice and evidence based strategies through the Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) process. High school students will be matched with middle school students to help them navigate a variety of issues, establish strong relationships, and have some fun! The Anchor Program is possible through a generous Career Academic Grant through Greater Twin Cities United Way.
Aramide said, "I participated in the mentor program because I have an interest in working with mental health in the future. My experience working with seniors living with Dementia drew me to the field. I think the mentor program is great because we are actually taking action instead of just talking about it. " Aramide plans to attend college and major in Psychology after high school.
Saron adds that she chose to apply to the Mentor Program because "I wanted to be a part of creating something new at White Bear Lake. When I was in middle school I wished I had access to a mentor program so I'm glad that this is going to be available next year!"
Amanda wanted to participate in the Mentor Program to "help middle school students and provide them with the support they need. I liked that it was an opportunity be a leader and make a real difference in the community." Amanda is going to University of Wisconsin - Madison next year and plans to majoring in Business or Psychology.
Attention Students Interested in a Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
Thanks to Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Career Academies Grant, WBL Career Pathways and Nationally Certified YMHFA Instructors, Katie Marsh & Shannon Riebow will offer a free training for students who are 18 years old and are interested in pursuing a career in Mental Health, Allied Health, Education, Childcare or any other related career field. Eligible students are invited to sign up for the free training. To sign up and to learn more about the training, click HERE.
THANK YOU to
- Kyle Manley & Manley Gardening for continuing to support the development of the WBLAHS - South Campus outdoor Learning Lab which will be completed by the end of the school year! We break ground this month and can't wait to share with you the final product!
- WBLAS Staff Members, Robert Anderson, Amber Walsh, Michael McGarthwaite, and Jill Tessman for supporting the development of The Anchor Program. Your dedication to students is admirable. Go Bears!