Career Pathways Newsletter
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 in mind. 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.
Job Openings: WBLAS is looking for a HS Industrial Tech Teacher - 0.5 FTE. We are also looking for someone to teach IT Explorations and Programming Fundamentals - 0.5 FTE next year! Spread the word if you know anyone who wants to join the WBLAS Team!
Our Commitment to Equity
To nurture the whole student, we disrupt systemic inequities by recognizing, honoring, and embracing all cultures with humility and respect. WBL Career Pathways is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities that help students design and create their own future, respect diverse people and ideas, and learn from local industry partners. Click HERE to learn more.
WBLAHS is First MN High School to Offer Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification to Students
The Health & Wellness Teacher Team recently completed their first round of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training to 23 WBLAHS Seniors. Thanks to a generous Greater Twin Cities United Way grant, Katie Marsh and Shannon Riebow have become nationally certified YMHFA instructors for WBLAS.
A big congratulations goes out to the following students for being the first cohort to get YMHFA certified: Aramide Adegoke, Emma Anderson-Stem, Saron Bekabil, Kolby Bachmeier, Joelena Bockarie, Bella Brownlee, Haleigh Dunaski, Madilyn Gieske, Kylie Hoffman, Matthew Kadrie, Paitynn Lee, Angel Rose Lumbo, Camron Madsen, Parker Madsen, Josie Nguyen, Lainey Nguyen, Savannah Parker, Jordyn Rodriguez, Mackenzie Sloan, Hannah Vander Heiden, Tyler Vanderhyde, Lance Xiong, and Natalie Yang.
Marsh said she became a YMHFA instructor, "because so many of my students were dealing with mental health problems and I wasn’t properly equipped to help them. I was able to identify when students were struggling, but I didn’t know how to help them. This course has given me confidence, and the necessary tools to assist my students. I am hoping that more staff and students (who are 18 years old) will take this course, so we can help a larger number of youth in our community."
Riebow adds, “I decided to become a YMHFA instructor because I want to help raise awareness and help provide support for mental health challenges. In recent years, I have had so many students experience mental health issues and challenges. Although we are becoming more aware of mental health and our views are changing, I feel that we lack support, especially for youth who might be unaware or afraid to get help. Teaching others how to recognize a potential mental health challenge and provide support is so important to early intervention and helping our youth live a healthier life. I am proud that our district is taking on this initiative and offering this training to our students that are 18 years of age and our staff members. It gives us more tools to be able to best support and love our students.” In the future, Marsh & Riebow plan to offer the training to District 624 staff and other community members through WBLAS Community Education.
2021 Gen Z Connections - Summer Internships are Happening!
With summer approaching quickly, WBL Career Pathways and local industry partners are committed to offering paid, experiential opportunities for our students (at a safe distance of course). Thank you to Fairway Collision & Automotive, MME Group, Teamvantage, Walser Polar Chevrolet, Walser Polar Mazda, and Westfall Technik for committing to offer paid internships to our most dedicated Manufacturing, Engineering, and Automotive Career Pathway Students. Gen Z Connections is currently a Youth Skills Training program through MN DLI and in partnership with Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation.
Dan Rossiter Receives 2021 Vern Vick Memorial Award
Please join us in congratulating Dan Rossiter as being selected as a recipient of the 2021 Vern Vick Memorial Award. Each year, this award is presented to individuals who have contributed to the support and empowerment of Ramsey County’s youth through personal, academic or career development. The award is dedicated to the memory of Vern Vick, a widely respected member of the community, an inspirational leader and role model in the field of youth development. Throughout his life, Vern dedicated himself to working with and improving the lives of Ramsey County’s youth through his long-term involvement in education, as well as his participation in organizations and activities designed to develop the full potential of our County’s youth.
Rossiter is currently a Career Pathways Instructor & CTE Teacher who is dedicated to working with students pursuing all post-secondary plans. He also leads MN Trades Academy in Ramsey County and is working to pilot a program for students pursuing the skilled trades and who need their Driver’s Permit (more details to come in the future on this exciting project)! Congratulations Dan! What an honor to work with you!
Thank you to
- Suburban Ramsey County Family Collaborative for sponsoring the YMHFA students in April 2021.
- VHEDC for providing steel-toed boots, OSHA certifications, and masks for our summer 2021 Interns.
- AutoNation Ford for hosting our first job shadow since the pandemic started. We can't wait to get rolling again!