November, 2020

Career Pathways Newsletter

November, 2020

Student Spotlight

WBLAHS Senior, Valeria Diazmoreno, was recently hired at Techie Dudes, a local IT company with strong support of WBL Career Pathways. Jeff Borglum, owner and operator of Techie Dudes was "immediately impressed with Val's ambition. Since starting the internship, Val has brought a positive attitude and energy to our technicians that is hard to find. She strives to provide excellent customer service and is willing to learn from any challenge she faces." Since the beginning of the school year, Val has been working in the computer lab, answering customer questions, disassembling and reassembling laptops for various repairs, reloading Windows operating systems, troubleshooting the most common PC problems, and has gone on several onsite customer visits for both residential homes and small businesses. Val hopes to attend a 4-year college next year and study Quantum Physics, Quantum Computing, or other related fields. She is currently in the National Honor Society, an active member of the Environmental Club, and a Bilingual rock star! Way to be awesome Val!


Latinos Unidos Makes a Lasting Impact at WBLAS

WBLAHS - Senior Haleigh Dunaski is a proud member of Latinos Unidos at WBLAHS. Group Leader and Cultural Liaison, Briana Santoscoy has been supporting Haleigh her entire high school career. During Haleigh’s freshman year, Santoscoy introduced Latinos Unidos to a possible Ethnic Studies course. The course provides a holistic approach to learning by providing a wide variety of perspectives with regards to US History. The voices and lessons are for all cultures who created the United States of America as we know it today. Haleigh started a petition gathering signatures in support of adding the Ethnic Studies course. The WBLAS School Board will meet on November 9th to make the decision to offer this course for 10th grade students.

Haleigh adds, “As long as you fight for what you believe in, eventually they will hear what you have to say. Personally, I feel majorly accomplished to have made a difference in my school. I also believe that everyone in Latinos Unidos including Briana has worked tremendously hard to push the Ethnic Studies course. In the end, I learned to advocate for myself and how to create change.” Way to go Haleigh and Latinos Unidos! We are so proud of you!


Race2Reduce Grant supports Environmental Club's Legacy Project

WBLAS and WBL Career Pathways are honored to receive a Race2Reduce Grant from the MN Department of Education which focuses on water sustainability and empowering students to make a difference in their community. As a result, the WBLAHS Environmental Club will be doing a complete renovation in the current Peace Garden at WBLAHS - South Campus. EC Leader Amy Donlin and students broke ground on October 24 and spent hours digging out dead shrubbery, pruning old trees, and removing debris which filled up multiple trailers! The Legacy Project will include an outdoor learning lab highlighting water sustainability practices and other ways to take care of the environment. A big thank you to Kyle Manley with Manley Gardening LLC for his generous donation of time in drawing up future landscape plans and his knowledge in helping students complete the project by June 2021.

The Race2Reduce Grant will also support Ben Butters and the WBLAS H20 for Life chapter, provide community and education awareness opportunities, and send the Environmental Club students on a leadership retreat to learn more about sustainable practices and related careers post high school. Thank you to the MN Department of Education for supporting our students and community!

WBLAHS Teacher Featured on WCCO News

On October 20, WBLAHS - North Campus Teacher Shannon Riebow was featured on WCCO about a Chiller Challenge tool WBLAHS students are using to creatively cope with stress. With Riebow's guidance, students are learning to express themselves through photography and meaningful statements. Reibow added that "the students' creativity and resilience are shining through, both in their Chiller projects  and in the adaptability they have shown during this unique school year. " See the interview HERE.

Construction Careers Foundation Donates At-Home Learning Kits

Once again, WBL Career Pathways is beyond excited to partner with Construction Careers Foundation. Through their Learn2Build program, CCF created 25 at-home kits for Construction Career Pathway students during these difficult times. The kits align with CTE standards in the Construction courses taught by our teachers and help support hands-on learning at home. Kits will be delivered throughout the school year. Kit #1 contained materials to build a birdhouse, hammer, Phillips Screwdriver, painting supplies, a lesson on bird migration & climate change, information on MN Apprenticeships, and much more. The best part? Students get to keep their tools! Thank you to Mary Desjarlais and her team for the continued support. Truly amazing!



  • Chris & Jen Weddell (parents) for donating their time, tools, and trailers for the Peace Garden Legacy Project.
  • Kyle Manley at Manley Gardening LLC for drafting the landscaping plans for the Environmental Club's Legacy Project slated to be finished June 2021.
  • Steve Cox, owner of Key Automotive in Hugo who donated 3 cases of brake cleaner, 3 cases of rust penetrating oil, 3 cases of starting fluid, and 3 cases of oil mats! Key Automotive is a member of MNCARS which is a non-profit organization working to support students interested in Transportation careers after high school.
  • Wilbert Plastic Services for hiring nearly a dozen Manufacturing Career Pathway students as Part-Time Assemblers at their WBL location. More details to come in the future about their innovative work with high school students!


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