December 2021

Career Pathways Newsletter

December 2021

WBLAHS is 1st HS to Offer Driver's Education to Students Committed to the Skilled Trades

On Tuesday, November 23, WBLAHS became the first MN high school to successfully offer FREE Driver's Education to students who are committed to pursuing a skilled trade after high school. For any graduating student pursuing a career in Construction, Manufacturing, or Automotive, it is required that employees have their driver's license. But for those who cannot afford the $400 cost, it leaves them unable to pursue their careers after high school. Thanks to the innovative thinking of Construction Career Pathway Instructor, Dan Rossiter, WBL Career Pathways offered a program at no charge. As a result, 14 students completed the training and are now eligible to complete the behind-the-wheel training! A gigantic thank you goes to Construction Careers Foundation, WBLAS Community Education, A+ Driving School, our Bear Pride Sponsors, and of course Dan Rossiter for making this a reality. I am honored to work with such amazing people who continuously say "yes" to equitable access and opportunity for all of our students!


The Health & Wellness Career Pathway added a new component to the student experience this year. Thanks to WBLAHS Senior, Khushi Bhakta, and WBLAHS Junior, Keegan Durdle, students can now join HOSA - future health professionals. On November 5, 10 Health & Wellness Career Pathway students and new HOSA Members went to the Fall Leadership Conference. They learned about everything from surgery, psychotherapy, forensic science, leadership development, emergency medical services, and more! Our students were even featured on Kare 11 News!

AND! We are so excited to announce that HOSA received a Brosious Grant from White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation to support the inaugural year! This will help Erica Largent (Teacher Leader) and the students create a sustainable program for future health professionals and provide learning opportunities in addition to what students experience at WBLAHS. Thank you WBLAEF!

Engineering & Manufacturing Students visit Century College

On November 17, the Manufacturing & Applied Engineering class visited Century College to learn about a variety of Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering programs available. Both Manufacturing & Applied Engineering I & II are concurrent enrollment Career Pathway courses. Students who complete both courses at WBLAHS receive 8 college credits! Engineering & Manufacturing Career Pathway Instructor, Josh Dery says, "from the beginning it has been a collaborative effort with Century College. They have helped us build a program that works for students and supports the narrative that engineering is not just a 4-year degree." Thank you to Randy Jasken and his team for working together to shape the future.


Student Spotlight

Meet WBLAHS Senior, Malcolm Tassah! Malcolm is currently employed as an IT Intern at Medtronic through Genesys Works. Malcolm works remotely 20 hours a week on a variety of IT projects. During the summer of 2021, Malcolm completed an 8-week skills training experience and was offered the internship at Medtronic which he will work at his entire Senior Year. “I like the Medtronic Internship because it gives me a set of skills that I will use in the near future and shows me what real corporate jobs look like." Upon graduation, Malcolm plans to attend a 4-year school to major in Information Systems or a related degree in Information Technology.


Job Shadows are Happening!

It has been so great to get kids back to job shadowing our local industry partners. On November 9, WBLAHS Junior, Ali Charif shadowed at Dental Kidds. Thank you to Dawn Hank, Mandy Kuss, and their team for teaching Ali about your world of work!


And on the same day, WBLAHS Senior, Jenna Newpower shadowed Physical Therapist, Rachel Hedden from Summit Orthopedics. Jenna adds, "during my experience at Summit Orthopedics, I learned a lot. Rachel was a great teacher from explaining the situation, to doing stretches focused on how to create better movement to the joint. She taught me many good learning targets and what to look for from the patient. Overall my experience was exactly what I wanted and helped me officially decide what my future plans are. My plan for the future is to attend a four-year college with a minor in Exercise Science and from there, go on to graduate school to become a Physical Therapist." If you would like to have a student shadow you, email


Let's Get These Kids Some Caffeine!

WBLAHS - South Campus, Lindsay Lamwers, Media Specialist is leading the students who are committed to opening a coffee shop at WBLAHS called School Grounds. They are so close and all they need to do is buy an icemaker. And then they are off! If you would like to support the students and/or learn more about the project, click HERE.

Thank You to:

  • Jessica Ellison from MN Historical Society for speaking with a WBLAHS Senior about Careers in Public History & Museum Studies.
  • Tyler Van Eps from Lube Tech for donating 5 gallons of Waylube and 5 gallons of grinding oil for our CNC Machines.
  • Maria & Paul from Wold Architects for being guest speakers in Fred Feirn's Architecture Class and being the featured career speaker for the monthly AVID guest speaking series!
  • Angela Harris, LCSW for meeting with WBLAHS students interested in learning about your world of work in Social Work.
  • Jenn Funk, LADC for helping students understand the career pathway to become a Licensed Drug & Alcohol Counselor.
  • Haley Severson, Gage Knutson, and David Mehr from Buhler, Inc. for speaking with Engineering & Manufacturing Career Pathway about the Mechatronics Technician Apprentice program!
  • Ramsey County Workforce Solutions for hosting the Green Jobs Green Futures Virtual Summit. We had over 10 students attend who are interested in pursuing a variety of green jobs after high school.
  • Teaching Today MN for the full page spread in the Fall 2021 edition. You can read the full issue HERE on page 4.


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