WACC WBL Co-Op student, Ana, is currently employed at the Otis R. Bowen Center.  She is preparing for her future career in the mental health field.  Her supervisor, Jennifer Hatcher, stated that Ana is "part of my team.  She has been trained in all areas because that is what we need her to do."  She was quick to state how proud she is about Ana's progress this year in the WBL Co-Op program.  Ana stated that her job is providing valuable experience for her future because she is learning the "behind the scenes" work, including paperwork and procedures.  She plans to pursue a career in the mental health field at Grace College, beginning in the fall of 2015.  We're proud of Ana, and we're thankful to Bowen Center for providing the great experience!

Shelby Stone was named the Mason Health and Rehab January 2015 Employee of the Month.  She is a current Work-Based Learning Co-Op student who earned her CNA license and has been working at Mason's for the school year.  She is well respected by her colleagues and demonstrates professionalism and a positive attitude.  She continues to progress and learn in her position, and she has received excellent reviews.  Her positive spirit inspires others.  Mrs. Heinsman and Mrs. Allison are so proud of Shelby's hard work!  Thank you, Mason's, for working with Shelby and recognizing her great work!

Tyler Stahly, who is enrolled in the Work-Based Learning Co-Op program, is gaining great experience in all aspects of his family's business, The Spectacle Shoppe.  Tyler wants to pursue a college degree in order to be educationally prepared for the challenges of working in this business, and he has started his experience through the WACC Co-Op program.  When visiting, he demonstrated the ability to work through many of the entry-level lens grinding steps, and he could explain the entire process step-by-step. He also has been able to work with customers, and sometimes he even has to file! :( This has been a great experience for Tyler!  Thanks, Spectacle Shoppe!

Bob Vitoux recently spoke with Honors Advanced Financial Services students, sharing his expertise in the area of accounting and finance. He provided excellent information to the students regarding how to maximize their collegiate experience to position them for their futures in the area of business, and he emphasized development of relationships along the way. He stressed the importance of accountants and financial services people developing as business partners in order to impact a business positively. His shared practical experience was appreciated by the students!  (He also showed us the "new knee" that is being marketed from Biomet!) Thanks, Bob!

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Ellie Bearss is part of the WACC WBL Co-Op program and works as a paraprofessional at WashIngton STEM Academy. Ellie dreams of becoming a child psychologist and realized she needed some experience with kids before pursuing that dream. She has several experiences daily working with various grade levels of students and is able to relate all she is learning about kids to her future career. She was surprised at how many difficulties some students have, and she looks forward to helping them! Ellie describes her co-workers as amazing and accepting of her as she assists in classrooms. Thanks, Mr. Ray, and Washington STEM Academy, for welcoming Ellie into your school family! She looks forward to coming to work each day!

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