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!

Mallory Caldwell is part of the WACC WBL Co-Op program and is preparing for a teaching career through her job as a paraprofessional at Leesburg Elementary. Mallory has several experiences daily working with various grade levels as she decides which grade level best fits her future. Today was a day for singing some alphabet songs and practicing letters and sounds in Mrs. Sproul's kindergarten class. Thanks, Mr. Dahms, and Leesburg Blue Blazers for welcoming Mallory into your school family! She is loving her experience!

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Dental Health P.C. recently celebrated WBL Co-Op student Karly Jones being named Homecoming queen and recognized her hard work in the office. Dr. Hollar has worked with our program since the 90s! Thank you, Dental Health P.C., for continuing to help our students pursue careers in the dental field ... and congratulations Karly!!

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