The 2016-2017 internship class tested their team working skills before going out to their internship. The students used spaghetti, string, tape, and one marshmallow to build the highest tower they could. They will apply these team work skills in their internship to be the best intern they can be.
On Friday, August 19, 2016, 32 WACC Work-Based Learning Co-Op students, led by Angie Heinsman and Dave Clark, and 81 Washington STEM Academy sixth graders, led by Nicole Ryman, Patrick Hazelton, and Rebecca Dawson, collaborated in an activity called the Marshmallow Challenge.  They were tasked with creating the tallest, freestanding structure using only 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of string, 1 yard of masking tape, and a jumbo marshmallow.  They had 18 minutes to complete the challenge in multi-age groups.  The room was abuzz with activity during the 18-minute work time given to complete the task.  Students used trial and error, along with prototyping in order to achieve the highest structure.  Some experienced successed, and others learned the meaning of not YET.  Research shows that typically the best performances come from engineers and kindergartners.  That research proved to be true as our winning group included Mallory Hooks, who is in WBL Co-Op following an engineering pathway.  The instructors were really proud of the collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving skills shown by the students.

The Winners are shown below, with a structure of 23 3/4" high:  Mallory Hooks, WACC, Liana Dunkel, Angelica Garcia, Abigail Parcels, and Alexis Vargas, Washington STEM Academy

Business Professionals of America
Warsaw Area Career Center

On Wednesday evening, May 4th, three members of the Warsaw Area Career Center Chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) took off for the BPA National Leadership Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Attending the conference was Spencer Gareiss (senior), John Kuhn (senior), and Justin Stout (junior) along with their advisor Scott Schramm and his wife Anne.

In order to qualify for NLC the students must compete in their chosen contest at the local level. This was hosted at WACC in December with several other area school attending. They may compete in a maximum of 2 events. If a student finished in the top few of their contest they can attend the State Leadership Conference in Indianapolis. WACC took 34 students to Indianapolis in January for the state competition!

If a student finishes in the top of their competition at the state level they are qualified to attend the NLC. The three students listed above not only qualified in one, but all three qualified in both of their events! Justin qualified in JAVA Programming and Visual Basic Programming. John qualified in C++ Programming as well as JAVA Programming. Spencer qualified in the Personal Financial Management and Fundamental Accounting competitions!

Spencer finished 9th at Nationals in his Fundamental Accounting and took the 3rd place plaque in Personal Financial Management! These are great accomplishments at the national level! All students could also participate in “Open” events. In those Justin placed 10th in the Administrative Support Concepts event. There were 640 students that participated in that event!

The students attended the general sessions of the conference and had opportunities to attend different breakout sessions on leadership, BPA history, professional networking, and technology issues. Exploring Boston was also a lot of fun!

The Warsaw Area Career Center BPA also received certificates for Membership Explosion and 2016 BPA Cares Program. These are for a large jump in the membership of our local BPA Chapter and for community service as a chapter and individuals. We had nearly 80 members this year!
Sometimes pilots work on their planes too! WACC WBL Co-Op student Mason gets a variety of career experiences at Warsaw Flying Club.

Microsoft Office Specialist Word Certifications #IamCTEIndiana

These four students have passed their Microsoft Office Specialist Word Certification. They accomplished this while in the WACC Digital Applications class. Congratulations to Aurora, Ian, Harshitha, and Amber!

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