We are proud of WACC Co-Op student, Liza Lewis, for working in clinical research at DePuy Synthes. We appreciate our partnership DePuy Synthes and thank Verdonna for being such an amazing mentor. 
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WACC Work Based Learning Co-Op students and Washington STEM Academy students had the opportunity to collaborate in teams on Friday to see who could build the largest freestanding structure out of marshmallows.  What a fun time it was to see STEM and teamwork in action in multi-age groups! 

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Warsaw Area Career Center Work-Based Learning Co-Op students recently honored their supervisors at an Employer Appreciation Luncheon presented by Vitale Events at 2517 in Warsaw.

The Co-Op students expressed their appreciation to their supervisors for their guidance and understanding in teaching them professional skills and aiding them in the transition from school to the training site.

The Work-Based Learning Co-Op Student of the Year recipient was Emily Shepherd, who worked at the Otis R. Bowen Center under the supervision of Jennifer Hatcher.

Positive Attitude Awards were presented to Ben Britton, Alex Brown, Taylor Cassel, Emilee Fetters, Cassie Hoag, MegAnn Pearl, Shane Powers, Tim Rata, and Rob Sullivan.  Professional Growth Awards were presented to Kyle Hatch, Trenton Rapp, Jordan Reichard, and Justin Stout.  Work-Based Learning Co-Op Excellence Awards were presented to Marcelo Brito Rosales, Page Desenberg, Abby Glass, and Jessica Keyes.

     Any employers interested in participating in the Work-Based Learning Co-Op program next year may contact Mrs. Angie Heinsman, Coordinator, at 574.371.5074 x 2549 or email  

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Hunter Haines is most definitely enjoying his experience working at Zimmer Biomet in the corporate accounting department.
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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

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