From WBL Coordinator, Mrs. Angie Heinsman:
Proud of WACC Co-Op Kanton Waddle who is preparing for his dentistry future at Dr. William Myers Dentistry! Thanks for investing in our students! Great job, Kanton!
Michaela Buriff is a senior here at WCHS/WACC and is currently in the Work Based Learning Co-Op Program with a placement at the Kosciusko County YMCA.  She has previously taken Nutrition & Wellness, Child Development, Interpersonal Relationships, and Preparing for College & Careers. Michaela says that these classes have taught her many life skills and she's appreciative of the several opportunities shes been given along the way. When she's not at school or work, Michaela is busy competing on the WCHS Varsity Track & Field team. One accomplishment she's proud of is recently being named Employee of the Month at the YMCA. Upon graduation, Michaela plans to attend Grace College to study elementary education and run on their track team. Congratulations, Michaela! 
Branson Byrer is a senior here at WCHS/WACC and is currently taking Fire Rescue II & a Work Based Learning Capstone. He's also previously taken Fire Rescue I, Medical Terminology, & Biomedical Science here in the WACC.

Branson says that he's always had a interest in the medical field, which is why he first started taking these courses, but once he completed Fire Rescue I he was hooked. 

Outside of school, Branson is taking an EMT- Basic class, works 12 & 24 hour shifts at the Fire Station, and is on the Plain Township (Leesburg) Volunteer Fire Department. 

Upon graduation, Branson plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College to receive his paramedic license, with an end goal of becoming a Firefighter.

Pictured below is Branson at his first structure fire and during one of his 24 hour shifts- responding to an accident. 

Work-Based Learning Co-Op Employer Appreciation Luncheon

 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 33 Co-Op students expressed 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 Ciara Stout, who worked in the Human Resources Department at Tecomet under the supervision of Kay Kelley.

Positive Attitude Awards were presented to Liza Lewis, Nick Marsh, and Christian Raish.  Professional Growth Awards were presented to Brenda Alvarado, Noah Diaz, Dillon King, Kyle Rickert, and Hannah Williams.  Work-Based Learning Co-Op Excellence Awards were presented to Mia Beckham, Emali Grose, Colton Lind, Brendan Perry, Savannah Taylor, and Matthew Watson.

     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 

(Pictured above)
WBL Co-Op of the Year
L-R Angie Heinsman (WBL Coordinator), Ciara Stout, David Clark (WBL Coordinator)

WBL Positive Attitude Awards
L-R Angie Heinsman (WBL Coordinator), Nick Marsh, Liza Lewis, Christian Raish, David Clark (WBL Coordinator)

WBL Professional Growth Awards
L-R Angie Heinsman (WBL Coordinator), Hannah Williams, Brenda Alvarado, Noah Diaz, Dillon King, Kyle Rickert, David Clark (WBL Coordinator)

WBL Excellence Awards
L-R Angie Heinsman (WBL Coordinator), Emali Grose, Savannah Taylor, Mia Beckham, Matthew Watson, Brendan Perry, David Clark (WBL Coordinator)

Proud of WACC Co-Op student, Brendan Perry, for working with the asset management team at Zimmer-Biomet. Keep working hard! Your future is bright!

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