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FRCC News

9/21/16

Adam Gauzy and students in the automotive technology program recently were recognized as the Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month.

A senior at Washington High School, Gauzy holds a 4.0 grade-point average and is vice president of the senior class. He is involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership, track and baseball. He plans to pursue a career in physical therapy in college and would like to compete in track on the collegiate level.

Automotive technology students accepting the award were Andrew Katzung, Nick Dierking, Alec Kreiftmeyer, Brian Reid, Tyler Moore and instructor Dan Brinkmann.

Gauzy and the automotive technology students were presented their student of the month plaques by Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photos below.

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WHS Student of the Month

Adam Gauzy receives his student of the month plaque from Rotary President Dennis Kramme.

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Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month

Students in the Automotive Technology program receive their plaque from Rotary President Dennis Kramme. From left are Andrew Katzung, Kramme, Nick Dierking, Alec Kreiftmeyer, Brian Reid, Tyler Moore and instructor Dan Brinkmann.

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9/16/16

Corey Mohn, the Executive Director at Blue Valley CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) paid a visit to the Four Rivers Career Center to visit with students in CAPS programs on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Mohn spoke to the students in the Business Ignite and Teaching Careers programs. Also on hand were School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and FRCC Director Andy Robinson.

Mohn gave the students a rundown on how the CAPS network started and how it has progressed over the years. The students provided information on various projects they’ve been working on and ideas they have for the future.

Photos of Mohn visiting with the Business Ignite students are below.


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9/2/16

Students in the CAPS Ignite Business class pitched business ideas for the community to representatives of Downtown Washington, Inc. at the Four Rivers Career Center on Friday, Sept. 2.

The class of 15 Washington High School students broke into groups and gave their business presentations, which were approximately two weeks in the making.

The business ideas for the City of Washington by the Ignite students were Food Truck Friday, Bicycle Stations, Mural Art and Breakout Rooms.

Following the presentations, members of Downtown Washington, Inc. met with each group of students, providing their feedback.

The Ignite course, instructed by Cathy Jinkerson, is grounded in design thinking as students learn foundational skills in the area of business when starting a company. Students will engage with real professionals in the field throughout the process.

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8/23/16

Taking the newest CAPS course, called Ignite, is a challenging and exciting time for a group of approximately 15 students from Washington High School.

The course is in the Business/Entrepreneurship strand and will provide a unique opportunity for students. The experience is focused on business innovation.  

The course is grounded in design thinking as students learn foundational skills in the area of business when starting a company. Students will engage with real professionals in the field throughout the process.

“We will be soliciting the help of local business partners to share concepts of teamwork, project development, and management,” said School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer. “Students will have ample opportunities to pitch their ideas in order to develop their skills and talents while inventing their own career opportunities.”

Additionally, the students also will assist in the process of classroom design as space at Four Rivers Career Center is remodeled for the purposes of creating workspace for the programs. 

“It’s a great idea because there’s nothing else like it. There’s no other class you can take that actually gives you real life experiences. With this, you actually get professional experience,” said Washington High School senior Molly Landolt. “I’m interested in advertising and marketing, so learning those skills and doing internships with businesses, interacting with business people, would be a good opportunity for me. I’m looking forward to getting real life experience in the business world.”

CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.

This is the second CAPS course to emerge as part of the school district’s Advanced Professional Studies option. The Teaching Careers course was the first. 

“It’s good because it gives the students more options and more paths to take when considering their future,” said WHS junior Conlan Jarvis. “By taking this class, I hope to get more experience business wise. I want to learn the basics and get as much knowledge as I can about business.”

Cathy Jinkerson is the instructor of the Ignite course. For the first week of the school year, the group met at Exit 11 Workspace  in Washington. Owner Angela Garland spoke to the class about her business experiences during that time. From here on out, students will be visiting various businesses and meet for class at the Four Rivers Career Center.

“I want to go into the graphic design or multi-media fields. This class will give me an opportunity to work with businesses and help design things for them. I love to design ads, logos, brochures, things like that,” said WHS senior Taylor Hanneken. “It’s a neat opportunity to work with businesses. We’ll be getting opportunities to shadow different businesses, so maybe I’ll like something else that I can pursue. It’s just a really cool idea.”

CAPS courses are among three choice programs for students seeking this type of experience. 

Choice programs include: 

*Career and Technology courses offered at Four Rivers Career Center;

*Project Lead the Way courses in the areas of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering offered at Washington High School; and 

*Advanced Professional Studies or CAPS courses in the area of Teaching Careers and Entrepreneurship (Ignite) offered at FRCC or off-site as projects demand.

“We have listened to students, and overwhelmingly, they have expressed a sincere interest in career exploration and more creative ways to learn. This course helps them test drive their future,” VanLeer said. “The immersion of real-world projects as well as authentic connections with business professionals makes this course meaningful. We look forward to watching the students evolve and learn over the course of the school year.”

The students are eager to dive into their projects.

“It sounds really interesting. I want to learn the basics of business and maybe one day start my own business,” Jarvis said.

“With it being a new class, it’s a really good opportunity. It’s a good way for me to get better with my business skills,” Landolt added.

“The class is a different atmosphere than what we’re used to. I really love that,” Hanneken said. “You’re treated like an adult. You’re on your own. It’s not a set schedule. You never know what the day will bring. That’s exciting.”

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CAPS Ignite Students

Front row, from left, are Molly Landolt, Calvin Obermark, Connor Lewis, Ian Dotson, Taylor Hanneken and Sara Hamer.

Back row, from left, are Paige Nye, Kailey Robinson, Emily Hopkins, Morgan Holdmeyer, Nichole Brinker, Cassidy Nurnberger, Reese Mauro and Conlan Jarvis

Not Pictured is Parker Nye.

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CAPS Ignite Students, Staff

Front row, from left, are Four Rivers Career Center Director Andy Robinson, Molly Landolt, Calvin Obermark, Connor Lewis, Ian Dotson, Taylor Hanneken and Sara Hamer.

Back row, from left, are Ignite Instructor Cathy Jinkerson, Paige Nye, Kailey Robinson, Emily Hopkins, Morgan Holdmeyer, Nichole Brinker, Cassidy Nurnberger, Reese Mauro, Conlan Jarvis, School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Exit 11 Workspace Owner Angela Garland.

Not Pictured is Parker Nye.

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Exit 11 Workspace Owner Angela Garland speaks to students.

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Exit 11 Workspace Owner Angela Garland speaks to students.

 

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