02-20-2020 First Career Day at WHS W-A-Y program; It is Anchors Aweigh for Coloma senior Ian Ishmael

CAREER DAY… Students in the W-A-Y program at Watervliet High School listen to speaker Superintendent Ric Seager as he tells them during Career Day on Feb. 12 about opportunities they have access to.


First Career Day at WHS

W-A-Y program

The Watervliet High School W-A-Y program hosted their first ever Career Day for students on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Professionals from 19 different career pathways were present to talk with the W-A-Y (Widening Advancements for Youth) students about job opportunities, training, apprenticeships, plus need in the industry. Superintendent Ric Seager addressed over 60 students who were present about the opportunities they have access to. City Manager Tyler Dotson spoke to the students about how to surround themselves with people who can help them and that if they want something, they need to go out and get it. Many students walked away with not only networking opportunities, but also learned of job openings now or for in the future. The following business representatives participated in this event: Ric Seager – Watervliet Public Schools; Tyler Dotson – Watervliet City Manager; Jamie Dawson – Watervliet High School Student Services; McKenzie Walter – Lane Automotive; Greg Pudell – Big C Lumber; Kristina – Ralph Moyle Inc. Trucking; Brian Smith – Edward Jones Financial; Renee Hook – Fairfield Inn/Surfari Joes; John Keverne & Miles Freed – Wausau Home Builders; Tammy Yeager – Health Occupations/ Lakeland Hospital; Chief Sutherland – Watervliet Public Safety; Chief Mattix – North Berrien Fire Rescue Department; Robin Kniebes – Grapevine Landscaping and Nursery; Brian Wilder – Local 357 Pipe Fitters; Dan Corwin – Local 153 Electrical Union.

ACCEPTED TO U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY… Coloma senior Ian Ishmael (center) recently received a phone call from U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, informing him that he had been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland. Ian is flanked in the photo by his father Tim Ishmael and his mother Heidi Ishmael. Also in the photo are Coloma Superintendent David Ehlers (far left) and Coloma High School Principal Mike Churchill (far right). (TCR photo by Dave Vollrath)


It is Anchors Aweigh for Coloma senior Ian Ishmael

By Dave Vollrath January was quite a month for Coloma High School senior Ian Ishmael. On