NH ELO Network Members Recognized at the NH Work-Based Learning Champions Recognition of Excellence Event

On October 1, 2019 twenty individuals and organizations were recognized for demonstrating excellence in one or more aspects of work-based learning (WBL). WBL is a partnership between schools and employers offering all students opportunities for practical educational experience, including real-world occupational settings, to expand career options. WBL is an essential activity linked to CTE, ELOs, career pathways, apprenticeship and other career-driven learning. It gives students the “why” of their learning.

The following individuals from the NH ELO Network were honored:

Joy Gobin, ELO Coordinator, Lebanon High School: This is Joy’s fifth year as an ELO Coordinator at LHS. In that time she helped students to redefine their understanding of the “ecosystem of business” by supporting them to undertake deep and rich WBL experiences supported by a cross sector of area businesses. Joy continues to create new and innovative relationships including an expanded WBL partnership with Hypertherm and Fujifilm Dimatix. LHS’s ELO model is viewed as an exemplar in NH and the national level.

Julie Reece, Program Manager for Experiences (ELO Coordinator), VLACS: Julie started with the design of VLACS WBL experiences in 2015, deployed the program and started serving students in 2017. Julie not only capatizes from the relationships that she has built with community and industry partners, but she teaches the students how to develop that same social capital. The Experiences Pathway for students, developed by Julie, provides WBL opportunities for students. Julie led the innovation team to find a way to allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies in actual real world settings. As a result, Julie found a way to combine actual onsite time with a curriculum that is online and still flexible for students. Now all full time VLACS students are required to complete a Career Exploration Experience (ELO) and over 100+ students, from all over the state, are now engaged. Julie has also been instrumental in launching the Career Connections program (a requirement for many VLACS offerings) which allows students to meet with professionals virtually to gain an understanding of their career and learn from their shared advice and expertise.

Mandy Fraser, Futures Coordinator, John Stark Regional High School, Weare: Mandy works to develop, manage and coordinate job shadows, work-study, alternative learning, and internship opportunities for students in the John Stark technical and internship courses. As part of that work, she goes above and beyond, providing guidance and support to John Stark students; encouraging them to find their unique pathway. She aides that effort by working to help students identify, prepare for (including completing paperwork and interview preparation), secure and successfully complete work-study, alternative learning, and internship opportunities. Her involvement in SAU 24 initiatives allows her to advocate for student needs, as well as the importance of authentic learning and application.

NH ELO Network member Stacey Kallelis, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Salem High School led a break out session entitled “Best Practices in Implementing a Highly Effective Building-wide WBL Program.

Students from Salem High School, Pinkerton Academy and Merrimack Valley High School were also recognized.