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Chelan High School Career Connections class offers students a path to success

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CHELAN– In a world where the landscape of employment is continually shifting, Chelan High School is taking proactive steps to ensure its students are prepared for the future. 

One of the standout programs contributing to this effort is the Career Connections class taught by Jeff Pearl. Pearl, a seasoned educator with a passion for guiding students toward their future careers, took the helm of the Career Connections class this year. His dedication to student success is evident in the way he structures the class, focusing on real-world applications and essential skills that students will need as they transition from high school to the professional world.

A key element of the Career Connections class is its robust internship program.

  • Kayla Alcazar had the opportunity to work with Marta Mercado at Chelan Fruit, gaining insights into the agricultural industry. 
  • Omar Magdaleno interned at Coldwell Banker, working alongside Deicy Leyva, Joleen Baker, and Veronica to understand the real estate business. 
  • Wade Sanderson experienced the construction industry firsthand at Harkey Construction with Eric Sanderson.
  • Danika Dietrich and Josie Garfoot are placed at Lake Chelan Health, working with various hospital staff to explore careers in healthcare.

CHS administration is proud of the work being done in the Career Connections class and looks forward to seeing the continued impact on student achievement and community engagement. 

Lake Chelan School District Superintendent Brad Wilson, “With educators, local businesses, and students leading the way, the future looks bright for Chelan High School students.”

The success of the Career Connections class is evident in its outcomes. Many alumni have gone on to secure internships, apprenticeships, and entry-level positions in their chosen fields, thanks in part to the skills and connections they developed in the class, which was taught by recently retired and longtime CHS educator Terrie Carleton prior to Pearl taking over.

 Local businesses have praised the program for preparing motivated and well-prepared young individuals for the workforce. As the job market continues to evolve, programs like this are crucial in equipping the next generation with the tools they need to succeed.

Mike Maltais: 360-333-8483 or michael@ward.media

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