Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lead To Succeed Meetup #4 Final Meetup of the Semester

We had the last Meet Up of the semester today, and it was awesome! 

The day started with a Resume and Interview workshop designed to get students prepared for their next requirement - submitting a polished resume and participating in a Mock Interview with a professional community volunteer! 

After the workshop, Terri Salzer from Milwaukee Public Schools came in to talk to Lead to Succeed participants about all the great MPS apprenticeship opportunities available to them in their Junior and Senior years at MPS schools.  Terri has already received some follow up e-mails from students anxious to get started in pursuing an apprenticeship!

During lunch, the Meet Up Award for highest Lead to Succeed points earner was awarded to hard-working Marquan Whitelaw from Bayview High School.  Congratulations again, Marquan.  You certainly deserve that $50 Amazon gift card - we hope you enjoy it!

After lunch, students headed to the School of Freshwater Science, where they got a stellar tour of the building from Director of Development Eric Leaf.  They head all about what it takes to get into the School of Freshwater Science as a graduate student.  Plus, the students got to see all the amazing work in progress with fish, underwater ROVs, Quagga Mussels, you name it!  They even got to board the School of Freshwater Science's research vessel, the Neeskay! 

Marquan, winning the Meet Up Award

 Students viewing the fish breeding laboratories

 Students checking out the under water ROVs

Aboard the Neeskay! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lead To Succeed Meetup #3

An action packed Meet Up today for Lead to Succeed participants!  The day began with a continental breakfast at the Lead to Succeed office, where Jhon Polanco from Bradley Tech High School was awarded the $50 Amazon gift card Meet Up Award for having the most Lead to Succeed points - of any student in the program!  Congratulations, Jhon. 

After breakfast, students visited the Oak Creek Campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College, where they went on a tour that highlighted the trades and apprenticeship opportunities available in the region.  Thank you to  Nick Triscari for the great tour and presentation.  

After that, students headed to the Global Water Center.  At the GWC, they heard from Elizabeth Thelen, Director of Entrepreneurship and Talent at The Water Council on many of the ways "Water is an Opportunity!" Then, the students took a tour of the Global Water Center and met many of the entrepreneurs and water business leaders located in the building.  Immediately following the tour, volunteers from the Water Council Student Chapters - UWM School of Freshwater Science, Whitewater, and Marquette - had a panel discussion with the students followed by small group Q&A.  The topic?  "Why a Career in Water and Why STEM Studies May be Right for You!"  A big thanks to Elizabeth and all the Water Council Student Chapters for making this event possible.  

To finish the day, students headed to AO Smith to learn just what it's like being an inventor in a water business.  The students heard a fascinating overview of AO Smith - history, products, and forward thinking approach to doing business in water.  In a grand finale, students were able to tour several of AO Smith's product development labs, where they saw cutting edge water heater development in progress!  Special thanks to Ron Bartos, Jason Scott, and Steve Memory for volunteering your valuable time to show students around AO Smith.  

"I honestly don't know what part of the day was the best.  All of it was so interesting.  I am interested in all these jobs." - JW, Lead to Succeed Participant at the
Boys and Girls Club Site 

Meet Up Award winner Jhon with his Site Manager, Evan Sandherr