The Wentzville School District and BJC HealthCare have entered a partnership as part of a new, hands-on learning experience for high school students. The new program is called “Ignite” and it will provide students with valuable off-campus opportunities to work with mentors, engage in real-world problem solving and make professional connections in the workplace in our community.
Ignite will launch initially with two strands: HealthCare Academy and Start Up/Business Solutions. The HealthCare Academy is in partnership with BJC HealthCare and will provide students with a clinical rotation at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Peters or Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon.
A WSD teacher and BJC personnel will instruct and facilitate the course and clinical rotation assignments. In addition, students will be paired with a health care mentor, earn Safety, HIPAA, CPR and First Aid competencies and have a capstone project to complete.
Start Up/Business Solutions will provide students with an opportunity to work with mentors to create a start-up venture or work to solve a problem for a local business. Ignite will be available to WSD students who apply and interview for 15 spots in the HealthCare Academy and approximately 20 spots in Start Up/Business Solutions. The District hopes to grow and expand the program to include more students in subsequent years.
“Ignite will take everything students have learned in the classroom and apply it to an authentic work environment,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith.
“Students will interact closely with local professionals in the field and will learn the ‘soft skills’ needed in the industry. It will also provide students with a network of local professionals who can help them connect to future employment. We are very excited to launch this new opportunity for WSD students.”