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Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day Celebrated At Big Lake High School

Youth Apprentices and their Employers

On Tuesday, December 13th, Big Lake High School celebrated its annual Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day in the Big Lake High School auditorium.

On this day, the 11 students currently participating in the Youth Apprenticeship program at Big Lake Schools, along with their families and business partners, gathered to celebrate their accomplishments and employment as a Big Lake High School Youth Apprentice.

Big Lake High School is an award-winning College and Career Readiness school. We strive to provide opportunities for all students to identify career interests and skills by providing connections to industry professionals and opportunities to experience career interests first hand.

Our motto is CAREER by CHOICE, rather than a career by chance. With this in mind, we developed the "3E model," a model unique to Big Lake Schools, to help prepare students for life after graduation.

The first E is Exposure, where we try to expose students to as many different career opportunities as possible.

The second E is Exploration, where students get a chance to dive deeper into career pathways, visit businesses around the community, tour area colleges, and take part in hands-on experiences.

The final E is the capstone, Experience. Students learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation while working on the job, receiving high school credit, and earning a wage through employment as a Big Lake High School Youth Apprentice.

Here at Big Lake Schools, we recognize the commitment between students and employers with this signing day event. A celebration for the students who decided to invest in their future, their parents for supporting them throughout their education, and the partnering
businesses for investing in students to address the needs of today’s workforce.

Through Youth Apprenticeship, classrooms extend beyond the school walls. These students leave the building to attend REAL (Relevant Experience Apprenticeship
Learning) class at their place of employment. The youth apprentice model is governed
by an industry recognized checklist of tasks that YAs will learn through real world work
experience. These are relevant, high tech, industry-current, career-based learning

Big Lake High School is very proud to provide these experiences to our students. We are proud of the partnerships that have been cultivated with business and industry. Most of all, we are proud of these students that made this commitment to their future.

Youth Apprenticeship Students, their Career Pathway, and Partnering Businesses:

  • Bailey Muehlbauer - Agriculture at Iron Shoe Farms
  • Caleb Kvilhaug - Diesel Technician at GATR Truck Center
  • Natalie Ulven - Manufacturing at Lisi Medical Remmele
  • Broden Johns - Manufacturing at Lisi Medical Remmele
  • Shelby Baufield - Animal Science at Big Lake Area Veterinary Hospital
  • Jaxyn Tschritter - Cabinetmaking at
  • McChesney Cabinets
  • Lilliana St. Jean - Early Childhood Education at Big Lake ECFE
  • Johnathan Levreau - Agriculture at Minnesota Native Landscapes
  • Levi Rengel - Agriculture at Minnesota Native Landscapes
  • Emily Lemire - Healthcare at St. Benedict’s Community
  • Westin Christian - Diesel Technician at New Look Contracting