Compass is looking for business partners and mentors!
Become a Mentor
We are seeking professionals who are interested in working with high school students that are enrolled in either the Graphic Communications and/or Business Management and Economics courses for the 2016/2017 school year.
Compass mentors are:
- Willing to assist in developing those entering the future workforce
- Experienced and reliable in a related field (see list below)
- Interested in working with high school students that are seeking a different approach to learning
- Understanding of the growth potential in this age group
- Looking for a fresh perspective on professional issues
- Open to the dynamic energy experienced when working with this age group
- Supportive and open-minded, belief in a “growth” rather than “fixed” mindset
- Available to e-mail and/or meet with a mentee at least once a week
- Willing to complete a Trusted Employees background check
- Attend 2-3 mentor related activities held at Wayzata High School.
Graphic Communications - Career Areas
- Corporate Communications
- Creative/Art Director
- Graphic Design
- Layout Artist/Prepress Technician
- Multimedia (Web) Designer
- Printing and Packaging
- Photo Editor/Photoshop Artist
- Business Analyst
- Business Law
- Human Resources
- Project Management
- Management and Leadership
Miriam L. Lejonvarn
Compass Mentor Coordinator
Compass is an experiential professional career studies program for highly motivated juniors and seniors. Students who enroll in the program earn high school and college credit while exploring career paths and working side- by-side with professionals in the workplace. Courses are designed and taught in collaboration with business leaders in our community and faculty from North Hennepin and Normandale Community Colleges.
Helping our students chart their future
Working professionals have a hand in creating the curriculum for Compass classes and also serve as guest instructors so that students are better able to understand how what they are learning comes to life in the workplace. This type of educational experience can help students make better informed decision about their post-high school education and careers and help them be more prepared for the workplace.
A Proven Program Model
Compass derives its inspiration from CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies), a proven business-community-public education partnership model launched by the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas in 2009. The Overland Park program has served hundreds of students, partnered with more than a hundred businesses and garnered accolades from students, educators and the business community. Since 2009, dozens of school districts, including several in Minnesota, have introduced CAPS-inspired programs. Many districts, including Wayzata, are members of the CAPS Network.