Apr 25 2012

Business Partner of the Month

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Wasatch Therapy and Fitness

One of our up and coming Business Partners in the Weber School District is Wasatch Therapy and Fitness.  They have 3 locations in Ogden, Roy and Layton.  They have been marvelous to work with and we’ve found their staff to be both cordial and accommodating.  They currently have 3 Weber School District Interns: Shalee Brown, Zach Arrington and Garrett Cox.  We are grateful for the opportunity   these students have had to learn from professionals like Melissa Ita’aehau and Ernie Chavez.  This is in fact a great organization that specializes in Physical Therapy, Fitness Programs, Specialty Programs and even Kid’s Fitness.  Something for everybody! 

We feel lucky to have an association with Wasatch Therapy and Fitness.  They are Weber School District’s Business Partner of the Month for April!  Thank You!



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Sep 28 2011

Business Partner of the Month

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Bob Moesinger for President!

Hey, why not? Right now, he gets my vote.  Anyway, maybe we can start a grassroots campaign right here at my blog to launch Dr. Moesinger’s new political career.  I was just perusing his resume and it’s like you’re reading the summation of a person who has lived a couple of lifetimes.  When does the man sleep?  I’ve posted it under his picture if you want to see what an impressive resume looks like.  Oh yeah, and don’t try to e-mail Dr. Moesinger.  He will return the e-mail, but it usually takes a couple of months.  He is “hands down” the busiest person I know.  Other people tell you how busy they are.  They’re not….he is.

Dr. Moesinger and his staff represent a valuable resource to this community.  Their willingness to help patients and students alike is off the charts.  Each semester they take on a Weber School District student who has medical/surgical aspirations and they rub shoulders with one of the finest surgeons in the world (what a tremendous opportunity!).  And witnessing that kind of precision is one thing.  But the interpersonal skills and the empathy coupled with understanding is another kind of training unto itself. 

Finally, there is something you begin to notice about people who are extremely talented.  They can be pretty full of themselves.  I have never heard one word from Dr. Moesinger about him or his accomplishments…and they are many.  You have to kind of pry it out him.  He is really humble.  When I spoke to Shelley Mark (office manager) about Dr. Moesinger she said this and it’s very telling, “Dr. Moesinger is exactly how he seems.”  No facade, pretense or hidden agenda.  He’s all about the work and helping others.  It’s really quite a beautiful thing.  So I refer you back to the heading…Bob Moesinger for President!  Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?


Dr. Moesinger Resume

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Apr 29 2011

Internship Opportunities

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Internship promotion for 2011-2012

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Dec 09 2010

Weber School District Internship Program

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Once upon a time, a few years back, my boss, Reid Newey, wanted to see the Work-Based Learning component of CTE expanded to be more inclusive with all the High Schools in the District taking advantage of the fine supportive business entities we have in the area.  The capstone of the Work-Based Learning model is the Internship Program.  The idea here is that students take related Pathway classes to lay the foundation needed for one of these experiences has been the idea behind it.   The Internship allows the student to have a hands-on practical application experience while exploring a possible future career endeavor. 

A few years ago we referred to the Internships as a well kept secret…but no more.  Over 100 High School seniors in the District will take advantage of this Program every semester.  Business Partner’s often e-mail me now seeking an Intern at their place of business….they want to give back and be a part of the communities in which they live, work and prosper.  Education has been guilty of dummying down as the years have progressed and in that American quest to leave “no child behind”.  But along the way, sometimes the “best and the brightest” have had to shuffle along through a mediocre process without a viable outlet for their talents, abilities, but mostly, their aspirations.

In my 33 years in Education I have never been involved in a Program that is more rewarding and beneficial for students then the Internship Program.  We have all heard of the Win-Win….well this is it!  I’ve heard from student after student telling me (without prompting), they Love their Internship and they now know that this is what they want to do with their life!  It is like a broken record.  One out of about 30 will say they have discovered that this is not what they want to do…but that is great too!  Students can find things out about their career choices before they waste time and money on a post-secondary educational goose-chase.

Internships encompass any occupation you can imagine.  You will see pictures popping up of some of the Interns that just presented at our annual Business Partner Luncheon.  There picture just as well be your son or daughter…or if you’re a student it could be you!  Why not?

Eryn Brown, Roy High: Ogden Regional Medical Center Intern

Annie Hulse, Fremont High: Animal Care West Intern

Jared Heslam, Bonneville High: Jeff Haslam, DDS Intern

Shelby Colby, Roy High: Edge Products Intern

Brooks Miller and Carson Linsley, Weber High: Ogden Valley Magazine Intern

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Oct 01 2010

Business Partner of the Month: FRESENIUS

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The A-Team at Fresenius: 

 Standing (left to right): Danen Peteren, Kyle Hicks, Dave Harris. 

 Kneeling (left to right): Jim White, Samih Snounou, Joe Hudak

Fresenius embodies all of the qualities you would expect from a 5 star Business Partner in the Weber School District.  They do it all, as we say.  Field trips, student instruction and Internships have all been a part of their contribution to education.  Fresenius is large but works very hard to maintain a family-like atmosphere.  The employees seem truly grateful to be there.  They have shown a willingness to work with our students which has gone “above and beyond” the call of duty.   This willingness is what separates them from just an average company…no wonder they are so successful and good at what they do!  On behalf of Weber School District and with our greatest appreciation, we are honored to call Fresenius our “Business Partner of the Month

Below is an email from Samih D. Snounou, Sr. Engineering at Fresenius. 

I will just refer to this as “The Quote“…it epitomizes the philosophy we espouse to in Work-Based Learning and their approach as mentoring Business Partners.  

“Hello Jeff,
First I would like to thank you for the present and for thinking of our team. With respect to the students, FMC and our management in Ogden/corporate would agree with me when I say it’s our duty to prepare our young and new generation to learn all (skills/experiences/technologies etc…) in order to set the best example possible for now and the future.
Again, thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate and make the difference in these students lives.
Best Regards,
Samih D. Snounou
Sr. Engineering/Maintenance Manager
Fresenius Medical Care”

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May 26 2010

Business Partner of the Month

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The Weber County Sheriff’s office, under the direction of Undersheriff Kevin McLeod and the watchful eye of Lisa Panter, have given several of our Law Enforcement students an incredible opportunity this past semester.  Sheriff McLeod has spearheaded Internships for 4 of our high school seniors…one from each high school:  Kyle Watkins (Bonneville), Mandy Dickerson (Roy), Kody Haycock (Fremont) and Joseph Richards (Weber) have all been exposed to several different entities that make up the profession of Law Enforcement.  They have seen bookings, jail intake, arrests, court proceedings, ride alongs and much, much more….one girl noted that she had even seen a dead body (really!).  What an awesome tribute to the whole organization at The Weber County Sheriiff’s Office, from the top down.   The willingness of each involved is really just another indicator of the Service these people provide the citizens of our community as they daily put their lives on the line on our behalf.  Thank you Weber County Sheriff’s Office!!





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May 24 2010

Why Are Internships So Important???

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(CareerBuilder.com) — You’re a recent college graduate with a killer cover letter, a stellar grade point average and glowing recommendations.

But if one important item is missing from your résumé, good luck trying to get a position at The McTigue Financial Group in Chicago.

You need an internship.

This network office of Northwestern Mutual turns to its highly competitive internship program for new talent. Erika Milonas, director of campus recruitment, reviews more than 1,000 résumés in a given year and interviews 400-plus candidates to recruit 40 for McTigue’s year-round internship program.

The good news for those fortunate enough to earn a spot: One in four become a full-time financial representative after graduation.

Internships and the economy

The hope of gaining an advantage for future employment has increased both the number and quality of internship applications.

“Internships have become key in today’s economy,” says Melissa Benca, director of career services at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

“Graduating students with paid or unpaid internships on their résumé have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation. Students are doing internships as undergraduates, and it is now not unusual for recent grads to take an unpaid internship with hopes of turning it into a permanent position or at least making some contacts and building their résumé.”

The state of the economy also is changing the nature of work given to interns. “In this economic downturn, employers are relying increasingly on interns to shore up areas where full-time hiring has been cut,” Benca notes.

Thus, while you still may be making the coffee in the morning, don’t be surprised if you’re also given opportunities to contribute substantially at the meeting where that coffee is being served.

Benefits for you

Besides getting a foot in the door with a potential employer and looking good on a résumé, internships have other advantages:

• The opportunity to “test drive” a career (Would I be happier in marketing or advertising? Am I more comfortable working with patients or in a lab?)

• Chances to network

• Establishing relationships with mentors

• Possible college credit or certification

• An introduction to the field’s culture and etiquette (Are clients addressed by their first name? Are jeans appropriate for Casual Friday?)

• Accumulating new skills

• Gaining a “real world” perspective on an occupation (How much overtime do employees really work? How much time is spent behind a desk versus in the field?)

What’s in it for employers?

Most job applicants put their best foot forward on paper. Their cover letter and résumé usually have passed through many hands to make them as appealing and professional as possible, and nearly every job seeker picks references who will say positive things.

Employers do not create internships just to be nice to students and others interested in a certain career. While an interview or a company test can add to what an employer knows about a person, an internship helps an employer evaluate how an individual would fare in the actual workplace.

Like The McTigue Group, many companies develop an internship pool and hire from that group. As Benca notes, “Not only are they seeing potential employees with experience, it is experience within their company.”

Companies that devote time and resources to finding, selecting and training interns are looking for a return on their investment. The benefit might be in the present (using the services of talented individuals without having to make a hiring commitment), or it might be in the future (the added ability to choose a person who will work out well as an employee).

And remember that internship opportunities are not limited to office settings. From being a bird-keeping intern at a zoo to a horticulture intern at a theme park, all sorts of opportunities exist for motivated individuals and interested companies to enter into a mutually beneficial relationship.

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Jul 20 2009

Business Partner

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Look for this blog’s newest section: Business Partner of the Month located on the tab above.  This month’s is SMITH OPTICS.

SMITH OPTICS was recently noted for winning “Gear of the Year” in Outside magazine.


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Apr 16 2009

If It Sounds Too Good to Be True…It probably Is.

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You see this a lot lately…     just remember …

if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


We just recently spent a week meeting with 9 different Business Partner Committees that represent every facet of the job market in Weber County.   Big business owners, State Representatives, small business owners…every entity related to jobs and the current climate of these economic times were discussed with the objective being to better equip you…the students of the Weber School District…with a plan for your future.  So here is a summary of what we learned along with some resume and job interview tips that could/will land you your next job:

1.       Post-Secondary education was the #1 requirement, all sited the need for a 4 year degree

2.       There is more competition than ever for jobs…you have to find a way to set yourself apart

3.       Networking…you have to get your name out there…it is still who you know…not what you know  Internships, volunteering and being a squeaky wheel are all good strategies

4.       The ability to be innovative and apply it entrepreneurially

5.       Their looking for enthusiastic, self-starters… go-getters

6.       Preparation, preparation, preparation…find your niche…build you resume early (S.B.O. Officer, Internship, Service, Eagle Scout)

7.       References are huge…if you want to get hired…do a great job in you current position

8.       The applicant who is proficient  with Technology and Communication skills will likely hear these 2 words following their interview…”Your hired”




·         Interview trumps Resume…but the Resume gets you to the interview

·         Dress…best dress…ALWAYS…face piercings and tattoos will leave you outside looking in

·         Do your homework on the company…ask a great question about the organization (Not how much does it pay…until you’ve been offered the position)

·         Practice interview skills-hand shake, eye contact…use verbiage related to the occupation

·         RESUMES: 1 or 2 pages  – Read at a glimpse – Objective stated – Cover page OK – NO fluff – Work History first – Correct grammar and spelling – short and succinct –  

·         Good Resume tip:  Add a picture of yourself (mug shot) to personalize your resume



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Nov 21 2008

Click on this!!

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Check out this 10 minute video…see the intern guy and hear from 6 high school interns about their experience…this could be you!


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