From Our Students

“When I was young, I always dreamed of one day being able to not only become physically fit myself but also to help others get into shape. The Work-Based Learning program provided me with a unique opportunity and helped make one of my dreams a reality.”

-Joe Clausell, Junior

“Working at Hotel DuPont has been a great and fun opportunity that I am glad I could take part in. My favorite thing about working at the hotel is learning new experiences and new recipes.”

-Najha Younger, Senior

“My job at Hotel DuPont is wonderful. I love the people I work with, and I’m glad they kept me on.”

Afney Ward, Senior

“I love my job at Hotel DuPont. I was surprised my first check was over $500.00.”

-Mark Cook, Senior

WBL Parents

“I am Chase’s mother (Sheila Moore’s daughter) and just wanted to extend a thank you for not giving up on Chase and keeping after him for the job at Porter’s. Not sure why he required so much pushing to go for an interview but he finally did and it had a positive outcome. Your efforts were not alone, myself and his grandmother had been after him too! Hoping he makes the most of this opportunity and it might just shape his future track. Again, thank you for your efforts. Much appreciated.”

-Amy Chandler, Parent

“Leila has always been a smart,
goal-driven young lady. WBL has helped to increase her sense of responsibility and made her more focused and confident in pursuing her goals.”

-Wendell Burke, Parent

WBL Alumni

“The most important things I learned were to be respectful, pay attention to detail and double check everything. These three things still apply today, even more so because I work in the Superintendent’s office. It took me 30 years to reach my long-term goal and that could not have happened without the skills I learned from work study.”

– Marybeth Russell, Office of the Superintendent

Business Partners

“As always, the visit was inspiring, invigorating, and refreshing; and I could not help but think what an amazing opportunity is being created for the students at William Penn High School. Each time that I have had the privilege of coming to your school and interacting with your staff, two things come to my mind. First, I am struck by the overwhelming passion an dedication of your staff members. Secondly, I am impressed by the opportunities that you and your staff are creating for the students by making investments into and for their future.”

Ronald Crosler, Dassault Aircraft Services

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Students. Parents & Guardians.

Educators. Businesses. Community Engagement.

WE inspire brings together businesses, colleges, technical schools, community organizations, and volunteers to help connect the workforce to the homes and classrooms of our students, alumni, and parents/guardians. WE inspire helps businesses and organizations improve their companies’ local talent pipeline by connecting with students, their parents/guardians, and educators to learn more about business/organization needs and offer opportunities in education and training, employment, and careers.

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First Job Initiative

First Job Initiative’s purpose is to ensure students are aware and understand that the foundational soft skills (problem-solving skills, getting along with others, collaboration, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, communication, leadership, etc.) they are learning now in their first jobs are the prerequisites for success in school, careers, college/vocational training, and in life.

Advocate for you

My first real job was scooping ice cream at Friendly’s. I wanted to be promoted to a wait staff to earn more money. I just thought I had to work hard and prove myself, and it would happen, but it didn’t. After 6 months, I inquired about the position to my assistant manager. The next week, I was promoted. My manager stated that she wasn’t aware that I was interested in being a wait staff and that I could have made the transition a few months ago if I would have said something. From then on, I learned that you can be the best in your company; however, if you don’t advocate for yourself, you won’t go anywhere.

Ms. Stefanie Stephens, CIS

Mom’s Lesson

I worked my first real job in high school. It was at a bakery. I was a sales clerk and my responsibilities involved working the cash register, assisting customers, and cleaning the store at the end of the day. It was my first time working with the public and the skills I had to learn in a hurry involved being pleasant to customers who were rude, learning to multi-task, and realizing that communication comes in many different forms. I was 16 at the time, and even though I thought I knew it all, I found out real fast I didn’t. The job was one that allowed me to save for my first car. I also learned how to budget the money I made so that I could save for a car. My mom required that as a working person, I had to pay her $20.00 of my $80.00 I earned for room and board. What I didn’t realize then, was that my mom was putting that money I paid her into a separate account and later in my life when I needed it, she was able to help me. I think students today have the same learning curve as far as developing skills in the work place. I didn’t know it all like I thought, and I had to learn how to be more respectful to someone who was being totally rude to me. Many students simply “quit” when the job gets tough or someone says something not pleasant. My mom wouldn’t let me quit anything. That alone made me a stronger person.

Mrs. Debbie Pfotzer, English Department

ASCA Boston

Jeffrey Bauman-Boston Strong:
Tragedy to Triumph

In the flash of the infamous Boston Marathon bomb blast, Jeffrey Bauman went from being an ordinary 27-year-old guy cheering on his girlfriend at the finish line to a double amputee fighting for his life. The next day, victim turned to hero when he awoke from multiple surgeries. Groggy and unable to speak, Bauman asked for a pad of paper and wrote down: “Saw the guy. Looked right at me.”

With these seven words, Bauman set off one of the biggest manhunts in U.S. history and earned accolades as a hero. Months of intensive rehabilitation followed. At each turn, Bauman faced his new circumstances with grace, humor and an unwavering determination to walk again.

Optimistic, hopeful and highly motivational, Bauman’s keynote celebrates the remarkable human beings who triumphed over terror and the power within each of us to overcome any obstacle.

In 2017, the film Stronger was based on a memoir of the same name he co-wrote, with Jake Gyllenhaal portraying him.

There is no such thing as a meaningless job. Bauman worked in the service deli at Costco for three years before the bombing. A year after the tragedy in June 2014, he returned to his job. In fact, in 2013 he signed his Bestselling Book: Stronger at Costco.