|Gail Rosenow, Lucy Nelson and a group of current Como Park Young Professionals.|
When Genesys Works first approached Como Park High School Principal Dan Mesick and staff members in 2009, we had no idea what a strong partnership would emerge. The next year eight students from Como Park joined Genesys Works, almost a quarter of all students in the program. For Class 3, Como Park topped all schools with 17 students and last year increased that number to 24!
What is key to the high level of participation from Como Park High School? First, its students do a tremendous job working for companies like Medtronic, Deluxe and Capella and spreading the word about Genesys Works to their friends. But, more importantly, there is a phenomenal level of support for the Genesys Works students and the program from the staff at Como Park.
Gail Rosenow, Business Teacher and Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Como, leads the charge. She understands the importance of getting students engaged and prepared for their plans beyond high school and credits Genesys Works for giving students "a great combination of career specific skills, "soft skills" needed for success and the chance to spend time in a professional workplace."
There is also a dedicated team of teachers, administrators, coaches and counselors supporting the Genesys Works students in many different ways. This team motivated Jake Johnson to stay on track at school so he could apply for Genesys Works, helped Raymond Perez and Tha Dah Loo complete their applications for the Optimist Club scholarships, and is dedicated to making sure juniors know about about the program.
Thank you Como Park staff for all your support and phenomenal students you direct toward Genesys Works!