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News Signing Event Marks the Beginning of Local High School Students’ Work-Based Learning Journeys

Published on April 19, 2024

WorkSMART Connector and the Career Academy of Pella joined a crowd of supporters to celebrate the commitment of area high school students who enrolled in work-based learning apprenticeship and certificate opportunities. Students from Pella, Pella Christian, Knoxville, Prairie City-Monroe, Melcher-Dallas, Twin Cedars, North Mahaska, and homeschool backgrounds are embarking on a journey to gain technical and on-the-job training necessary to earn certifications and/or college credits, all while earning a wage. Congratulations to all the new apprenticeship students!


Construction Trades (G&B Concrete, NuMark, Eagle Electric, Gritters Electric, Van Haaften Plumbing and Heating, Lansers Home Service, Hopkins Roofing)

  • Teagen McDanel
  • Tim Meinders
  • Michael Muller
  • Asher Wood

Manufacturing Technologies

  • Asher De Boef / Pella Corporation
  • Jack Weaver / Pella Corporation

Patient Care (all with Wesley Life and Pella Regional Hospital)

  • Angel Bingham
  • Jiovannie Colton
  • Abbie De Berg
  • Riley Sailors
  • Blair Walz
  • Claire Westerkamp


  • James Lackamp / Co-Line
  • Trenton Van Zee / Co-Line
  • Trenton Mohn / LDJ Manufacturing
  • Christian Rempe / PPI
  • Liam Childress / Vermeer Corporation
  • Zeb Enfield / Vermeer Corporation
  • Braden Pence / Vermeer Corporation
  • Gage Shaw / Vermeer Corporation
  • Trenton Shawler / Vermeer Corporation
  • Jayden Breuklander / Weiler Manufacturing
  • Braxton Davis / Weiler Manufacturing
  • Chaz Graves / Weiler Manufacturing


Early Childhood Education student signing:

  • Isabella Ebbersole / Pella Childcare Center

IT student signings:

  • Devon Browne / Pella Corporation
  • Jonathan Frost / Pella Corporation
  • Kaiden Browne / Vermeer Corporation
  • Rob Schreur / Vermeer Corporation
  • Gabe Vos / Vermeer Corporation


Congratulations to apprentices who completed a program this past year!

  • Maren Christian
  • Berklie McKay
  • Grant Cook
  • Cole Schakel
  • Whitney Ebeling
  • Marie Vander Wilt
  • Landon Hudson
  • Carver Van Zee
  • Trevor Hundt
  • Carter Vos
  • Joshua McGhee