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January 25 at 6:00 p.m. – Ignite! Student / Parent Information Meeting

Ignite! Information Meeting

For students in grades 10 & 11 and their parents to get information about the Ignite! program and ask questions.  Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with Wentzville administrators, BJC hospital staff and business partners.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Wentzville Central Office Board Room – 1 Campus Dr., Wentzville 63385


What is Ignite!

Ignite! is a program in the Wentzville School District designed to engage students in developing professional and career skills by solving real life issues, having consistent contact with a variety of mentors, and taking learning out of the classroom and into the community.  What makes Ignite different?  Students will engage in explicit development and measurement of professional skills through authentic real-world experiences.  They will be connected to a variety of business and community partnerships and mentorships.


Our first 2 courses:

Ignite! HealthCare Academy – Students who intend to go into a medical field will engage in the team approach of health care at BJC hospitals.  The PLTW Biomedical Innovations course will be combined with experiences at Progress West and Barnes Jewish-St. Peters hospitals.  Prior PLTW Biomedical coursework is not required.  Students will participate in medical training and clinical presentations prior to participating in clinical rotation assignments.  In addition, students will have a capstone project and be paired with a health care mentor.  Students will earn Safety, HIPAA, CPR and Basic First Aid competencies.

Ignite! Startup / Business Solutions – This course is about students creating real Startup ventures and/or solving real business needs.  They will be mentored by real employers and gain marketable professional skills in an off campus location. This course will provide students a challenging, innovative, authentic, experiential learning environment that allows them to discover personal passions.  Students will develop professional skills that are necessary to thrive in collaborative, innovative, and fast-paced environments.  Their growth mindset and confidence will increase.  Students engaging in Startup will learn LEAN startup principles and develop an entrepreneurial mindset.  They will turn their ideas into action by validating their ideas, perfecting a pitch, and seeking resources and opportunities for a product or service.  Student engaging in Business Solutions will work with organizations to work on projects that solve the organization’s real needs.