The Wenatchee School District recognized business partners and community mentors for their support of career-connected learning at the fourth-annual Partner Appreciation Luncheon and Awards on May 30 at the Hampton Hideaway.

Career-connected learning is a continuum of support, awareness, exploration and work experiences developed through strong public-private partnerships to help young people pursue a career pathway. The program connects students with real-world experience combined with relevant classroom learning.

Awards were presented by the following Wenatchee School District programs to individuals and businesses;

Wenatchee Learns Connect

Business Partner of the Year: Town Toyota Center

Career-Connected Learning Partner of the Year: LifeLine Ambulance

WSD Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee Member of the Year: Monte Graybeal, Graybeal Signs

Wenatchee College Mentor Program

10-plus years of mentorship:

Kriss Crilly

Cici Asplund

Gaby Fernandez

Donna Scheumann

Kathleen Miller

Heart of the Mentor:

Jenn Cawdery

Dan Bozich

Most Fearless Mentor:

Ivan Valdovinos

Mentor of the Year:

Greg Franz

WSD Special Education and Chelan-Douglas Developmental Disabilities Employer of the Year

Martin Greenberg, Steven’s Pass Mountain Resort

WSD Extended Learning Program

The following individuals, businesses and organizations were recognized for their support of after school activities:

Wenatchee Valley College: Brent Carter

SkillSource: Christy Mataya

North Central Regional Library: Heather Inkzauski and Ash Kunz

City of Wenatchee Public Works: Paula Salter and Kelsey Grover

Cascadia Conservation District: Amanda Newell and Sandy Letzing

Town Toyota Center Ice Skating: Louise Kapeikis and France Bedard

Wenatchee River Institute: Rebecca Ryan and Trinity Korcz

Campfire: Tristan Raymond, Thomas Everly, Theresa Samuelson and Alexis Blessing

WSU: Seth Wendzel and Andrew Wainwright

AmeriCorps: Kristina Hamilton, Jane Turner and Jessica Lara

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

Diana Haglund is the communications director for the Wenatchee School District.