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Volunteer Opportunities for Community Members

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Connect with WHS:

  • Inspire a student - Help students and young people grow.
  • Build a strong community - Increase morale within your company and with your neighbors.
  • Promote your industry – Develop your future workforce with local employees

Where you can help:

Descriptions of each volunteer option:

Panels—please join us for a one day targeted event. These events allow us to provide insight into an industry, a discipline, or a collective experience.

Symposiums—as part of our unique approach to reaching students, we are holding a symposium in which we invite professionals to campus to bring students cutting edge information on the technology and career paths available within a given discipline.  A proposed schedule would include a key note, one hour of career round tables and one hour of hot topics.

Business Technology Academy Symposium - Thursday, February 28th from 9-11:45.  This event will be kicked off by Keynote Speaker: Luis Madrigal, Engineering Manager, IT Eng (Previously known as Tech Services) and Diversity & Inclusion ERG Lead at Uber.  Visit the sign-up page to see the many technology professionals participating in this program.
Green/Environmental Careers Symposium - Friday, March 22nd from 9-11:45.  The event will start with an introduction by WHS alum and Green Academy graduate, Eric Cissna, GreenWaste of Palo Alto, Environmental Outreach Manager.  A wide variety of environmental advocates and professionals will meet with students throughout the morning.  

 Field Trips—these class visits to your company site allows students real world exposure--activities can include tours, presentations or workshops.  Add your company to the list and show students what state of the art facilities, world class employees and cutting edge technology can accomplish.

  • Thank you United Airlines | Technical Operations - SFOVO for hosting Business Technology Academy students on March 7th.
  • Thank you for inviting WHS students to the preview of Alita: Battle Angel and giving us a sneak peak into the unique technology featured in the film.
  • Interested in hosting students at your site?  Please contact Faith Velschow.
Guest Speakers—these one-time events are coordinated by individual teachers and are designed to enhance classroom curriculum or special projects.  Please sign up to speak on a topic related to classroom work, to offer an alternative perspective, and/or provide industry insight to enhance current curriculum.
 We are looking for professionals to come speak in Engineering 1(Eng) and Computer Science 1 (CS) classes:
Oct 3
Oliver Barreto, Oracle System Administrator
Oct 31
Cynthia Munoz, Principal Stoecker and Northway Architects
Nov 28
Marc Tarpenning, Co-Founder of Tesla
Jan 23
John Reno, Technology Product Marketing
March 15
Rajesh Kumar, Oracle Consulting Group,
Financial Services Global Business Unit (FSGBU)
March 27
Natalie Pinto, Senior Technical Program Manager at Box
April 17
Jason Griesbach, Sr Hardware Engineer at Apple 
May 15
Mario Valle Reyes, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Altered Ventures LLC 
Please email Faith Velschow if you would like to come speak.

Project Based Activities—a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.  These activities especially lend themselves to working with industry professionals that can bring real-world problems and techniques to solve them into the classroom.  We are looking for engineering professionals to:

  • Identify an engineering project that students develop and apply in the real world, similar to the solar suitcases that the Sustainable Design class created.
  • Participate in First Robotics.
Mentoring—the mentor program will pair students from the Business Technology Academy, Green Academy and STEM-Engineering class with professionals to discuss both academic and career goals.  The student’s career interests are widespread ranging from business and engineering to medicine and law enforcement.  The commitment is approximately 2 hours per month, with most interactions via email and 3-4 face-to-face meetings over the course of the school year.  The first meeting was held on November 2nd and the program concludes May 10. 


Contact Faith Velschow, Director of Mentoring and Career Services

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