Career Pathmaker Award

Westwood High School’s John Jesses recognized with the Career Pathmaker Award at the 2016 Upper Peninsula Talent Summit. Each year a stakeholder that has made a difference in connecting young people to career exploration, preparation, guidance or placement receives this award.

John Jessen has been a teacher at Westwood High School for the past 11 years.  During that time he has been instrumental in the development and resurgence of their Industrial Technology wing.  John has developed several classes new to their IT curriculum as well as brought new life to classes through articulating with local colleges in order to provide the opportunity for students to earn college credit.  Several years ago John became certified as a Career and Technological Education teacher in the areas of Welding and Construction Trades allowing Westwood to generate state funding for his classes.  His CTE block classes have seen students construct several structures on the Westwood campus and surrounding towns.  The largest project being a two-story 44‘x60’ industrial building in Ishpeming.  John has had many of his students turn the training they received in his classes into jobs and apprenticeships directly upon leaving high school.  He has continually broadening his knowledge base having established relationships with local auto shops, welding shops, and local builders.  John is creative and innovative in his approach and has served on many district curriculum committees, school improvement committees, and on the Marquette-Alger RESA CTE committee.  He sets high standards for himself and his students and works hard to see that they are met.  John Jessen is a master teacher and an integral part of the Westwood High School staff.