Ignite - Real, Relevant, Learning

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What is Ignite?

Bentonville Public Schools developed the Ignite Professional Studies program to provide students with real, relevant learning experiences in collaboration with regional businesses, non-profits, and industry professionals. The time is now to address a critical component in education - providing students post-secondary options aligned to their passions and strengths.

Ignite is out to change the conversation about preparing students for the opportunities in our community and beyond. Today’s workforce, whether in a professional skilled trade, startup, or Fortune 500 company requires STEM and professional, business, and finance skills. Ignite career strands are designed to align with future opportunities in the community.

Students in Ignite strands build meaningful relationships with mentors in business, industry, and higher education, not only to learn a profession, but also to gain valuable professional skills and entrepreneurial habits of mind necessary for careers in an innovation-based economy.

Are you ready to ignite passion in students?


Strands

Computer + Information Technology

Do you love working with computers? Love solving problems and creating solutions using technology? Are you curious about computer coding and the science, technology, engineering, and art behind creating and presenting computer programs, websites or mobile apps to customers!


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Medical + Health Sciences

Do you have a passion for helping others? Love solving problems and creating solutions using medical knowledge? Are you curious about medicine and the science, technology, engineering, and art behind creating and presenting medical solutions to issues individuals encounter? Then the Medical and Health Professions strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Construction Professions + Management

Do you have a passion for creating and designing hands-on projects? Love using your talents to help others? Are you curious about construction design and the science, technology, engineering, and art behind presenting and producing dream projects to clients? Then the Construction Professions strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Creative Arts + Production

Do you have a passion for creating and designing digital media projects? Love using your talents to inspire others? Are you curious about creative art design and the science, technology, engineering, and art behind presenting and producing dream projects to clients? Then the Creative Arts and Production strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Culinary Arts + Hospitality New!

Are you a foodie? Love creating and experimenting with food? Are you curious about culinary arts and the science, technology, engineering and art behind creating and presenting food to customers? Then the Culinary Arts strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Education Innovation + Teaching New!

Do you have a passion for inspiring and helping others reach their greatest potential? Love using your talents to motivate others? Are you curious about innovative teaching methods and the science, technology, engineering, art and math behind presenting and producing dream projects to students? Then the Education Innovation and Teaching strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Global Business New!

Do you have a passion for selling others on your ideas? Love solving problems and creating resolutions using business solutions? Are you curious about logistics, data analytics, marketing and management and the decision making process behind designing and presenting opportunities on issues that affect consumers, businesses and the community? Then the Global Business and Networking strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Strands


Computer + Information Technology

Do you love working with computers? Love solving problems and creating solutions using technology? Are you curious about computer coding and the science, technology, engineering, and art behind creating and presenting computer programs, websites or mobile apps to customers!


Learn More



Medical + Health Sciences

Do you have a passion for helping others? Love solving problems and creating solutions using medical knowledge? Are you curious about medicine and the science, technology, engineering, and art behind creating and presenting medical solutions to issues individuals encounter? Then the Medical and Health Professions strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Construction Professions + Management

Do you have a passion for creating and designing hands-on projects? Love using your talents to help others? Are you curious about construction design and the science, technology, engineering, and art behind presenting and producing dream projects to clients? Then the Construction Professions strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Creative Arts + Production

Do you have a passion for creating and designing digital media projects? Love using your talents to inspire others? Are you curious about creative art design and the science, technology, engineering, and art behind presenting and producing dream projects to clients? Then the Creative Arts and Production strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Culinary Arts + Hospitality New!

Are you a foodie? Love creating and experimenting with food? Are you curious about culinary arts and the science, technology, engineering and art behind creating and presenting food to customers? Then the Culinary Arts strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Education Innovation + Teaching New!

Do you have a passion for inspiring and helping others reach their greatest potential? Love using your talents to motivate others? Are you curious about innovative teaching methods and the science, technology, engineering, art and math behind presenting and producing dream projects to students? Then the Education Innovation and Teaching strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Global Business + Operations Management New!

Do you have a passion for selling others on your ideas? Love solving problems and creating resolutions using business solutions? Are you curious about logistics, data analytics, marketing and management and the decision making process behind designing and presenting opportunities on issues that affect consumers, businesses and the community? Then the Global Business and Networking strand of the Ignite program is for you!


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Ignite Team


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Teresa Hudson // Program Director

thudson@bentonvillek12.org

Teresa was appointed Ignite Program Director in the Fall of 2015. Within one year, she has grown the program to include five career strands; IT Services, Construction Professions, Digital Design and Photography, Digital Media and Medical and Health Sciences. She works closely with Northwest Arkansas Community College to provide concurrent college credit for students enrolled in the Ignite program. Teresa has cultivated partnerships with local businesses that provide real, relevant, professional opportunities for program participants including student internship opportunities.


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John Mark Russell // IT Solutions Instructor

jrussell@bentonvillek12.org

John Mark Russell is the instructor for Ignite IT Solutions. John Mark initially discovered his passion for teaching while working as a part-time substitute within Bentonville schools. The Ignite IT Solutions instructor role allows him to leverage his professional experience to create an authentic learning environment for students interested in pursuing a career in Information Technology.


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Wendy Broughton // Medical Instructor

wbroughton@bentonvillek12.org

As a former graduate of Bentonville High School, Wendy appreciates the progressive and top notch school district that we live in. She has held several positions in the district. Wendy earned her Bachelors of Nursing degree and Nurse Practitioner license from UAMS in Little Rock. She then went on to obtain her Masters in Nursing Education from the University of Oklahoma.


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Chris Weeks // Construction Management Instructor

cweeks@bentonvillek12.org

Chris’ first teaching experience was as a Construction Technology instructor at a vocational school in Lebanon Missouri. He left teaching to accept a position as a Youth Pastor in Nebraska, but eventually returned to teaching while there. A licensed contractor for more than 25 years, Chris has worked in many states doing both commercial and residential building. He has built custom homes in the Bentonville area for 12 years.


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Sarah Bartmier // Creative Arts Instructor

sbartmier@bentonvillek12.org

Sarah Bartmier is a native of Northwest Arkansas where she was raised on a farm near Gravette, AR. Sarah was homeschooled K-12 where her parents encouraged her to explore a variety of personal interests. She specifically loved photography from a very young age. Sarah’s parents held a very high standard for education and becoming a life-long learner.


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Scott Fusselman // Film Instructor

sfusselman@bentonvillek12.org

Scott Fusselman is launching the Creative Arts Media Production program for Ignite. Scott has extensive experience in building new media programs. He developed both the Television Production and Audio/Video Tech and Film Programs at Bentonville High School. Scott worked professionally for Smith Productions in Tulsa Oklahoma where he helped produce an Off-Road, Four-wheel drive based television program that aired for 7 seasons on the Outdoor Channel.


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