Friday, February 24, 2017

East Oregonian Article on Hermiston Health Careers Day

Students from local schools talk jobs, life after high school (East Oregonian Article)



Special education students from Hermiston, Boardman, Irrigon and Umatilla high schools gathered at the Hermiston Conference Center Thursday to learn about life beyond high school.
The students heard from Good Shepherd Hospital’s education, environmental and food services departments, as well as Blue Mountain Community College about how to find jobs, advocate for themselves and make connections with people in the community.
Jackie Whitesell, a learning specialist for the Hermiston School District, said this is the first year the four schools have come together to pool their resources for special education students.
“It’s to help students learn about options available to them,” Whitesell said. “Since we’re a small area, we’ve banded together — four different high schools — to offer different educational outings.”
In addition to Thursday’s career day, students this year have visited the SAGE Center in Boardman to learn about agriculture and food preservation jobs and McNary Dam in Umatilla to learn about engineering related jobs.
“The goal is to have students go out of high school with a job in mind, and be able to get that job,” Whitesell said.
The students are all part of the special education programs at their schools. The program can include students with developmental, intellectual and special learning disabilities, as well as health and motor impairments, Whitesell said.
During Thursday’s four-hour session, students rotated between five different discussion groups, each focusing on a different resource in the area: representatives from Good Shepherd Hospital’s Environment, Education, Food Services and Human Resources Departments, and Blue Mountain Community College. At each session, students discussed with speakers different job opportunities within those areas, what they entail, and how to make a good impression when interviewing, as well as things like stress management and what to expect in a typical day at work.
“We’re going to talk about some weird jobs,” Bobbie Sue Arias of BMCC told a group of students. “How many of you knew that ‘bike messenger’ was a job?”
Arias asked students what some other similar jobs might be, eliciting responses from students such as “mailman” and “UPS driver.”
Nazario Rivera and Drew Brannon from Good Shepherd Hospital’s Education Department talked to the students about CPR instruction and Certified Nursing Assistants.
“We discuss what kinds of skills they might need, training,” Rivera said. “Any careers that might be within our realm.”
Timur Gaston, a special education teacher at Irrigon Junior/Senior High School, said the events this year have been beneficial for her students.
“They’re realizing there are other opportunities,” she said. “In our small community, the kids see jobs like teachers, postal workers, gas station attendants farm workers — but they don’t always know what else is out there. That’s why these events are important.”

A link to the East Oregonian Article is posted below.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Transition Educator Institute Track for State In-Service Day in Pendleton


There will be a Transition Ed Institute Day for teacher In-service here in Pendleton on March 10 at Sunridge Middle School. It is open to educators in our Eastern Oregon region and will serve Morrow, Umatilla and Union Counties. I have invited VR, DD, brokerage and provider agencies for the morning round table. 
The theme is Equity & Engagement. There is a general keynote on Micro-messaging from 9 to 10. Here is the rest of the schedule:

Transition Roundtable Conversation 10 -11:30 a.m.
Come join a conversation surrounding collaborative efforts for our transition students with our support agencies in vocational rehabilitation, county developmental disabilities, brokerage services and employment provider agencies. There will be representatives there from these agencies and we will be discussing how we can partner for student success and an end goal of competitive integrated employment.

Transition Workshop #1: Transition Tools, Curriculum and Assessments: 12:30 -1:10 PM
This session will be hands-on materials from the ODE Transition Toolkit, online resources and assessments that focus on strengths and weaknesses in student Pre-employment skills that help target goals and areas for progress. There will be handbooks, CD’s and resources available to take at end of session.

Transition Workshop #2: Student-owned Transition Planning: 1:20 -2:00 PM

Do your student’s know their goals for training, employment and independent living after high school? This session will look at transition goal areas on the IEP and how to develop person centered plans that tell student’s preferences, interests, needs and strengths for more effective goal writing and success. 

Contact lon.thornburg@imesd.k12.or.us for more details.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Regional Job Club is Fun! See Manufacturing Tour in LaGrande Video Montage


Union County Regional Job Club December Tour to Manufacturers

Over 50 students went to Northwood Trailer Manufacturers, Barreto Manufacturing and Harris Lumber Mill/Truss Factory. Thanks to Faith Center in Island City for putting on a terrific lunch and opening their facility for our meeting.
See the video highlights below...

Video Montage

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Regional Job Club Student Report for Grant Harney County December 2016

Owner talks at Dairy Queen, John Day

December Regional Job Club in John Day
Text and Photos by Danica Goodson, Burns High School

On December 1, 2016 students went to John Day for another job club meeting.  The first place we went to was the Senior Center then did a little game with names on stickers like waiter, waitress, cheese, chips, and oatmeal. So we had to guess what it is by little clues. After we got done at the Senior Center we went to Grub Steak restaurant and the owner has been open for almost 37 years.       


Subway visit

She has a worker named Lisa; she has been working for her for many years.  After Grub Steak we went to Subway they talked about you have be good with customers. Like you have to smile and look clean so they can come back.  You must not have open toed shoes, and slippery shoes during work.   
The last business we went to was Dairy Queen the manager talked about you can’t have piercings in your eyebrow, lips, and tongue.  If you have tattoos you need to cover them.  They have made 18,000 hamburgers, 41,500 meals with hamburgers, 15,000 chicken stripes baskets, 34,000 blizzard, and 10,000 ice cream cones this year.
          You need to have a clean business to keep your customers, like dining room, bathroom, kitchen, and front counter clean.  Need your hair put up so hair won’t get in the food.  Need to keep your natural hair color able to work.  You have to dress neatly for an interview, can’t have holes in your clothes and can’t stink.


Touring the Grubsteak Kitchen


 While you’re working you need to wash hands a lot or between tasks so no germs gets in the food.  Your co-workers is your team, work together, be friendly, do the job right, put effort in, and have customer service.     

Monday, November 21, 2016

Check Out New Additions to Transition Toolkit Preview Library

The following titles are now availailable in the Transition Toolkit at IMESD. Let us know what you are interested in previewing and we can get it your way for a checkout/preview period before you buy. Complete listing, prices, descriptions and links are available on the Transition Toolkit Tab.


Foundations: Starting Line Transition Curriculum for Middle School



Preparing for Life, Dr. Jed Baker



Job Coaching: A Manual/Video Guide for Supported Employment


PICS: Picture Interest Career Survey


Reading Free Vocational Interest Inventory:2


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Longcreek Student Reports on Regional Job Club Event Day Touring Public Works,Park & Rec


Student Report on Grant/Harney County Regional Job Club, October 27, 2016
By River Cave, Longcreek High School


The public works are monitored by EPA. The clean water resovours are put up high so gravity pulls the water downhill. The public works do annual tests for there water. 


Water treatment facility

John Day Parks and Rec work on parks and properties owned by the town. Park and Rec also has sports programs. We learned this at the field trip with the job club.

Listening to Park and Rec Director

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Union County Regional Job Club Visits Eastern Oregon University for Fall Event

Group shot on university steps

Thirty five students attended a day visit and tour of Eastern Oregon University to see the behind-the-scenes world of facilities management. The university facilities staff presented on various aspects around campus including a grounds/facility walk. Speakers shared on grounds keeping, office management, TRIO, being an arborist, and locksmith/carpentry,
Donna Lowry and Corey Ackerman, Youth Transition Program Specialists did much of the planning along with support from RISE job developer, Shay-lin Magnuson and members from the Union County Employment First Team.

Groundskeeper, Dave shares about his work.
Checking out tools in the maintenance sheds

Thank you EOU physical plant staff for hosting!!