Grant County students met in John Day to hear from County Fire, Emergency Services and State, County, Local Police. Many County, State and Local officers, firemen, EMT 's and administrative folks came out to share their roles, the importance of volunteers, training & education, and ideas on serving the community. The theme seemed to be "It Takes A Team" because everyone expressed how important it was to work together to support each other in the services around Grant County.
Union County Students met in Island City for an Independent Living Fair. Faith Center of Island City hosted us for our meeting space and put on a BEAUTIFUL lunch for the students and adult staff. Umpqua Bank, Community Connections, Island City Utility Services, Oregon Trail Electric Coop, Avista Natural Gas shared on services and areas to think about when you are ready to plan your life out on your own. The group also went to Union County Vocational Rehabilitation and Work Source to hear speakers on managing benefits/income, job searching and services that will help them plan and succeed in their future adventures.
Weston McEwen High School, serving the communities of Athena/Weston, took us on their first Regional Job Club trip to nearby Walla Walla to visit Nelson Irrigation. This international manufacturer of irrigation equipment has their own prefabrication, 3-D printing, robotics manufacturing, design, assembly and complete automation. We all toured with our mouths hanging open at the cutting edge technology they implement to create their products. The students got a special treat out in the testing field spraying their largest water spray head hundreds of feet across the field!
After The Nelson Irrigation tour, we had a pizza lunch at Walla Walla Public Schools, SEATech Skills Center- their high school career tech ed program with construction, welding, certified nursing assistant and audio/video production program. The students did an online interest survey to find out what career path their interests and skills fall in. Thanks to Athena Weston SD Superintendent, Laure Quaresma, for putting together such an incredible day for us!
A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all the specialists, teachers, para-pros, bus drivers, administrators, host sites, business owners and experts that volunteered their time to make these fall events possible!