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3,000 Middle School Students From Across Lane County Explore Careers in Hands-on Event - 10/04/17

Middle School Students From Across Lane County Explore Careers in Hands-on Event

Lane County, OR -- Jobs in the 21st century require skills that will enable students to adapt to workforce needs and to compete for careers. Work-based learning is a critical component of many career pathways frameworks. This strategy increases post-secondary attainment and employment in high-growth, high-demand, high-wage fields for youth, especially those from underserved populations.

On October 12th, 50 local business partners will join together to provide hands-on career activities to over 2,500 Lane County 8th and 9th graders at the Fairgrounds. This experience will help teachers and students build awareness of the variety of careers available.

Students will be able to talk with industry partners and have been encouraged to ask questions like, "What's a typical day like for someone who works for your company," or "After high school, what kind of training would I need to be hired at your company?" Students will also be offered the opportunity to participate in a mock interview or listen to a 7-person skills panel. Members of the panel include the leaders of Partnered Solutions IT, Strapworks, Johnson Crushers International, Equinox Real Estate, Seneca Sawmill, Iris Media, and Greenhill.

"Career exploration events are crucial for our students at an early age. Providing students with career connected learning and access to industry partners can help students envision themselves in certain careers, and inspire them in the classroom to work towards developing the knowledge, skills and mindsets that will enable them to thrive." - Heidi Larwick, Director of Connected Lane County.

Other companies who signed up early to participate include:

Lane Community College
SAIF Corporation
Kevin Cohen Plumbing
Lane County
Equinox Real Estate
NAACP Eugene/Springfield
Singing Dog Vanilla
City of Eugene
Eugene Weekly
Elegant Elephant Baking
Delta Sand & Gravel Co.
Halo Aviation
Budget Builders
United Way of Lane County
Technology Association of Oregon
IDX Broker
Selco Community Credit Union

Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 09/28/17

The Lane Education Service District Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The Board will begin with a work session at 5:00 p.m., followed by the regular meeting of the Board at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be conducted at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 North, Eugene, Oregon. For agenda information, please visit