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Area School Districts Coordinate College and Career Fair Week - 03/13/19

Career and Technical Education (CTE) staff at Evergreen, Vancouver, and Battle Ground school districts have collaborated to offer college and career fairs to secondary students the week of March 18-22.

Over 75 colleges and employers have committed to fairs at nine local high schools, where students may explore educational options, scholarships, and jobs. The fairs are scheduled at specific locations and times throughout the week, primarily during the school day, with time in between to allow the partners to relocate and set up for the next fair.

College and Career Fair Locations:

  • Evergreen High School, Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, Heritage High School (Evergreen Public Schools)
  • Hudson’s Bay High School, Skyview High School, iTech Prep, Van Flex Academy (Vancouver Public Schools)
  • Vancouver Public Schools will host a public College & Career Fair at Roosevelt Elementary School on Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30pm-7pm.
  • Battle Ground High School – Thursday, March 21 from 5pm to 7pm (Battle Ground School District)

College and career fairs are not new – they have always been offered as a part of every high school student’s future planning. But the combined coordination between the three districts allows colleges and universities from other parts of the country to travel to this area once, and stay in town for a weeks’ worth of scheduled engagements.

“This is very convenient for our college & business reps that travel to our area for career fairs, not only from eastern Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, but college reps from Alaska, Arizona and Alabama are also on this year’s list of participants” said Debby Coleman, Career Center Secretary at Heritage High School, and coordinator of the county-wide effort. “We saw this as a way to attract a more robust roster of participants while keeping costs low for our traveling reps.”

Besides art, technical, state, and private colleges, participants in the fairs include AmeriCorps, U.S. military service branches, temp services, the trades, and several local employers.

The fairs are expected to be attended by over 7,500 Clark County students over the course of the five days.


Evergreen Public Schools
Toni Wise, Business Outreach Coordinator for Career & Technical Education

Vancouver Public Schools
Tracey Scharmann, District Career Connected Learning Coordinator

About CTE (Career & Technical Education):  CTE provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In fact, the high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 90% – 15 percentage points higher than the national average. For more information, go to https://careertech.org/cte, or contact the CTE office in your school district.

Evergreen School Board selects Rachel Rogers as new Board member - 02/26/19

The Evergreen School Board Directors has selected Rachel Rogers to fill Director 4 position left vacant when Todd Yuzuriha resigned. Rogers was one of five candidates interviewed and brought forward for consideration at tonight’s School Board meeting. Rogers will be sworn in at the March 12 School Board meeting.

Rogers and her husband are parents of two young children, one of whom is a first-grader at Fisher’s Landing Elementary.  As a Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, she holds a law degree from Willamette University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and French from Northeastern University. She cites her commitment to public service as well as volunteer activities, including coaching Hockinson High School’s Mock Trial team, as part of her interest in seeking the Board position.

“I was very fortunate to receive an excellent public education and I am committed to ensuring the children in our community receive the same opportunities I received,” stated Rogers during the application process.

The appointment of Rogers as a Board member is for the remainder of 2019. The position will be up for election for a four-year term in November.

Evergreen Public Schools, with 25,000 students and 3,300 staff members, is the sixth largest school district in the state, and the third largest employer in Clark County.

Board accepts Superintendent resignation - 02/26/19

The Evergreen School Board voted tonight to accept the resignation agreement of Superintendent John Steach at its Board of Directors meeting.

Dr. Steach, in submitting his resignation also wrote: “I recently met with the Board Chair and Vice Chair to discuss stepping down from my position as Superintendent.  I have appreciated my time in Evergreen and with the recent passage of both levies, wish Evergreen the best and look forward to its future growth.  I ask that you will respect my privacy and understand my desire to not discuss the reasons for my personal decision.”

Dr. Steach joined Evergreen as Deputy Superintendent in July of 2014. He was appointed by the Board as Superintendent in August 2017 after the retirement of John Deeder.

The Board, in a special meeting yesterday, indicating Dr. Steach’s resignation was imminent, and per Board policy, appointed Evergreen’s Chief Operating Officer Mike Merlino as Interim Superintendent.

Evergreen Public Schools, with 25,000 students and 3,300 staff members, is the sixth largest school district in the state, and the third largest employer in Clark County.