Ontario — A celebration was held May 28 to recognize career technical education welding and allied health students for their accomplishments during the 2014-15 school year. Students were joined by parents, board members and representatives from Nyssa, Ontario and Vale High Schools, Malheur Education Service District and Treasure Valley Community College. Members of Malheur Poverty to Prosperity board and steering committee were also among the many who came together at the Laura Moore Cunningham Science Center.

Career technical education welding instructors Roger Watkins and Tyson Smith recognized the accomplishments of welding students, including the fact that all 19 of the first-year students passed the National Career Readiness Certificate, which is an assessment-based credential test measuring the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. One student passed at the gold level, 11 at the silver level and 7 at the bronze level. Smith also shared that one of his second year welding students, Fernando Paz, obtained a welding job at Champion and had started work the day before the celebration.

Charlene Pelland, the Intro to Allied Health instructor, with the assistance of each school’s superintendent, handed out certificates of accomplishment to all 64 of her students.

Ken Hart and Mendy Stanford discussed the new nursing assistant and medical office assistant courses scheduled to start this fall for high school students. These new classes will be held at the newly remodeled Saint Alphonsus Park Center Location.

Career technical education’s board lead, Dirk DeBoer, shared a little of Poverty to Prosperity’s career technical education goal, which is to move Malheur County out of economic crisis by investing in and giving hope to local youths.

Eddie Alves and Len McCurdy introduced a new/refurbished renewable energy technology program that will be offered to high school students next year at TVCC. Along with the automation and control systems program, it will prepare students to work in a variety of automated industries that use programmable controls.

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