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Friday, June 8, 2018

CAREER TECH HIGH: Graduation 2018

CAREER TECH HIGH:  Graduation 2018

The Sign:  The sign pointing upstairs to the front doors of the Career Tech Charter School at Lincoln City Hall.

Lincoln City’s Career Technical Charter High School will hold a celebration for its graduating seniors at 5:30 p.m. on Friday June 8, at the Lincoln City Council Chambers, Lincoln City City Hall, 801 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City.

The News Guard staff gives our best wishes to all the graduates at Career Technical High School of Lincoln City.

Below a list of the Career Tech High graduating seniors.

·         Faith Bennett
·         Margaret Ford
·         Sarah Gonzales
·         Kindra Grey
·         Jacob Helton
·         Nickiah Lane
·         Jason Miranda
·         Lakota Newman
·         Skyler Pullen
·         Julian Rudd
·         Sabrina Santistevan

If You Go
Career Technical High School Graduation
5:30 p.m. Friday June 8
Lincoln City Council Chambers
Lincoln City City Hall
801 SW Highway 101
Lincoln City

Monday, May 21, 2018

Showing A Little Heart - A Democrat-Herald Article

Showing a little HEART

Juana Cortez of Albany browses racks of clothing provided by Love INC on Thursday for the 13th annual HEART to Heart Resource Fair at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany.

Andrea Stutzman of Capital Dental cleans a visitor's teeth during the 2018 HEART to Heart Resource Fair.  Capital Dental and Oregon Dental Service teamed up to provide cleanings and invite people looking for providers to contact ODA at or 1-800-342-0526.

Missy Chavez, with baby Chloe Thaxton, 1, talks with Kids & Company Head Start during the 13th annual HEART to Heart Resource Fair.

Jason Dickerson and his partner, Lori, play with a kitten owned by Diana Fields from the Helping Hands booth.

Love INC has long been in the business of helping people, but until this year, it had never brought a clothing closet to the HEART to Heart Resource Fair.

The faith-based nonprofit has a 20-foot cargo trailer it fills with clothing and takes wherever it's needed, said Deb Powell, Love INC executive director.  This year, someone suggested the trailer come to the resource fair Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany.

That was fine by Juana Cortez of Albany, who spent part of her noon hour browsing the clothing racks.  She didn't find any keepers, but said she was glad her friend had invited her to the fair anyway.  "There's a lot of people; we get to be with each other," she said through an interpreter.

The HEART to Heart Resource Fair is now in its 13th year.  Organized by Albany's Homeless Engagement and Resource Team, which is where it gets its name, the fair brings together a variety of community resource organizations to offer haircuts, dental treatment, eyeglasses, pet supplies, new socks and more to low-income or homeless residents.

As of shortly after noon on Thursday, more than 150 people had browsed dozens of information booths, from Linn County Mental Health to Jackson Street Youth Shelter to Kidco Head Start to the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence.

Missy Chavez, who came with her daughter Chloe Thaxton, 1, was particularly glad to stop by the Linn Benton Housing Authority booth for information on low-income housing.

"We live in a shelter and we're trying to get out," she said, adding that she still had several booths to visit.  "I'm still doing my rounds."

Jason Dickerson said he'd come to the fair once before and was glad to take advantage of its services.  He said he'd love to see the fair last longer into the afternoon, or maybe held more than once per year.

"If you're a street person, there's no reason you can't come here and get cleaned up," he said.  "All these representatives, I do appreciate."

One of Dickerson's favorite stops was at the booth sponsored by First Christian Church, another first-timer at the resource fair.  The church holds a free community dinner each Tuesday, where it also gives out packs of personal hygiene supplies, and decided this year to bring those packs to the fair.

Volunteer Rey Woitt said he got the idea because his mother, Pam Woitt, a teacher at the Periwinkle Center, always spoke highly of her time at the fair with the Kidco booth.

"I always remember her coming home and saying, 'It was a big day, but I'm glad I'm doing it,'" Rey Woitt said.  "We thought our booth would be a good fit."

Both First Christian and Love INC said they'd be back again next year, joining more than four dozen other organizations offering items and information.

"It gets all the services that are in the community in one place, under one roof, at least for one day," said Dina Eldridge of the Community Services Consortium.  "We love that we get lots of veterans services, and Legal Aid shows up, and we're here – sometimes, they might know about us.  This is a way for them to see about a lot of different services in one day and make connections."

Friday, May 11, 2018

MOLDING MINDS: Career Tech shapes the makers of tomorrow

MOLDING MINDS:  Career Tech shapes the makers of tomorrow
Katie Mortimer - - May 9, 2018

The Sign Hanger:  Lincoln City Career Tech student Alder Hartman hangs one of the signs on a tree along the Cutler City Wetlands Trail.

A walk into the Cutler City Wetlands will be a bit easier following the hard work done by the Lincoln City’s Career Technical High School wood fabrication students.

The students have made, and placed, several wooden signs to direct hikers through the trails.  Prior to hanging the signs, the students manufactured large beams to hold the signs they crafted.

“At first it was just getting credits, now it is more so about getting the skills to be able to create,” Career Tech student Corrie Martin said.

According to the Career Tech website, the school is designed to give student "employees" guided practice in basic career survival skills by providing a simulated workplace environment.  The students are expected to behave, dress, and be productive in a workplace manner while attending the school.

Students can receive credits for college, gain career-based education, and get real-word work experience at the Career Technical Charter School.  The school offers students the opportunity to learn about careers in environmental sciences, metal, and wood fabrication.  On average, Career Tech enrolls 55 students a year.  The outdoor classes that are offered allow students to have an active learning environment experience.

Hiking in the wooded mud covered trials, John Kiser, local contractor spoke about his role in the Career Tech High School.

“The public wanted to know where to go on the tails without getting lost,” he said.

Kiser is the Wood and Metals Crew Leader in charge of the students out on a work site.  “I hope the students learned a lot about teamwork,” Kizer said.

He has a large role in the school along with other local vocational professionals, like Tyler Cunningham, a local woodworker.

The wood fabrication program works closely with community organizations to give students the opportunity to see what working in this field is like.  Lincoln City Parks & Recreation has partnered with Career Tech as one of those partnering organizations.

“If you went into any of our open spaces, you would not know where to go,” Lincoln City Parks Supervisor Joe Miller said, referring to the city parks in the area.

This particular trial project involves the City of Lincoln City.  Career Tech has worked with national, state, and city parks in past years.

The students proudly show off the work they’ve done in the park, including crafting some of the trail bridges at the Cutler City Wetlands Trail.

Career Tech Education Supervisor and Teacher Joel Riverman said he believes that the school is doing good things for both the students and the community.

“The school system has the mentality that everyone has to learn Shakespeare; this is true hands on learning,” Riverman said.

For more information about Lincoln City Career Technical School, call 541-351-8551.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Career Tech Filmmaking Program

Lincoln County - Charter School Debuts New Filmmaking Program

An article (by Joan Brown) from the Newport News Times (link)

Read Joan Brown's article below:

       LINCOLN CITY – Four high school students talked script and technique         as they prepared to hold their first-ever auditions, which will be for an         infomercial about their school, Career Tech.

      “We’re building a film program,” said instructor Lucinda Ulrich.  Prior to         coming to Lincoln City, Ulrich was an independent film maker in          
       Albuquerque, N.M., where she also started a high school film program           that is still running.

       Funded through an Oregon Department of Education grant, which was         possible because of the passing of Measure 98 – the High School      
       Graduation and College and Career Readiness Act of 2016 – the video           program started at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and     
       meets once a week.

      “We’re still working out all the details, the money just became available 
       this month,” Ulrich said.  “This is kind of like a start-up experience, 
       we’re kind of building the ship as we’re sailing it.”

       Currently the equipment being used works as a learning tool, but it 
       won’t get the students very far.

       “There’s a list of acceptable cameras that are considered broadcast-
       quality.  If you don’t own one of those cameras, you can’t distribute to 
       Netflix, you can’t distribute to any of the major studios,” Ulrich said.     
       New equipment is forthcoming.

       “Long term I really want to get to a point, maybe in the summer,     
       where we’re shooting actual short films and then we’re partnering with 
       union film people, that’s sort of a long-term goal,” she said.

       Because of past experiences and contacts, Ulrich has been able to line         up mentors from almost all aspects of the film industry.  As students  
       advance she will connect them with those who will be able to guide   
       them in advancing their film careers.  “These are people who are 
       professional, who are working, who can mentor,” she said.

       Of the four students in this first course, two students have no video    
       experience and two students have made skate and music videos using         their home equipment.

       Trinity Shamberger, 15, said, “I don’t have any film experience, but I 
       take photos.”  Mostly she takes pictures of her cat and nature such as   
       sunsets and raindrops on the grass.  Shamberger said she would like  
       to make videos featuring animals.

       Faith Bennett, 17, said, “I don’t really have any film experience.  I’ve 
       learned a lot from Lucinda, she really enlightened me about the whole 
       cinematography world.”  Bennet said she would like to make videos 
       featuring nature.

       Jeremiah Surber, 16, said, “I started filming skateboarding with my 
       friends probably a year and a half ago on my iPhone.  I found out I 
       really liked it and purchased my first camera about a year ago.  When 
       I found out we got this video program this year I was super excited.”  
       Surber said he intends to go to college and study everything he can for 

       Tyler Rini, 16, said, “I’ve filmed music videos for my brother, because 
       he’s an artist.  Also, I’m a big editor – I like to edit stuff.”  Rini said his 
       aim is to make music videos professionally.

       “Next semester (each student) is going to have their own project and 
        they’re going to have their own pieces,” Ulrich said.

       For next year she hopes to run the class like a crew, and take on   
       projects that students would get paid for.  “We would be Career Tech’s 
       production company.”

       Contact reporter Joan Brown at 541-265-8571 x211 or     

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

FREE Education Workshops

Join us for FREE Energy Education Workshops and help make your home more energy efficient.  (See attached flyer for details).

Friday, January 26, 2018

CSC Outreach at Mesa Familiar de Corvallis

CSC Outreach News:
CSC's own Felipe Garibay (Energy Assistance) and Maia Kazaks (Energy Education) doing outreach at Mesa Familiar de Corvallis.
Outreach is done at Mesa Familiar de Corvallis every 4th Thursday of each month.

Located at:
Mesa Familiar de Corvallis
365 SW Tunison Ave
Corvallis, Oregon

Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Homeless Point-in-Time Count

When:  Thurs Jan 25th-Weds Jan 31st
Time: 8am to 7pm (for most events)
Location:  Various Meal Site Locations

Volunteer to fill out PIT demographic form with people experiencing homelessness at meal sites and/ or go with outreach workers to outdoor sites:

Sign-up form: Point-in-Time Sign-up

In-person trainings:     

                        Monday in Albany 9-10am or 11am-12pm at Community Services Consortium
250 Broadalbin St, Suite 2A Albany, OR 97321
                        Tuesday Corvallis 1-2pm or 2-3pm at Community Services Consortium 
545 SW 2nd St, Suite A  Corvallis, OR 97333

If you cannot make an in-person training you can still volunteer.   A training video out on Monday 1/22/18 that can cover anyone who didn’t get in-person training.

Donate to CSC to help purchase warm gloves, hats, and socks for the unsheltered street count:

 Click “Give to a Program of Your Choice” and enter “PIT” in the spot to "specify program to direct donation to".

Julia McKenna at 541-224-7724    

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kicking off the Homeless Point-In-Time Count Volunteer Training

When:  January 15, 2018, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Agenda will include:
     MLK Day Reading and Discussion about “Beloved Community”
     Point-in-Time forms and logistics training
     Best Practices Overview and Q & A
     Light snacks and mingling

Please fill out this short 5 question survey to tell us you are coming! 

No RSVP required to attend. Feel free to just show up!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Lincoln County School District - Career Tech Drone Program in the News

An article (by Joan Brown) from the Newport News Times (link)

Below are snapshots of the  News-Times', Wednesday, December 13, 2017 article:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mid-Valley Stand Down for Veterans held September 21, 2017

The 3rd annual Mid-Valley Stand Down for Veterans was held on September 21, 2017 at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.  The event had been held in Lebanon for the first two years, and this year featured a new venue and an earlier date.  Over 50 providers were on hand to assist veterans in attendance with connecting to needed services.  There were also donations of clothing, gear, and hygiene items available to veterans who needed them.  Of the veterans in attendance, nearly half identified themselves as homeless, which is the group that the Stand Down targets.  Veterans were able to receive a warm meal (or two), assistance with finding resources, a free haircut, and a warm welcome from those in attendance.  Response from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive.

This year we saw an increased turnout of volunteers for the event.  Of note were the volunteers from Hewlett Packard, most of whom were veterans themselves.  They served as greeters and guides for veterans attending the event, often sharing a meal and conversation with the vets who attended.  They did a great job and are eager to volunteer again at the 2018 Stand Down. Even the crew from the CSC Finance Dept. helped out at this year’s event!

We received many donations from the community for the event.  The LBCC Veterans Club sponsored the event and enabled us to get the facility free of charge.  We received financial donations from Disabled American Veterans, St. Bernard Church of Scio, as well as individuals who gave through the CSC website.  Burgerville of Corvallis held a fundraiser for the Stand Down prior to the event and have plans to do so again.  The Corvallis Chipotle recently held a funder for the next Stand Down and are hoping to so again before the 2018 event.

Plans are already in the works for the 2018 Stand Down.  For more information on how you can become involved, contact Connie Barkdull (541-704-7648) or Mikalyn Martinez (541-758-2761) at CSC.

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