Exploring business and tech
Canby High School held its Career Tech Fair on April 25 pulling in various businesses and industries to define partnerships for student interns and workers. "We want these businesses to see what we are teaching and we want to create partnerships with them to improve our technical education program and get the message out to the community," Todd Roberts, a Canby teacher for manufacturing and pre-engineering. "With such partnerships, it's easier to share programs and help us prepare our students for work in industries and continuing education," said Tonya Boustead, teaches CTE and business education. He noted the high school has a diverse population and not all students want to go to college. Some students are looking for summer or year-round internships that may not be available without community partnerships. Canby has students that are working with drones, lasers, 3-D printing, computer controls, CAD programming, graphic design, childhood development and construction programming. "We've built 28 homes in the last 30- to 35 years," Roberts said, and just sold one recently. Currently, the class is doing lot preparation and will begin building. Once the house is built, other students take over market and selling. Students spoke at all the programs, said Roberts. He saw it as the highlight of the fair with students talking about what they are learning and how such programs benefit them now and after they graduate.Roberts said about 18 to 20 companies sent in their RSVPs and 18 were there. All the presenters had students present to explain their courses and what they are learning. Attendants, including participating students, ate lunch after the presentations and school tours. The tables were decorated with flowers put together by the College and Careers Center students.