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Event lets students learn about colleges and a wide range of different careers

PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
 - Facebook Representative Matt Hoover does a presentation for a class, as he shows one of the Facebook servers.

Crook County Middle School students were given an upfront perspective of 18 careers and three colleges during the Colt's College and Career Day at CCMS on Friday, Feb. 7.

The annual event allows seventh and eighth graders to learn about community colleges and universities and a wide range of careers -- science and technology, aviation, construction, hospitality, law enforcement, natural resources, transportation and automotive.

Representatives from colleges and career fields met with student groups throughout the day. Presenters provided a brief introduction to their career, discussed their own college experience and gave a career demonstration. Most presenters also conducted a question and answer session for students.

Leading Edge Flight Academy gave one student a free ticket for a Discovery Flight on an airplane and another student a Discovery Flight on a helicopter. Assistant Human Resource Director Devin Trickel at Sun River Resort and a staff member had students create fancy napkins, just like they create for guests at the dining venues for the resort. He explained the various careers available.

Crook County Fire and Rescue Division Chief and Fire Marshal Russ Deboodt explained how he arrived at his career and concluded the presentation by letting students do some hands-on CPR, using one of the manikins CCFR uses for training.

Suzie Kristensen, Central Oregon Community College Prineville campus administrator, was joined by Becky Munn from Oregon State University to present information about COCC and OSU Cascades. They discussed college options and fielded questions from students throughout the day.

Those were among many presentations throughout the day; several other professionals who gave their time on Friday, too.

CCMS leaders hope the event will foster a college and career-ready culture at the school. The district also promotes readiness in the younger grades; Barnes Butte Elementary has a career and college day every Wednesday.

The businesses and college staff who partnered with CCMS for College and Career Day included: Discover Your Forest, Bend Research, Central Oregon Trucking, Warner Pacific University, Crook County School District teachers, St. Charles Health System, the U.S. Forest Service, Prineville Police Department, Leading Edge Flight Academy, New Fathom Computer Security, OSU Cascades, King's Automotive, Facebook, Rosendin Electric, Sunriver Resort, COCC/OSU Prineville, Crook County Fire and Rescue, Twitch, Cascade Cycle boats, and Morgan Custom Construction.


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