Sabin center celebrates 50 years; Summer recreation programs offered in Gladstone, Oregon City

Fifty years ago, North Clackamas School District Superintendent Owen Sabin had a unique idea about educating high school students. He thought students could be better prepared for their next steps in life by learning career skills in an educational setting.

As part of the high school experience, students in the district would be co-enrolled in a center that offered vocational training. Today, the Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center has expanded to become the largest and oldest career-and-technical-education center in Oregon.

The school began with a few course offerings. Fifty years later, 16 high-wage, high-demand programs engage nearly 3,400 students a year.

Students learn professional skills through hands-on instruction and college credit offerings taught by professionals who know and understand the expectations of business and industry.

PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Gov. Kate Brown recently visited North Clackamas School District's Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center to highlight career programs statewide. The combination of rigor, relevance and relationships has proven successful for graduates, including Ty Trullinger, director of "Knight Rider" for NBC; Lee Morris, launch engineer at Space-X; Stephanie Niezgoda, a research/development engineer at Procter & Gamble; and Sharyl Azar, physician at Oregon Health & Science University.

The public recently was invited to take part in the two-day celebration that featured school tours, reunion activities, a barn dance at the school's award-winning Land Lab, a car show and other activities.

Summer recreation programs offered

Gladstone and Oregon City's community schools programs offer low-cost summer classes, day camps and activities for children, teens, and adults.

Youth classes range from theater, guitar, hip-hop and ballet to martial arts, sports camps, day camps, driver education and babysitting classes.

Adult courses include watercolor, mosaics,and garden art as well as canning, yoga, first aid, investing, ukulele and much more.

To register, visit or call 503-650-2570 in Gladstone; visit or call 503-785-8520 in Oregon City.

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