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Attention teachers: Start planning for a Selco grant application

Posted on: January 24, 2018

SELCO Community Credit Union has announced application dates for their 2018 SPARK! Creative Learning Grants. Grants are available up to $1,000 for K-12 teachers.

“We love projects that spark something new and want to see proposals for helping kids create and teachers innovate.”

If interested, find details about grant requirements and scoring criteria on the Selco Community Credit Union website.


Please note the following dates:

August 15: Applications open
SELCO SPARK! Creative Learning Grants

September 30: Application deadline
SELCO SPARK! Creative Learning Grants

Visit selco.org/SPARK for details and to apply.

“We can’t wait to see what innovative projects our teachers come up with this year.”

High school girls learn about manufacturing careers at annual LBCC event

Posted on: January 21, 2018

Girls from South and West Albany high schools joined girls from schools around the region at the annual LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event, sponsored by the Albany Chamber Pipeline to Jobs project.

More than 65 students participated in the hands-on event that had a waiting list of students who were interested in learning about skills in high-demand program areas.

Students each attended two of the following program areas: Computer-Assisted Design and Drafting (CADD), Welding and Fabrication, Machine Tool Technology, and Mechatronics.

Each session included a chance to try the equipment, and learn about program requirements and median salaries. Students who are currently in the LBCC programs were on hand to guide the girls through the activities.

South Albany High School brought 20 girls, and West Albany High School brought 12. Students signed up voluntarily, and the group included freshmen through seniors.

For some, the event was a chance to learn about options after high school. For others, it was a chance to confirm career aspirations. The group from West included a student who hoped to be chef and one who planned to be a welder.

During lunch, a panel of women with successful careers in manufacturing shared their stories, including how they started and how quickly they advanced in their fields. For many, career experiences grew out of entry-level work and evolved to positions of leadership — often as the only female in their company or department.

Kayla MacFarlane-Herold, who works for Viper Northwest, said this is a great time to pursue work in manufacturing because the demand is high, and employers will provide benefits such as tuition reimbursement. “For the first time, I believed I could have a career, not just a job,” she said.

Greater Albany seniors attend youth job fair at LBCC

Posted on: December 15, 2017

The 30th annual Albany Chamber of Commerce Youth Job Fair brought more than 1,300 high school seniors, including all seniors at Albany Options School, South Albany and West Albany high schools, to Linn Benton Community College this week.

GAPS sends all high school seniors every year to complete students’ career education requirement for graduation.

High school teachers say it reinforces the messages that students learn about work and careers and it provides an opportunity to practice in a low-risk environment. “Students learn the routine of seeking and pursuing a job and preparing to apply and interview,” said SAHS teacher Denee Newton. “It validates what we’ve told them.”

“During the interviews, they are learning that they will be judged on how they present themselves,” said SAHS teacher Katie Gisler. “Your appearance matters.”

“The students had an incredible time and came back to school feeling inspired and excited for their futures,” said AOS counselor Anna Harryman. “Many Juniors commented to me the following day about how they’re looking forward to the event next year after hearing their peers talk about it.”

The event offers students who will soon be entering the workforce or pursuing career training an opportunity to learn more about careers and practice job seeking skills.

Students cycle through three sessions: a resource fair that includes industry representatives who can answer questions and set up application interviews, an inspirational speaker, and mock interviews that allow students to practice interview skills. Each student can interview twice. Interviews are conducted by 250 volunteers. Some interviewees offer jobs to students during this mock interview process.

The event is part of the Chamber’s Pipeline to Jobs project to help students find meaningful work and employers find qualified workers. It is billed as a community program to provide career guidance to our most important resource – the youth of Linn and Benton counties.

“It is a huge collaborative effort, and the community is so supportive,” said Josefine Fleetwood, executive director of the Pipeline Project. “We couldn’t provide the extensive opportunities we provide without support from employers.

Albany Options also contributed community service time to the event. The 34 students who attended stayed after the event to take down all of the tables and chairs as well as clean up the whole gymnasium where the mock interviews were held.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.
Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.
Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.
Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.
Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany High School seniors attend Youth Job Fair.

Albany Public Schools Foundation funds more than $37,000 in classroom grants

Posted on: November 28, 2017

Albany Public Schools Foundation announced classroom grant awards for 67 projects, totaling $37,683. The annual awards provide funds to enhance classroom projects and educational experiences.

APSF raises money every year to support GAPS schools through the annual iSwim, iRun and iCelebrate Gala fundraisers.

Any teacher in the district can apply for a classroom grant. This year, there were 79 proposals for projects including electronics, robotics, art, reading music and PE.

See the list of grant awards. 
Read more about Albany Public Schools Foundation.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival returns to West Albany

Posted on: November 20, 2017

For the third year in a row, actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival visited West Albany High School last week for a week-long event of performances and theater workshops for students.

West Albany is a member of OSF’s School Partnership Program, one of the largest theater outreach programs in the country. Through programming that supports Common Core standards, students experience works of Shakespeare and other great writers, presented in ways that relate to their own experiences and engage their imaginations.

More than just a school visit, the School Partnership Program includes a full week of performances and workshops, as well as professional development and curriculum seminars for teachers in Ashland, and an overnight trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for a group of students.

WAHS is proud to partner with OSF to bring these opportunities to our scholars!

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.      Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.      Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.      Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.       Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.       Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.       Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.       Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.       Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.       Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.        Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.        Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival visits West Albany High School.