Preparing Students for Life after School
Thanks to a recent grant from the Oregon Department of Education, Crook County School District students are pilot testing a program that provides college, career and life skills training and support for student preparing to transition to lives away from school. Twenty students, aged 16-21 are participating in the program. They will be spending time over the next few months developing new skills and learning about college, work and community opportunities throughout Central Oregon.
On March 12, eight students visited the Cascade Culinary Institute at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) in Bend. Program staff gave students a tour and demonstration, had them put on chef jackets and practice their cooking skills in a real commercial kitchen.
After the tour, students enjoyed a gourmet lunch in the COCC culinary arts restaurant. The chef came to the table and talked to the student about their career aspirations and encouraged them to pursue their college and career goals.
Other activities have been planned for student include: tours of COCC’s Redmond campus, Job Corps, and Crook county offices, and attendance at the Breaking Barriers conference in April.