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The Pendleton School District got a boost for its School to Careers program and the Employee Pipeline Project.
US Bank recently provided a grant for $3,000 for the programs, which connect students with employers. After a competitive application process, Brian Young, US Bank district manager and Pendleton branch manager Kathie Nooy presented a check to Pendleton superintendent Chris Fritsch and board chair Lynn Lieuallen.
“US Bank is happy to participate in the great work you are doing for the students in your community,” Young said.
Since its inaugural year, in 2016-17, more than 100 students have been placed with nearly 50 different work site partners. The program is a homegrown workforce development initiative and career exploration opportunity.
Students enjoy job shadows, internships, work experience, service learning projects and mentorships. In addition, it includes worksite tours and career days learning and networking with the area’s employers.
The School to Careers program has been identified as way to measure progress toward Goal 3 in the school district’s strategic plan — to create classrooms and schools without borders. The Employee Pipeline Project is a homegrown workforce development initiative between Umatilla County, CAPECO, Pendleton School District and Eastern Oregon Business Source.
For more information about connecting with students, employers can contact Christina van der Kamp, School to Careers coordinator, at 541-969-6748 or christina.vanderKamp@pendleton.k12.or.us.