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CTE-CCL /RCC Allied Health High School Career Exploration Day

By News, School-Wide Improvement

Amidst blustery showers and flakes of snow, the Mercy Flights transport helicopter swooped in to alight next to Rogue Community College’s beautiful new Health Professions Center, on the Table Rock Campus. The ‘copter crew joined the Mercy Flights ambulance and crew in forming one very popular station at an Allied Health Career Exploration Day sponsored by SOESD’s CTE-CCL Departments.

The event was made possible through federal Career and Technical Education (CTE) Perkins funding, intended to promote secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs. There were 6 stations in all, with 75 students from 5 high schools in Jackson and Josephine Counties engaged in Hands-On Learning highlighting RCC’s short term certificates (3-9 months): Emergency Medicine, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician and Dental Assisting. RCC instructors and current students were on hand to answer questions and lead activities including making a fake tooth, using electronic health records (EHR), extracting “blood,” and performing CPR to the beat of “Another One Bites the Dust.”

Participants also received a general orientation from RCC’s Admissions & Recruiting, providing students with further information on healthcare academic Pathways, while experiencing being on a community college campus. The event ended with a raffle drawing for prizes, and burrito box lunches served to students, adult attendees and staff in the atrium of the A Bldg. Reactions of participants were enthusiastic. Students reported being inspired by the industry representatives they met (RCC instructors are also healthcare professionals) and the close-to-peer-level students. Many students indicated they were now motivated to continue investigating healthcare careers, including doing such things as scheduling ride-along job shadows with Mercy Flights.

The magic of these types of events, is one facet of support in providing Career Connected Learning opportunities to our regional students: planting seeds about career possibilities that will hopefully transition into intentional exploration and further education.

Southern Oregon’s Regional Integrated Planning

By News, School Improvement Services

Our Southern Oregon’s Regional Integrated Planning session took place in person on May 4th at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites.  SOESD and the ODE staff that support the Student Investment Account (SIA), High School Success (HSS), Early Indicator and Intervention Systems (EIIS), Every Day Matters (EDM), Perkins/CTE, and ESSA Partnerships (CSI/TSI) programs were at the session to partner with grant recipients of these programs. The goal of the session was to support understanding of Aligning for Student Success: Integrated Guidance for Six ODE Initiatives as well as thoughtfully planning for fall engagement and builds into the March 2023 application of integrated plans.

SECOND NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING

By News

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to ORS 294.426, that a public meeting of the Budget Committee of Southern Oregon Education Service District, serving the school districts in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties, will be held at 101 North Grape Street, Medford, OR,  on May 11, 2022, at 6:00 pm for the purpose of receiving the budget message and budget document of said district for the fiscal year 2022-2023 and to receive comment from the public on the budget.  A second meeting of the budget committee is tentatively scheduled for May 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm and public comment on the budget will also be taken at this meeting.

These are public meetings where deliberations of the budget committee will take place, and any person may appear and discuss proposed programs with the budget committee at that time. To the extent reasonably possible, opportunity will be provided for members of the general public to access and attend these meetings remotely. A copy of the proposed budget document and the link to join the meeting via video/audio conference will be available on or after May 6, 2022 at www.soesd.k12.or.us or obtained via email request to administration@soesd.k12.or.us.  Public comment will be taken during the meeting.

The first notice of the budget committee meeting was published in the Medford Mail Tribune and posted on the Southern Oregon Education Service District website at:  www.soesd.k12.or.us on April 17, 2022.

Scott Beveridge, Superintendent

Budget Officer

 

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NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING

By News

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to ORS 294.426, that a public meeting of the Budget Committee of Southern Oregon Education Service District, serving the school districts in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties, will be held at 101 North Grape Street, Medford, OR, on May 11, 2022, at 6:00 pm for the purpose of receiving the budget message and budget document of said district for the fiscal year 2022-2023 and to receive comment from the public on the budget.  A second meeting of the budget committee is tentatively scheduled for May 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm and public comment on the budget will also be taken at this meeting.

These are public meetings where deliberations of the budget committee will take place, and any person may appear and discuss proposed programs with the budget committee at that time. To the extent reasonably possible, opportunity will be provided for members of the general public to access and attend these meetings remotely. A copy of the proposed budget document and the link to join the meeting via video/audio conference will be available on or after May 6, 2022 at www.soesd.k12.or.us or obtained via email request to administration@soesd.k12.or.us.  Public comment will be taken during the meeting.

A second notice of the budget committee meeting will be posted on the Southern Oregon Education Service District website at:  www.soesd.k12.or.us.  This second notice will be posted on the website May 1, 2022.

Scott Beveridge, Superintendent

Budget Officer

Driving the Bus Project home!

By News

The Bus Project, a 41 ft long Bluebird school bus that is being converted into transitional housing for a family impacted by the Almeda fire, is heading on to its final stage.

Students helped strip, design, install, build, plumb, and wire this project last summer. Learning these trade skills helped build awareness, encourage exploration, and engage students through real-world experiences that dovetailed with regional pathways into high-wage, high-demand fields.

We are thrilled to see the bus into its final phase! Justin Eager and students from South Medford Highschool will be finishing the bus so it is ready to become a home.

Thank you to all our partners, collaborators, students, donors, builder/instructors and volunteers who have helped make this 41ft dream a reality!

Check out our website to learn more about the Bus Project https://www.talentmakercity.org/the-bus-project

SOESD PHOENIX CAMPUS RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDER PRESENTATION

By News

On September 8, 2020, SOESD’s Phoenix Campus was destroyed in the Almeda Wildfire.  We invite you and the community to join us next Thursday, April 7th to review the progress made on our plans to rebuild the SOESD Phoenix Campus. This event will be an Open House  between 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Phoenix Plaza Civic Center.

We have reached the 50% Design Development milestone and look forward to reviewing the design plans and receiving feedback. Although significant work has been done, we invite the community’s input as we continue the design process. There will be a variety of tools to conceptualize the space including an aerial view, site plans, and updated models. We will continue gathering feedback in various ways during this meeting, via survey, and ongoing user group meetings after this event.

SOESD Phoenix Campus Reconstruction Project Community Event

Between 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Phoenix Plaza Civic Center

220 North Main Street

Phoenix, OR 97535

We understand scheduling constraints may make it hard to attend in person, so an option to join remotely is available at the link below.

Click here to attend virtually

Meeting ID: 891 2204 3190
Passcode: 077134

 

 

Bus Project Update: Rolling into 2022!

By News

By Emily Coleman

What a year it’s been! Despite this past year’s challenges, we have seen our community work together to remind us of what is possible.

The Bus Project, which started as an idea to engage students in career-connected learning by converting a retired school bus into housing, has developed into so much more. Not only are students involved in career technical education pathways, but they are also applying this learning to give something tangible and meaningful back to their community, a home.

Talent Maker City and South Medford CTE teacher Justin Eager took the lead on the first two bus conversions. Starting in the Spring of 2021, Talent Maker City, working with students from Armadillo Technical Institute and Phoenix High School, began the journey to convert a bus into a home. TMC’s lead builder worked with small groups of students who experienced installing plumbing, electrical, and cabinetry. The first bus is now nearing completion, and Justin Eager’s CTE classes will add the final touches. We should see the first bus to home conversion rolling out this spring. Julie Akins, founder of the Skoolie Home Foundation, will take the lead on placing the first bus with a fire-impacted family in need of housing.

In addition to the first two buses, Ashland School District donated three additional buses. The third bus conversion is happening at WorkSource Rogue Valley with Career Coach Shawn Wonnacott. The fourth bus is going to North Valley High School, and CTE instructor Ken Klumpp will oversee the construction with his SkillsUSA students. Schools and community partners will collaborate to convert the fifth bus into a mobile medical unit. Finally, to help make this a sustainable program, Talent Maker City designed plans, curriculum, and instructional tricks and tips available on their website that other communities can replicate.

Without our community’s collaboration, support, and vision, this project would not be possible.