Twenty-six students from each district in Grant County toured two college campuses and attended a career fair March 2 in a first-time collaboration between the Oregon State University Extension Office and the Youth Transition Program.

The transition program, a mainstay in the Grant School District for several years, gives students opportunities to explore job interests, gain workplace skills and build interpersonal relationships and customer service skills.

Tami Sasser, the YTP specialist, heads up Grant Union, and Christi Dehaven is the specialist for the service district in Prairie City, Monument, Dayville and Long Creek.

Dehaven said the trip could not have worked out better, and the students showed a genuine interest.

Didgette McCracken, the Open Campus Coordinator at OSU, who helps people earn online degrees through the Open Campus and adults earn high school diplomas, said the students were visualizing themselves in an academic setting and out of Grant County.

McCracken said it is hard for students to leave Grant County.

“It is overwhelming for many of them,” said McCracken.

DeHaven said Sasser was instrumental in making the trip happen, as was Michele Engle, Monument teacher, Mark McKay, chaperone, Jeff Schafer, bus driver and chaperone, and Robert Waltenburg, superintendent of the Grant County Education Service District.

“I hope we can make this an annual event,” said McCracken.

Reporter

Steven Mitchell is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. Contact him at steven@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.