Pendleton High School Receives Grant from Pacific Power Foundation

photo: Curt Thompson & Christina van der Kamp receiving Pacific Power Grant check

School to Careers second year focus will be to connect students and employers

Pendleton, Oregon, September 26, 2017- The Pacific Power Foundation awarded the Pendleton School District $2,500 to use toward its School to Careers Program.

Pacific Power Regional Business Manager, Lori Wyman, presented the award check to Curt Thompson and Christina van der Kamp after a competitive application process.  “Pacific Power is happy to support programs which encourage students to see themselves as citizens working in their communities,” said Wyman.

Since its inaugural year, 2016-2017, 43 students have been placed with 23 different work site partners. Said Kathryn Brown, publisher, “We see this program as a simple way for us to support local students and hope that some of them will eventually become East Oregonian employees one day.”

The program is a workforce development initiative and career exploration opportunity. Students enjoy job shadows, internships, work experience, service learning projects, and mentorships; along with 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 District’s strategic plan.  Goal 3 is to create classrooms and schools without borders.

Employers who would like further information about supporting youth career exploration and job opportunities, may contact Christina van der Kamp, School to Careers Coordinator at (541) 969 -6748 or email at

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