Career and College Day at Madras High School

OSU Open Campus, COCC, and the 509J school district are working to provide Jefferson County students with an opportunity to explore career choices, volunteer opportunities, and job shadow possibilities. The are seeking volunteers to engage with students as part of a Career and College Day at Madras High School on May 15, 2015. Interested businesses, non-profits, or professionals should contact Jennifer Oppenlander.

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“Don’t Let it Loose” Media Design Contest

The Oregon Invasive Species Council (established by the Legislature), Oregon State University and Oregon Sea Grant’s Watershed and Invasive Species Education Program (WISE) are pleased to announce a statewide “Don’t Let it Loose” invasive species education Media Design contest for Oregon HS students! This contest aims to tap the creativity of teachers in mentoring their students to design outreach messages and media that increase awareness and solutions to releasing classroom and household pets. Once released, these species can become invasive and cause environmental and economic harm in Oregon. The red-eared slider turtle, red swamp crayfish, and Brazilian elodea are examples.

Winning students receive cash prizes (1st place $400, 2nd place $250, 3rd place $150) and teachers of winning students will get a $400 stipend for enriching their class. Winning entries will be featured in a press release, shared with local and state elected officials, and used by agencies and organizations to prevent the spread of invasive species. All entries will be posted on the Oregon Invasive Species Council Website.

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Internship Opportunity

The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is offering an environmental education internship this spring in partnership with the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon. The intern will receive hands-on experience in field-based education as well as opportunities to network with both formal and non-formal educators, scientists, and natural resource management professionals. OSU-Cascades or COCC credit is available.

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2015 Intel STEMposium

On April 17, 2015 our counterparts at the Portland Metro STEM Partnership will conduct their annual STEMposium, sponsored by Intel and hosted by PGE. This year’s theme is Technology Leadership: Bridging the worlds of education and careers. The Central Oregon region has been offered 10 invitations to the event, which the STEM Hub will distribute to a diverse group of STEM-passionate Central Oregonians. The Hub has a limited amount of funding available to support travel costs of those who would otherwise be unable to participate. If you are interested in representing our region or would like to nominate someone to participate, please contact Kendall Bartholomew, STEM Hub Director as soon as possible.