5 Ways Tillamook is Engaging the Community
Written by Open Campus Coordinator, Emily Henry
1. Scholarship Workshop
Eleven students from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Leadership Academy visited Tillamook to hold a scholarship workshop for high school and college students in partnership with Open Campus. This is the first time the Leadership Academy has partnered, as a group, with a community to engage in experiential learning. We are planning to keep this partnership going by taking Tillamook High School students to OSU for Ag Days in May.
2. Legislative Outreach
Emily Henry (Open Campus Coordinator, Tillamook) and Maydra Valencia (Juntos Coastal Coordinator) visited Salem during University Day to thank our legislators for their support for OSU and Extension and to ask for their continued support into next year. We met with Senator Betsy Johnson, Representative Brad Witt, and Representative Deborah Boone and observed a House and Senate floor session. It was a great day at the capital!
3. Computer Coding Workshop
We are excited to begin 2016 with another 6-week session of Juntos in Tillamook. In addition to the sessions, designed to give parents and students tools for success in high school and college, we will also be offering a computer coding workshop in partnership with the Tillamook County Library for our elementary-aged Juntos members. Tillamook has had 2 Juntos cohorts, has 25 members in the Tillamook High School Juntos club, and is also holding regular family nights and fundraisers throughout the year.
For the second consecutive year, one of our THS Juntos club members was crowned Charity Drive Queen (pictured here, Daisy Mendez, Charity Drive Queen, and Coral Morales—both THS Juntos club members) and another member was selected for an AAUW Women in STEM award (Jennifer Verdin).
5. Tech Trek STEM Camp
This year we will hold our third Tech Trek STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) camp for 8th grade girls. The camp is a national program of AAUW and the Oregon camp is held in Tillamook, with Open Campus serving as camp directors and fundraisers. Tech Trek provides girls with hands-on experience in computer coding, chemistry, marine biology, math, rocketry, and more to increase the girls’ confidence in STEM. The long-term goal is for the campers to take more advanced STEM classes in high school and college and eventually increase the number of women in STEM careers. In the last two years, we have served 65 girls and worked with over 60 adult female volunteers, many of whom are women in STEM careers.