You Name It, Grant County’s Got It!
Written by Hollie CongerGrant County may be small in population, but it’s doing huge things for the education of its youth. Partnering with 4-H, Grant County’s Open Campus has had the opportunity to provide youth with some incredible opportunities. Government engagement, culinary, engineering, entrepreneurship, and marketing are just some of areas of study that Grant County students can benefit from.
In March, two Grant County students were given the opportunity to participate in Salem’s Youth Voices in Governance. The 4-H state conference was designed to encourage young people to engage in their communities and government. During the three day conference, students had the chance to meet decision-makers, explore careers, practice public speaking, and be a legislator for the day!
Visiting Salem wasn’t the only field trip students could participate in this month. Just recently, Grant County students had the chance to travel to Bend where Central Oregon Community College partnered with Safe Communities Coalition to host a campus tour. The group even got a cooking lesson, thanks to Cascade Culinary Institute - they learned how to make pastries and pizza! Following the tour, they experienced Bend’s street art fair and had fun kayaking around the Old Mill District, thanks to help from OSU Cascades. And if students didn’t have enough fun in Central Oregon, they also had the opportunity to participate in the Eastern Oregon Leadership Retreat where they spent the weekend exploring OMSI and learning leadership skills.
Locally, schools continue to benefit from Open Campus’ fun and educational programs. Students enjoy participating in science experiments, learning how to make nutritious snacks, and other hands-on activities. A recent activity involved a contest to make the most unique boat design.
For the entrepreneurial students of Grant County, there have been plenty of opportunities to refine skills in marketing and media. Currently, the 4-H Entrepreneurship Club is focusing on learning about advertisement in the community. Their first project is developing a tourism website for the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. Members of the Entrepreneurship Club have teamed up with the Multi-Media Club where they will learn videography and photography techniques, as well as Adobe Creative Cloud.
Interested in learning more about Grant County’s student programs? Contact Caleb Sturgill at 541.575.1911 or Caleb.Sturgill@oregonstate.edu.