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Teen program launches at WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver has announced the start of the workforce preparation program “WSU Vancouver 4-H Teen-Works,” a cooperative effort between WSU Vancouver, WSU Clark County Extension 4-H and community partners.

Teen-Works, a program of the new WSU Vancouver Center for Youth Workforce Preparation, is open to youth ages 13-18. Participants can select one or more areas of interest and attend Career Exploration Tracks (short courses) held on the WSU Vancouver campus. A track series consists of four to eight sessions. Space is limited and early applications are encouraged.

Tentative Career Exploration Tracks include, but are not limited to, crime scene investigation, robotics, global information systems and global positioning satellites technologies, medicine and healthcare, law enforcement, computer technology, leadership and more. Most tracks will begin in January and be held from 6:30-8 p.m. during the week.

“High school and middle school students are at a point where academic performance is absolutely critical in shaping a postsecondary career path,” said Michael Holroyd, center director. “We want to help abstract ideas come alive through a hands-on approach so students are motivated to stay in school and choose challenging courses that will prepare them for their postsecondary education. We need to be as inclusive as possible and reach out to all parts of our community.

“By training and mentoring teens, we hope to strengthen the overall community and create a brighter future for the emerging workforce.”

For information and application materials, contact Stephanie Klein at (360) 546-9160 or e-mail kleinst@vancouver.wsu.edu.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Parking rules are enforced from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking is available parking meters or in the blue lot for $2.

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