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Kalapuya Pre-Apprenticeship Program

James Devaul, who plans to go on to become an Apprentice, hones his drafting skills.

Kalapuya students James Devaul and John Brock are working as part of a select group of students accepted into a pilot Pre-Apprenticeship Programsupported by the Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) at the Sheet Metal Institute in Springfield.  Instructor John Tillotson leads students through industry practice standards, mathematic applications, drafting principles, and hands-on skill building workshops for the forty-hour class. James and John showed off their drafting skills recently as Assistant Superintendent Chris Parra, BOLI commissioner Brad Avakian, and four local elected officials visited the program.  Next year Kalapuya launches the Bethel Construction and Green Trades Program and will be working to expand pre-apprenticeship opportunities to include the plumbing, electric, and general labor unions.

Close The Achievement Gap Conference

Parents, families and friends of African American students are invited to the 5th annual Close the Achievement Gap – African American Family & Student Success Conference. Held in building 19 at LCC this Saturday, May 12th from 11:00-5:00, the free event will feature workshops and break-out sessions. For more information call 541-285-1916.

College Knowledge Night

More than two dozen colleges, universities and college access-programs will be represented at Bethel’s annual College Knowledge Night this Thursday, May 10th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


All Bethel parents and students are encouraged to attend this free event, which includes break-out sessions with college admission representatives, open-air information tables, and presentations on all aspects of preparing for college. Four scholarship drawings will also be held for Bethel’s incoming 8th -11th graders in attendance. For more information contact Karen Wiant at Willamette: 541-689-0731.

DePue & DeHoyos Visit Kalapuya and Concert at the Shedd

First off, the staff and student body at Kalapuya High School would like to thank James Manning and the Oregon Black Education Foundation for two wonderful experiences involving the world-renowned musicians Alex Depue and Miguel Dehoyos.

On Wednesday April 25th these musicians visited KHS and shared their passions for music and education, and inspired many of us with their emotional stories and playing.   Then, on Friday April 27th, the OBEF donated tickets to the DePue/DeHoyos concert at the Shedd in downtown Eugene.  Eighteen students experienced what I considered one of the most passionate, eclectic and beautiful concerts I have ever attended that blended Classical, Flamenco, Appalachian and other styles of music.  We would like to thank the OBEF, the Shedd and DePue/Dehoyos for the opportunity to expand our musical horizons and to learn that no matter how large your dreams may be, they are all tangible if we put our minds to them.

Thank you.

Will Larson & the students of Kalapuya

How to Talk to Kids About Teen Sexuality

Parents & guardians of middle and high school students are encouraged to attend the adults-only Bethel Community Health Forum on Tuesday, May 1, from 6:30-8:00 at Cascade Middle School. Bethel parents will learn practical methods on how to talk to their teenagers about sexuality. Professionals from the Faith, Medical, Education, and Counseling communities will be there to lead the discussion and answer questions. A raffle, free childcare, and food/refreshments are included. Click here to learn more about this free and valuable opportunity.

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