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More than 200 attend Expect More Tehama Summit

More than 200 people attended the Expect More Tehama held on Thursday afternoon at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning California. (contributed)
More than 200 people attended the Expect More Tehama held on Thursday afternoon at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning California. (contributed)

More than 200 people attended the 16th Expect More Tehama summit on Thursday at Rolling Hills Casino, organizers say.

The theme of this year’s summit was Expect More to the Story.

According to the organizers, there were many stakeholders at the event.

“We often quickly read headlines and see data and make assumptions,” said Expect More Executive Director Kathy Garcia in a press release. “But there’s people and their stories behind the data, and these events give us time to think about our work in education, workforce, public health and economic development from that lens.”

Senator Brian Dahle stopped by in the morning and briefly greeted the crowd. Dahle would also visit Red Bluff and Willows on Thursday.

Garcia also noted that the morning session included several speakers and demonstrations around career technical education or CTE. Thousands of job opening, many in middle skill jobs that don’t require a 4-year degree, are forecasted through 2026 (North Far North Strategic Plan 2022-24). CTE at high school, community college and trade schools provide academic and technical skills training needed for those positions.

Matt Patton, Executive Director of the California Ag Teachers Association shared the ag pathway model as a highly effective, 100+ year old career pathway featuring work-based learning, student leadership development and classroom instruction.

Shasta College welding instructor Jay Davis demonstrated a virtual welding simulator and the crowd cheered volunteer Carie Palmer as she welded, and the crowd viewed what she was experiencing under the welding hood.

Organizers noted that two years ago, Davis worked with Red Bluff High School to bring a college evening welding class to campus using their new facilities. The class has been consistently popular.

According to Expect More Tehama, Job Training Center Executive Director Carrie Ferchaud enjoyed the event.

“It brought context, fresh ideas, hope and urgency to the workforce opportunities in front of us,” said Ferchaud. “It’s an exciting time for Tehama County and the North State!”

Assistant Superintendent Jim Southwick introduced Dale Marsden, former Superintendent of San Bernardino City School District. Organizers say that Marsden shared his experience turning his low-performing schools around by implementing dozens of CTE courses from elementary to high school.

The day finished with Jack Hess, Executive Director of CivicLab from Columbus, Indiana. Hess shared the story of his community’s collective impact work and their ability to use microdata now to tailor efforts to all students to be successful.

The event included several tables at the back of the room showcasing examples of equipment that middle school, high school and college students use including Oculus Rift, a virtual reality simulator  and Vex robotics from Red Bluff High School and the welding simulator and a mini excavator from Shasta College that was posted outside the casino. Folks could try their hand at operating the machine in skill challenges.