Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon State University Provide Branded T-shirts to Promote Pre-college Thinking
Crestview Heights Elementary school in Waldport is a small, rural school with approximately 248 students K-6. It is a town with a lower percentage of students from households with parents who have gone on to college than a more urban city might have. Mike Gass, the Principal, knows that it is essential to raise the awareness of going on to college as a real option for students. “We have high expectations for our students here at Crestview, and we are trying to get families and students to think about their futures. To have close access to local colleges is a fantastic way to build the idea of future options. I believe a circumstance or a zipcode should not keep students from opportunities.”
Principal Gass reached out to two Oregon-based colleges and asked them to consider partnering with his school. He suggested the timing be around the return of students to campus in hybrid on February 16. The Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls and the Oregon State University in Corvallis jumped at the opportunity and provided t-shirts, with their college logo, for students to wear while attending class.
Carl Thomas, Oregon Tech Educational Programs & Outreach, said, “It’s important that students, no matter their age, know what their future can hold in terms of education and careers. As a public university in Oregon that specializes in STEM-related fields, Oregon Tech helps students become engineers, medical imaging technicians and get into other professions that require college graduates to have technical skills. It’s fun supporting the next generation of innovators and helping them discover how Oregon Tech can help them achieve their dreams.” and Emily Nicholson, Precollege Programs Coordinator, Oregon State University, also shared in the enthusiasm, “Here at OSU, we believe it is never too early (or too late!) to start thinking about your future. For elementary students, we focus on college awareness and excitement. In today’s virtual world, giving the students and teachers something tangible is a fantastic way to do that. By pairing these shirts and pencils with virtual connections with current OSU students, we in the Office of Precollege Programs hope to expand on the possibility of higher education to Crestview Heights students, and hopefully create some future Beavers! We jumped at the opportunity to brighten their day – and hopefully their future as well. Go Beavs!”
The students who attend on certain days of the week will be sporting OIT shirts and colors, while the students who attend the alternate days will be OSU beavers. The Crestview Heights staff have planned college days throughout the spring. They have activities scheduled with colleges to do virtual tours, student meet and greet with campus personnel, demos in science labs, and really whatever either side can dream up!
Dr. Karen Gray, Superintendent of LCSD, explains, “Our goal is to provide high-quality opportunities for all of our students. We want to develop all students to be great citizens and have an advantage because they came through our system. We are developing educational and social/emotional supports that will help our students be able to compete globally yet retain the sense of community and values developed in small towns and small schools. We are happy to have partners such as Oregon Institute of Technology and the Oregon State University be a part of this.”