CTE Students Get Welcome Day Surprise, Financial Support

On Wednesday, Linn-Benton Community College welcomed students back to campus ahead of their first day of class for LBCC’s annual Welcome Day. But a few students got an extra surprise before they left.

Nine LBCC students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs learned that Northwest Oregon Works was helping sponsor them. Each student found out that this academic year they would be receiving $5,000 for education support, a $100 gas card, and a 200-hour paid internship for their area of study that will provide them with an additional $3,000.

“The work-based learning they are getting is going to be huge,” said Amy Burbee, LBCC Cooperative Work Experience Coordinator. “The fact that we are able to pay them a fantastic wage while they’re going to school, so they don’t have to worry about paying their tuition bill, is amazing.”

These students all participated in LBCC’s CTE Signing Day last year. The annual ceremony is designed to honor students who are entering a technical field and to emphasize the importance of their career choice. On the day of the event, high school students are celebrated by their friends and families, college faculty and staff, industry partners, and potential employers.

“I wish I could do it for all 48 of our incoming CTE Signing Day students,” said Burbee. “And who knows? Someday I just might be able to.”

The students who are receiving financial support from Northwest Oregon Works are:
● Abby Carleski, Automotive Technology – Adair Village
● Colt Gullberg, Machine Tool Technology – Blodgett
● Charles Justice, Culinary Arts, Nutrition & Food Systems – Corvallis
● Marc LeRoux, Mechatronics – Corvallis
● Ian McElmurry, Mechatronics – Corvallis
● Abran MonRoy, Welding & Fabrication Technology – Corvallis
● Oliver Rothe, Mechatronics – Corvallis
● Miguel Ruiz, Heavy Equipment & Diesel Technology – Corvallis
● Logan Carter, Welding & Fabrication Technology – Philomath

All of the students who participated in CTE Signing Day last year received a $200 gift card to the bookstore to
help with their first term of textbooks thanks to a Future Ready Oregon grant. In total, the 48 students who
participated in CTE Signing Day are receiving almost $90,000 in financial support.

Here are the other CTE Signing Day students who received scholarships:
$2,500 Mid-Valley STEM CTE HUB Scholarship recipient:
● Colby Hill, Practical Business Management – Albany
$1,000 Skilled Trades – 3M Transformational Scholarship recipients:
● Abran MonRoy, Welding & Fabrication Technology – Corvallis
● Charity Bowers, Industrial Pipe Trades, Fitting & Welding – Halsey

–News Release Courtesy of LBCC News Service

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