Cascadia Tech News

September 2022

From Our Director

Welcome back! The 2022-2023 school year is off to a great start. We cannot be more excited.

This will be a year of growth and learning for each of you. The administrative team of myself, Shaun Campbell and Tami Oppliger are here to ensure your success. Our doors are always open to assist you. Our goal for you is a positive and challenging learning experience, a safe environment in which to grow academically and socially and for each of you to have fun while gaining knowledge and skills.

From all of us at Cascadia Tech Academy, we can't wait to see how YOU inspire greatness!

We are doing great things!

-Joan Huston

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Support Our Foundation

Join us this Saturday, September 24!

12 - 3 PM

Cow Pie Bingo
Live music

Magic Show

Classic Car Show

BBQ Lunch for sale

Click here to purchase BINGO squares.

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Welcome New Staff

Shaun Campbell, Assistant Director

Shaun is beginning his 8th year as a school administrator and has over 20 year experience in education. His oldest daughter graduated from Cascadia Tech last year from both the Applied Medical Sciences and Medical Assisting programs. He is excited about working with the staff and students to help them support their passions and career goals.

Dave Cole, Foundation Executive Director

Dave is a native of Clark County, graduating from Washington State University-Vancouver, and is a graduate from Leadership Clark County. In 2012, Dave was recognized by the Vancouver Business Journal as an award recipient of the Accomplished and Under 40 Award for his work advocating for at-risk youth. Dave has been a key contributor to Cascadia Tech as a Foundation Board Member since 2014. In July of 2022, Dave was hired as the Executive Director for the Cascadia Tech Academy Foundation. Dave is passionate about Cascadia because of the opportunities it provides Clark County students to get ahead in life and have a launching pad into in demand occupations.

Suzy Jajewski-Koehler, Instructional Coach & CTE Plan 2 Teacher Certification Coordinator

Suzy has been with Evergreen Public Schools since 2007 in the roles of teacher and instructional coach. She's excited to join Cascadia to support staff and student learning. An added bonus to being at Cascadia Tech, some of her former students are now in a Cascadia program of study!

Ryan Hovde, Counselor

This is Ryan’s first year at Cascadia Tech and he couldn't be happier working here! He spent his last 23 years at Heritage High School in the counseling department. He has said, “I'd only leave if I had the opportunity to come to Cascadia Tech!” Ryan feels the staff here are so dedicated to their students and the students are genuinely excited about being here everyday. He considers it an honor and a privilege to be part of this amazing campus!

Shari Geller, Applied Medical Sciences Pro-Tech

Shari has been in the medical field for 13+ years. She recently left hospice at Providence to come to Cascadia Tech. She is excited to share her vast knowledge with the future professionals of our incredible field of medicine. Shari owns a non-profit dog and exotic animal rescue and loves to share her knowledge and animals with people.

Jake Goodwin, Aviation Technology Instructor

As a USAF Retired Master Sergeant, and graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with 20 plus years of experience in HR and aerospace maintenance, Jake is a welcomed addition to Cascadia Tech. He is looking forward to passing his knowledge onto our students.

Conor Bullis, Aviation Technology Pro-Tech

Conor has nearly completed his Masters in Teaching and is actively flight training at Pearson Field in Vancouver, WA. In 2025, he accepted a position as a First Officer (Co-Pilot) for Horizon Airlines. He is most excited to work at Cascadia Tech to help students pursue their path in aviation, whether they are in the air or on the ground.

Leon Wolmarans, Diesel Technology Pro-Tech

Leon came from FedEx Express as a Sr. Global Vehicle Technician with 8 years of experience in both the automotive and diesel industries. He is really looking forward to helping students find a love for all things mechanical and to help hone their passion into a successful profession.

Lauren Hayhurst, Fashion Design Pro-Tech

Costume designer, former retail worker, and alterations freelancer, Lauren is looking forward to helping student learn about fashion! She attended George Fox University where she worked in their costume shop for four years and then started costume designing for different theatre companies in Portland. She is excited to settle here at Cascadia for a bit and share her knowledge about sewing and fashion design with the students!

Captain Robert Moon, Fire Science District 3 Instructor

As a career Firefighter for 17-year, Captain Moon is in his first year as the Fire Science Program Director for Clark County Fire District 3. He has been involved with the program for over 12 years. He is excited to help empower the students as they learn firefighting and leadership skills they will grow with, even if they do not join the fire service.

Picture Day


Friday, September 30

Packets have been sent home.

Order online: Cascadia Tech Picture Day

This is a great opportunity to get photos taken in your program uniform if you have received it.

Student Led Businesses Opening Soon

Cosmetology Salon

Starting October 17

Monday-Thursday 12 - 5PM

The Cosmetology Salon will be open by appointment only. Please call 360.604.1080 to book your appointment today!

For a list of services and a price list visit: Cosmetology Salon

Dental Clinic

October 21 from 8 AM-10:30 AM

No insurance but need dental care?

All patients must meet these criteria: No dental insurance and Proof of Covid vaccination

Call our Dental Clinic Manager at 360.604.1057 to schedule your appointment.

A Touch of Class Restaurant

Starting October 26 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Breakfast 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM and Lunch 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Meeting room reservations for breakfast and lunch are available now. Rooms come with AV set ups with no room fee as long as your group dines with us. Perfect for business meetings, presentations, or celebrations, we cater to a wide range of events. If you would like to hold an event after school hours, please reach out to talk with the coordinator to see if we can help. If you have a special event you would like to book, up to 100 people, you can make arrangements by contacting our Catering Coordinator, Nicholas Ellison at 360-604-1054.

First Culinary Instructor Turns 100

Reha Seekins was on the design team for then, Clark County Skills Center as the first Culinary instructor. Reha’s specialty was comfort foods. Our current Culinary, Baking & Pastry Arts instructor, Chef R. Andrew McColley, CEC, CCE was in the first graduating class of CCSC under the instruction of Seekins in 1984. Chef shares, “She got me into food.”

Former students flew in from all over the country to celebrate Reha’s 100th Birthday. Her family has been long-established in the area, and is included in the new waterfront memorial for her contributions to Clark County. Chef described Reha as, "kind, loving, caring, supportive; the ultimate Grandma." He commented that what stood out to him most about seeing her at 100 years old was, "how sharp she is and she looks the same."

Chef continues Reha's legacy of offering students a "yes" and the same opportunities he was given to be successful. Happy birthday Reha, from Cascadia Tech!

Rising Star

Logan Lobaugh, Culinary, Baking & Pastry Arts class of 2022 received the WAVE Scholarship. WAVE recognizes high-performing career and technical education (CTE) students at both the high school and college level in each of the state’s 49 legislative districts for as many as 147 potential award winners each year.

Culinary instructor, Chef R. Andrew McColley, CEC, CCE was approached by a local restaurant who was looking for a new cook. Chef had a gut instinct that, with direction, Logan would be successful and was offered the position at Northwood Public House. Logan just ‘took off', showing his willingness to do great work. Chef shares, “he keeps climbing.” Logan is currently working at Michael Jordan’s Steak House at ilani Casino. He has plans to attend Clark College and to finish his degree at Washington State University.

Save the Date

After 40 years, Cascadia Tech Academy is still Clark County’s best kept secret!

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Cascadia Tech Academy Campus

More details to come.

Thank You Sponsors

Cascadia Technical Academy thanks our corporate sponsors! Contact Dave Cole at for additional information.
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