Cascadia Tech News
From Our Director
As we start the month of December, and head towards winter break, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped the first semester be a great one. From staff, students, parents and community partners, I appreciate you all.
Our school businesses are back up and running, or will be very soon. Our culinary department has been busy hosting events; the dental clinic is able to help uninsured patients with their dental needs; electronics donations are currently being accepted, with the annual e-waste event in March; and the cosmetology clinic will open in February. We are very excited for our students to serve the community.
Cascadia Tech staff are all working hard to ensure our students are college and career ready, with industry certifications in hand, by June. It is our mission to encourage and support student success in each program. Enjoy this edition of our newsletter and happy holidays!
We are doing great things!
Dental Clinic is Now Open
Did you know Cascadia Tech has a low-cost dental clinic on campus? The program is excited and pleased to announce that it has re-opened to the public, with proof of COVID vaccination. Clinic dates and appointment information are posted below.
The clinic provides students essential hands-on experiences, working alongside committed volunteer dentists and hygienists to address the dental needs of patients. Students utilize the skills taught in the classroom to assist in the operatory - professionalism, chairside assisting, X-ray, terminology, safety and clinic reception. The clinics prepare students to work in a variety of dental practice roles, following completion of the course studies or continue furthering their education within the field.
Call the Clinic Manager at (360) 604-1057 or email Stephanie.Johnson@evergreenps.org to schedule an appointment.
Students assisting a volunteer dentist with composite filling.
Students assisting a volunteer dentist in surgical tooth extraction.
Students getting feedback on how to perfect alginate impressions from a volunteer dentist.
Gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation are the foundation for Cascadia Tech Academy’s new TikTok campaign. This idea came forth as the result of wanting to “flip the switch” on the social media narrative. The school’s marketing secretary, Wendy Anderson, along with Business Principles students Liam, Damian and Unique and a third-party Social Media firm collaborated to create the original hashtag #GratitudeFix.
The students were involved in the entire project process - template development, visiting each classroom to shoot videos, editing and creating each post. Damian said, "Using this platform is a good way to show how much people can care for each other."
The process touched the hearts of all involved. Unique shared, "It was nice to see different perspectives and to visit all the classrooms to see what other programs are like."
When asked what the three students were most proud of, Liam stated, "Creating content to get the school out there a little more. And it was really great to hear the nice things students said about their instructors."
Wendy shared an important component of the project is that it be duplicatable. The amount of thought, preparation and attention to detail that the students put forth, will allow for future TikTok campaigns. She said, “I am so impressed with the students' creativity, knowledge of complex marketing strategies and the execution of the project was astounding.”
Students taking the time to reflect and share meaningful words about their instructors was impactful.
View #GratitudeFix at: @cascadiatechacademy.
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and Cascadia Tech Academy launched the third cohort of aerospace and advanced manufacturing students. They study and receive hands-on experience in the lab with the possibility of paid apprentice employment right out of high school.
AJAC’s Production Technician program is a free 2,000 hour industry recognized college-level apprenticeship. High school juniors and seniors develop career-ready skills in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.
The training includes using state-of-the-art equipment to develop new products, technologies in CNC set-up and operations, precision measuring, blueprint reading, advanced machining and math for manufacturing. Various certifications and 15 college credits are awarded following successful completion.
Where Are They Now
Jenna Joyce, 2020 Aviation Technology graduate just earned her Flight Instructor certification.
"This is a huge milestone,” said instructor, Todd Bode. Jenna is now a graduate of the American Airlines Cadet Academy (AACA) and will be working as a flight instructor at Northwest Flight Services in Spokane.
It all started with an aviation poster in her 8th grade math class, sparking an interest in flying as a possible career. She came to Cascadia Tech during Sophomore Tours. After visiting the Aviation Technology program she was certain she was destined to fly. Her training included access to cutting edge equipment as well as experienced pilot instructors. She said, "this was the most fun class and it was very rewarding.”
In her senior year, Jenna was ready to follow in the footsteps of her father and enlist with the US Air Force. One day in class, Mr. Bode’s guest speaker from AACA changed her life and the direction of her education.
Coming full circle, Jenna recently was a guest speaker representing AACA. She shared, “For students who might have an interest in a career path, come to Cascadia Tech. You never know what can happen.”
Cascadia Tech Academy is so proud of her accomplishments - she is truly on the runway to success!
Information Technology Systems, Service & Support students are accepting donations on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month.
2021-2022 Academic year donation dates:
January 7 and 21
February 4 and 18
March 4 and 18
April 1 and 15
May 6 and 20
2021-2022 E-Waste Recycling Event:
March 18 and 19, 2022. Please follow social media for updates and information.