BMCC hosts Skills Contest

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Blue Mountain Community College,

Date: May 10, 2010
Contact:  Karen L. Hill, Public Relations, 541-278-5933 or 541-379-2753


Blue Mountain Community College hosted 76 area high school students for Career Pathways Day on April 29. The goal was to explore three major career areas: civil, mechanical and chemical engineering, diesel technology, apprenticeship and the trades.

The conference keynote speaker was Allen Waggoner, CEO/President of Pendleton Grain Growers. In each subject area, students listened to guest speakers, participated in skills contests, and received certificates of participation for their Career Exploration Portfolios, an Oregon Pathways requirement for high school graduation.

The following students received top awards; first place winners also received a BMCC tuition scholarship:

Engineering/ASVAB test

Engineering Water Tower Team Structures

Apprenticeship Timed Wheelbarrow event

Diesel Technology:

Diesel Technology Nuts & Bolts Timed event:

Mitchell Mayes, Hermiston; C.J. Dirksen, Hermiston; and Codie Blondell, Heppner.  Ben Haddock, Pilot Rock.        : Ethan Marcum, Echo; Michael Sherman, Griswold; Jamie Fisch, Griswold; Travor Hines, Umatilla. : first place team Nikolai Hagensen, Ukiah; Christina Teigen, Ukiah; and Andrew Hendrickson, Pendleton; second place team Dillon Spencer, Hermiston; Ashley Lancaster, Echo; Kristen Bushelle, Echo; and third place team Erdem Daldal, Ukiah; Promwong Promdonphithak, Ukiah; Oliva Mok, Ukiah.                                 : Andrew Hendrickson, Pendleton; second place tie to Kellie Hodges, Umatilla and Justin Durfee, Girswold.