US Bank Supports School to Careers Program with Grant

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US Bank has awarded the Pendleton School District a grant of $3,000 for its School to Careers Program and Employee Pipeline Project.

District Manager Brian Young and Pendleton Branch Manager Kathie Nooy presented the award to Superintendent Chris Fritsch and Board Chair Lynn Lieuallen after a competitive application process. “US Bank is happy to participate in the great work you are doing for the students in your community,” Young said.

The district’s School to Careers Program began in the 2016-2017 school year. The program is a homegrown workforce development initiative and career exploration opportunity. Students enjoy job shadows, internships, work experience, service learning projects and mentorships along with worksite tours, career days learning and networking with area employers. Since the program started, more than 100 students have been placed with nearly 50 different worksite partners.

The School to Careers program has been identified as way to measure progress toward Goal 3 in the district’s strategic plan. Goal 3 is to create classrooms and schools without borders. The Employee Pipeline Project is a workforce development initiative between Umatilla County, CAPECO, the Pendleton School District and Eastern Oregon Business Source.

Employers who would like further information about connecting with students may contact Christina van der Kamp, School to Careers Coordinator, at 541-969-6748 or

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