2019 Career & Technical Education Student of the Year Awards

[MUSIC PLAYING] BETH MOLENKAMP: Welcome. We are so happy that you’re
here to join us tonight. Welcome to all of our students. Thank you so much for
doing amazing work. [APPLAUSE] Welcome, family members for
supporting your students through all these years. It’s been hard work, I
know, but it’s paid off. [APPLAUSE] And thank you to
all of our teachers, our group of CT
teachers over here that have helped challenge students. We are so proud of them
and they helped make a difference in students’ lives. Thank you very much. [APPLAUSE] We also have PCC board of directors
here with us tonight, too. Thank you for joining us. In the back there, wave. [APPLAUSE] And we have with us a lovely
division dean, Alyson, she’ll be up here with me soon. Thank you, Alyson. [APPLAUSE] And industry partners,
too, that help create that collaboration between
school and industry and help make sure that students are ready
for what’s really out there, the jobs that are out there. Thank you very much
for being there, too. [APPLAUSE] So thank you for joining us at our
2019 Career and Technical Education Student of the Year awards. This is our sixth award ceremony. Thank you very much for being here. We’re delighted to
honor students who have demonstrated excellence
and achievement in their career and technical education pathways. The students are taking more
than just academic achievement when they leave the high
school, they have skills. Skills that are in demand
in our economy and skills that they can build on. They have excelled in
ways that will help them be the leaders of
tomorrow and help them build– yes, in some cases, literally
build the future of our country. I’m Beth Molenkamp. I’m the regional
coordinator for PACTEC, which is the Portland Area Career
Technical Education Consortium. I’m joined by my hardworking
team, which includes Jill Africa, Rebecca, who you probably saw when
you were checking in out front, and Kate, who was over there helping
people check in, is going to help students today, Frank who is
our official clicker and emcee for the evening– they’re
out in the lobby– and Brandi, who is also
serving as a photographer. I have some really talented,
multitalented people in my office. Thank you. They support the work of
students and teachers every day, and they help make
this event possible. So what is career
technical education? Well, it helps students prepare
for careers after high school. And this graphic shows you
all the different areas that career and
technical education can provide educational
opportunities for students. There are pathways of courses
that help them gain knowledge and skills in their area
of focus, and they’re linked to industry demands. So that’s a really important piece. So they have to be
preparing students for jobs that really do exist
out there, not just for something that we might think is fun to do. And they’re able to acquire
training where demand is greatest. They also help build
confidence as well as skills, and assure that students enter
a workforce ready to succeed. Some students may decide on going
directly into the workforce. Some continue with a CTE
program at the college. At PCC we have a multitude of
CTE programs, most of which the students are connected
here because it’s a pathway from high school
all the way through college. And some of them continue on
to four-year degrees related to that area of focus as well, too. So tonight our program has
had to be slightly flipped because our keynote
speaker lives in the part of the country that’s
been struggling with some weather issues. And she was just picked up at the
airport and will be on her way here soon– well, she’s on her way here soon. But you know Portland
traffic anymore, not quite sure how long it’s
going to take her to arrive. So we are going to be doing
the awards to students first, and then we’ll have
our speaker after that. And so I would like to
introduce Jill Africa, who will be helping with the
awards themselves tonight, and she will help explain
what’s going on here. So go ahead. JILL AFRICA: Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Good evening, everybody. I’m Jill Africa and I’m the
CTE coordinator for tonight. As we prepare to
present the 2019 awards, I’d like to ask the following
to come to the stage to offer congratulations to our students. Beth Molenkamp, Region
2A regional coordinator. [APPLAUSE] Alyson Lighthart, dean
of math and science. [APPLAUSE] And Kayleen McCabe will join
us as soon as she gets here. [APPLAUSE] It’s my honor this evening
to introduce the teachers who nominated their top student for
their individual programs of study to be the 2019 students of the year. Each of these dedicated
teachers, seated in this section of the
auditorium, are here to share the accomplishments of
their amazing students deserving of this award, seated
in the far section over the auditorium on this side. So without further delay, I’d
like to introduce from Banks High School, Tim Eccleston for the
agricultural program of study from Banks High School. [APPLAUSE] TIM ECCLESTON: Michael is
a student who exemplifies what we want in our CTE students. He is bright, hardworking,
and follows his passion. He could easily have chosen
to take the college route and been very successful
in doing that. However, he realized
that his passion is in working with his hands
and has decided to pursue that. Whether he is teaching
another student to weld, building a project for
himself, or tackling one of the oddball
projects I give him, he always takes pride
in the work he does. If another welding
student needs help, they often ask Mike before
me, and he embraces this role and goes out of his way to help. He was instrumental in
helping us fabricate two sets of pig wash racks for the
Washington County Fair last school year. After high school, he plans to
attend the PCC diesel mechanics program. Congratulations, Mike. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: Also from Banks High
School, applied arts multimedia, Kristina Passadore. [APPLAUSE] KRISTINA PASSADORE: Alli has
become a leader and a role model to her peers in the program as
our FAD, fabrication and design club, treasurer. She manages all orders,
inventory costs, sales, and established our
bookkeeping and spreadsheets. Alli has created numerous marketing
materials for multiple clients, including our school, the city of
Banks, the local golf tournament. Creating a safe and fun culture of
learning and mentoring her peers, she is always willing to help
out with any project or activity and independently thinks of new
projects and processes on her own as well. Congratulations, Alli. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Beaverton High
School for the marketing program study, Bianca Bebb. [APPLAUSE] BIANCA BEBB: Hunter stands
out because he continuously demonstrates a high
level of professionalism in all of his classes. The work he submits
is exceptional and he raises the bar for the rest of
the students in the classroom. He is personally
motivated to do well and is passionate about
school and learning. Hunter has earned an A in all of
the marketing pathway courses, he demonstrates creativity
when he works on projects, and he’s risen to every challenge
instructors have given him. Congratulations. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Century High
School, culinary arts program, Kristi Moe. [APPLAUSE] KRISTI MOE: Paxton has been very
involved in the Century High School culinary program this year. He spent a lot of his spare
time in the classroom discussing nutrition, cultures, and recipes. He often comes in before or after
school to cook different things and to just discuss his
plans for the future. Paxton has completed all
three of the culinary classes at Century High School– Introduction to Culinary
Arts, Gourmet Foods, and Advanced Culinary Arts. This year Paxton competed at
the state FCCLA conference. He spent countless hours practicing
and helping his FCCLA team prepare. His culinary team won bronze
medals at that competition. He also developed cookie
recipes that he sold at school and was able to sell
in the student store. Congratulations, Paxton. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: For Gaston
High School, Joe Mauck will be presenting for Wade Sims
for construction program of study. [APPLAUSE] JOE MAUCK: Jonathan is a
really hardworking student who gives extra time and
effort to all the projects he’s involved in creating. In the construction
program of study, Jonathan has completed
Woods One, Two, Three, Introduction in Advanced
Manufacturing, and Engineering. Jonathan earned very high
marks in all of my classes. He has been part of two important
cabinetry projects building cabinets for the Bowman House and
for St. Helens Renovations House. Congratulations, Jonathan. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: For Health and Science
High School in biomedical studies, Jeffrey Crapper. [APPLAUSE] JEFFREY CRAPPER: Ben is an extremely
humble individual, a team player, a leader, and someone who
has a keen sense of how to effectively solve problems. One of our strengths of our
program is that we strongly encourage our students to
take on new tasks outside of their comfort zones. Ben has repeatedly
accepted every task given and has completed them with a high
level of academic performance. Instead of being a
dominating leader, Ben demonstrates and exhibits a
trait of a genuine servant leader, helping everyone in his group
reach their true potential and bringing out the best
qualities in everyone. Ben excelled during his biomedical
innovations capstone presentation where he had to develop
a fictional patient who suffered from a specific
medical condition and then create a
comprehensive medical case study of how to treat that patient. One of the panelists that
scored Ben’s presentation stated that she observes
OHSU medical doctors and medical students complete
a variety of medical case studies in her role as a
nurse, and Ben’s presentation could easily compete with
anything she observed by medical professionals at OHSU. Ben also works with local
fitness professionals, helping them develop
a functional movement screening using our OptiTrack
motion capture system. Ben has played an influential role
in teaching other students how to use equipment and provided
instructional resources for both staff and students
in how to effectively use it in their projects. In addition, Ben has completed
an independent research project using both the motion capture
system and the [INAUDIBLE] to study the biomechanics of
various athletic maneuvers. Congratulations, Ben Lee. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: For Health
and Science University, engineering program
of study, Tom Baker. [APPLAUSE] TOM BAKER: Nate has excelled in
every class in the engineering pathway. From Introduction to Engineering
Design and Principles of Engineering to Digital
Electronics and Computer Science Principles, in every class Nate
arrived with the expectation that he would get
work done that day. He was quickly engaged
with the technology and when work was put
before him, he didn’t spend a lot of time talking about it. This year, Nate’s team completed
the Engineering Capstone class with distinction, his team using
the engineering design process to design, prototype,
and test a pickup bed cover that can extend and contract. They spent a lot of time designing
and then fabricating parts and working on a couple
of different mechanisms for automating the cover. Also this year, Nate designed and
constructed an electric guitar in Applied Engineering. Nate’s guitar was one of
the most elaborate designs. He modeled the body in Fusion
360 and then generated the G code for the CNC router, used some Oregon
walnut with a lot of personality for the guitar body, and the
result is quite spectacular. Nate, congratulations on being
HSU CTE student of the year. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Liberty High
School, early childhood education, Jessica Ackerman. [APPLAUSE] I’ll be introducing Sarah
Schulz and reading for Jessica. It’s an honor to have worked with
Sarah at Liberty High School’s onsite preschool program. She’s a dedicated
young lady that can initiate the many roles at a full
day early childhood program has. She is reliable and trustworthy. Her knowledge of child
development allows her to assist preschool
children through play in all development domains. Sarah has accomplished
so much, including building secure relationships
with each preschool child. Each month Sarah composed
developmental milestones. She is a student that took her role
as an assistant teacher seriously. She even recruited
a diverse population of high school teacher assistants
to enroll in the child services pathway of study. Sarah hosted a presentation that
stressed the importance of males in early childhood professions. She models to her peers by doing. She is a natural
leader who is humble. Congratulations, Sarah. [APPLAUSE] Scappoose High School, early
childhood education, Tara Adams. TARA ADAMS: Taylor Johnson
has gone above and beyond in multiple ways for our early
childhood education program. She would like to pursue
preschool teaching and someday be a pediatric nurse. She has joined the National Guard. Taylor has gravitated
towards assignments that partnered her with children
with autism and English language learners. She went the extra mile by
memorizing words, cues, and phrases in a language which
she does not speak. When she attended the Opal School
Rising Educators Symposium, she brought back ideas
which she immediately put into action among her peers. She is a diplomatic leader
and a brilliant advocate for the rights of all children. Taylor has led us in developing
our first digital documentation, inspired by the work of
Reggio Emilia schools, and the Opal School
in Portland, Oregon. She has taught a class of
mostly preschool students concepts of what it means to
be a co-researcher, co-learner, and co-scientist
within the preschool. Congratulations, Taylor. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Scappoose High
School, advanced manufacturing, Ed Budrow. [APPLAUSE] ED BUDROW: Trent consistently
displays drive and initiative that many could aspire to. His talent and mastery of
digital design and fabrication is almost unparalleled in
the advanced manufacturing program at Scappoose High School. He’s a quintessential
four-year member of the Byte Sized robotics team. He will leave behind massive shoes
to fill as design team captain and as a drive team member. Trent has also been a great
resource to his fellow classmates and faculty as well. He’ll be sorely missed as he
plans to attend the manufacturing engineering technologies program
at Oregon Institute of Technology. He aims to attend this fall as the
recipient of several scholarships, including the DeArmond
Manufacturing Fellow scholarship. Congratulations, Trent. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Sherwood High
School, agricultural technology, Terrel Smith will present
for Allison Meadows. [APPLAUSE] TERREL SMITH: Carolyn Pearce– I’m going to go– I could go off script,
because I know her. I’ve not taught her, other
than she was on my track team. I have stories about Carolyn,
but we don’t have time for them and she would prefer that I didn’t. [LAUGHTER] Carolyn has been an all-star
student in the areas of welding, agriculture,
woods, and general education. She challenges herself with
advanced placement courses, not because of the AP status,
but because she generally loves learning. Nice job. She has dedicated herself
to the CTE classroom so that she has a wide range
of skills for the future. On top of her academic
prowess, she has excelled in the FFA
Organization, serving as a Sherwood FFA president. In the past four years, she has
kept a commendable record, excelled in leadership
development, and competed in several career
development events, including creed speaking, sophomore
public speaking, and co-op quiz, job interview, comma,
comma, continue, continue. Way to go. OK, horse judging,
dairy cattle evaluation. Her supervised
agriculture experiences are in the areas of goat
production, veterinary services, and diversified crop
production, where she has accumulated over 4,000 hours
outside of class time classroom. She has a mission to become a large
animal vet and will become one. Nice job, Carolyn. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Sherwood High
School, construction technology, Clark Farrand is going to
present for John Dickover. [APPLAUSE] CLARK FARRAND: Not to one-up T, but
the person I’m presenting for here was on my baseball team, so I
have stories about him, too. But it does make me happy that
I get to speak on his behalf. Mr. Dickover says, “Braden has
a unique attribute of drive. He loves to problem solve. He was a go-to guy
for many staff members at Sherwood High School
this year and last year. When something needed to be done
or something should be done, Braden tackled it with vigor and
drive, a very uncommon attribute for youth to have. The accomplishments were many. One of the most
admirable to me was how Braden found a way to incorporate
computers into woodshop. One of his goals is to
become a computer programmer. Braden would figure out how
to calibrate the machines, rewrite programs,
and build things when I did not know how to fix the
technical aspects of computer programming. Braden became the teacher. I will forever be grateful,
for Braden has enabled me to teach future students. Congratulations, Braden.” [APPLAUSE] I’ll now be presenting my
own student, Braeden Howard. Braeden completed– different
Braeden, two different people here. Braeden completed
Engineering One, Two, Three, and Four, two architecture classes,
and served as my CCE apprentice multiple times. Braeden has an extremely
well-rounded skill set. He has completed multiple
other CTE courses in computer software and
hardware, welding, and woodshop. These coursework choices and
the skills he acquired from them have positioned Braeden to continue
as a successful future engineer and maker. He completed the CTE
courses and eight AP courses and enough other advanced
courses to graduate with an advanced honors diploma. He swims competitively year round
for both club and school teams. And in the fall
Brandon plans to begin studying mechanical and aerospace
engineering at Oregon State University. Braeden has the ability to
find a topic of interest, learn what he can about
it, use the new knowledge to complete a project, and
then move on to the next thing to add to his toolkit. This year he used his
3D modeling CAD skills to design a cosplay sword
inspired by a video game, than 3D printed it in
interlocking sections because it was too big
for the 3D printer. He fully assembled and calibrated
a commercial 3D printer kit, built an RC car from scratch,
designing, drawing, and fabricating many of the parts, and use the CMC
router to turn a slab of raw wood into a live edge coffee table. These are just a
few of his projects. Braeden did much of his
work on the single Mac computer in my classroom. I assumed it was because
he had one at home and was comfortable with it. But when I asked,
he said, no, I just never used one and thought it
would be a good idea to learn how. Braeden is willing to adapt and
take advantage of the resources around him. This winter a community
volunteer and program donor offered to purchase a 3D
printer for the classroom if there was a student willing
to build it under his guidance. Braeden immediately came to
mind, as he had previously taken the initiative to take
charge of the other 3D printers in the room, becoming the go-to
resource for me and students alike. Braeden quickly
accepted the challenge, and after completing
the printer assembly, he spent the next trimester in
independent study being mentored by a volunteer who introduced him
to integrating microelectronics into his projects. When I first started
teaching, I felt in order to teach my students effectively
I had to know everything myself before I taught it to them. Through the years,
students like Braeden have shown me that does
not need to be the case. For many students, like Braeden,
we simply need to supply a pathway. So now I celebrate, as we are
tonight, every student who has surpassed the master. Congratulations, Braeden. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Sherwood High
School, information technology, Terrel Smith. [APPLAUSE] TERREL SMITH: Ben Rome, not
able to be here this evening, sends his regrets. Ben Rome contacted
me during the summer after his sophomore year to ask
if he could get into some computer science classes for the fall. From that point on, he’s been
aggressive with his pursuit of high tech curriculum and skills. Ben has averaged two computer
classes per trimester during the last two years
of his high school career. Not only has he spent a ton of time
in the computer science department, he wears a number of hats at
Sherwood High School as well. He was the president
of the Key Club, president the FIRST Tech
Challenge robotics club, and vice president of the
National Honor Society and volunteered an average of 100
hours a year for the high school through community service. Ben was busy this last
spring as he prepared for and took five AP tests. Following his junior year,
Ben received an internship at CDK Global creating
node.js applications for car maintenance fault codes. His resume boasts skills in
Java JavaScript, Python, PHP, HTML, and CSS. I wrote this and I’m
not sure I know what all those mean, just to name a few. He is currently working
as a freelance webmaster for a local business. Ben will be entering college
with 45 college credit hours. Ben will be attending Rensselaer– it was your alma mater. How do you say it? AUDIENCE: You say Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. TERREL SMITH: That’s
where he’s going in New York state in
the fall, and major in computer science and business
management with a minor in math. Ben has changed his world and
he will change yours, too. Congratulations, Ben. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From St. Helen’s High
School, early childhood education, Rachael Sara. [APPLAUSE] RACHAEL SARA: It’s my
pleasure to recognize McKenna Jenkins for St. Helens High
School early childhood education program. McKenna stands out from
her peers in many ways. She’s always the first
one to come to volunteer to work with the children when
we are in need of extra hands. Her ideas often lead to her
early childhood education group in creating and implementing
lessons that are engaging and thought provoking for
our preschool and toddlers. McKenna is also an example
of strong character. She works well with all students
and is kind and caring to people in a variety of age groups. Her hard work has provided McKenna
with a strong academic record that will support her as she
begins her post-secondary journey. McKenna has been a loyal
student to our department for all four years of
her high school career. She has taken all of our classes,
including Child Development One and Two, Early Childhood Education,
and I thought she took Human Development, but she
told me she didn’t– but if she did she would
have rocked that as well– as well as work in the child
care as a teaching assistant, and as a student
worker in our preschool before and after
school at lunchtime. Congratulations, McKenna. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: For St. Helens
High School construction program of study, Joe Mauck. [APPLAUSE] JOE MAUCK: David has
been my go-to student for R and R, which is Renovations
and Remodeling this year. If I have a special
project that needs attention to detail or
something has to be figured out, David has been the one for the job. He is courteous, hardworking, and
most of our humor on the job site comes out of his
ability to react quickly to other students’ comments. David has also been our spokesperson
when we have visiting students– or Kayleen, hi, Kayleen– or distinguished guests on the job
site, and his honesty and openness has been most refreshing to
the other students and me. David can work with anyone
and teach them in the process, and his work over this last summer
in the pre-apprenticeship program doing concrete work has
definitely been an added bonus. David has received all
of the dual credits possible through the construction
program articulation, as well as a certificate
of completion from PNCI for passing our state
certified pre-apprenticeship program for the state of Oregon. David also placed third in
Skills USA for carpentry this year at state. Congratulations, David. [APPLAUSE] I get two students. I’m special. I teach the drafting program as
well at St. Helen’s High School. Nick has shown an amazing
tenacity for picking up concepts and working with drafting
until he figures out a problem. He took up drafting for the
first time in his senior year but finished the curriculum so
quickly during the first semester that he was able to start
the second year curriculum and make it through that as well. Besides finishing a year and a half
of curriculum in only one year, Nick drew up the plot plan for this
year’s Renovations and Remodeling high school construction program
and designed the landscaping for the complete property. He has also worked as
an aide for students with special needs in
the drafting program. Nick has also been a huge benefit
to the construction remodeling program as a member,
and that as well as he has received a state
certified pre-apprenticeship program certificate and the dual credits
allowed with the articulation through PCC. He has been an
incredible help in making sure we have everything
for the day and helping me keep things in order. Congratulations, Nick. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: Also from St.
Helens High School, manufacturing technology, Bonnie Adams. BONNIE ADAMS: Cameron is by
far the hardest working student in the metals program. Since falling in love with
welding his first year, he has excelled in
every course offered in the manufacturing program. He attended the first PCC digital
design summer program as a student and was hired by the coordinator
to assist in the sister program the following summer held
at Scappoose High School. In addition, he has been
the active student manager both in the welding shop
and rapid manufacturing lab for the last two years. I’m going to lose my breath here. Cameron also had a fantastic
attitude and outgoing personality. He is extremely popular with
every student in the program, for he has helped so many of
them and has taken the time to make every student feel welcome. If a student looks sad
he finds out why and does what he can to do to help them out. Over the past four years, Cameron
has learned SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, oxy-fuel, laser engraving,
3D printing, vinyl, sheet metal, blueprint
reading, leadership, and more. Everyone in the school
knows that I rely on Cameron for all of the
quick projects and repairs, so much so that they
started going directly to him to ask for his help. So this year alone, Cameron
has built two welding tables, stands for two other
tables, and completely rebuilt a utility trailer. Last year he built fire hose stands
for the local fire department’s training center, and this
is one of the reasons why I chose Cameron for this very
special award because he earned it. Congratulations. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: For St. Helens High
School, automotive technology, Mike Herdrich. [APPLAUSE] MIKE HERDRICH: As I look back on a
long and rewarding career in career and technical education, I find it
really hard to single out just one student for special recognition. Some students stand a little
taller than the rest, though, like Joe Oliver and Darren Rye,
who have gone on to start their own automotive repair shops or Keegan
Mayes and Bryce Clark that have shown their stuff in the Ford AAA
troubleshooting contest and went on to nationals to represent us, or
Hunter [? Russelton ?] and Justin [? Valmetti, ?] who showed
themselves to be among the two most accomplished high
school techs in Oregon, winning the SkillsUSA contest
just a few short years ago. And then there’s Joe Austin. I’ve had the pleasure of working
with Joe through all four years of his high school career
in our autotech program of study. Joe demonstrates the skills he’s
acquired in our busy diagnostic and repair environment every day. And not just technical skills,
but workplace and people skills as well. Joe is a leader in our student-run
business, Mike’s Automotive, and an eager learner
with a positive attitude. Joe’s entrepreneurial
spirit is demonstrated by holding down not one, but three
jobs, a landscape contractor, an automotive retail salesman
consultant, and a tech in our shop, Mike’s Automotive. He’s always shown a willingness
to go above and beyond to complete any job he
starts, usually exceeding the customer’s expectations. Joe’s also our top flat
rate producing tech at Mike’s Automotive, having
completed more than 40 customer repairs in just the last two years,
and not counting all the shop repairs, the constant
flow of honey-do’s. Joe has also earned the equivalent
of nearly $1,000 in Snap-On tools to start the next phase of
his career this year as well. He’s earned 11 professional
industry certifications from AOC, a recognized accreditation facility
for automotive repair shops. He’s earned nine more from the
SB2 safety and pollution control organization. And that’ll make for a
very impressive resume. Oh, and as I wrote this a week
ago, even though graduation was last Friday, Joe is in
the shop currently helping to finish up the last few jobs
so I can start summer vacation and my retirement on time. So it is with great
pleasure that I recognize Joe Austin, St. Helens High
School automotive technology student of the year. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Sunset High
School, engineering technology, Cady Geer. [APPLAUSE] CADY GEER: Ryan is kind of a
sleeper student of the year. He’s never the loudest in the room,
often doesn’t require all that much from the teacher, isn’t
showy or boastful, he just quietly turns
out amazing work, supports other students
in class, and stretches to work beyond his abilities,
which in my opinion is the mark of a truly
excellent student. He never chooses to
do just what is easy, but instead works hard to create
whatever the best project he can. At Sunset, Ryan has completed
Web Design One and Two, Computer Hardware One and
Two, Java Programming, Electrical Engineering,
CAD, Mechatronics, and Engineering Capstone. This means he has actually completed
two pathways, both my engineering pathway and Mr. Galbraith’s
computer science pathway. Ryan has undertaken some
ambitious projects as part of his engineering coursework. In CAD he designed and printed an
incredibly detailed wheel and rim. In Mechatronics he designed
an elaborate electric tabletop skeeball machine. And in Engineering
Capstone class, his team designed and built a
custom test stand to be used by future engineering classes. In all of his classes,
Ryan demonstrates both a clear vision of his goals and
an admirable attention to detail. As he heads off to
Iowa next year, I’m confident that he will continue to
impress his teachers and his peers, not only with his
engineering skills, but his teamwork and
capacity to learn. Expect to hear great things. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Sunset High
School, computer technology, Jason Galbraith. [APPLAUSE] JASON GALBRAITH: Gage Cluff. Gage has the most curiosity
of anyone in our program. He’s always trying to learn
new things, whether that is a new programming language,
mathematics techniques, or advanced programming concepts. Every day he comes in with
new questions or something he learned from the previous day. His ability to absorb information
and use it to great effect sets him apart from
his peers, and he is the student who has grown the
most during his time at Sunset. Gage has completed Computer
Game Design Two and Three, Computer Hardware One and
Two, and Java Programming. In addition, he has also managed to
complete our engineering pathway, including Electric
Engineering, Computer Aided Design, Mechatronics,
and Engineering Capstone. Gage has worked on many
projects, including a self-driving robot, a compiler
he created from scratch, and a complete video game. Congratulations, Gage. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Tigard High
School, automotive technology, Lisa Daly’s going to
present for James MacDonald. [APPLAUSE] LISA DALY: Jacob has been
an outstanding four-year automotive student. He has completed all of
the automotive coursework and has passed the engine
repair, electrical, electronics, engine performance, and maintenance
and light repair entry level automotive service excellent exams. He has been a great asset to other
students as an academic tutor and as a teacher’s assistant. Along with receiving high marks
in his high school classes, Jacob has earned eight articulated
automotive PCC credits. Jacob has also done countless
projects on his own classic truck, including disk brake
conversion and a complete motor swap from an inline six to a V8. With Jacob’s hard
work and dedication, I’m sure he will have a huge
success in all of his endeavors. Congratulations, Jacob. [APPLAUSE] So I’ll be presenting
for Steve Fulton as well. Justin Lemke takes on the most
difficult computer science and IT challenges
without batting an eye. Supremely confident
in his abilities, he will not settle for second best. He has a natural talent
for computer technology that is rare in someone so
young and inexperienced. His potential is
unlimited and he routinely proves it by successfully
completing the most difficult tasks I can find him. Justin has completed both the IT and
computer science program of study. He has participated in Tigard
High School technology team for four years, working with
two FIRST technology challenge teams, a FIRST robotics competition
team, marine advanced technology educate, and remotely operated
vehicle underwater robot team. His MATE team advanced to the Oregon
Regional Championship competition. His FTC teams competed at
the Oregon State championship tournament for two years, and
in 2017 advanced to the world championship tournament in Houston. Justin holds 15 certifications. No student in the 11-year history
of the Tigard High School computer technology program of
study has ever completed every single certification
that we have to offer. Justin is the 2019 Top Tiger award
winner for computer technology and the 2019 Rotary Club
award winner for technology. He has earned eight
hours of college credit and based on his certifications,
has the potential to earn 28 to 36 more hours. Congratulations, Justin. [APPLAUSE] OK, lastly, I’ll be
presenting for Kristina Moore. Carson has helped me shape the
courses of the engineering CAD pathway. He has been a part of the
program since the first semester I have taught. He was there when we unboxed the
first 3D printers and CMC mills, then helped set them up and
helped other students learn how to use the machines. Carson has worked through
personal hardships and become a great young adult.
He has completed all of my classes and has been the academic
tutor for two semesters. He has completed the
full program of study and received an Autodesk
Fusion 360 certification. He helped me come up with the
new curriculum, and as a result, we now have a boat project. He designed an RC boat with
laser cutting and 3D printing. Last summer he held an internship
at a local manufacturing company called Ascent Engineering. Congratulations, Carson. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: From Tualatin
High School, culinary arts, Heidi McManus. [APPLAUSE] HEIDI MCMANUS: Ben Caron
is our culinary arts CTE student of the year award. Ben has shown a dedication
to the culinary world since he stepped into
the culinary classes. He has completed all
levels of culinary arts, including an additional
credit in baking and pastry, as well as culinary management
for a total of four credits. Ben’s first year of culinary, he
tried out for the culinary team. Our mentor chef was impressed
with his maturity and willingness to learn new tasks. He led our culinary team
to a fourth place finish. Ben has not only been a
leader in the culinary class, but gone on to advanced
business procedures and took on jobs involving
the success of our Wolf Cafe. This year he was integral in
helping us to develop systems in the cafe, the advanced business
procedures and culinary class, to help us operate more efficiently. Ben is always willing to jump
into any task given and always has a witty pun or to
keep us all smiling when we’re tired of the monotony
of dishes and cookie making. Students without
hesitation this year named Ben as our culinary
student of the year. I’m excited to see where
his future takes him and we’ll miss his wisdom and
maturity in the classroom. [APPLAUSE] I’m also going to be
presenting for Veronica Salisbury for Bo Jackson for our
marketing student of the year. And while Bo Jackson is not
able to be with us tonight, his parents are in the audience,
and so will read about Bo. Bo is an all around
amazing student who is always willing to help
and go above and beyond as a leader in all four of
the student-run businesses. Bo is the CEO of
TUHS tees and prints as well as an integral part of the
visual display and merchandising team for the store and cafe. Not only did he run the
tees business this year, he installed a wood wall in our
cafe and elevated the store displays by incorporating wood
fixtures and installations to the monthly themes, as
shown in this photo behind. Bo was also voted by his peers
for student of the year for AVP. Congratulations, Bo. [APPLAUSE] I am also going to
present for Veronica Salisbury for advanced
accounting for Derek Leneve. Derek was appointed CFO this year
for our entire advanced business class, which runs and operates
four student businesses. Not only did Derek keep accurate
and detailed accounting journals, he worked with adults in
our building and community to ensure all accounts
were up to date. Derek was instrumental in
developing our monthly business marketing’s adoption of
Quickbooks for all business CFOs, and for being the leader in our most
successful year of the businesses since opening in 2008. Derek was the face
of my capstone class and I was proud he was representing
the great work all my students were doing on a day to day basis. Congratulations, Derek. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: For Vernonia
High School, construction, Justin Benassi. [APPLAUSE] JUSTIN BENASSI: It’s my pleasure
to recognize with this award Charity Coleman’s
great work this year. This was Charity’s
first year of shop and it was amazing how quickly
she picked up the skills. Not only did Charity make
some fine personal projects, she created projects that are used
to improve the school that she will be leaving. Charity made a large
spice rack for the kitchen that the cooks are very
thankful for having. She led a crew of
three other students in making storage cubbies
for the new baseball and softball dugouts that
are a much-needed addition to the athletic fields. Charity also made rope
stanchions for the senior dessert that will be saved and used
for many years to come. After working with Charity
during the school year, I have no doubt that
she’ll be going on to be a top performer on any
crew she happens to join. Congratulations, Charity. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: For Westview
High School, digital media, Scott Guthrie. [APPLAUSE] SCOTT GUTHRIE: This year’s
Westview digital media CTE student of the year award
goes to Carson Carraher. Carson has successfully completed
Web Design One, Web Design Two, game design classes,
and has assisted greatly students as the game
design teaching assistant. Carson has been involved
in baseball for four years, soccer for four years. He plans to enroll at
Portland Community College and then transfer to
Oregon State University to pursue a degree
in computer science. I wish him only the best in the
future and ask him only one thing. To keep his positive
can-do attitude. It alone will open many doors. Congratulations, Carson. [APPLAUSE] JILL AFRICA: Ladies, if you
would return to your seats, and thank you for
helping congratulate the students of the year. Students, would you please
rise and face the auditorium? Let’s give these amazing
students a round of applause. [APPLAUSE] BETH MOLENKAMP: Thank you. I imagine that some of you may
recognize our keynote speaker, especially since she was on
stage with us for a little bit. Kayleen McCabe is
someone with skills. In 2009, Kayleen beat out
over 5,000 contractors to win her very own nationally
televised series on the DIY Channel, a popular show
called Rescue Renovation. Maybe you’ve heard of it. In addition to rescuing DIY
disasters, with five highly successful seasons and nearly
100 episodes under her tool belt, Kayleen has also become one
of America’s top advocates for careers in the trades. Her work focuses on
tightening the skills gap, encouraging women to enter
a male-dominated field, and showing alternative paths
to the traditional college plan. Her programs are both
powerful and persuasive, designed to educate and inspire. Through videos, speaking
engagements, programming, social media, and scholarships,
Kayleen has brought her message to almost one million young adults. And she has also overcome
weather and flight schedules to be able to join us here tonight. So I would like to welcome
Kayleen McCabe to talk to you. [APPLAUSE] KAYLEEN MCCABE: Thank you. Woo hoo! I did make it, oh! Well, first of all, we need to
create a teleportation system. That’s next on the list. But gosh, timing is everything. It’s really interesting on
how sometimes life comes down to timing. And I was flying from
the East Coast today, trying to get here
a whole lot sooner, but what I was really
appreciative for is the fact that my flight was late. And the reason is, is because I got
to hear all of the accomplishments that these students have done. And it kind of switched up
what I was going to chat about tonight, to be honest. Because sometimes I make it up. I’m very passionate
about doing this. So let me rewind a little bit. So I am a residential GC
out of Denver, Colorado. I love construction. If I don’t make sawdust every
few days, I get depressed. What’s the point of my life? Like, oh, my nails are too clean. What am I doing just
answering emails all day? And it took me,
actually, quite a while to figure out that is what
I needed to do for a career. You see, when I was in high
school I was a decent student. I was OK. We didn’t have a lot of trade
programs or opportunities to go to. There was a school, actually, that I
could have gone to half time, where I wanted to learn how to weld. That was it. My father was a welder. He actually worked on
the Hubble telescope. He put my initials on it super tiny. And I was like, dude, is
that why it broke down? Because we should stop
telling people that story. Like, oh, this is not good. And so when I was in high
school, I was actually told, Kayleen, you’re a girl
and you have good grades. Why would you go into
that welding program? And unfortunately, I
listened to that story and I did not take advantage of
an opportunity in high school to learn a craft and
a skill and a trade. Now, where I was very lucky
is I grew up in a household where those were just the basic
things we did all the time. We have a large
property in Colorado, and I genuinely thought
that the proper way to check if a post hole
was deep enough for a post was just to stick a
small child into it and have her stick her
arms up in the air. Yeah. And then I learned
about tape measures. Yeah, it was a funny
household I grew up in. I also learned how to work on cars. I was really lucky. And this was a gift. And think about this. How often now are you– you put your hands in your pockets,
and you see with your fingers? You put your hands in your consoles
and your purse and your bag. You’re constantly seeing
with your fingers. And I was given this
gift when I was three by working on cars with my dad. I remember being on a creeper
underneath a Studebaker, and he was explaining
something to me. And I was just frustrated
because I couldn’t see what he was talking about. And he’s like, look, kid, sometimes
you see with your fingers. What a brilliant life lesson to
have been given to me so early on. Here he was, just trying to
teach me automotive stuff, and, well, I’m an only child, so
dad was going to teach me all of it anyway. Like, I couldn’t go
to a party one time until I hit a baseball
over the house. And then I broke a window
and that game stopped. And I was like, oh, well. But I was lucky, because I got to
learn the crafts and the trades and learned early on
how much I enjoyed it. There’s something
wonderful about being able to take care of your
own stuff, whether it’s your own car, your own house. And so when I went to high school,
I was already doing these things. I used to build all the
sets for the musicals and I really thought that all my
peers had their own compressor and nail gun at the house. They were just too nervous to
bring it to school with them, too. And I was like, oh, turns out I
was just the weird, awkward nerd. I loved it. There was something about
working with my hands, about creating something,
and that visual excitement. At the end of the day, I
could say, I built that. That’s what I did all day long. You could see it. It made me happy. It satiated a need inside of me. I’m not meant to be a sitter. I’ve been on an airplane
for basically 24 hours. And after this I’m
going to be like, ugh. No, I’m not meant to be an office. I’m not meant to
work in recycled air. I’m not meant to sit behind a desk. And not that I’m dissing folks
who do that for a career. It’s just not meant for me. What is meant for me is working
with my hands, helping people. And it took me for a long time to
actually find out what career path that was going to be. And to you younger
folks in here, look, you’re going to have multiple
different career paths. The point is, at some point
it all plays along together. It’s weird. I didn’t think all
the different careers that I would have growing up
would actually turn out to be this all-encompassing umbrella. You see, after I finished high
school, I did not go to college. I don’t have any college credit. And to be honest, I’m still
embarrassed about that. Like, oh, don’t kick me
out of here, all right? I’ll come back and I’ll enroll
at the community college. This is where it
gets awkward, right? But I didn’t go to college. I became a 911 dispatcher. Nobody ever calls 911 to be
like, hi, it’s sunny outside, you want to come hang out, ever. And I was young, and
I assumed that since I didn’t go to college the only
way that I could be successful is if I made a lot of money. And I was. I was making a tremendous
amount of money. I was because we were working
overtime and you get time and half. But every day my alarm would go off
and I would hit the snooze button and I would just
drag myself to work. And it’s not that I didn’t love it. I loved my officers. I loved caring for the men
and women that I worked with. I loved the fact that I was helping
people in their worst time of need. I was able to help people,
And that is so empowering. But I was dragging myself to
work and I was so unhappy. It wasn’t something
that I wanted to do. So I had the opportunity,
actually, to work behind the scenes on
Trading Spaces, a television show a long, long time ago. And they recently came
out with it again. I’m not sure what they’ve
glued to the walls this time. Believe me, I have seen some
things, I have done some bad karma. We did a project once
on that show where the designer wanted
to turn the basement into, like, a tropical theme. Fine, whatever. We put 10 tons of sand
into their basement. [LAUGHTER] Now here’s the thing that they
don’t tell you on TV shows. One, we ask you to get rid of your
pets, because on television shows, it looks like there’s, like five
of us hanging out, making this all happen. No, there’s like 100 people coming
and going out of your house. So this particular
homeowners, we asked them to get rid of their pets. It turns out they had four cats. And literally, when the cats came
back, the cats were like, for us? Thank you. This is amazing. You guys are so nice. Ugh. But what I realized when I
had the opportunity to work on this show was while I was
not making great money at all– I was working like 18 hours
a day, making $125 a day. We got free lunch every day. It was the best. You could go up to this
trailer and be like, make me a quesadilla or a sandwich,
and they’d be like, here you go. And it was like, this is it. I’ve made it. This is all I need in
life, $100 a day and lunch. It’s like, yes! But I realized what it was,
one, I was bouncing out of bed. My alarm wasn’t even
going off in the morning because I was so excited
to get back to work. And it wasn’t because necessarily
I was working on a television show. That is like side stuff. It was the fact that I got
to work in carpentry world. And every single day I was
building, I was learning. Why did I hate math so much earlier? It’s all math! It’s all math. It’s great, embrace it. You eat it, you sing it, you
build with it, it’s all art, it’s all math. And it was this realization
that I was happy because I was working with my hands. I was creating and I
was helping people. That same sort of help and
love that I had found that had really made me
happy dispatching, I was doing now in the
world of construction. And it made me then
also really upset, that why did I not know
about this until my 20s? Here I was falling into a
career that I just wasn’t sort of like falling in love with. Like we would leave the job site at
the end of the day, and every day I was sad. I was a little sad to have to leave,
because I was leaving my friends and my family in this project. And when you work in
construction there’s something amazing about watching
this project come to life. It just blooms. You go from this dirt and then
foundation and walls and roof, and then suddenly you have a
piece of art that people live in. You have created the
most expensive investment that someone will ever have. And that is so
beautiful and powerful. And I loved it, and I fell in love. And I danced every day. And so I was very, very
lucky that I continued to work behind the scenes on
television shows for a long time, and did some ridiculous things. Television– let me get
on my soapbox real quick. Hi, kids. Don’t believe anything you
see on TV, all right, ever, or YouTube or Instagram or
I don’t care what it is. The reason is television
is crazy expensive to make. Every day, when I had my television
show, there were like 30 of us on the job site. That’s like a $50,000 to
$75,000 day every single time I have a crew there. You have a camera crew, you got
editors, you’ve got producers, you got audio people. And so they don’t want
to waste that money. So sometimes they have drama. The other thing is
on television shows, you only have– in a
half an hour show you’ll have 22 minutes to tell a story. Now the problem is, is that I’m
doing full construction projects. When I walk into a
house, I’m not like all, let me paint your cabinets. Like no, I’m like, let me
rip it down to the studs and find out what’s really
wrong, because the things I’ve seen buried in homes. Oh, let me get on my
other tangent real quick. Hey, y’all folks, if any of you are
buying a house or thinking about it, go look and see
if permits were perl– wow, I can’t even talk. That’s like airplane
face right there. See if permits were pulled. The reason is, a lot of times
you walk into these newer houses and it’s like, a brand
new IKEA kitchen. Hmm, mm-hmm. Yeah, see if permits
were pulled, because I’ve seen things buried behind walls and
it’s like, what is wrong with you people? I’ll get on a site
tangent real quick. Some of you are in
construction, so I can tell this story because you get it. But for those of you who don’t,
I’ll still break it down. In the world of the construction,
obviously, there’s loads. And so I walk into
this house one time where a homeowner took
out a load-bearing wall in their basement. They had actually gone, hey
Siri, is this wall load-bearing? Siri’s never going to know, ever. I don’t care how smart
those phones are. So the homeowner took out the
wall, right, fine, whatever. The homeowner was smart. They put in an I-beam. They knew that they
had to put in a beam to handle the span, which was great. And the span was so wide
that if you go into metal– if you go with wood, like
you go it’s a two by four, it’s like four inches,
you go four feet. And then you just break
and go two by eight, two by 10, blah, blah, blah. Well this was like an 18-foot
opening, So they put in an I-beam. Right, this is right. This is all correct. This is how it should go. This is correct construction. He did it right. However, when I went downstairs
and I looked at that I-beam, I realized there was
something wrong with it. And what it was is it was mounted
in the shape of the letter H. [LAUGHTER] And I asked the homeowner,
and I was like, OK, what? And he, straight-faced,
said, well, I thought H sounded stronger than
I. I was like, who gave you money? Which one of the people
on my crew gave you $10 to say something so dumb? And he’s like, no, really. And I was like, I’m going
to use this forever. I’m going to tell strangers
about you forever. So be careful about the
things you buy with the homes, because television,
for a long time, has given the impression that working
in the trades or in construction, anybody can go do it. It’s totally fine. You just go to Lowe’s or Home Depot
and poof, you’re a contractor. It’s very frustrating, believe me. You see, because we only have
22 minutes to tell a story, a lot of things are left out. When I work in construction,
the majority of stuff I do is math in my head. And let me go all
Kaufman for a segment. Do you know how boring it is
to watch me do math in my head? Watch. I could do this forever, seriously. You guys don’t know who Andy
Kaufman is, but it’s hilarious. Just stand up here for 10 minutes
and just count on my fingers. Well you paid me for the time. Anyway. So that really stinks. When you don’t have enough
time to tell that full story, people start to get the impression
of something else is happening. But here’s the other thing. The people who make
television shows are great folks who went to school
to learn how to edit television. They didn’t learn how
to do construction. And I had an editor once tell
me, he was like, Kayleen, can you please stop
talking about framing? It’s so boring. What? I could stand up here for
two hours and geek out about framing right now. And I’m going to keep
you all entertained. Like, oh, it’s the best. In Colorado we float our walls. That’s not everywhere? This is cool science. Like, what do you mean, it’s boring? And then I realized, so in
the company that I worked for, Scripps Network owned DIY, HGTV,
Food Network, and Travel Channel. Now when you watch
the Food Network, I have never watched any of those
shows and at the end thought, if I go to the grocery store, I’ll
be a Michelin chef, ever, ever. You know why? Because the people who edit
television shows eat food. They know how hard it is. In fact, most of time, editors are
just like inhaling ramen noodles as fast they can while they’re
trying to put together a food show. They know how hard it is. They understand that. Now when the same editors go into
the world of editing construction shows, they don’t have that kind
of knowledge or appreciation. And where that really leads
t– think of it this way. Could you ever imagine a
doctor going in for surgery and the patient’s on the table. And the patient is like, hey,
hey, hey, anesthesiologist before you put me out,
if I put myself out can I get a cheaper bill? Like, no. But you know how many times
I hear from homeowners, hey, if I do my own demo can
I get a cheaper bill? No, no you can’t. I’m going to charge you triple. In fact, I have something
called the PITA fee. It’s 20% if you want
to work with me. Like I charge you more
because it’s difficult. So it was over a number of times
and series and television shows– I worked on television
shows for almost 15 years. And that includes my
own Rescue Renovation, which is a blast, because again,
I saw things that people would do willingly to their own house. My goal in life is– I’m going to– this is it. I want Home Depot and Lowe’s to
have a sign on their sledgehammers that says do you know what you’re
doing with this after you’re done using it? Yes or no? And if it’s no, you can’t buy one. Because on those
television shows, you know the scene where you see
the homeowners like helping out the contractors,
we’re all doing demo, and somebody like kicks through
the drywall, and like somebody has a sledgehammer. You know why I do that? To make the homeowners tired
and then they get out of my way, and then I can get to work. I’m like, go eat some
pasta and take a nap. I’ll see you later. Who does demo with a sledgehammer? Anyway. It was around season 5
of Rescue Renovation, though, that I realized that
working in the television industry, while it was a lot of fun– I got to do some insane
projects, preposterous things, new tools every day– the smell of new tools, it’s better
than library books, so good– I realized, though, that
it was starting to devalue the industry that I loved. And it wasn’t just devaluing
the construction industry. It was devaluing all the trades. It was continuing to
reinforce this notion that if you worked in the
trades, you were lesser than. That if you were going to work in
construction, half of your mindset was we’re going to rip you off
and I’m gonna take all your money and then leave you in the lurch. Because television shows
continue to reinforce that notion and that mindset. And so that’s why I’m doing this. That’s why I’m not shooting
Rescue Renovation right now, because we can’t
come on an agreement as to how much education we actually
need to have in the industry. And we can’t come to
an agreement to talk about what are the real
opportunities for you folks, for this generation right now. That piece of paper that
you all received tonight is even more than that. That’s recognition
for your hard skills and your work and your dedication. But it’s even bigger than that. It is not just a piece
of paper in a frame. The fact is right now, we
are 1.5 million people short to work in the trade sector. This is a giant problem. In fact, I feel like Chicken
Little a lot of times, like the sky is falling. But like, the trades, nobody
is working in the trades. What are we doing? Everything, we need
everything, anything that works with your hands. That– well, here’s what I believe. Anything that you
learned, we’re artists. If you’re in culinary, you’re making
things we eat with our eyes first, and hangry is a real,
honest-to-goodness emotion. That is something that exists. And if you can make food
and not make me hangry, you’re a magician and an artist. It’s amazing. We’re artists. We build things that people
use and take for granted. Whether that’s the vehicle that they
drive, the house that they’re in, the things that they use. We use things constantly. This was created by an artist. It’s all art everywhere. And so be proud of that in
itself, but then also realize the career opportunities are there. This is no longer just,
I’ll go get a job. Wrong. In fact, the statistics coming out
right now that of every 10 jobs, one job requires a PhD or a masters. Two jobs require a
bachelor’s degree. The other seven jobs,
70% of the jobs, require what you folks
are learning, certificates in trade and craft programs. Continue with the
apprenticeships, schooling afterwards, what those
jobs require are the skills that you are learning right now. Here’s the best part. A while back, they were
thinking about what does it take to become successful? What is that magic trick? How do you become a Steve Jobs
or Bill Gates or whatever? And they realized it has nothing to
do with your economic background, your education, how much
money you have, your family. What it comes down
to is how many hours do you put toward your craft,
your skill, your passion? And they realized it’s 10,000,
sort of the common number. And 10,000 is like, oh, 10
years working 40 hours a week. So it’s not something
that happens overnight. But the best part is, you folks
right now have so many hours into that 10,000 hour bank. You are farther ahead
than your peers. You’re already farther advance. And believe me, the
careers are out there. We want you. If I lived here, I would
hire you all right now. Not that that I have
jobs for all of you. I’d find something. He’s like, mm-hmm. You’re all really talented. You know what we’re here for? These are the students of the year! It’s like, yes, of course I would. So what I want to leave
you with is please, continue with this adventure. Don’t be afraid to fail. Believe me, as a lady, I’m
usually the only female on the job sites, which, there
was a young lady in construction! Come join me. Sawdust. I call it my reverse
French manicure, when underneath my nails is
all black and then on top, and I’m like, I earned that. You can’t even get that to
happen at a salon anymore. There are great jobs. There are great careers,
but don’t be afraid to fail. Some of my biggest lessons have come
from the times that I’ve failed. And I have failed so much– I would say I have learned a lot. I have failed heartily. So don’t be afraid of it. It happens. But then also don’t be afraid ever. And don’t be insulted that
when you start in your career, they start you off at the bottom. This is the best
place to start, ever. Believe me, because
I own four companies, and that’s how I started them all. And the reason this is the
bonus is start off at the bottom and then show up on time. Show up on time
multiple days in a row. Show up on time multiple days in
a row and not look at your phone, you’re going to be promoted to
be the business owner way faster than you can ever imagine. The reason it’s a bonus,
though, to start at the bottom, because as you’re promoted,
when you get to the top, you’re going to be a great boss. Because now when I hire people
and they say I can’t do that, I’m like, well, I can. So what’s your problem? Chop chop. It’s a good thing. It’s fun being boss. Oh, when you become boss,
too, in one of my companies when I signed my taxes, you can come
up with whatever title you want. This is the fun game of being boss. I signed my taxes as
el presidente, el jefe. [LAUGHTER] I hope the IRS finds
the humor in that one. I’m gonna sign my check,
[KISS] my mustache. Yeah, it doesn’t work. But congratulations, because the
path that you are all going down, this is what I do now. I travel around the world and
I talk to students like you. And then what I also do is I talk to
the friends and family and support staff who have continued to
encourage these students, to the teachers and advisors who are
teaching and passing on this gift. I’m sorry, I know you
think you’re retiring. But you’re not. We need you still. So yeah, who was the
kid helping him out? Cut that out, right? Stop it. We can’t lose any more teachers. Sorry for your non-retirement. [LAUGHTER] It’s appreciated. It’s genuinely appreciated,
because we are so short. When we lose the generation,
the baby boomers coming up, we’re going to be hitting close
to three million jobs short. And so this is a huge problem. But it’s the continued
support for these students. It’s not always easy. Do you know how long it took
me to feel comfortable to say I didn’t have any college education? I’ll share this story. So I’m the only one of
my group from high school who didn’t go to college. And we were hanging
out probably like, maybe it’s 10, 7 years
after we graduated. And we were all going to go out to
dinner after we all got off work. And everybody that I went to
school with went into career paths where they had to wear suits. And so we’re all
meeting up after dinner, and they’re all in like suits
and ties and nice things– and don’t get me wrong. I have a shoe collection that
rivals my tool collection. But I came from work where
it looked like sawdust had just exploded up all over me. I was like here I am, whatever. So we’re sitting around dinner
and one of my buddies asked me, he’s like Kayleen,
when are you going to stop doing this
whole construction thing and go back to school
and go get a real job? When is that going to happen? And at first I was insulted. And I thought about it
for a second and I kind of started to laugh,
because I was like, gee, you know, fine, I didn’t
necessarily like shower and do my hair to go to dinner. But what I did do is I stood in
my garage before I drove to dinner and looked at the four cars
that I own and decided which one I was going to drive over here. And you all are still
driving the same car that you went to high school
in, so, uhhh, I don’t know. Let me think about that. So please, it’s not that when
you graduate you stop learning. You’re going to learn for
the rest of your life. And never stop learning,
because honestly, I like to hang out
with funny people. And you can’t be funny
unless you’re smart. So never stop learning
on that basis alone. But there are so many
different things out there. And the way the
industry is evolving, I’m so envious that you’re
the first generation who’s really seeing computers come
into the world of woodworking. When I used to go build
houses, I would give people blueprints, homeowners
giant sheets of blueprints, which honestly, are really fun to
play like, ninja blueprint games, but that’s about it. Homeowners, a lot of the public have
a hard time understanding a sheet of paper with squares on it. What I do now is I take
that paper, I give it to somebody who is very
smart with computers, and then I go to my homeowners, I
give them virtual reality glasses, and they walk around their space
before I ever break ground. The way technology is
advancing things is impressive, and you folks are the
ones who are going to take advantage of most of it. So from the bottom my
heart, congratulations. I can tell you authentically
that your future is bright. Travel the world. We need you. We need you, please. And in fact, we need
you so bad that I’m going to challenge all the
students, if you received a beautiful certificate
this evening, my challenge is to you that you
need to talk to five of your peers and explain to them what you do. And one of those peers, you need to
get involved in one of the programs that you’re involved in. Spread the message,
because it’s important. We need you. We need more people, period. And to the parents and
the support staff up here, I give you the same challenge. I challenge you, though,
with speaking to one group. Maybe it’s a neighbor, explaining
the accomplishments of your child. Maybe it’s a co-worker,
explaining to them that there are multiple
pathways to success, and really starting to enforce
that notion in the public. Maybe it’s someone
you go to church with, maybe somebody at the
grocery store, heck, do you know how many Uber
and Lyft drivers I harass? Tons. It’s so easy. My favorite thing is in restaurants. I see– like I waited
tables for a long time, too. But women, we take a
sharp pen and we draw a straight line across our eyeball. Why aren’t you welding? It’s the same thing. [LAUGHTER] Like same thing and
is like, as delicate. And boy, it hurts. You could poke your eyeball out. So please share the word,
because this is something great. And I can say it authentically, too,
I’ve been in Oregon multiple times. St. Helens High School, woo! Such a good visit. Right, all right, yay-hoo! I love it here. [APPLAUSE] You folks are amazing. Your school system
is really superior compared to the other states. So take advantage of everything
that is being put in your lap. And folks, thank you for
being here and encouraging this next generation of
such successful people. It’s been a pleasure to speak
with you and, yeah, I’m– go, Oregon! Woo! [APPLAUSE] BETH MOLENKAMP: Thank you, Kayleen. I hope you all do what
she says and maybe talk to 10 people, not just five. I wanted to take a moment just
to honor a couple of our teachers who think they’re retiring,
according to Kayleen. [LAUGHTER] So really, teachers are what
make all the difference. And some teachers
put so much into it. And I can tell you all the
CTE teachers that are here, you can’t, first of all, as
a recovering CTE teacher, I know you can’t survive if you
don’t put everything into it. You have to be on top of things. And these two teachers have
really gone above and beyond. So Mike Herdrich– and
you can see I found a picture of your winning
team there a few years ago, wanted to share that. We thank you for everything
that you’ve done. And I know you’re going to
be back helping Jay out some and making sure that things are
going well at Mike’s Automotive. And Doran Lower from
Vernonia is also going to be retiring this year. I haven’t had so many retirees,
but I really appreciate everything that you’ve done. And thank you so much. [APPLAUSE] I’d like to take a moment for
special acknowledgment for all of our board of directors
that helped make PCC function and make it a school that is
renowned and provides quality education in all sorts of different
areas, from our CTE programs all the way through
our lower division collegiate programs, and things
that cross-pollinate too. So we’ve had several
of our board members that were here to join us tonight. Jim Harper, Valdez Bravo,
and Michael Sonnleitner were able to join us tonight. Thank you very much for being here. [APPLAUSE] And I would like to
make sure that we also pay special recognition to Alyson
Lighthart, who is here joining us tonight from Cascade campus,
the dean of math and science, and Kayleen, who was
able to join us, and also our technical staff that every year
have been so fantastic at making sure that we have a great program. And our videographers
and our photographers. We’ll be able to make
sure that you all get a copy of tonight’s program. It takes us a little while
to get the editing done, but we’ll send it
to you in the mail. And lastly, thanks to
our PCC catering staff. We hope that you enjoy
the refreshments tonight and we’re so glad that
you all joined us. Thank you very much. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC PLAYING]

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