• Willamette Career Academy Will Provide In-demand Skills to Area Students

    Posted by Communications on 8/24/2020

    WCA Rendering

    The Willamette Career Academy will harness the power of regional partnerships and collaboration to serve students and business partners from multiple high schools from an initial 11 school districts across Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. 

    "We couldn't be more excited about providing expanded opportunities to our students, the hands-on type of learning we know they crave." ~ Ginger Redlinger, North Marion School District Superintendent

    The Willamette Career Academy will allow students to explore and engage in-demand career and technical education programs such as cosmetology, diesel mechanics, and health services. Fall of 2022, additional attractive programs, including construction, information technology, and manufacturing, will be added to the center's available offerings. 

    "As a Willamette ESD Board member, I represent the interests of business and industry. I'm excited about this program and what it will mean for our communities, families, and students." Frank Pender, WESD Board Chair

    The idea and initial funding for the center resulted from a private-public partnership between Mountain West Investment Corporation (MWIC), founded by Larry Tokarski and the Willamette Education Service District (WESD), led by Superintendent Dr. Dave Novotney. Through MWIC's tireless and generous support, design work is already well underway. Ongoing funding to support the programs and staff will come from participating districts joining forces to provide students more real-world learning options. 

    "The Willamette Career Academy is another example of how the Willamette Education Service District thinks outside of the box to work with partner districts and the business community to create expanded opportunities for students to succeed." ~ Dr. Dave Novotney, WESD Superintendent

    One of the best things about this career and technical education center model is that participating students will remain a part of their local school community. The center will provide students a place to learn, away from their home campus, representing a unique opportunity and a direct connection with local business and industry.

    Completed Milestones Include:

    • Project Leadership team selected and organized 
    • Robust stakeholder engagement and industry outreach
    • Ongoing partnerships across 12 districts secured
    • The naming of the center to the Willamette Career Academy
    • Regional feedback surveys
    • Mission, vision, and values identified 
    • Initial and future program and class offerings identified 
    • Building layout and architecture designed
    • Unanimous approval from the Willamette Education Service District board of directors

    Paricipating School Districts

    • Cascade School District 
    • Gervais Schools
    • Falls City School District
    • Jefferson School District
    • Mt. Angel School District 
    • Newberg School District
    • North Marion School District 
    • North Santiam School District 
    • Silver Falls School District
    • St. Paul School District 
    • Woodburn School District


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  • Willamette ESD Satisfaction Ratings High

    Posted by Eric Enright on 8/19/2020

    Willamette Education Service District logo

    The Willamette ESD is a multi-faceted agency with a workforce of over 400 highly skilled and caring professionals.  Our agency is a student-centered organization serving 21 Oregon school districts with a student population of over 84,000 students (K-12).  
    Willamette ESD provides approximately 45 services related to Special Education, Technology, School Improvement and Administrative Services that school districts may purchase from our agency.   We also administer numerous grants and contracts to support education in our region and across the state.  
    98% Satisfaction Seal In a recent survey, 98% of school district respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with the services they received from our staff.  This is the eighth year in a row our service rating was 94% or higher.  
    In addition, 100% of our school districts were either satisfied or very satisfied with our level of customer service.  Simply put, our employees do an amazing job of supporting the school districts in our region.  Their skills and commitment produce life changing services for the children and students of our community!  
    100% Customer Service Satisfaction Seal We are proud of our role in the education community.  Our agency mission is the touchpoint that guides us in all of our endeavors.  Our Mission Statement is:
    Success, Achievement, Together...for All Students 
    Our mission statement is built on four Core Values agreed upon by WESD staff and our partners.  The Core Value concepts are:

     Integrity - Innovation - Excellence - Partnerships

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