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TI he CI ac U mas P rìnt
Wednesday, February 3, 1999
Program assists students into job world
Contributing Writer
Even in the best circumstances,
learning what it takes to become a
productive member of society can
be a struggle for even the most pre­
pared youth.
For at-risk teens, the chal­
lenges can be overwhelming.
Often, they face a host of barri­
ers to success, ranging from an
unstable home environment,
drug and alcohol abuse issues to
poor performance in school.
Overcoming such barriers re­
quires a unique program, which
relies on partnership, trust, cre­
ativity and commitment.
The goal of The Vocational Op­
tions Program (VOP) located in
Oregon City is designed to help
troubled youths transition success­
fully into the working world.
Currently, the Program serves
approximately 60 students a year.
Of those, more than one-third are
dropouts. Two-thirds are in school,
but are experiencing barriers to
success such as poor attendance, tion, job shadowing, and struc­
low grades and behavior.
tured crew assignments in which
For these students, VOP pro­ issues of leadership and coopera­
vides a much-needdd second tion are explored in a real work
chance for success. For 18 setting. Students are placed in a
weeks, students work in an ac­ work site with a paid position one
tivity-based curriculum which day a week under the supervision
emphasizes wellness, self-es­ of the youth specialist.
teem and teamwork environment
The Work Experience compo­
that encourages mutual respect.
nent of the program begins as
Two instructors from CCC, Eric soon as the students complete the
Faucher and Michele Michaels, requirements for Work Readi­
and two ETBS personnel, Youth ness. In this phase, the focus
Employment Specialist Judy shifts to expanded paid training
Dangerfield and Office Manager opportunities, job search skills,
Bev Kennon make up the VOP planning and independent living,
staff. Clackamas County Mental and job club. Additionally, for
Health provides a youth counse­ students who are not in school,
lor, Joe Koziol, to assist with re­ VOP offers a GED prep class
ferrals to appropriate programs or three days a week to assist them
services when needed.
in completing their high school
The two components of the pro­ education.
gram are Work Readiness and
The program is designed to
Work Experience. Work Readi­ encourage personal accountability
ness focuses upon career assess­ and to reinforce self-directed
ment, work ethics, job-finding learning.
skills and career exploration. Ac­
Students, not parents, must con­
tivities include interest and ability tact staff if they are late or absent
surveys, teamwork exercises in and must be responsible for any
problem solving and communica­ makeup work.
BRENDA OLSEN / Clackamas Print
A Vocational Options Program student is advised on resumes by
Michelle Micheals, advisor, and Bev Kannon, ETBS office
Additionally, emphasis is placed
upon maintaining a comfortable,
positive environment. Healthy
food is always available, appropri­
ate new clothing for job interviews
or training sites are provided if
necessary and referrals to essen­
tial services, such as the Oregon
Health Plan, are facilitated by the
The success of VOP has been
recognized recently by the Oregon
Association of Vocational and
Special. Needs
(OAVSNP). Eric Faucher re­
ceived Teacher of the Year awards
for 1996, while Judy Dangerfield
and Bev Kennon were awarded
commendations for their outstand­
ing work.
Perhaps the essence of the VOP
experience is best summed up by
a recent student’s comment. “We
work hard as a team, we get things
done, and we get along. What else
do you need?”
OMSI tackles issue of Y2K computer complications
Feature Editor
Many people involved in the
technical world of computers are
thinking a lot these days about
next year's “Y2K Bug crisis”,
wondering what will happen and
if there is any reason to worry at
One organization informing the
public on the problem is, of course,
the good old Oregon Museum of
Science and Industry, OMSI. Their
exhibit, “The Millenium Bug,” is
now on display.
One of the problems comput­
erized organizations are facing,
according to a video shown at the
exhibit, is the fact that most com­
puters and calculators use a two-
digit year system. They read
1999 as just 99, and the concern
is the possibility that on January
1,2000, computers will calculate
data as if it were 1900.
Another display, “The Year
Calculator,” illustrates a particu­
lar calculation problem. Say
someone is born in 1978, which
would make them 22 years old.
Their age would be calculated by
a two-digit computer system
which reads the date next year as
1900, that would change the age
of the person to -78 years old.
Because such programs were not
told to read a negative age, the
number in the system will show
as 78. In addition, the govern­
ment is concerned that because
their systems are completely
computerized, social security
checks will be sent to people who
are far too young to receive
Another issue, addressed
through OMSI’s Millennium Bug
website, is that not all the prob­
lems are expected on just Janu­
ary 1, 2000. The year 2000 will
be a leap year and the date of
concern is Februrary 29, 2000,
which would read in computers
as 2/29/00. The oddity of these
numbers may throw programs
off. Another date, to occur this
year will be September 9, 1999,
reading as 9/9/99. According to
the website, a series of nines rep­
resents a termination of program
code. They’re worried that these
complications will cause major
Each month, The Tech Mu­
seum of Innovation in San Jose,
Calif., reviews 10 of the best
technology websites for teachers,
students, families, and OMSI’s
Millenium Bug site was on their
Top 10 for the month of January.
Visit the site at:
Divonna Ratliff,
developer at
OMSI, points
out one of the
latest projects,
“The Millenium
Bug," found in
the multi­
million dollar
museum of
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