Tigard-Tualatin students learn about safety

The Community Experience for Career Education also known as (CE)2 led by Learning Managers Sue McGee and Tony Hunt is an alternative education program in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.  The program is designed to give students an opportunity to develop job skills through practical experience while earning core credits toward a high school diploma. The students participate in internships with local businesses and give back to the community by volunteering for community projects.

Since 2010 the ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter has sponsored and taught the OSHA 10-hour General Industry class to high school seniors. According to the primary instructor, Luke Betts (ASSE CWC Past President), 222 students have been trained since then.  The students from the first class are now 23 years-old, in the workforce and armed with the safety knowledge taught in class.  In addition to Luke, other ASSE members that have taught the course are Kevin Wheatcroft and Aubrey Sakaguchi.  This year on April 2, OR-FACE was invited to teach the machine guarding portion of the class.  Lessons learned from related OR-FACE investigations were included and proved to be impactful.

Submitted by Illa Gilbert-Jones, OR-FACE Program Manager