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Preparing Local Students For The Workforce

October 21, 2019

For the past year, I have spent time in the classroom at Crook County High School teaching students a course designed by Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement (JA) is an organization “dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.”

The goal is to prepare students for the real world by teaching skills that will help them not only succeed in the workplace, but also in their own personal lives. JA relies on community volunteers to give of their time and knowledge to go into the classroom and spend time with students.

The subject matter I am tasked with is to teach students how to be their own CEO and role play how to run a manufacturing company. We discuss decision-making on six key elements of business: price, production, marketing, capital investment, research and development, and charitable giving.

I use examples from businesses in our local community. We talk about Les Schwab, Facebook and even small businesses that many of their parents work for. I make sure to make the subject matter relevant and interesting by discussing products they are familiar with. I have even challenged them to come up with ways to use social media for marketing, rather than just being on there for their own entertainment.

The last session I teach has students compete against each other using the skills they have been taught. Win or lose, the goal is that they walk away with an understanding of how different management decisions can affect the overall success of a business.
 

Although I never had the desire to be an educator, and never saw myself in the classroom, being able to step in front of a room of 25 teenagers and challenge them to think about their future has been rewarding. I ask the students important questions regarding their future. What do you want to do after high school? Who plans to go to college? Who wants to own a home in a nice neighborhood? Who wants a big truck with nice rims? Anyone plan on taking tropical vacations? And the most important question: How to you plan to achieve all of this? That question often results in me staring at a room of blank, sometimes scared faces and silence.

I encourage the students that their future goals are achievable. By working hard and staying in school, they can achieve those dreams. We discuss soft skills that can push them ahead when it comes to seeking out a job. The importance of showing up and being on time are crucial. Good communication skills and being able to be a positive part of a team can put you ahead in the workplace. I also spend time teaching students the importance of volunteering and giving back to their community — that the time and energy they spend giving to others will come back to them.

As much as being in the classroom helps the students, there is also a personal benefit. It has allowed me to give back to my community and keeps me learning. And it has been an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills and forge relationships with the local youth. My hope is that I am helping prepare a better future for our workforce and our community by sharing my experiences with the students at Crook County High School.

For more information on Junior Achievement in our schools, or if you would like to volunteer, please go to https://jaorswwa.org/.

NANCY
NENNIG

Board Member

Meet NANCY.

Prineville Lions Club

My husband and I have lived in Prineville for 17 years. I retired from the Banking Industry after 18 years, most recently working for Oregonians Credit Union. I enjoy the trails and camping in the Crook County
area.

In addition to that, I have volunteered for the Crooked River roundup for 15 years, am the current President of the Prineville Lions, a member of the Prineville Elks and a Member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

I was an active member of the Chamber Ambassador Committee for 15 years and supported all the Prineville-Crook County Chamber events and projects.

The Prineville Chamber represents all of Crook County and its individuals, organizations and business and I feel with my volunteering and networking I am able to support the Vision and Mission of the
organization.

Duane Porter

President

Meet Duane.

Financial Advisor, DFP Financial and Consulting

I grew up on a small cattle ranch in rural Southern Oregon which taught me the values of hard work, family, and a rural way of life.  I made the move to Central Oregon in 1993 for all of its beauty and activities.  Over the last 3 decades in Central Oregon, I have seen and experienced the incredible growth and expansion of this wonderful area.  In 2018 my wife and I decided to return to a rural lifestyle in Crook County.  With its diverse community, wide variety, and ever-expanding industry, the area has maintained a small-town rural feel and culture.


In 2019 after 25 years in Insurance and Investments, my wife and I decided to open DFP Financial & Consulting, a Private Wealth Management, Planning, and Consulting Firm.   We completely enjoy the people, community and all Crook County has to offer.  Being part of the Prineville Chamber is an important focus for us to give back to and help the business of the community.


In our spare time we enjoy our family and grandchildren; camping, riding horses and doing all that Central Oregon and Crook County offers, and fly fishing the Crooked River as often as possible.

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Andrea weaver

Secretary

Meet Andrea.

Recreation Coordinator, Crook County Parks & Recreation

I grew up on the North Oregon Coast in a small tight knit community. About 18 years ago my husband and I started traveling to Central Oregon a few times a year to escape the rain. We always talked about wanting to move to the Prineville area. We enjoyed the small town feel as well as the ranching lifestyle the area offers. In the fall of 2020 we made the move with our  three teenage daughters and we are so glad we did!

In the spring of 2021 I started with Crook County Parks & Recreation. A few months after that I took the Recreation Coordinator position. I love  working with Parks & Rec. I have met so many wonderful people in Prineville which has helped with adjusting to a new environment.

I got involved with the Chamber to learn more about the community and to grow relationships.

In my spare time I love working with my family on our ranch as well as watching my girls play sports and show livestock.

Casie Allen

board member

Meet Casie.

Owner - Bayberry Lane

My family has called Prineville home for several generations. Being born and raised in this amazing community, I have always felt so incredibly blessed. I strive to be an active part of the community and volunteer regularly. I am deeply involved in 4H, several youth sports programs, and have served on many other local boards and committees. 

My mom and I own a small downtown boutique called Bayberry Lane. Our motto is local people supporting local people. We enjoy being able to give back and strive to love the people of Prineville well. 

Being on the Chamber Board has allowed me to not only serve and express my opinions as a business owner, but also as a local who wants to foster a community that is able to adapt to change while holding on to their core values.

SHEENA
YORK

Treasurer

Meet SHEENA.

Signet Realty

I am the Owner & Lead Coordinator at Firefly Events and I have been planning and coordinating events for over a decade.   I also recently took on a role as a local real estate broker here in Crook County. 

I grew up around southern Oregon. I made a road trip to Prineville with a cousin, on that trip I was introduced to a handsome young Prineville man that later became my husband. I love Prineville and although I wasn’t raised here over the last 16 years it truly has come to feel like my hometown.

I was working for a business that was a Chamber member and I was looking for opportunities to get involved in the community. After several years of attending Chamber functions I was encouraged to join the Ambassador team and then the Board. It has been a great learning experience and a lot of fun to be part of the Chamber both as a member and on the Board.

I love the weather in Prineville. After growing up in the valley with so many days of rain, I truly appreciated having (mostly) defined seasons. Summertime in Prineville is definitely my all-time favorite! We enjoy paddle boarding at Ochoco reservoir, swimming at the Prineville reservoir, floating the refreshing Crooked River, hiking the Barnes Butte or Chimney Rock trails and riding our ATV’s on the many OHV trails.

Alexandra Greenberg

Vice President

Meet Alexandra

Chiropractor, Slater Chiropractic

I was born and raised in Prineville where I graduated from Crook County High School in 2009.  After that, I moved to Portland where I attended both Pacific University and the University of Western States for Chiropractic School. 

After ten years, I returned to Prineville and am now an Associate Chiropractor at Slater Chiropractic.

Since moving back, I have enjoyed how close this community is and realized how much I missed all that Crook County has to offer compared to the big city.  I started attending Chamber events to become more involved in our community and am excited to continue working with the Chamber as Vice President of the board.

I love spending my free time with friends and family, and enjoy getting out to explore all of Central Oregon.  I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking and many other outdoor activities available in this beautiful area I get to call home.