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Setting sights on post-secondary education options

Many pathways lead to successful careers, most need some further education after high school

Published on DCPSS.org Jan., 30, 2015
Part of our mission at Douglas County Partners for Student Success is to help put every county child on the path to success through these basic achievements: graduating from high school, completing post-secondary education and/or entering a career.
The first and last of these are clear enough. But what do we mean by post-secondary education? The answer is: more than you might imagine.



Deciphering S-T-E-A-M

What STEAM learning means for today’s students

Published on DCPSS.org Jan. 27, 2015
There’s good news for all Douglas County students with an interest for science and technology. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, jobs linked to those two disciplines, along with engineering and mathematics, are growing three times faster than any other kind of jobs. Clearly, these four disciplines represent crucial skills with a high demand in the workforce.
Now for the news that’s not so good. Despite the increasing importance of these skills, nearly two-thirds of Oregon students in the fourth and eighth grades are falling behind in their academic development. That’s based on National Assessment of Educational Progress scores, which show that only about a third of students in those grades test at or above the proficient level in math and science.
Here in Douglas County, educators and community partners are seeking to breach the barriers standing between students and opportunities for rewarding futures and well-rewarded careers. One of those vehicles is Umpqua Valley Regional STEAM Hub ….


‘H’ is for Hope and Help

DCPSS assists children, parents, educators reach goals, build community vitality together

Published on DCPSS.org Jan. 23, 2015
When it comes to kids, most of us have high, but simple hopes: We want them to be happy and healthy in all stages and phases of life. We want them to succeed in all their endeavors.
What it takes to make those hopes reality is not simple. Living a healthy lifestyle, while sometimes difficult to achieve, has at least some tangible and visible measurements.
But how do we help our children find their sense of purpose and happiness? And who’s defining success? We adults or the kids?