District to welcome Labor Commissioner Avakian

by / Friday, 11 September 2015 / Published in News

Hermiston School District and the Columbia Basin Student Homebuilders Program will host the head of the Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, on September 18, when he visits the Fieldstone #2 home site and connects with the students as they work on the project.

Labor Commissioner Avakian works to strengthen Oregon’s economy and workforce with smart, targeted investment in career and technical education. “By investing directly in middle schools and high school career programs, we can provide access – early, before students drift for ears before find a viable path – hands-on learning and tinkering that can help student discover their talents and passions,” said Avakian.

For the past three years, the commissioner has helped 200 Oregon middle schools and high schools – serving more than 100,000 students – restore 21st century shop classes to prepare for careers in fields such as renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, construction, agriculture and health care.

Avakian previously served in the Oregon Senate and prior to that managed a successful civil rights law practice.

Fieldstone #2 is the second home being built by the Columbia Basin Student Homebuilders Program. The first home successfully sold this past summer to retired Hermiston School District teachers.