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On The Front BurnerCollege and Career Readiness

We interview Elliot Washer of Big Picture Learning and Hamish Gray a Senior Vice President of Keysight Technologies.


Preparing students and young people for their future can be very different than many educators and adults realize today.


On The Fron Burner

Ashley being sworn into the union
Former The Met High School student Ashley Magnus emailed Big Picture Learning's Elliot Washor this photo of her being sworn into the International Union of Elevator Constructors. Ashley is a Harbor Freight Fellow - this is one of the most dangerous union trades and she is one of only two Oregon women in the IUEC.

Congratulations, Ashley, from all of us at Harbor Freight Fellows and Big Picture Learning!

In Appalachia, Crafting a Road to Recovery With Dulcimer Strings
The New York Times, January 3, 2020 - In Kentucky, where music is the lifeblood, an apprentice program run by luthiers provides meaningful jobs and helps remove the stigma of opioid addiction.
kentucky pond
HINDMAN, KY. — The heritage of handcrafted stringed instruments runs deep in this tiny Appalachian village (pop. 770) stretched along the banks of Troublesome Creek. The community has been known as the homeplace of the mountain dulcimer ever since a revered maker, James Edward (“Uncle Ed”) Thomas, pushed a cartload of angelic-sounding dulcimers up and down the creek roads, keeping a chair handy to play tunes for passers-by.  READ MORE HERE...
Andrew and I were together all week with a touchdown from Carlos on Monday. We started off in San Diego at a meeting with BPL board member Gary Kraut about Alumni Toolkit. Then, next morning Andrew, Gary and I had a meeting at UCSD with CREATE - “an organization that collaborates with campus and community partners to create equitable, innovative opportunities for student college/career preparation – and educator professional learning.”  READ MORE HERE...
Weld like a girl: a milleniall woman's success in a man's world
Navigating Our Way Posters Now Available HERE