Business and Education Shareholders' Luncheon
For more than 20 years, John Osborne, owner, has donated his time to educate students about careers in the arts, media, and entertainment industry and sits on the CTE Advisory Committee. He has helped students find employment in the industry. Osborne also shares his professional contacts to ensure that Madera South can acquire new and relevant technology at a low cost.
WestCoast Products & Design
RC, owner, has been a partner with Madera High School’s robotics team for the past six years. He dedicates more than 200 hours every year to mentor students on the First Team 1323 and sits on the CTE Advisory Committee. RC and his employees help students design, manufacture, program, and compete in the yearly competitions. They also donate money to help send students who cannot afford to go to offsite events.
Local Businesses Receive Awards for School Partnerships.
Ozterity Lighting and WestCoast Products & Design each received a Crystal Tower Award August 28, 2018 at the 15th Annual Business and Education Shareholders’ Luncheon hosted by the Madera County Compact. The two businesses were recognized for their partnership with Madera County schools in front of more than 150 business and community leaders.
Both businesses exemplify the Madera County Compact’s mission, “Working in partnership with education to prepare young people for the increasing demands of society and the workplace.”
Additional awards handed out:
Community Investment Award: Branches Books & Gifts works with local educators in Eastern Madera County to help provide the appropriate reading materials needed for students, including making audio versions of books available to students with learning disabilities. They are frequent donors to local school fundraisers and teacher appreciation events.
Community Investment Award: Madera County Sheriff’s Department has an internship program at Sherman Thomas Charter High which allows students to job shadow a deputy. At Madera South High, detectives regularly visit students in the Explorer Program, which teaches students law enforcement practices and allows them to volunteer in the community as uniformed Explorers. Officers also speak to the class and deputies work with the students in the after school hours.
“We are fortunate to recognize exemplary businesses that are truly investing in the future of our community providing students with hands-on experiences and connecting students to future career opportunities,” said Dr. Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools.
Liberty High School’s choir students sang for the guests and Yosemite High School’s cadet corp presented the flags. Chowchilla Union High School students created table centerpieces and the artwork featured on the event program. Pioneer Technical Center students acted as servers. A video featuring the Crystal Tower Award recipients was produced by the Madera South High School video production class.
Richele Kleiser, from California Health Sciences University, shared her experience hosting students in partnership with the Madera County Compact, at the first Health Career Middle School Camp this summer. Middle school students from Sherman Thomas STEM Academy were introduced to health care careers and opportunities through an interactive game called Unlocking the Hero Health Care Provider. They also engaged in hands-on learning experiences.
The luncheon was hosted by the Madera County Compact and was held at the office of Madera County Superintendent of Schools. It was sponsored by Camarena Health, Educational Employees Credit Union, Madera County Superintendent of Schools, The Specialty Crop Company, and Agriland.