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Innovate Willamina

posted Aug 31, 2016, 10:35 AM by Web Admin   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 10:35 AM ]

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How did Innovate Willamina start?

Innovate Oregon is a strategic initiative launched by the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) focused on re-imagining how we develop the talent needed to build an inclusive, innovation-based economy. This initiative recognizes that every aspect of our economy is being rapidly transformed by new digital technologies and that it is essential we develop a workforce with the skills and mindsets necessary for innovation.

The partnership of Innovate Oregon and the Willamina School District has been transformative for the school and the community. Not only has Willamina established its own Innovate initiative, the school is continuing to develop new teaching methodologies utilizing an agile learning approach modeled after leading industry practices. It has launched a new Career Academy and is piloting its first after-school team focused on building and using autonomous drones in agricultural applications.

What is happening currently?

Willamina is currently embarking upon several strategic agreements with companies to develop new innovation initiatives with a particular focus on issues related to agriculture, the mainstay of our local economy.

How can I help?

There are two ways to help out this initiative.  We want to provide the students at Willamina High School with every opportunity to grow as we continue to develop a culture of innovation. This involves not only monetary support, but also mentor-ship and skill support.  If you, or someone you know has a special skill that you think would be beneficial to students growth, please contact the school for more information.