Westview HS Community Partnerships
Westview High School has been building strong and lasting partnerships throughout the community for the last two years. It all began with their Community Partnership Breakfast that took place last May. At the event, Westview highlighted many school programs and the Culinary Arts Department prepared breakfast and MEChA Club (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan) and student government students followed the breakfast with a guided tour of the school.
The momentum has continued this year and the list of community partners has grown to more than 300 partners. Each month, community partners are invited to school events including football and basketball games, drama productions and choir and band concerts. Before each event, teachers and coaches explain their programs and give the community a glimpse into what Westview offers its students. Community partners are offered free admission to these events. This spring, the events will include baseball and softball games and the Senior Project Showcase.
Westview's Community Partnership Team and leadership students reached out to community partners and area businesses to invite them to participate in the first ever career and volunteer fair at Westview High School which just occurred yesterday. A few of the businesses in attendance included: Home Depot, Washington County Library, Jamba Juice, Golden Valley, Taco Bell, Regal Cinemas, Rock Creek Corner, Play.Fit.Fun, Papas Pizza, Bethany Library, Safeway, THPRD Summer Pool, and the BSD maintenance department.
The Culinary Program at Westview has also developed community partnerships. The program provides foods courses for 9th through 12th grade students, including guest speakers, numerous lab courses and hands-on training, as well as catering, café/practicum, competition, and college credit opportunities.
Chef Jimmy Le, owner of The Other Chef food catering, has been Westview's Chef Mentor since 2015, continuing to volunteer numerous hours per week to spend time with Westview students both in the classroom and throughout preparation and events associated with the ProStart culinary competitions. Chef Le also works with students to learn hands-on skills during class throughout the academic year.
He has been especially generous of his time to coordinate guest speakers, and work with students preparing for the state high school ProStart culinary arts competition.
The ProStart Culinary Arts Program provides high school students an opportunity to learn advanced culinary arts skills and involves professionals in the community restaurant and hospitality industry. Wendy Popkin, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, provides numerous services to help all schools involved with ProStart, and here are just a few examples of some of her recent contributions to Westview High School:
- Wendy obtained community resources through grants and donations to offset expenses in food and material for the ProStart competition in 2016.
- Wendy worked with the local and state restaurant and hospitality industry to cover the $30 per student testing fees associated with study and certification for customer service, called the Guest Service Gold/Oregon Edition.