Ramona McCallister has been the keystone to the development of the Youth Transition Program (YTP)

Ramona McCallister

In 2013, Crook County received its first YTP grant and hired Ramona as our first YTP specialist. Ramona worked diligently to develop our program. She formed relationships with Jefferson County School District’s YTP specialist, Vocation Rehab counselors, and YTP coordinators to bring innovative programs to the transition students of Crook County School District.

In the past six years, Ramona has helped Crook County develop a YTP program that is outstanding and a model for transition services in our community. She has touched the lives of countless students and families. Ramona has helped our program to grow from one to two YTP specialists who consistently meet or exceed the benchmarks established by the YTP grant. She has shared her experiences across the state and encouraged our students to tell their stories of success.

Ramona is creative and innovative in her approaches to helping students succeed. She implemented an internship program, taught pre-employment skills classes, help a Crook County Student create a self-employment plan, and assisted our developmental disability students to become working members of our community. Ramona exhibits the admirable traits of integrity, enthusiasm, compassion, and resourcefulness.

This will be Ramona’s final year with Crook County, but she will leave a lasting legacy, and a well-established and vibrant YTP program.

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Ronald Forseth Receives the Matt Bailey Student of the Year Award



CCHS Junior Ronald Forseth received the Matt Bailey Student of the Year Award at the state Youth Transition Conference last week. Pictured with Ronald is Ramona McCallister, CCHS Youth Transition Specialist, who nominated Ronald for this award. Ronald works for Samson Sky, the creator of the Switchblade. This award is presented annually at the Oregon Statewide Youth Transition Conference to recognize a student showing growth and improvement, and demonstrating integrity and respect.

Great Job Ronald!

CCHS Artists Recognized

CCHS Artists Recognized

Crook County High School has four artists who will be recognized at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards this year. This art competition is open to all high school students in the state of Oregon.

CCHS Art teacher Mrs. Struck is holding Wyatt Sabin’s painting. Wyatt received the Silver Key award. Next to Mrs. Struck is Summer Shaffer. Summer created two sculptures and received Honorable Mention. Third from left is Jenna Porter. Jenna received Honorable Mention for her artwork. Samantha Jenkins, far right, is holding her artwork, made from coffee and tea. Samantha received three awards for her painting: Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention.

These artists’ works will be on display at COCC in the Pinckney Art Gallery from Feb. 9 – March 1. Gold Key artwork will automatically be considered for competition at the national level. That means that one of Samantha’s paintings will be considered for the national show at Carnegie Hall in New York.

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