Jason Ingram, Lassen County’s District 5 supervisor, noticed a problem in our county and searched for a solution. He said many local youngsters want to leave Lassen County and move to the big city as soon as they graduate from high school, but he hopes they will stick around instead when they learn there are good, career track jobs up for grabs right here in Lassen County.
Ingram hosted a Career Opportunities Workshop for ninth through 12 graders from all across the county Thursday, June 1 at Jensen Hall, and more than 25 state, federal and local governmental agencies and businesses participated in what Ingram hopes will become an annual event.
“It was a huge grand slam,” Ingram said, “The underlying areas in the county that are underserved — they got served on a silver platter yesterday,” Ingram said Friday, June 2.
Hundreds of students attended, including those from Big Valley High School, Westwood High School, Herlong High School, Mt. Lassen Charter School and the three Long Valley Charter Schools including the Portola High School. The students were treated to live demonstrations, brochures and informative speeches from the top employers in our area including the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the Susanville Police Department, the Susanville Fire Department, SEMSA, California Highway Patrol, Cal-Fire, Cal-Trans, the US Forest Service, Lassen National Forest, Hat Creek Construction, BLM, LMUD, the SEIU 2015 and many others.
Lassen High School was invited to participate but chose not to attend. Lassen High Superintendent Morgan Nugent did attend, however, and observed the event.