OYA training camp for the young people of Florence; Summer jobs for teenagers; Special Olympics fundraising; COVID-19 Update – Coastal Radio – Florence Oregon News
OYA Florence Youth Training Camp
It may appear that preliminary construction is starting on the property across from the Florence Event Center on Quince Street, but what it actually is, but according to Deputy City Manager Megan Messmer, it is advanced training for young people at Camp Florence. Camp director Pete Roberts said the young men are training for careers in heavy equipment driving.
“They spend two weeks in a simulator and they have a mobile trailer that has four simulators in it and they go around the stations and they basically learn how to operate this equipment sitting on the simulator – it’s a very real feeling. and has the quivering and rumbling like the real machine would have.
Roberts says that once participants complete the three-week program, they are eligible for employment.
“They get their level one certification and they can come to any job site and apply for heavy equipment work…
During this final week, Camp Florence interns conduct their heavy equipment operation on site. The program is run in conjunction with the Multnomah School District Vocational Training Program. Camp Florence is a youth transitional facility for young men typically between the ages of 17 and 24.
Summer jobs for teens
Applying for a summer job just got easier. Students from Mapleton and Siuslaw high schools can now complete a joint application for summer jobs in the Florence area. Schools will maintain a list of businesses that will use the common application. Students interested in summer employment can find the application on the City’s website at ci.florence.or.us. Applications will be reviewed by school staff or Connected Lane County staff. Businesses interested in participating can apply on the City’s website. The app is the product of a partnership between the City of Florence, the Florence Region Chamber of Commerce, Lane Workforce Partnership, Connected Lane County, Siuslaw School District and businesses in the area.
Special Olympics Fundraiser
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many businesses and has severely affected many nonprofits as well. Last year, the Oregon Special Olympics canceled all activities and is currently on hiatus until at least July 31.st of this year. Officials say there is a possibility of a return to activity, but that date is not known at this time. With event cancellations and financial issues impacting Special Olympics organizers, organizers have set up a fundraiser that will take place tomorrow at the Florence Safeway store from 10am to 3am. The Knights of Columbus will collect change from anyone wishing to donate.
Lane County had a three-month low report of new cases. Yesterday, only 17 new cases were reported in the county and the number of cases for Florence remains at 246. Hospital cases have also dropped by 7 with 14 people admitted, but half of them are in intensive care. Cases across the state still show an upward and downward trend with 433 new cases in the Oregon Health Authority report yesterday. There have also been 21 alarming new deaths reported and while that number is significant, it is the culmination of several days of reporting and is generally not indicative of a day total. Immunization rates also continue to be slow with Lane County at 62.1 percent. That rate, according to LCPH Liaison Jason Davis, does not include vaccinations from veterans or tribal members who would bring the county to over 63 percent, but currently the OHA does not recognize these numbers in their tally. Davis says Lane County is unlikely to meet the 65% target today. Vaccination clinics continue to be underway across the county and we have to wait and see for now.