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Education Recognition Luncheon Planned
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Stanislaus Partners in Education (SPIE) will recognize business and industry partners at their Annual Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Health Education and Conference Center, McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Ave., Modesto. A non-profit organization representing business, labor, government and education, SPIE enlists the resources of the community to maximize the employment potential of young people and adults in Stanislaus County. Slated to be honored at the luncheon is Cynthia Young, Stanislaus County Office of Education and Memorial Medical Center, a Sutter Health affiliate, along with businesses who have partnered with local schools.

Cynthia Young, Yosemite Regional Occupational Program Director for Stanislaus County Office of Education, will receive SPIE’s highest award: The Peter Johansen Award. Young is being honored for her exceptional leadership with the Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition (OOCE). This year will mark 29 years of OOCE and Young has been the guiding light of each and every one. The OOCE averages 25 student competitive events each year; combining academic and career technical education skills. These events are judged by over 100 volunteers from local business and industry. In addition, there is a career fair that averages 60 vendors each year that provides students with college and career information. Approximately 750 students from high schools throughout Stanislaus County participate in the OOCE every year. Young states that this is a team effort and would not be possible without the support of the Stanislaus County Office of Education and school districts.

Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) will also recognize Memorial Medical Center, a Sutter Health affiliate, as a county-wide partner. Memorial Medical Center supports Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) and is committed to working with high school students pursuing careers in the area of healthcare. In addition, Memorial is a strong supporter of SCOE’s Prevention Programs Department, providing resources, monetary donations and in-kind contributions to support After School Programs, Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) and the county-wide Leadership Academy program.