Community Briefs for Jan. 23. 2020

WSD to host session on dual-credit program; fencing classes starting in Camas; WSU-V collecting business attire; nominations for 'Silver Citizen' sought

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WSD to host discussion about dual-credit programs

The Washougal School District (WSD) will hold an informational session for students and parents interested in learning about the district’s dual credit opportunities at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in Washougal High School’s Excelsior Building commons area.

District officials will discuss their Advanced Placement, College in the High School and Running Start programs, among others.

“We will be covering all the different opportunities and answering questions regarding the many ways students can earn college credit while in high school,” according to the WSD website.

New fencing classes offered in Camas

Camas Parks and Recreation’s winter community education classes will offer a new session of fencing, starting in February.

Victoria Fencing Program will teach students the skills of attacking and defending with a fencing weapon called a “foil.” Fencers develop good coordination, balance, flexibility and self-discipline, which makes this training a good way of keeping fit for all ages and abilities. The training progression starts with teaching the students footwork and basic fencing moments. Once the student develops a general understanding of these movements, the student is taught a series of fencing drills combined with open fencing with other students to apply the lessons learned. The final stage consists of teaching tactics and strategy for set competitive situations.

All the equipment for the introductory classes is included in the fee. The cost of the class is $80 per month for weekly classes or $140 per month for twice-weekly classes. There is a one-time registration fee of $10 to cover insurance costs. The course will be offered to students ages 6 to 14, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, at Lacamas Lake Lodge, 227 N.W. Lake Road, Camas. To register online, visit

WSU-V collecting business clothes for students

Donations of new or clean, gently used professional attire, including dress shirts, pants, skirts, suits, accessories, belts, dress shoes and ties are being accepted through Jan. 31 to help Washington State University, Vancouver (WSU-V) students suit up for the workforce.

The WSU-V campus will have donation bins available for drop-offs in the lobby of the Student Services Center, through the end of January. WSU-V is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. Free visitor parking is available near the student services building.

Students will have an opportunity to select an outfit on Feb. 5 and 6 at the Career Clothing Closet giveaway. They will wear their new business attire to the spring Career and Internship Fair, Feb. 11-12, and for interviews.

For more information, contact WSU-V career counselor Tina Harney at 360-546-9503 or

Clark County seeks nominations for ‘Silver Citizen’ award

To encourage and support older adults for their contributions to their communities, the Clark County Commission on Aging has established a program to recognize older adults by means of an annual award presented at the State of the County event.

The award is open to any county resident 65 years or older who has enhanced the community through their life’s work, engagement of others, volunteerism or selfless acts of service to the community. Service in any field of endeavor will be considered (e.g., education, radio, television, business, healthcare, art, music, journalism, faith-based, athletics, politics, volunteer service). A couple may receive the award jointly when both have been involved in service and various community endeavors.

All nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Award criteria and nomination forms can be found on the Commission on Aging’s webpage at

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members.

For more about the commission, visit

Businesses invited to connect with job seekers

Business leaders who would like to connect with soon-to-be graduates and local community members and help educate them about career opportunities in Southwest Washington are invited to attend the Battle Ground Public Schools’ 2020 Industry Fair. The event, sponsored by BGPS, NEXT, Partners in Careers and WorkSource of SW Washington, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Feb. 20, at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground.

Battle Ground Public Schools is accepting reservations from employers located in and around Clark County for tables at the event, where employer representatives can meet with students and community members about career opportunities. All industries are encouraged to participate, including healthcare, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, apprenticeships and transportation.

Those hoping to have an event table must sign up by Feb. 17, online at For more information, contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at 360-885-6598 or doyle.kevin@battl