Nominate now for Teacher of the Year

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Education is accepting nominations for the 2017 Teacher of the Year.

The award recognizes an outstanding teacher as a representative of all the educators in Oregon and gives Oregonians an opportunity to share information on teachers who are making a difference in their communities.

Anyone can nominate a teacher for the award, but teachers may not nominate themselves. Candidates should be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teachers who have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. They should inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in their community and school, and be poised and articulate representatives of all Oregon classroom teachers.

Nominations are open until May 13.

For more information or to make a nomination:

Hospital scholarship applications due

POLK COUNTY — Salem Hospital Foundation Scholarship program is taking applications for half- of full-time students in medically related fields.

Applicants must live in Polk or Marion counties or be a current employee at Salem Hospital, must have applied to a college in their field of health care study and must have completed all prerequisite classes before applying for this scholarship.

Applications must be postmarked by May 10 to be considered. Final selections will be announced by June 30.

For more information, visit and click on the Salem Hospital Foundation Scholarship link or call 503-561-5576.

Central High hosting ‘Trades Day’

INDEPENDENCE — Willamette Promise, BuildOregon, and CHS will host "Trades Day/Career Expo" at Central High School Friday.

During the event businesses and schools will share information and educate students about construction and manufacturing careers in Oregon industry as well as other careers and jobs. Topics that will be covered include: industry exploration, applications, resumes, interviews and industry search.

For more information, contact Prindi Flug at or 503.606.2240.

WOU, teachers reach agreement

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University and the WOU Federation of Teachers released a joint press release on Feb. 24 that the two had come to an agreement.

Both President Rex Fuller and WOUFT president Mark Perlman said they were glad to conclude bargaining.

“I am pleased that we have reached an agreement through the bargaining process and that the contract will improve all faculty salaries as Western moves to have its salaries reflect market conditions,” Fuller said.

The faculty at WOU had been working without a contract since January.

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