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FBLA studies impact of county wind farms

Nicolle Seward
For The Sentinel

     Are “renewable energy” and “entrepreneurship” words that can be used in the same sentence?
     Last month, Mrs. Sarah Leighton’s seventh grade science classes learned more about the wind farms being built in Klickitat County. Eight Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students from Goldendale High School, prepared a lesson on wind energy and the effect these wind farms are having on the Klickitat County economy.
      FBLA members Stacy Thompson, Kyle Ross, and Shelby Lemley presented the lesson to three of Mrs. Leighton’s classes at the middle school with the assistance of Michelle Fernandez, Kyla Crawford, Logan Lesko, Nicolle Seward and Josh Butler. Their focus was on how wind, caused by convection, is “harvested” and turned into usable energy; the science involved in planning a wind farm; and how wind farms have strengthened Klickitat County’s economy.
     Stacy, Kyle, and Shelby began planning the “American Enterprise Project” by developing a science lesson from a plan designed by Ron Nierenberg, a meteorologist based in Portland.
      Three other meetings were held, first with Brandy Myers, business manager of Windy Point Partners, where they learned the steps involved in building a wind farm from obtaining leases to selling electricity from the operating windmills; then with Mike Canon, Director of Klickitat County Economic Development who spoke to 30 FBLA members about the many economic benefits of having these renewable energy projects in Klickitat County.
      The final meeting meeting was held with Mindy Blomquist of the Chamber of Commerce concerning the upcoming Home and Garden Show which will have an “Energy Exposition” April 16-18, featuring sustainable and renewable energy displays and vendors.
     A report will be submitted and students will give a presentation in April at the FBLA state leadership conference.
For more information on the FBLA project, contact advisor Rob Wing at 773-5846.

Library program helps job seekers

     Job seekers have new resources available to them at the Goldendale Community Library and all other Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) District locations, thanks to a grant-funded Get Job Help @ Your Library program that began in February.
     Helpful tools include a live-chat job coaching and resume review service; resume-writing software; an online service to help users explore career options; extra time on computers; classes on creating and polishing resumes and cover letters; and, by April 1, free use of netbook computers (small laptops) in select libraries.
     FVRL received $48,420 as one of 17 Washington public libraries awarded a Renew Washington grant by the Washington State Library in late 2009. The purpose of the grant program is to address the needs of people needing access to employment-related information, resources and services. The Renew Washington grant program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
     A full summary of the Get Job Help @ Your Library resources is available at www.fvrl.org/findinfo/GetJobHelp.cfm.
     “Our libraries have seen a big increase in requests for help from unemployed individuals over the past year,” says Amy Lee, user experience and public computing coordinator for the library district and the grant administrator. “We’re grateful that this Renew Washington grant has allowed us to better address the needs of the many people who are out of work as a result of the current recession.”
     The new job-search resources the library provides include:

Online help
JobNow! Coaching and resume assistance - Available online and in all FVRL libraries through September.
• Chat live with a job coach from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day
• Send a resume for 24-hour review
• Use resume templates, interview tips, online resources
• Search local and national job search sites

WinWay Resume Deluxe software - Available in all FVRL libraries
• Use AutoWriter for resumes, cover and thank-you letters
• Proofread and edit resumes using Auditor
• Watch mock interviews and salary negotiation videos
WOIS / The Career Information System - Available online and in all FVRL libraries
• Identify strengths and explore career choices
• Match strengths with occupations
• Get details on 500+ occupations, including military
• Locate training programs
• Store job information in an online portfolio

Computer Time
If patrons need computer time for job search activities, they can use the library’s Self-Help Job Lab or check out a netbook computer to use in the library!
• The Lab and Netbooks are intended for job-seeking work only
• Bring a portable USB drive to save documents

Netbook Computers
• Patrons must have an FVRL library card (can apply on site) and state-issued photo identification
• Printing is not available from these computers
• Computers are available for two-hour checkout for use inside these libraries during open hours starting sometime in March.

Classes for Job Seekers
     Classes will be held at all libraries except North Bonneville. Some classes will be followed by optional computer time to work on job search activities. Space is limited. Class schedules will be posted at www.fvrl.org/events/ jobhelp.cfm as dates are confirmed.

Creating Your Resume
     Learn to identify valuable skills and how to feature them to impress employers. Tour library tools and resources that can help create an excellent resume.

Polishing Your Resume
     Learn about new formats to make a resume shine. Learn how to cut down and target an over-stuffed resume. Tour library tools and resources that can help create the right resume for the job.

Crafting Cover Letters
     A finely-tooled cover letter, targeted to the employer’s requirements, is the way to get a foot in the door. Job seekers will learn how to tailor cover letters to each job sought.



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