1. [The] Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) did a “classroom invasion” on Wednesday, April 29th with our Drone Technology and Robotics Program to greet students and talk about next year’s authentic work project. (The Oregon Department of Transportation Land Surveying team has worked tirelessly to provide our Drone Technology and Robotics Program with authentic work projects that instruct our students in professional and technical skills including LiDar education and operation and GPS flight mapping (with Drones.)

Thank you for your investment in our program and our students. The value you add to our program and to our students is unmatched!

ODOT Virtual Classroom

2. Thank you so much for our partnership with the US Marines. We appreciate you meeting virtually with our Law Enforcement students to talk about your industry, what it is like to be a Marine, and how your job has been impacted by the pandemic. Your insight and voice is so valuable for the learning of our students. The Marines visited the Law Enforcement virtual classroom to overview changes in the recruitment process, overview of opportunities and educational benefits of joining into the Armed Services. Thank you SGT Kama, and SGT Gonzales!

3. Thank you so much to Hollywood Producer, Farley Ziegler, for taking time to talk with our VGDA students. We appreciate you taking so much time to engage with our students and share your experiences and insight. What an invaluable part of the student’s education to hear from someone as accomplished as you!

Hollywood Producer

4. A huge shout out to our super talented business partner, Tristan Martineau with Color Blind Creativity! We appreciate you taking time to meet with our VGDA students and for your willingness to contribute to their learning. Thank you for sharing some valuable resources and expertise on your industry!

5. CTEC is so thankful for all of our IAC members for their commitment to our programs at CTEC. We appreciate each and every one of you that were able to attend this last round of virtual IACs that we have hosted and we have missed those who were not able to make it. Please know that CTEC is here for you and rooting for your success! Please let us know how we can help.

6. What an amazing opportunity for our students to be able to engage with Tim Jenison, BAFTA Nominated Film Producer, Inventor and Founder of NewTek and Creator of 3D Modeling Software LightWave 3D. Thank you so much for sharing your story, for encouraging our students to take on new opportunities and the importance of being curious.

Fun Fact: The model is in the painting… is our very own Graham Toms, Industry Instructor for our Video and Game Design Animation Program!

art work

7. Thank you so much, Capitol Auto Group, for your generous gift to our student professional of the year Tyler Ray. They donated a tool cart, nail gun, and a t-shirt and hat with their company logo as a gift for his accomplishment. Thank you so much for recognizing our student in such a valuable way!


8. A big thank you to Officer Joe Miller and QMHP Hayden Kaiser with the Salem Police Department for virtually presenting to the Law Enforcement program at CTEC.  We truly value our partnership with you.  We appreciate the insight that you were able to provide to our students surrounding Mental Health, the Judicial System, and training processes: It was perfectly aligned with their current curriculum.

“Healthier, happier, and more productive is the Main Goal!” – Officer Miller (In regards to Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)).

9. We’ve had a number of community members participate in live Q & A’s with our Video and Game Design Animation Program!

  • Marty Havran the President of Havran Productions and 3D Concept Artist & Production Modeler.
  • We had a wide variety of women from the industry from Soma Games.
    • Erin Marantette – Art Director
    • Amy Rose Lowery – Staff Writer
    • Sammi Riff – Level Designer
    • Bethany Leslie – Scrum Master and Office Coordinator
  • Chris Skaggs, Owner of Soma Games.

10. Thank you Megan Gonzalez and Michael Withington from Chemeketa Community College for your time with the Law Enforcement Program at CTEC.  During their virtual visit with the classroom, they shared the opportunities of the Criminal Justice Program at CCC, and the different areas of specialization (Police Officer, Corrections, Parole and Probation, Federal Jobs).  We value our partnership with the Chemeketa, and appreciate all that you do for our students!

11. Thank you Denae Wanatabe-Smith for virtually touring the Agriscience Program through Microplant Nurseries!  Our students were so lucky to have the opportunity to learn about your establishment and the daily operations behind the nursery’s success.  We appreciate you and look forward to working with you in the future.


12. Thank you to our very own local HOPE DEALERS from Be Bold Street Ministries: Matt Maceira and Josh Lair.  The Law Enforcement Program was so fortunate to hear about the brave work that you do within our community.  Josh and Matt presented to the program an overview of their pasts, reformation, and their bold transitions from the streets, to giving back on the streets.  You are both encouraging, strong leaders to look up to!  We appreciate all that you do!

13. Thank you to April White for joining our Autobody Program’s virtual classroom! April White is the co-owner of White’s Collision Service. She has invested into our Auto Body Program for over 4 years. We are so grateful she took the time during her evening to do a photo webinar with our students!

14. Thank you Victor Villegas for giving our Drones Program students and opportunity to ask questions! Victor did a live Q & A with our Drones Program students about the opportunities available at Oregon State University. (This University is highly sought out by our Drones students as it provides a promising career pathway into the majority desired fields involving automated technology.)

15. What a great turnout! Aaron Trueblood joined our Autobody Paint and Repair Program for a live virtual classroom demonstration on estimating. Aaron Trueblood is the Fixed Operation Director or “the quarterback” of Capitol Auto Group. Aaron has been a major contributor in the investment of the future workforce by participating in a lead role in our IACs and donated the award to our Professional of the Year! Aaron, your investment of time has been a pillar in our Auto Program. Thank you for all you do!

16. We are so thrilled to have Josh Davalos joining in partnership with our CTEC Program. They say, you learn the best when you teach! Josh provides teaching opportunities for high school students to the younger generation in the knowledge and field of study of our young professionals. After the students’ teaching opportunity is over, they will go to the top of the list if they apply to Oregon State University. Thank you, Josh for taking the time to team up with our programs to prepare the future workforce for leadership!

17. The ODOT Team is at it again! ODOT joined our virtual classroom to continue the discussion of what next year’s authentic work project will entail. They also had a Q & A with our 2nd year students. Our partnership has continued the ENTIRE duration of our academia during this pandemic. This group of professionals who truly believe in investing in the future workforce, and they have demonstrated it by trudging through the waters of this “new normal”. ODOT Team, you hear it from us all the time because time and time again, you prove just how committed you are to the development of these young professionals.  Take a look at the biography of each of our ODOT Team Professionals: Rhonda Dodge, Chris Glantz, Audrey McHugh Britton, and Brett Murphy.

18. Have you ever wondered how planes fly automatically? Ben’s the guy to speak with! Ben Wignton joining our Drones Program for a live Q & A with the students. Ben is an Aircraft Maintenance Team Lead and Engineer in the design, manufacturing, certification, and installation of the technologies which automate private planes. His job is crucial in proving to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) the safety, longevity, and operation of the automated systems. But that’s just an understatement of Ben’s impact. Did you know he’s the leading employee that has sold the most aviation automated systems to customers in all of Garmin? What a privilege to have him on! Ben plans to return for our 2020-2021 school year! Thank you, Ben!

19. Woot! Woot! We are so grateful for Michael of Gerber Collision and Glass joining our Auto Body Program for a live virtual classroom demonstration on estimating. Michael provided students with detailed information including visual demonstrations of how to do a computerized estimate. Michael also showed the students Gerber’s innovative “Drop and Go” app used to provide a safe and healthy transfer of damaged vehicles from the customer to Gerber, and the repaired vehicle from Gerber back to the customer. Did you know Michael is only 26 years old, but is the General Manager of a nation-wide company? Michael is living proof to our upcoming future workforce that age isn’t necessarily a requirement to be in a position of leadership, but character flexibility and a willingness to always learn open pathways of opportunity. Michael has also hired several of our students and provides job-shadowing opportunities at Gerber as well. Michael, you have been a door-opener for our young professionals!

20. Thank you Will Tabajonda and Forward Greens for virtually touring the Agriscience Program at CTEC through your Microgreen facility in Vancouver, Washington!  Our students and teachers were thrilled about the opportunity to connect after their field trip was cancelled this past month. 

21. Dino Venti – Venti’s Restaurant.  Thank you Dino Venti for sharing with the Business & Leadership program at CTEC!  Your insight on pivoting strategy, entrepreneurship, and professionalism is invaluable to our students.  The level of knowledge and experience that you have gained in the nearly 25 years in business is not only impressive, but inspiring to us all! 

22. Thank you to our very own alumni student Margo Innes from our Video and Game Design Animation Program for sharing with students what to expect when entering the industry. She gave great insight. Her best advice is to work hard, learn how to be quiet on set, be adaptable, and have a great attitude. ctec alum

23. Thank you to our very own alumni student Jonas Smith from our Video and Game Design Animation Program for talking to students about attending Animschool to become a 3D Modeler and 2D Artist. He is very passionate about the industry and he is excited to enter the workforce.

24. Soraida Cross from Bentley’s Grill – Thank you so much Soraida for participating as our guest of honor with the Culinary Team for a virtual presentation.  Soriada has a wealth of knowledge updating the Culinary Arts students on everything recently changing in the hospitality industry.  Your insight on being a hard worker, learning all aspects of the industry, and always being open and willing to adapt to change, are all crucial aspects of success as a business professional.  We thank you!

25. We were so excited to have Sarah Carpenter (The Social Business Alliance) to share with our Business and Leadership Team at CTEC.  Thank you for creating opportunities and connections for the students with local business professionals.  Sarah educated our students on social media and marketing essentials, as well as how to be a confident, positive and valuable business partner.  We appreciate you!

IAC Members and Businesses:

ACE Board:

  • Michael Riddle (Mike Riddle Construction – Owner (President)
  • Hayley Eld (Fischer, Hayes, Joye & Allen, LLC – CPA (Accountant)
  • Hunter B. Emerick (Saalfeld Griggs (Secretary)
  • Alex Labate, Becky Fairbank (Mike Riddle Construction)
  • Becky O’Brien-Gardinier (Cherry City Interiors & Design)
  • Chad Robb (Amerititle )
  • Derik Munns (Citizens Bank)
  • Edward Davis (Maps Insurance Services – FSA, Sr. Acct. Executive)
  • Jeff Boles (Parr Lumber)
  • Nick Harville (SEDCOR)
  • Steve Ward (West Tech Engineering)
  • Ryan Steckly (Home Smart)
  • Richard Davis (Maps Insurance Services)
  • Dan Dorn (Sunco Homes & Remodeling)
  • Gina M. Wells (Saalfeld Griggs)
  • Julie Foscoli (South Town Glass)
  • Alan Rasmussen (Modern Building Systems)


  • Lauren Lucht (Northwest Transplants LLC -Owner)
  • Beth Meyers-Shenai (Oregon Department of Agriculture-NW Oregon IWM Coordinator and Education Outreach Specialist / Noxious Weed Control)
  • Danae Watanabe-Smith (Microplant Nurseries)
  • Chris Sarles (Oregon Fruit Products – CEO)
  • Dean Craig (Willamette Workforce Partnership (Business Services Director)
  • Patricia Rojas (Monrovia Nursery Co. -HR Manager)
  • Rusty Rock (Oregon Dept of Ag -Food Safety Field Manager)
  • Colby Croft (Liberty Harvest (Owner)


  • Bob Kingsley (Wesco)
  • April White (White’s Collision Repair)
  • Amy Lawrence (US ARMY)
  • April Green (US Air Force)
  • Aaron Trueblood (Capitol Auto Group – Collision Repair)
  • Aimee Mattson (Abra Auto Body Repair)
  • Paul Ireland (National Coatings and Supplies)
  • Ron Reichan (Precision Auto and PAINT)
  • Margaret Ragan (Precision Auto and PAINT)


  • Daniel Gossack (Hi-Tek Electronics (President) and DTI Advisers (Business Consultant)
  • Kathryn Davidson (Photos By Orion -Owner)
  • Sarah Carpenter (Fidelity National Title (Business Development & Sales Executive)
  • Victor Villegas (Oregon State University (Technology & Media Support Coordinator)
  • Aaron Harada (Salem Keizer School District (Media Specialist)
  • Kris Fahndrich (Third River Marketing (Director of Sales)
  • John Gonzalez (US Marines)
  • Patricia Callihan-Bowman Express Employment ProfessionalsDeSantis Landscapes (Director, Business Development & Marketing) (Owner)
  • Matthew Poteet (Farmers Insurance (Licensed Protégé Agent)
  • Joey Harrison (DeSantis Landscapes (Director, Business Development & Marketing)


  • Christy Knapp (Tres Chic Owner / Chairperson)
  • Taja Lucas (Novalash – Touch of Beauty by Taj)
  • Glenn Thorsen (Owner, Sports Clips)
  • Karen Olsoy (Owner, Grove and Kane)
  • Chris Huffstutter (Owner & Director of Summit Salon Academy PDX)
  • Tricia Chase (Services District Educator, ULTA)
  • Denise D’Angelo, (Mt. Hood Community College Cosmetology Instructor)
  • Candace Self (Owner, Chic Beauty Bar)
  • Dawn Bush (Salon Services)
  • Whitney Madderom (AW Design Salon)
  • Tobie Theis (Eden’s Apple Salon)
  • Jamie Sziisz (Salon Argent – Owner)
  • Alysha Watson (AW Design Salon)
  • Lindsey ODell (Phagans)
  • Mathew Nolan (Johnny Matthew’s Hairdressing Training School Owner)
  • Sara Brown (Salon 554 Owner)
  • Clemente Porras (Clementé Porras A Creative Parlor (Salon) Owner)
  • Sonia Chase (Clementé Porras A Creative Parlor (Salon)
  • Corey Brown (Salon 554 Owner)
  • Cathy Tyrrel (WildFlower Salon Owner)
  • Luis Quinero (Luis Quintero Hair Designs Owner)
  • Ariadna Sanchez (Dreamface Lash & Brow Boutique – D&C Couture)
  • Katie Cazier (Salon 554 Senior Stylist )
  • Amanda Schaecher (Johnny Matthew’s Hairdressing Training School)


  • Bonnie Kelly (Kelly’s Home Center/ Kelly’s Cooking School)
  • Brian Von Eggers (Salem Health)
  • Annette Day (used to own Annette’s in West Salem)
  • Irina Bakun (ORLA)
  • Hans Afshar (Bentley’s Grill – Chef)
  • Soraida Cross (Bentley’s Grill)
  • Mac Leary (Sodexo)
  • Delores Tesky (Sodexo)
  • Tony Cratty (Sodexo)
  • Wendy Popkin (ORLA)


  • Alison Neubauer (Garmin)
  • Jerry Murray (Retired Engineer and classroom volunteer)
  • Jason Lewis (Salem Aerial)
  • Bell Gerry (Boeing)
  • Amy Lawrence (US ARMY)
  • Chris Glantz (Oregon Department of Transportation)

Law Enforcement:

  • George Burke (City of Salem Police Department)
  • Larry Bennett (Oregon Department of Corrections- Deputy Assistant Director and PSU Adjunct Professor)
  • Megan Gonzales (Chemeketa Community College – Criminal Justice Program Chair)
  • Teresa Plummer (Oregon Department of Corrections)
  • Mike Iwai (Oregon Department of State Police)
  • Brian Wallace (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Nicolas Hunter (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Eric Hlad (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Tony Collins (Willamette Valley 9-1-1 Dispatch)
  • Daryl Borello (Oregon Department of Corrections)
  • Jacob Wallace (US ARMY)


  • Rick Day (Old Castle Precast / Focus Consulting, LLC / Advantage Holdings, LLC)
  • Bob Bender (Industrial Welding)
  • Johnny Martin (Matin Metals Fab.)
  • Mike O’connor (Hillsboro School District (Teacher in Welding)
  • Steve Vanarsdale (Garmin)
  • Justin May (Local 290)
  • David Tibbits (Ramsteel Co)
  • Craig Campbell (OMIC R&D)
  • Douglas Jones (Zephyr Engineering, Inc. )
  • Steve Jones (ATI Cast Products – Salem Operations)
  • Adam Whalen (WESD/WOU)
  • Tracy Louthan (PeopleReady)
  • Alvin Elbert (A.R.E. Manufacturing)
  • Garrett Dias (mcam northwest)
  • Steve Jones (Jones)
  • Nichol Wahl (Salem Keizer School District)
  • David Hutchins (Cherry City Electric)
  • David Salinas (Cherry City Electric)
  • Jasun Brown (BDI Staffing)
  • Frosti Adams (The Associated General Contractors, Oregon-Columbia Chapter)
  • Jeff Powell (GreenBrier Manufacturing Company (Rail Cars)
  • Mark House (Clackamas Community College)
  • Trace Thompson (Cherry City Electric)

Video and Game:

  • Mark Shapiro (MS Consulting – Independent Consultant /Chairperson)
  • Aaron Harada (Public Engagement Specialist for Community Relations and Communications, Salem Keizer Public Schools)
  • Kathryn Davidson (Owner, Photos by Orion and Purple Kat Business Development)
  • Andrew Werth (Project Architect with BRIC Architecture)
  • Tim Williams (Executive Director of Oregon Film)
  • Lisa Cicala (Executive Director of Oregon Media Production Association)
  • Lorene Festa (CTE Graphic Design Teacher at North Salem High School)
  • Luis Mendoza (Community Facilitator at CCTV)
  • Spence Powell (Director of Philanthropic Oversight for Mountain West Investment Corporation)
  • Ben Fish (Owner, Project Daedalus)
  • Marlin Brownell (Owner, Foremost Marketing and Media)
  • Brian Lord (Portland Film Office @ Prosper Portland)
  • Jamie Dunphy (City of Portland -Senior Policy Director for the Office of Commissioner of Nick Fish)
  • Joseph Norris (Clutch Bowling -Sales and Communications)
  • Jessica Mcallister (Clutch Bowling (Office Manager)
  • Brandon Gaul (Clutch Bowling (Designer / Animator)
  • Andrew Zwicker (Clutch Bowling -Owner / Programmer)
  • Chris Blackburn (Clutch Bowling (Owner)
  • Brad Stiener (Allied Video Production)
  • Bethany Leslie (Soma Games -Scrum Master / Office Manager)
  • Chris Skaggs (Soma Games -Owner)
  • Orion Davidson (Photos By Orion – Owner)
  • Brian Jameson (Jumpdrive Studios)
  • Marty Havran (Havran Productions)
  • Greg Tibbot (Crossroads Investment Group)
  • Michael Hernandez (Crossroads Investment Group)