Since 1992 Cascade Education Corps (CEC) has served the youth and communities of Washington County by connecting high school students with the important work of regional environmental stewardship.
We recognize that the classroom is not the only place where learning happens, and that many students benefit from a more hands-on, experiential form of education.
The program serves multiple purposes in the community. It provides an alternative route to graduation, allowing students to obtain credit while gaining valuable work experience, life skills, and ecological literacy. CEC simultaneously provides a skilled, affordable workforce to local organizations involved in the work of managing local natural resources. This work, in turn, benefits the entire community by providing clean water, clean air, valuable wildlife habitat, and aesthetic beauty.
The majority of the work performed by CEC focuses on habitat restoration and trail building throughout Washington County and the Portland metropolitan region. CEC offers its partner organizations a crew of well-trained, educated, and motivated workers that is able to complete almost any natural resource related task. The bulk of projects occur within the Tualatin River watershed in Washington County. Many of these projects were prepared and planted by CEC, which has allowed crew members to foster a sense of ownership over the projects while developing a deeper respect for their community.
From its beginning Cascade Education Corps has formed a rich network of partner organizations. Currently CEC is a joint partnership between the Northwest Regional Education Service District and the Tigard / Tualatin School District. CEC is additionally funded through the contributions of sponsor organizations and grants from the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps.
Current sponsor organizations include:
Other partner organizations: