Tongue Point Job Corps teams with tall ships
ASTORIA — Tongue Point Job Corps students have a new internship opportunity — to join the crew of tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington sailing the Pacific.
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport and Tongue Point Job Corps announced the new partnership on April 28 after piloting the program with four students who sailed between Oakland, California and Newport.
Internships and on-the-job learning are standard practice for both organizations, according to a press release, but this is the first formal partnership Tongue Point has made with sailing vessels.
Intern Rudy Perez, 19, Wilmington, California, spelled out how sailing can help prepare the students for their exams, explaining, “Everything is done manually [on the tall ships]. You’ve got to haul everything… Seeing it on paper, that’s only theory. But then actually getting your hand on it, you’re pulling, you’re tying everything. Being more hands on with everything will help me.”
By joining the tall ships for 45-day live-aboard internships, Tongue Point students will have daily opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom. While the students get underway weekly on M/V Ironwood, Tongue Point’s training vessel, for most Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be their first time aboard a sailing ship, giving them exposure to more of the Pacific coastline.
At the conclusion of their internships, Tongue Point students will return to Astoria to continue their training. They will take with them many required work hours needed for their future marine certifications, as well as the knowledge of historical sailing traditions. In their place, the next wave of interns will arrive to the tall ships to start the learning process anew.
To learn more about Job Corps call 1-800-733-JOBS or visit tonguepoint.jobcorps.gov for more information.
Legislation aims to help young people join fishing industry
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Young Fishermen’s Development Act of 2017 has been introduced in Congress with the goal of establishing the first national program to support young men and women entering the commercial fishing industry.
The bipartisan, bi-coastal bill, would provide grants of up to $200,000 — totaling $2 million annually — through NOAA’s Sea Grant Program. Sponsors U.S. Reps. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Seth Moulton, D-Mass., say it is a big step forward in the Fishing Communities Coalition’s (FCC) push to launch the first coordinated, nationwide effort to train, educate and assist the next generation of commercial fishermen.
“Representatives Moulton and Young understand that the success of young fishermen is vital to the survival of fishing communities in New England and across the country,” said John Pappalardo, CEO of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance. “We look forward to working with them on this important effort to ensure the next generation of commercial fishermen are on the water and ready to sustainably harvest America’s seafood.”
The legislation introduced in Congress is modeled after the USDA’s successful Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which is credited with preparing hundreds of young farmers and ranchers for rewarding careers in agriculture.
“Young commercial fishermen are facing bigger challenges than ever before,” Young said. “This legislation is about supporting the livelihoods that support entire fishing communities in Alaska and around the country. I am extremely proud to stand up with them.”
Pacific’s April jobless rate lowest since 1990
LONG BEACH — Pacific County’s jobless rate fell to 7.3 percent in April, down from 7.7 percent in March and 8.7 percent in April 2016, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.
April’s rate ties August 2016 as the lowest since July 2008, before the Great Recession hit the local area. It is the lowest rate for the month of April since April 1990.
Even so, Pacific County’s unemployment rate was the sixth highest in Washington state. All four counties of the state’s outer coast had April rates considerably above average. The state as a whole recorded 4.6 percent unemployment.
Clatsop and Oregon approaching full-employment level
ASTORIA — Clatsop County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 3.7 percent, down slightly from March and more than 1 percent from a year ago. Taking seasonal trends into account, state economists expected the rate to be even lower, but said the economy is approaching full employment and that the cool, wet spring may also have slowed job growth.
Oregon’s unemployment rate edged down to 3.7 percent in April from 3.8 percent in March, reaching a new record low since comparable records began in 1976. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April. Oregon’s rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 5.0 percent in April 2016.
Lewis & Clark RV Park & Golf joins U-Haul
ASTORIA — U-Haul Company of Oregon recently said Lewis & Clark RV Park & Golf, 92294 Youngs River Road, has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.
Offering U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes, the dealer is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. After-hours drop-off is available.
Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 503298-4781 or visiting www.uhaul.com.
Lewis & Clark RV Park & Golf is owned by Richard Lee.