Justin Glass is a 20-year-old Crook County High School alumni interested in a career in forestry. As part of Crook County School District’s Youth Transition Program, Glass has spent the past few years gaining job skills and experience working as a volunteer and paid employee for local events and organizations.
“Justin has come a long way on work experience and he is always willing to make the most of the opportunities he has,” said Ramona McCallister, youth transition specialist for Crook County High School.
According to McCallister, Glass took a work readiness class as a senior in high school where he learned interview and self-advocacy skills and has used those skills to successfully gain employment and experience.
Glass’s first paid position was with Crook County Fairgrounds where he provided maintenance support. He has also worked with the Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps to build trails and fences and dig fire pits. His interest in forestry was sparked by his work with Heart of Oregon where he helped with natural resource planting of native species. Two of his positions helped him earn $3,000 in scholarship awards, some of which he has used to take a forestry class at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.
A stack of recommendation letters from past employers praise Glass for his “outstanding work ethic, perseverance and commitment to a job well done.” He is also referred to as “a great team player, a mentor and very special and unique human being” in letters from the people who have hired and worked with him.
“I wish every young adult followed through the way Justin follows through,” said McCallister. “We can help them with work readiness and finding a good job placement, but it’s ultimately the student who makes it a success—and Justin has strived for success.”