Sunrise Youth Gain Trade Skills to Launch Exciting Careers

January 10, 2022
Students at CB Tech holding a plated meal they prepared and a welded bouquet of roses.

As part of DCYF’s Strategic and Racial Equity Plan, the agency forms strategic partnerships to successfully transition youth into adulthood. A successful transition prepares youth for independence through education, employment, life skills, strong relationships, and more. Through Juvenile Rehabilitation's partnership with Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center (CB Tech), we’re accomplishing this for youth at Sunrise Community Facility.

Since 2018, DCYF has partnered with CB Tech to improve the lives of youth in residence. CB Tech is a secondary school for high school-age students, offering high school and college credits to help youth develop valuable skills and launch exciting careers. CB Tech provides classroom instruction and real-world application of multiple trades.

“The hands-on learning is great, and the teachers are there to help you become a leader and teach you new skills,” said 18-year-old Christian. “They help you find your strengths and build off them.”

Participants have an opportunity to earn First Aid/CPR and OSHA 10 training certification, as well as credits in culinary arts, welding and manufacturing, engineering, cosmetology, criminal justice, video game programming, construction, and more.

“I like CB Tech because I really enjoy welding, and I have learned a lot through the CB Tech instructors,” said 19-year-old Emiliano. “I am now moving on to college to earn my welding certificate and make a career out of it!”

DCYF is fortunate to have partners invested in ensuring the youth in the agency’s care gain the skills and experience needed to successfully transition into adulthood and flourish.