College & Career Events Weekly Newsletter Issue 8- 11/20/20

In this issue we take a look at the jobs associated with bringing you your thanksgiving meal.

The average American anticipates spending $186.05 on Thanksgiving.

Turkeys are estimated to cost Americans $1.1 billion for Thanksgiving 2020 (finder.com)


In 2019, U.S. consumption of turkey was 5.3 billion pounds and 16.1 pounds per person (National Turkey Federation).

Raising turkeys is around-the-clock work. Each year, approximately 240 million turkeys are raised on about 2,500 farms across the United States, many of which are family farms.

According to the National Turkey Federation , turkey consumption has nearly doubled since 1970 (8.2 pounds per capita).

Check out the video below to see what a turkey farm looks like: Visit an Iowa Turkey Farm

Video Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOxzPHg_B64

Did you know...

The Costco in Kennewick, WA is the #1 seller of Pumpkin Pies in the United States? Yes, it's true!

In 2019, the Kennewick Costco sold 18,604 pumpkin pies!

The Costco bakery ramps up and a week before Thanksgiving and runs 24 hours a day to ensure there are enough pies.

Check out this video for a quick sneak peak at how Costco pies are filled at the bakery:

Video Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neTYrlOk-og

Want to learn the untold truth about how Costco pumpkin pies are made? Watch this:

Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5xsIaRkga8

Have you ever thought about working at Costco?

You can start working at Costco at age 18.

Costco offers great jobs, great pay, great benefits and a great place to work.

Costco Wholesale is a multi-billion dollar global retailer with warehouse club operations in eight countries. Costco is the recognized leader in their our field, dedicated to quality in every area of business and respected for outstanding business ethics. Despite the large size and explosive international expansion, Costco continues to provide a family atmosphere in which employees thrive and succeed. Costco is proud to have been named by Washington CEO Magazine as one of the top three companies to work for in the state of Washington.

Costco had a total of around 254,000 employees throughout the world as of 2019 ( statista.com). Check out the diverse career offerings at Costco:

Warehouse / Store positions:

Cashier Assistant

  • Packs member orders into boxes and transfers items to a separate cart for Cashiers. Performs cleanup, cart retrieval, merchandise restocking and runs for items as directed.


  • Processes member orders, collects payment while providing a high level of member service. Performs clean up, department set-up and closing tasks as necessary.


  • Stocks and straightens merchandise for sale in the warehouse. Clears and cleans aisles, and assists members.

Food Service Assistant

  • Prepares and sells food and drinks to customers. Pulls and stocks supplies and ingredients, cleans kitchen area and eating area. Provides prompt and courteous member service.

Bakery Wrapper

  • Garnishes, weighs, wraps, labels and merchandises bakery products.

Service Deli Assistant

  • Prepares, packages, and labels meals, entrees, salads, party trays, rotisserie chicken, ribs, sushi, and sliced meats and cheeses. Assembles take-and–bake pizzas.

Membership Assistant

  • Processes member sign ups, renewals and added cards. Instructs members and potential members about membership, warehouse and credit programs. Assists members regarding item availability. Issues replacement and temporary cards, keys credit applications and provides a high level of member service

Other Typical Costco Warehouse Jobs:

  • Baker
  • Cake Decorator
  • Forklift Driver
  • Inventory Auditor
  • Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser
  • Licensed Optician
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat Wrapper
  • Membership Refund Cashier
  • Non-Licensed Optician
  • Optical Sales Assistant
  • Outside Marketer
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Pharmacist - Registered
  • Pharmacy Manager
  • Pharmacy Sales Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Print Shop Assistant
  • Receiving Clerk
  • RTV Clerk
  • Sanitation Assistant - Meat
  • Sanitation Assistant - Bakery
  • Skilled Maintenance
  • Stocker
  • Tire Sales Assistant

There are many other career opportunities with Costco outside of the Warehouse at the Depot (Power Equipment Operator, Truck Driver), Call Center (Customer Representative), Costco's Home and Regional Offices (CLICK HERE for list of jobs).

How to prepare if you get an interview with Costco :

Watch video below:

Video direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7DXOVa6JmA&feature=emb_logo

What is America's Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish (RANKED BY THRILLIST.com)?


See full ranking of Thanksgiving side dishes from Thrillist.com HERE

Potatoes are the fourth most important food crop in the world and the leading vegetable crop in the United States. Together, Idaho and Washington produce more than half of the annual supply, which totaled 442 million cwt in 2017, up slightly from the previous year, and was valued at $3.77 billion.

Watch the video below to watch the life of a potato, from farm to market:

Video direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nZxaaMsAio&feature=emb_logo

Don't forget about sweet potatoes...

U.S. sweet potato production has increased substantially over the last 15 years. National production increased by an average of 6.1 percent per season since 2000, with a record high production of 31.54 million hundredweight in 2016 with an estimated value of $705.69 million (Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, 2018).

Sweet potatoes/yams are voted the #9 side dish for Thanksgiving (Thirllist.com)

Want to learn more about farming and agriculture?

Check out these awesome Agriculture Science Education classes offered at Chiawana High School:

  • Agricultural Biotechnology* (Intro/Adv)
  • Agricultural Science* (Intro/Adv)
  • Animal Science* (Intro/Adv)
  • Floriculture* (Intro/Adv)
  • Horticulture
  • Landscaping (Intro)

* Course meets high school graduation requirement.

Talk to your counselor to sign-up for one or more of these Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes!

Watch the video below to learn about the Agriculture certificates and degree programs at Columbia Basin College:

Video direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2kaRUHVYoE&t=25s

Which path is right for you AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?

College, Career, or Military?

Check out this great online resource to explore your options: WWW.MYFUTURE.COM

Career: Research and compare hundreds of jobs and get tips for applying.

College: Search for schools by location, major, degree and more. Explore the planning timeline for your grade, and get tips on everything from financial aid to the campus visit.

Military: Search military careers by industry, salary and skills. Learn more about the various service branches and military benefits, including paying for college.


WSOS Applications are opening soon!

Career & Technical Student Scholarship

The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) offers $1,500 per quarter for Scholars pursuing a certificate, apprenticeship or associate degree in a high-demand trade, STEM or health care field.

The Rural Jobs Initiative (RJI) provides an additional $2,000 in the first quarter, $1,000 in the second quarter and $500 per quarter for the remainder of the program for eligible rural CTS applicants.

Fall 2021 application period: April 14, 2021 - June 4, 2021

Baccalaureate Scholarship

The Baccalaureate Scholarship (BaS) provides up to $22,500 in financial aid support and access to career-launching support services for students pursuing high-demand STEM and health care majors. This scholarship can be used to cover tuition, fees and other indirect costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more. Funding can be used for any eligible STEM or health care degree at any eligible public or private college or university in Washington state.

BaS 2021 Application Period: December 2020 - February 2021


Check out Principles of Computer Science class at Chiawana offered during Trimester 2 & 3

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Contact Mr. Albertsen, CHS STEM/Computer Engineering Teacher jalbertsen@psd1.org or your Guidance Counselor for questions about this class.

Learn about the Computer Science Program at Columbia Basin College HERE


We can help!

Stop by "My Future" Wednesdays to hear college & career guest speakers or ask a question from CHS support staff:

College Guidance Specialist: Mike Brown mbrown@psd1.edu

Career & Technical Specialist: Ana Tuiaea-Ruud aruud@psd1.org

Can't make it on Wednesdays? No problem! Book a Zoom appointment with Ana or Mike around your schedule. Just email us!

Have a college or career related event to share with students? Email a CHS Student Services Specialist below to be featured in the next newsletter:

Mike Brown, College & Career Guidance Specialist, mbrown@psd1.org

Ana Tuiaea-Ruud, Career & Technical Education (CTE) Community Engagement Manager, aruud@psd1.org


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