SwitchBack in the #HourofCode!

Yesterday, SwitchBack founder Debbie Fawcett and board member Ryan Hasvold led over 40 students in a guided Hour of Code program, sponsored by Code.Org. The purpose of the Hour of Code is to provide a one-hour introduction to the fundamentals of computer programming for anyone, across all ages and over 180 countries. Because this ties in directly with SwitchBack’s mission of empowering underprivileged youth, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to partner…

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Switchback Student Gets Local Job at Rosie's!

Brenden, a student barista at Switchback Computer Cafe, has just earned a job at local coffee shop Rosie’s Mountain Coffee House! Congratulations to Brenden! Before being hired, Brenden was asked about the kind of equipment he has worked on and his experience with coffee making. Thanks to his access to our new, industry-recognized coffee and espresso equipment, Brenden was able to demonstrate industry experience and be recognized for his skills. Additionally,…

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New Heating and A/C, just in time!

Just in time for the bad weather ahead, we’ve upgraded our heating and A/C unit! The improved heating means better circulation, so we won’t need our strategically placed fans to move the air around anymore. And, with the addition of A/C, we are excited to be able to keep Switchback comfortable all year long! Feel free to stop on by and take advantage of the warmth, and maybe order a…

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New Coffee Equipment–Thank You SCYFA!

Thanks to the Santiam Canyon Youth and Family Alliance (SCYFA), Switchback has upgraded with a brand new set of coffee equipment! We installed a new espresso machine, coffee grinder, and advanced water filtration system that should make our coffee drinks even more delicious! Check out a few pictures of the installation, then come on by and see for yourself.

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Feedback on our program

We have heard back from some of the parents and teachers that support our program, and the feedback is inspiring. Students are saying that without this program, some of them might have dropped out of school. We have heard that this program’s approach to project-based training and learning is what they need to stay connected to education. It is meaningful to them, in that what they learn they can use….

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Thank you!

Thank you to the Mid Willamette Education Consortium for supporting our cause! We received a $4,000 donation to purchase a “GO Pro” lab, which will take our vocational training to the next level and enable exciting new interaction with our baristas.

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Welcome to our new site!

Thank you for visiting Switchback Computer Cafe! Please take a look at our new site and feel free to post any comments or questions–we look forward to hearing from you!

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New Grants! Thank you!

We are so incredibly excited to have received a generous grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. This foundation’s ultimate goal is to improve local communities through education, neighborly spirit, and environmental awareness. They said this program and its mission touched them and because of that, members of their board are coming to Mill City to personally show their support and award us the grant! Thank you for your support, and…

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Santiam High School Alumni Tournament

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our Sneak Peek open house during the Santiam High School Alumni Weekend! Jacob Zeyen-Hall had a great time “barrista-tending” all weekend, and we had a great turnout! We are so encouraged by the warm reception, and we can’t wait for our Grand Opening! Also, we’d like to send a big thank-you to SCYFA for awarding SwitchBack a grant to help with our plumbing…

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