One of the four original districts created July 5, 1843, Yamhill County is, in many ways, where Oregon truly began.

From the early settlers and farmers of the land that through cooperative efforts overcame financial and other challenges facing them, grew Yamhill County into an agricultural industry leader in the state, to the movers and shakers who in the face of opposition, raised rivers and brought the railroads into the county. The Yamhill County area continues to be an incubator of ideas and the people who move the state forward.

Preparing tomorrows innovators & workforce today

Innovate Yamhill is a regional initiative developed in partnership with Innovate Oregon. Innovate Oregon is a strategic initiative originally launched by the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) that is focused on re-imagining how we can develop the talent needed to build an inclusive, innovation-based economy. This initiative recognizes that every aspect of our economy is being rapidly transformed by new digital technologies and that it is essential that we develop a workforce that has the skills and mindsets of innovation.

In the summer of 2014, a team from Innovate Oregon was invited to Dayton, Oregon, to launch an Innovation Academy. Since that initial engagement, the impact of this pioneering partnership has been transformative for the school and the community. Not only has Dayton established its own Innovate initiative, Innovate Dayton, the school has become a pioneer in developing new teaching methodologies utilizing an agile learning approach, modeled after leading industry practices. It has developed a set of classes on innovation and is in the process of building a new i3 Center where students will have the opportunity to be inspired, innovate and invent.

We are building this Center in partnership with local businesses, including OnlineNW, a local Internet service provider. As part of this partnership, OnlineNW is constructing in Dayton a 10 Gigabit fiber-optic network, the fastest on the West Coast, that includes a revenue sharing agreement with the school district that will provide ongoing financial support for Dayton’s i3 Center. Innovate initiatives have now been launched in Yamhill-Carlton, Amity, and Willamina.

Corporate development partners include companies such as Tektronix, IBM, SparkFun and Stoller Family Estate, who have come together to help shape design and development challenges for the students that invigorates their learning with new purpose. Educational partners such as the Lemelson-MIT Program, Construct Foundation, Stanford University’s and EDC’s Ocean of Data Institute are also partnering with us to develop new approaches that embrace design thinking and agile development methodologies.

A new age of learning is upon us. We are accelerating the power of possibility as we work together to unleash the creative genius of our students and communities.