Riverview School District


Cedarcrest Teacher Marc Hillestad Awarded
Safeway/Albertsons Innovation in Education Grant

On May 8, 2018, the Cedarcrest High School student announcements were briefly interrupted by a special guest.

“Good morning Cedarcrest students, my name is Kyle Seebach, store manager of Safeway in Duvall. One of your teachers, Mr. Marc Hillestad, has been awarded a $5,000 Safeway/Albertsons Innovation in Education Grant. Congratulations to Mr. Hillestad and all of his students!”

Moments later, a check was personally delivered to Mr. Hillestad’s classroom, presented by Seebach and Assistant Store Manager, Joe Snisler.

Announced in January 2017, the Safeway and Albertsons Innovation in Education Grant serves to support classroom projects and educator driven initiatives focusing on innovation, while fostering creative education for all in the areas of literacy, math, reading, science, health, engineering, and social studies.

As schools continue to increase their focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects, CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses play a significant role in better preparing students for the 21st-century job market. Potential employers are increasingly looking more than ever at the experiences, opportunities, and skills CTE students gain in school and outside the classroom.

Cedarcrest’s CTE program contains some of the most popular clubs and activities in the district, including DECA (Marketing and Business), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), FFA (Agriculture), FIRST Robotics, TSA (Technology Student Association), and WCTSMA (Sports Medicine). In the case of several of these programs, Cedarcrest students compete in various events and bring home awards at the regional, state, and national level.

“This award gives every CTE student a leg up in either the workforce, career, or both,” shares Hillestad. In focusing his grant application on career and college readiness, Hillestad’s efforts coincide with an ongoing focus of Riverview School Disrict and Superintendent, Dr. Anthony L. Smith, of equity and access for all students to work toward a post-secondary certification while in high school.

With the cost of examinations being prohibitive for some students, the grant will help open doors and help students explore new and exciting opportunities.

“The funding will be used to provide all CTE students, enrolled in one or more CTE course, the opportunity to receive an industry recognized credential/certification,” says Hillestad.