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Oregon distributes $10.2 million for school career readiness programs

SALEM, Ore. - A total of 205 Oregon middle schools and high schools have secured career readiness grants totaling $10.3 million, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Acting Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Colt Gill announced Monday.   

The CTE Revitalization Grant funds will serve diverse communities around the state with programs focused on advanced manufacturing, engineering, agricultural science, aviation, robotics, forestry, home construction/renovation and biomedical/health sciences.

“Our state’s ability to attract and retain good jobs is fundamentally linked to the availability of a skilled workforce,” said Avakian. “Today’s grants mean that more students around the state will have access to hands-on learning programs. As our economy changes – especially with automation on the rise – the importance of skills training in middle school, high school and throughout a person’s career will only continue to grow.”

In total, the 32 grants will leverage additional funds and resources from 582 local business and community partners. 

 “These grants will help more students prepare for college and career,” said Acting Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill. "I’m very pleased to see the ongoing expansion of hands-on, applied learning to more schools around the state. These programs are good for students, good for businesses, and good for local communities.”

Graduation rates for students in Oregon CTE programs are 15.5% higher than the statewide average.

The grants build on earlier investments by the Oregon Legislature in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 totaling $23 million.

The CTE Revitalization Advisory Committee – comprised of representatives from organized labor, trade organizations, education and Oregon’s energy and business community – reviewed 64 applications totaling $21 million in requests. The committee prioritized applications based on geographic diversity, community partnerships, and programs that lead to high-wage, high-demand occupations, especially for historically underserved students. 

In addition to the regular CTE Revitalization Grant, a summer supplement was also offered for schools wishing to expand opportunities for students outside of the regular school year. 

Recipient

Project Name

Regular Award

Summer Award

Total

Athena Weston SD

Weston McEwen CTE Project

$271,628

$0

$271,628

Beaverton SD

Southridge High School

 

Embrace, Inspire, Empower-CTE Opportunities for All

$317,286

$0

$317,286

Bend-La Pine SD

Bend High School

 

Bend High School Culinary Kitchen Upgrade and Food Truck

$328,126

$0

$328,126

Bend-La Pine SD

La Pine High School

 

LaPine HS MFG & Construction Tech

$334,715

$0

$334,715

Bethel SD

CTE Cruise: Engaging & Inspiring Grade 8 Students to Pursue CTE Pathways

$332,181

$0

$332,181

Cascade SD

Approaching MACH Speed

$0

$45,000

$45,000

Lincoln City Career Tech HS

 

Coastal Drone Academy

$336,286

$0

$336,286

David Douglas SD

Design, Create, Make! Middle School Summer Camp

 

$0

$44,506

$44,506

Dayton SD

Innovate Dayton

$336,029

$82,800

$418,829

Douglas ESD

Douglas Healthcare Career Pathways Program (DCHCP)

$432,367

$0

$432,367

Forest Grove SD

Forest Grove High School

 

Forest Grove HS Mechatronics Pathway

$334,688

$99,699

$434,387

Gresham-Barlow SD

Center for Advanced Learning

 

Updraft to Apprenticeship

$430,493

$0

$430,493

Hillsboro SD

Bioscience Technologies Program

$334,715

$99,960

$434,675

Jefferson County SD

Warm Springs & Madras: Middle School to High School CTE Pathway Focused on Underrepresented Minorities

 

$336,286

$100,000

$436,286

Junction City SD

Junction City High School

Junction City HS Culinary Arts Revitalization Project

$336,286

$0

$336,286

Lake County SD

Revitalization of Welding and Small Engines

 

$336,286

$0

$336,286

Lincoln County SD Waldport High School

 

Full Steam Ahead 2.0

$335,459

$0

$335,459

McMinnville SD

CTE Seminar Project

$190,574

$93,137

$283,711

Mt. Angel SD

Building Opportunities by Local Design (BOLD)

 

$283,993

$0

$283,993

Multnomah ESD

Helensview School

 

Blazing the Way: Phoenix Industries

$336,286

$0

$336,286

North Bend SD

North Bend Trades Center

$336,286

$0

$336,286

North Marion SD

North Marion High School

 

North Marion Habitat Partnership

$75,615

$0

$75,615

North Santiam SD

North Santiam Pathways to Health

$336,286

$40,000

$376,286

Perrydale SD

Designing the Future of Agriculture

$336,286

$36,000

$372,286

Prairie City SD

Agricultural Science & Technology Instructor

$336,286

$0

$336,286

Roseburg SD

Roseburg High School

Expanding Horizons

$0

$99,999

$99,999

Salem-Keizer SD

 

Roadmap for Success

 

$0

 

$98,885

 

$98,885

 

Scappoose SD

Scappoose High School

 

SHS Innovation Center

$336,286

$87,169

$423,455

Southern Oregon ESD

Southern Oregon Air Academy Partnership Project

 

$382,226

$0

$382,226

Wallowa County ESD

Joseph Charter School

 

Joseph Charter School New Heights Aviation Center

$431,162

$0

$431,162

Warrenton-Hammond SD

Warrenton High School

Revolutionizing CTE with Warrenton Technology Center

$336,286

$100,000

$436,286

West Linn-Wilsonville SD

West Linn-Wilsonville School District

 

Engineering & Multimedia Design Project

 

$328,215

$94,500

$422,715

A diverse coalition of advocates will seek to refill and expand the grant fund during the 2019 Oregon legislative session as part of the larger effort to ensure that every middle school and high school has access to high-quality and engaging CTE programs. 


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