Oregon Expands Career Readiness with $7.6 Million Investment in Hands-On Learning for 74 Schools

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Seventy four Oregon high schools, serving more than 36,000 students, have secured career readiness grants totaling $7.629 million, Oregon Department of Education Director Dr. Charlene Williams and Labor Commissioner Christina Stephenson announced today. 

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant funds from the State of Oregon will serve diverse communities around the state, with programs focused on advanced manufacturing, agricultural science, business, computer science, construction, cosmetology, engineering, firefighting, health sciences, hospitality, media and natural resources.

In total, the 31 grants help to create or expand CTE programs focused on high-wage, high-skill and in-demand fields such as Health Care, Manufacturing and Construction. These programs provide valuable access to experience, expertise and additional forms of support to the communities they serve and give students relevant education and preparation for career and postsecondary learning experiences.  

“As the class of 2023 graduation rates indicate, CTE moves the needle on student success,” said Oregon Department of Education Director Dr. Charlene Williams. “CTE keeps students excited about both their school day and their future. These classes build a life changing bridge between the school experience and high-quality, well-paid careers in fields ranging from accounting and astrophysics to welding and zoology.”

Students who pass CTE courses graduate at higher rates when compared to the general student population. According to the most recent data for the Class of 2023, CTE concentrators (across all student populations) graduated at a 95.0% rate, 13.7 percentage points higher than the state as a whole.

In 2011, the Oregon Legislature established a competitive grant program entitled the CTE Revitalization Grant which strengthens the alignment of Career and Technical Education, workforce development and economic development. In July 2015, Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill (HB) 3072 and HB 5016, authorizing $9.0 million for the Oregon Department of Education to continue the CTE Revitalization Grant program. During the 2023 legislative session, $7.629 million was allocated for CTE Revitalization.

The CTE Revitalization Grant Advisory Committee, comprising representatives from organized labor, trade organizations, education and Oregon’s business, labor, industry and trades communities, reviewed 66 applications totaling $16 million in requests. The committee prioritized applications based on geographic diversity, community partnerships and programs that lead to high-wage, in-demand occupations, especially for historically and currently marginalized students.

“We’ve witnessed a remarkable transformation that transcends statistics and elevates lives through CTE,” said Labor Commissioner Christina Stephenson. “The graduation rates among participants of these CTE programs not only surpass state averages but also symbolize the power of equitable investment in education. This isn’t just about closing achievement gaps; it’s about dismantling barriers and ensuring that every Oregon youth, regardless of background, has access to the opportunities that CTE provides.”

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) jointly appoint the Career and Technical Education Revitalization Grant Advisory Committee. Additional information on grant criteria and additional summaries of the projects selected for this round of funding can be found on the CTE Revitalization Grant web page.

2023-25 CTE Revitalization Grant Recipients

 District/School/ESD Project Name Award Amount
Bethel School District   Kalapuya Tiny Home Build Project$128,178
Cascade School DistrictCascade High School Agricultural Learning Hub$190,500
Clatskanie School DistrictClatskanie School District Automotive/ Manufacturing Program of Study Expansion$250,000
Columbia Gorge ESDFor Students by Students$265,959
Condon High SchoolBuilding Opportunities for All$65,597
Dayton High SchoolDayton High School HTM Start-Up$205,655
Elgin School DistrictBuilding Agricultural Resource Networks (BARN)$250,000
Gervais School DistrictGervais Start Up NEW CTE Program$250,000
Gladstone High SchoolGladstone High School CTE Revitalization Project$249,994
Grant Union School DistrictGrant Union Farm Academy$200,000
Harney School DistrictHarney Land Lab$250,000
Harrisburg School DistrictHarrisburg School District Computer Science CTE$250,000
Helix School DistrictHelix School District Agriculture Facility$128,100
Hillsboro School DistrictHSD District-Wide Expansion of High-Quality Health Sciences Programs of Study$248,652
Jefferson County School DistrictBuilding a Healthier Tomorrow: Investing in Jefferson County’s Health Science Program$249,998
Joseph Charter SchoolJoseph Charter School Building Up—Students and Community Growth$250,000
Klamath County School District/Bonanza Jr-Sr HSProviding Hope and Purpose through Construction and Pre-Apprenticeship$250,000
Klamath County School District/Mazama High SchoolCrafting the Future: Mazama’s Manufacturing Revitalization Project$250,000
Klamath Falls City SchoolsKU Media Entrepreneurial Enterprises$249,755
Lane ESDFuture of Realizing Manufacturing (FORM)$499,923
McMinnville School DistrictMcMinnville School District Cosmetology Pathway Program$148,408
Pine Eagle Charter SchoolPine Eagle School District—Residential Utilities Construction in Building Trades$250,000
Portland Public Schools/ Roosevelt High SchoolRoosevelt High School-PPS Emergency Medical Responder Project$246,644
Scappoose High SchoolScappoose High School Broadcast Education Advancement Project$250,000
Seaside School DistrictSeaside School District Construction CTE Revitalization Project$115,869
Sheridan School DistrictBarbara Roberts CTEC Firefighting/EMT Training$500,000
Tigard-Tualatin School DistrictTigard High School Manufacturing Production Lab$250,000
Wallowa School DistrictWallowa School District Natural Resources Building Project$250,000
West Linn-Wilsonville School District/Riverside High SchoolRiverside High School Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program$214,460
Willamette ESDBright Smiles, Brighter Futures: A WCA Health Services Expansion$496,157
Willamina School DistrictWillamina Workforce: Moving Up$225,000
Total $7,628,849

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