NEWS RELEASE: Oregon expands career readiness with $7.3 million investment in hands-on learning for 148 schools

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March 9, 2022
Marc Siegel, ODE
Abby Bandurraga, BOLI

Oregon expands career readiness with $7.3 million investment in hands-on learning for 148 schools

(Salem, Ore.) – One hundred forty-eight Oregon middle schools and high schools—serving more than 66,000 students—have secured career readiness grants totaling $7.321 million, Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill and Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle announced today.   

The CTE Revitalization Grant funds from State of Oregon will serve diverse communities around the state, with programs focused on advanced manufacturing, engineering, agricultural science, app development, robotics, tourism, forestry, home renovation and health care.

“It’s been just great to see schools and students embrace these opportunities to learn real-world, hands on skills they will carry into the future,” said Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle. “It’s important that all students, no matter where they live get to experience unique CTE opportunities. There is no one way students learn or one path to success.”

In total, the 54 grants help to create or expand Career and Technical Education programs focused on high-wage, high-skill and in-demand fields such as Health Care, Manufacturing and Construction. The relationships these programs establish in their local and regional areas will provide valuable access to experience, expertise and additional forms of support to help programs provide relevant education and preparation for career and postsecondary learning experiences.  

“Now more than ever, helping students prepare for the shift to college, career, and beyond is critical,” said Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill. “It is exciting to see the expansion of critical programs that align to high-need and high-wage opportunities. We’ve seen the power of CTE to support learner success and economic vitality, and we’re ready for more.”

Students who pass CTE courses graduate at higher rates when compared to the general student population. According to 2020-2021 school year figures, CTE concentrators (across all student populations) graduated at a 92.9% rate, 12.3 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 2021 legislative session, $7.3 million was allocated for CTE Revitalization.

The CTE Revitalization Advisory Committee–comprising representatives from organized labor, trade organizations, education and Oregon’s business, labor, industry and trades communities—reviewed 64 applications totaling $8.7 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.

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) jointly appoint the Career and Technical Education Revitalization 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.


2021-23 CTE Revitalization Grant Recipients




Project Name


Award Amount

Athena-Weston SD

Athena Weston Food Science CTE POS Start-Up


Baker SD

Baker SD Computer Science Pathway Proposal


Bethel SD

Kalapuya YouthBuild Construction CTE Project


Bonanza HS

Bonanza CTE Production Room


Camas Valley SD

Start-Up for Agribusiness and Forestry


Central SD

Central HS Greenhouse Revit Project


Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences

Equitable Access to High Quality CTE Programs of Study



Columbia Gorge ESD

Diversifying Access to High Tech in the Columbia Gorge


Corbett SD

CTE Classroom Expansion


Cottage Grove HS

South Lane Advanced Manufacturing for Cottage Grove Youth


Cove HS

Cove CTE Revitalization Grant


Creswell SD

Creswell HS Construction and Manufacturing Technology Expansion


Culver SD

Culver SD STEM Farm and Skills Hub Academy


Dayton SD

Reimagining Dayton HS WBL Opportunities


Dufur SD

Dufur School District Ranger TECH Program


EagleRidge HS

Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program of Study


Elgin SD

Smarter Production Through Technology


Glide SD

Glide Ag Sciences and Technology Program Revitalization


Harney Union High SD

Crane Schools Mill Project


Helix SD

Helix Construction CTE POS Start-Up New Project


J Bar J Youth Services

JBJYS Vocational Education Program


Jefferson County SD

Revitalizing Youth in Jefferson Cnty Through CTE


Junction City HS

Digital Arts—Media & Publication


Kings Valley Charter School

Barn Classroom Complex


Klamath County SD

Designing Communication Collaboration and Student Success—Digital Media Arts


Klamath Union HS

Digital Media—Live Broadcasting


La Grande SD

Scaling Up to Home Construction


Lane ESD—Construction

Constructing a Brighter Future


Lane ESD—Health Science

Lane Health Science Hub


Lincoln City Career Technical HS

You Can Fly—A New Aviation Career Pathway for Rural Oregon Students


Lost River Jr/Sr HS

Making the Best Better at Lost River


Marcola SD

Mohawk Ag Institute & CTE Program Enhancement


Marshall HS

The BTA Bus: Enhancing Transportation Access to Community Partners


Multnomah ESD

High Wage Careers for Incarcerated Youth


Neah-Kah-Nie SD

Neah-Kah-Nie SD Construction Trades Classroom


Nestucca Valley SD

Nestucca Valley Hospitality and Leisure


Oregon Trail SD

Scale Up at SHS


Pine Eagle Charter School

Utilities in Building Trades


Santiam Jr/Sr HS

Santiam Canyon CTE Shop Expansion/Workspace


Sheridan AllPrep Academy

SHAPA Pathways and West Valley Career Tech


Sheridan SD

West Valley Career Tech Auto Tech Start-Up


Silver Falls SD

Silverton High School Industry Modernization


St. Helens HS

NW Construction Safety Videos


St. Paul SD

St. Paul Agricultural Education Enhancement


Tigard-Tualatin SD

Tualatin HS—Health Sciences and Hospitality Pathways Expansion


Tillamook SD

Revitalizing Tillamook’s Welding Program


Ukiah School

Ukiah Manufacturing CTE POS Start-Up Move Project


Union SD

Union High School Laboratory Remodel


Vernonia SD

Vernonia Forestry Building Expansion


Warrenton HS

CTE for All: Warrenton HS Advanced Manufacturing


West Linn-Wilsonville SD

West Linn-Wilsonville HS CTE Career Connections


Willamette ESD

Pathways to the Future


Willamina SD

Willamina Manufacturing—Bulldog Strong


Woodburn HS

Equitable Access to Economic Empowerment







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