Career & Technical Education Update

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Career & Technical Education Update                                                    May 2023

Two Redmond career and technical education teachers are honored as Oregon’s best

CTE Teachers

Alan Wheeler, Redmond High School construction technology instructor (left), and Joshua Davis, Ridgeview High School computer science teacher (right), received awards at the April ACTE conference in Bend

Watch this video and discover their secrets to success

Grant County

Grant County students explore career opportunities at the inaugural Trades Day

Scores of high school students from around the region came to the Grant County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, March 22, to explore the variety of career opportunities available in Grant County in a new event known as Trades Day. A number of employers were on hand to inspire and encourage local youth to explore future possibilities. Around 250 students from around Grant County, and some from the city of Unity in Baker County, attended the event, where they got a chance to network, apply for jobs and earn scholarships offered by some of the event partners.

Read more about Grant County students


Focused on leadership, civics, and character development that emphasizes college and career readiness

For 2023, Young Leaders Program is back to a full, residential week-long camp. This year's camp will be at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon. Students learn through a combination of direct instruction, classes and coursework, and most importantly, a micro-nation based simulation, which allows students to engage and explore future adulthood and their own possibilities in a safe, yet challenging, way.

More information about Young Leaders Program



Thirteen Hermiston FBLA students qualify for nationals

Hermiston High School FBLA students competed in the Oregon FBLA State Leadership Conference April 3-8, 2023, in Portland. In all, 13 HHS students, including two state champions, qualified for the FBLA National Leadership Conference, scheduled for June 27-30 in Atlanta.

Read more about their path to the Nationals



No Local Butchering? North Lake Decides to Train Students

Craig Puckett wanted to be a butcher when he was in high school. He told one of his favorite teachers, and his school launched a class that includes hands-on processing of livestock and game.

Read how the Student Investment Account helped make this happen

Johnie Ferro

Johnie Ferro Joins ODE as Human Services Education Specialist

The Secondary-Postsecondary Transitions Team (SPST) at ODE is pleased to announce that effective May 4, Johnie Ferro will be joining us as Human Services and Career Exploration Specialist—covering a diverse range of careers, including education, child development, fire safety, law, and government.

Johnie began in education as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, and has dedicated her career to creating and supporting high-quality CTE Programs. Most recently, Johnie served as principal of Willamette Career Academy, Oregon’s first large-scale, regional CTE center.

“I am excited to work with an outstanding team who promotes and advocates for innovative CTE programming and policy across the state,” said Johnie. “Few things are more rewarding than seeing young people find their passion, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with school districts, partners, and legislators across the state."


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