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Career & Technical Education Update                                                    June 2023

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Sabin-Schellenberg PTC Honors Retiring Lawmakers Who Support CTE

Three lawmakers who support CTE

In April, Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center in Milwaukie honored three retiring Oregon lawmakers who have supported CTE over their careers. Pictured left to right: Rep. Jeff Reardon, Congressman Kurt Schrader, and State Senator Arnie Roblan.

Cameron Smith_Central HS Ag

Community Builds Better Environment for Agriculture Education

Central High School's decades-old greenhouse wasn't cutting it for agriculture classes, but a replacement wasn't in the budget. "My view of funding is you go find it where you can find it," said School Board Chair Donn Wahl. Following that tack, students, teachers and community members joined forces to raise funds from a variety of sources to build a modern greenhouse to industry standards.

Read more about the Central HS Greenhouse

Phoenix High School Welders

Phoenix High School Welders Put to the Test

While Phoenix HS welders are new to molten metal and angle grinders, they are busy designing and fabricating bumpers that must be strong enough to withstand the pounding of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Read more about PHS welders

Students Attend College and Career Expo

Second Annual College and Career Expo Draws Gorge-Area High School Students

Close to 100 high school students learned about promising local careers at the second annual College and Career Expo on April 21 at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles.

Read more about the College and Career Expo

Ontario HS Tigers FFA Team

Ontario Tigers Receive High Honors at Oregon State FFA Convention

FFA members from Ontario School District enjoyed multiple successes at the 2023 Oregon State FFA Convention in April.

Read more about State FFA Convention

Two Baker High School Seniors Win OTEC Scholarships

Baker City High School Logo

Baker City High School students David Shaw and Campbell Vanderwiele have received scholarships from the Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative Member Foundation.

Read more about the OTEC Scholarships.


Astoria FFA Chapter Places Third in Floriculture Event

Astoria FFA students

The Astoria chapter of the National FFA Organization competed in the Northwest District Floriculture Career Development Event and placed third. Students were required to demonstrate skills in plant identification, flower arranging, propagation, and the preparation of floral and foliage products for sale. Pictured from left: Arabella Jones, Jadyn Jasper, Valerie Wallace, Jena Russell, and Kroten Moss.

Astoria students who received State FFA degrees

In other Astoria FFA news, Emily Rasmussen and Asher Severson, Astoria chapter members of the National FFA Organization, were awarded the Oregon FFA State Degree, the highest award a state FFA association can bestow. Requirements include receiving the chapter FFA degree, being an active FFA member for at least two years, completing the equivalent of at least two years of agriculture education in high school, demonstrating leadership ability, and completing 25 or more hours of community service in at least two different activities.

(Information and photos appeared in The Astorian.)

Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship - Application Deadline June 15, 2023

red and white logo for Horatio Alger Assn

This scholarship can award up to $2,500 to pursue a career certification or technical education at an accredited non-profit postsecondary institution in the United States.

Read more/apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship


Survey: Developing Promising Practices in Middle School CTE Exploration

Oregon is revising our State CTE Strategic Plan. One of our goals for the last four years has been to integrate career connected learning more centrally in Oregon education and workforce development—one of the targeted areas is providing more opportunities for middle school and younger students to explore career and technical education learning areas and gain awareness of opportunities to enter high demand careers and receive further preparation and training in high school and beyond.

ODE is conducting a survey to invite all middle schools to provide both feedback on current practices in CTE exploration and input on desired resources to help with CTE exploration, specifically at the middle school level. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey; the information you provide will help us create resources to best serve you as educators and support your students.

Take the "Developing Promising Practices in Middle School CTE Exploration" survey

Statewide Computer Science Implementation Plan Engagement Sessions

ODE and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) are hosting three engagement sessions to share preliminary recommendations under consideration for inclusion in the Statewide Computer Science Implementation Plan. Dates are June 7 @ 4pm, June 15 @ 6pm, and June 20 @ Noon.

Read more and register for the Engagement Session of your choice

ACTE Impact Awards Logo

ACTE Impact Awards - Deadline to Apply is June 30

The ACTE* Impact Awards recognize groups and individuals from the education, business and industry communities who enhance career and technical education by contributing to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE. While there is no membership eligibility restriction for applicants, all must be nominated by an ACTE member.

Read more about ACTE Impact Awards

* Association for Career and Technical Education

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