NEWS RELEASE: Oregon expands career readiness with $7.6 million investment in hands-on learning for 74 schools

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February 28, 2024
Contact: Marc Siegel, ODE
Rachel Mann, BOLI

Oregon expands career readiness with $7.6 million investment in hands-on learning for 74 schools

(Salem, OR) – 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




Project Name


Award Amount

Bethel School District   

Kalapuya Tiny Home Build Project


Cascade School District

Cascade High School Agricultural Learning Hub


Clatskanie School District

Clatskanie School District Automotive/ Manufacturing Program of Study Expansion


Columbia Gorge ESD

For Students by Students


Condon High School

Building Opportunities for All


Dayton High School

Dayton High School HTM Start-Up


Elgin School District

Building Agricultural Resource Networks (BARN)


Gervais School District

Gervais Start Up NEW CTE Program


Gladstone High School

Gladstone High School CTE Revitalization Project


Grant Union School District

Grant Union Farm Academy


Harney School District

Harney Land Lab


Harrisburg School District

Harrisburg School District Computer Science CTE


Helix School District

Helix School District Agriculture Facility


Hillsboro School District

HSD District-Wide Expansion of High-Quality Health Sciences Programs of Study


Jefferson County School District

Building a Healthier Tomorrow: Investing in Jefferson County’s Health Science Program


Joseph Charter School

Joseph Charter School Building Up—Students and Community Growth


Klamath County School District/Bonanza Jr-Sr HS

Providing Hope and Purpose through Construction and Pre-Apprenticeship


Klamath County School District/Mazama High School

Crafting the Future: Mazama’s Manufacturing Revitalization Project


Klamath Falls City Schools

KU Media Entrepreneurial Enterprises


Lane ESD

Future of Realizing Manufacturing (FORM)


McMinnville School District

McMinnville School District Cosmetology Pathway Program


Pine Eagle Charter School

Pine Eagle School District—Residential Utilities Construction in Building Trades


Portland Public Schools/ Roosevelt High School

Roosevelt High School-PPS Emergency Medical Responder Project


Scappoose High School

Scappoose High School Broadcast Education Advancement Project


Seaside School District

Seaside School District Construction CTE Revitalization Project


Sheridan School District

Barbara Roberts CTEC Firefighting/EMT Training


Tigard-Tualatin School District

Tigard High School Manufacturing Production Lab


Wallowa School District

Wallowa School District Natural Resources Building Project


West Linn-Wilsonville School District/Riverside High School

Riverside High School Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program


Willamette ESD

Bright Smiles, Brighter Futures: A WCA Health Services Expansion


Willamina School District

Willamina Workforce: Moving Up







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