County school career-technical programs get $156K boost!
Jan. 14, 2016 — Douglas County Career and Technical Education programs captured a total of $156,521 in Career Pathways Funding, which is the state’s new effort to bring stable, consistent funding to the high school training programs.
Last week, news that thirteen career-technical education programs from eight county high schools will receive anywhere from $2,000 to $45,000 to improve their programs was released.
Funds are expected to be available for the schools soon.
The funds are able to assist CTE programs in paying for equipment and supplies, teacher training and curriculum development time, building infrastructure, evaluation of programs and student outcomes and additional instructors.
“This funding is a first attempt at long term and sustainable funding for CTE. Other grants have been a shot in the arm,” said Analicia Nicholson, Douglas ESD director of instructional services. “It’s really exciting and the schools will get refunded next year. These are state dollars invested in our own kids.”
The high cost of maintaining CTE programs and keeping up with current industry standards is often a limitation for districts; however, Douglas County schools have a storied history of retaining or bringing back high school programs, aggressively pursuing grant funding streams and producing classroom products for sale to supplement programs and projects.
All districts in the Douglas ESD region (all county districts except Reedsport) have established or new CTE programs and eight of those districts received Career Pathways Funding.
Career Pathway Funding is new in Oregon, as the result of law to encourage continued growth of approved CTE programs that can prepare students for high wage, high demand jobs directly out of high school. Though many students pursue university education after high school, graduating with skills and certificates is a major boon.
The amount dedicated to these CTE programs has doubled since the last biennium, and Douglas ESD leadership says the increase is a testament to Douglas County CTE instructors showing the strength and value their programs offer to students and the state.
The Oregon Legislature appropriated $8.75 million in Career Pathway awards combined with revitalization grants for a total of $22 million in funding dedicated to CTE programs.
Schools were awarded funding specific to the CTE program area of study.
Glide High School received the maximum $45,000 awarded amount.
“We are proud to have a strong history of student success in our CTE program through academic and leadership avenues here at Glide High School,” said Glide High Principal Kristina Haug. “The Career Pathway funding will allow our students access to up-to-date technology and resources aligned with the skills necessary for obtaining high-wage, high-demand jobs. This funding model will have a tremendous impact on our students’ futures and opportunity to become successful members of our community and society!”
For more information, contact Douglas ESD Communications Specialist DD Bixby, 541-530-3880, for general information, Douglas ESD Director of Instructional Services Analicia Nicholson (email is best, Analicia.email@example.com) or contact high schools directly.