District Awarded Major CTE Grant from Oregon Department of Education

On Monday, January 11, the Oregon Department of Education announced the awarding of CTE (Career and Technical Education) Revitalization Grants statewide. The Morrow County School District has been awarded one of these grants in the amount of $390,745.

More than 70 districts statewide competed for $9 million in this grant fund. Three other districts in eastern Oregon also received grants: Elgin School District for $378,000, La Grande School District for $379,852 and Pendleton School District for $390,745.

The Morrow County School District will expand and strengthen existing “Manufacturing: Industrial and Engineering Systems and Agricultural Science and Technology” CTE programs of study at three Morrow County high schools: Boardman, Irrigon, and Heppner. The district will upgrade infrastructure and equipment in the welding and manufacturing labs to industry standards, offering students the knowledge and skills needed for high wage, high demand jobs in the community. This project is a small part of the regional workforce development plan that includes construction of the Blue Mountain Community College Workforce Training Center in Boardman.

“The infrastructure and equipment upgrades will allow our labs to accommodate more students and greatly improve access for physically disabled students. Secondly, using school facilities to provide afternoon and evening courses will expand options available in the community,” according to the Morrow County School District grant narrative.

According to ODE’s website, the purpose of the CTE Revitalization Grant is “to strengthen existing CTE programs of study and create new CTE programs of study that will meet workforce needs in high wage and high demand occupations, support achievement of the Oregon diploma, and address the needs of historically underserved students. These revitalized CTE programs will give students the knowledge and skills required in careers that provide high wages and are in high demand. Partnerships between business, industry, labor, and educators are the foundation to the revitalization of CTE.”

The La Grande, Morrow County and Pendleton school districts all belong to the InterMountain CTE Consortium, which is organized and managed by the InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD). Elgin School District belongs to a separate consortium.

For more information about the CTE Revitalization Grants and a complete list of the recipients, click here.