If approved, Ballot Measure 22-165 would fund projects to increase opportunities for vocational technical programs at all middle schools and both high schools.
Vocational technical training, also known as Career Technical programs and applied learning, helps students learn about possible career paths, prepare for the workforce and increase the chance that a student will graduate.
The Oregon Department of Education has data that shows students are more likely to graduate if they participate in a vocational technical, or CTE, program:
According to the Oregon Department of Education, “The 2013-2014 four-year cohort graduation rate for CTE concentrators in Oregon was 85.7%; for all students (including CTE concentrators) it was 76.4%. An Oregon CTE concentrator is a student who has earned one or more credits in a technical skill course(s) within an Oregon state-approved CTE Program of Study.”
Projects in Ballot Measure 22-165 would including remodeling existing classrooms and building new instructional space to allow hands-on activities in high-demand career fields.
Architectural conceptual drawings of projects to support vocational technical, or CTE at middle and high schools:
The District convened a work group in February to identify current programs and plans for future programs at each middle and high school.
The Feb. 15 report provides background information and outlines the plans for each school if the bond measure passes.
To expose a broad spectrum of students to applied learning (vocational technical education, VTE) throughout the secondary education level, both with wide reaching critical-thinking, and collaborative working environments and, at the higher level, through career-centered training both for post-secondary education and vocational training.
Preparedness at Two Levels
At the middle school level, the goal is to provide a soft skill set that prepares the individual for the rigors of high school level study focusing on problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and open mindedness as it applies to many varied fields of study.
At the high school level, students will be exposed to higher-level problem solving courses to prepare them for further training in post-secondary institutions and/or career-ready job-site training with future employers while not duplicating training programs or facilities at Linn-Benton Community College.
Work group participants included local manufacturing employers, including:
- Wood Castle Furniture
- OFD Foods
- Mike’s Heating and Air
- National Frozen Foods
- Selmet, Inc.
- Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC)
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Northwest