MALHEUR COUNTY, Ore. – Treasure Valley Tech, part of the Malheur Poverty to Prosperity initiative, has been awarded $488,432.00 to help fund local CTE programs. Funds were awarded through the competitive Oregon CTE Revitalization Grant.
The CTE Revitalization Grant is part of the Oregon Legislature’s investment in CTE programs during the 2015 Legislative Session. Investments included a dedication of $20 million to CTE funding in the Department of Education’s budget (HB 5016). Also, the Legislature passed HB 3072 which creates pilot programs to grow CTE instructors and test various methods to elevate CTE courses to the same level as other high school curricula.
“This is exciting news for administrators, educators, students, parents, and employers in Malheur County,” said Greg Smith, Director of Malheur County Economic Development. “Stronger CTE programs in our schools provide options for our students and a more developed workforce for local business and industry. It is a win-win for our communities.”
The Malheur County Poverty to Prosperity CTE Program directly addresses two of the most important issues facing Malheur County, poverty and workforce development. By improving outcomes for disconnected youth, business and communities have the potential to increase savings for society, improve the quality of talent available to employers, and interrupt a multigenerational cycle of poverty for youth and their families. Students will be graduating from all programs with a high school diploma, Industry Recognized Certificate, college credits and transferable job skills to employment. This project creates several identified tracks of technical education, giving a student the opportunity to end their cycle of poverty. The overarching goal is to create future jobs by eliminating destructive social and economic trends facing Malheur County youth, particularly those, who through Oregon’s equity lens, are considered at-risk or under-represented.