Nearly $9-million in grant money will be distributed to 140 Oregon schools for career and technical training.
The 2011 Oregon Legislature voted to invest $2-million to bring back vocational programs to middle and high schools. The 2013 Legislature quadrupled the amount of grant money. In the previous round, $425,000 went to Eugene's Churchill High. Eugene 4J applied this time around, but did not get approved.
The Reedsport School District will receive $250,000 for a junior apprenticeship program. Superintendent Jim Thomas says the skills are critical to job training for industries such as boat manufacturing.
Thomas: "We've worked with some local businesses in terms of providing some opportunities for our students to become involved in marine fabrication. We're also going to be specializing in mig welding, as well as construction. We also have the opportunity for our students to become involved in road construction."
Other grant recipients include Lane ESD for regional healthcare careers. Junction City schools will share nearly half-a-million dollars for college and career readiness.