Redmond, Ore – Redmond High School has been awarded $474,955 through the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant by the Oregon Department of Education and the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).
ODE and BOLI issued statewide CTE Revitalization Grants totaling $8.87 million to 24 programs in Oregon. The CTE Revitalization Grant funds will benefit students, schools and local employers around the state in fields such as health care, advanced manufacturing, construction, engineering and more. Redmond High School was awarded the largest grant in Central Oregon. A complete list of recipients and application details can be found on ODE’s website.
RHS partnered with Redmond Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) and local industry partners to assess the workforce demands of the Redmond community. Focus groups and recent economic indicators revealed a large need for a workforce with training in manufacturing skills such as welding, 3D printing and fabrication.
“Revitalizing Career and Technical Training at RHS is important to Redmond’s future,” said Jon Stark, Manager of Redmond Economic Development, Inc. “Partnering between the public and private sector—including nearly a dozen Redmond companies—made this a successful grant application and will ensure its success going forward.”
The funds received through the grant will support Redmond High School’s manufacturing technology program to purchase necessary capital equipment and staff to offer additional Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) and manufacturing classes. RHS hopes to grow the program with industry partners and to enhance the level of experiential learning opportunities with work ready certification for students.
The following industry partners aided in the Redmond High School CTE Revitalization Grant application:
- High Desert Education Service District
- Redmond Economic Development, Inc.
- Central Oregon WorkSource Employment Department
- Central Oregon Community College
- Oregon Tech
- CR Fabrication
- Jodeco Inc.
- Lancair International
- LMH Industries
- PCC Schlosser
- RDD Enterprises
- Smith Brothers Pushrods
“Redmond High School looks forward to partnering with our community to offer our students a path to a high paying job in a fast growing segment of industry,” shared Dr. Nicole MacTavish, RHS Principal. “We have been blown away by the level of support from our partners in higher education and in industry. This is a window of opportunity to enhance the way we offer cutting-edge education to our kids.”
CTE programs help develop both academic and technical skills and contribute to a rich and relevant learning experience. Graduation rates for students in CTE programs are near 90 percent, according to the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.
Redmond School District is known for its comprehensive array of CTE programs offered at both of its high school campuses. Redmond High School offers CTE programs in agriculture, veterinary medicine, animal/equine science, marketing, woodworks, construction manufacturing, business, floral design, computer integrated manufacturing, automotive and small gas engines. Ridgeview High School offers CTE programs in television production, culinary arts, engineering (robotics, electric vehicle design, aircraft design, computer programming), business (marketing, business leadership), human development and is in the process of developing a CNA and dental hygienist program.
Redmond High School will be hosting a celebratory reception to honor their industry partners and to host community tours of the CTE program on Thursday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the high school. Community members are welcome to attend.
For more information about RHS’s involvement in the CTE Revitalization Grant, please contact Kelly Richard, communications coordinator at 541-923-8233.
About Redmond School District
Located in Redmond, Ore, the Redmond School District serves more than 7,000 students from Redmond, Alfalfa, Crooked River Ranch, Eagle Crest, Terrebonne and Tumalo. The district currently operates five K-5 elementary schools; two K-8 community schools, two middle schools, one charter school, one educational center and two comprehensive high schools. Its mission is to ensure rigorous and relevant instruction which leads to mastery and the development of productive citizens. Learn more about the Redmond School District online at www.redmond.k12.or.us.