The Oregon Department of Education has awarded a $382,286 Career Technical Education Revitalization (CTE-R) grant to SOESD as part of a regional collaborative project with Southern Oregon Air Academy, K-12 school districts, higher education, and other business, industry, and community partners.

The CTE-R grant will supplement other funding SOESD has obtained this school year totaling about $1.2 million to be used in the College and Career for All (CC4A) / STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) and CTE programs for activities to support teacher training on project-based learning, student internships and teacher externships in local businesses, as well as a variety of out of school camps and in school courses.

Graduation rates for students in Oregon CTE programs are 15.5% higher than the statewide average.  Projects will specifically be targeting traditionally underserved students with a goal of increasing attendance and graduation rates while preparing students in career pathways that result in high wage, high skill, and high demand occupations aligned with the needs of local industry as well as employers across the state and nation.  These include courses in aviation, advanced manufacturing, computer science, electronics, engineering, and medical fields.

The CTE-R Southern Oregon Air Academy Partnership Project is designed to ignite a diversity of middle and high school students’ interest in pursuing aviation sciences, aerospace engineering, and related CTE/STEM subjects. Collaborating with industry stakeholders and area non-profits, SOESD and its education partners will create after school, 10-week long camp experiences led by teachers to be trained in Project Based Learning (PBL) methods. Simultaneously, PBL trained educators collaborating in their Professional Learning Communities with college faculty, will work to align project lessons with STEM/CTE content standards and classroom work to ultimately lay the foundation for building pathway(s) leading to the formation of a new programs of study in aviation engineering and sciences. With access to PBL trained instructors, high-tech equipment, and industry experts, students will engage in rigorous, real-world lessons, career exploration activities and regional robotics / drone competitions fueling their excitement for continued participation in the district’s various CTE/STEM camp offerings and in the pursuit of high wage, high demand jobs throughout the region and beyond.

The various grants SOESD has obtained so far this school year to support our CTE, CC4A, and STEAM efforts include:

  • CTE-R Grant (Southern Oregon Air Academy Partnership Project): $382,286
  • Math in Real Life Grant (Project Based Learning training for teachers): $215,000
  • Southern Promise Grant (Dual high school – college credit in various career pathways): $300,000
  • STEAM Hub Grant (Hub management, teacher externships, and student activities): $300,000
  • Total to date: $ 1,197,286

The CTE-R grant award is a result of the College and Career for All (CC4A) / STEAM initiative at SOESD representing a partnership of SOESD with school districts, colleges and universities, business, industry, and community partners. This collaborative effort provides project-based, hands-on, industry-aligned learning experiences for students in courses leading to certificates and degrees in high-wage, high-demand, high-skill career paths.

For more information, please see:

State of Oregon Press Release


Medford Mail Tribune Article


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