The Athena-Weston School District’s career technical education program got a $271,628 shot in the arm through the Oregon Department of Education CTE Revitalization Grant.
According to a Monday district press release, Athena-Weston will use the grant to expand its welding, manufacturing and fabricating programs.
“We envision a CTE facility that can support additional programs of study and critically, we envision active industry partnerships,” district Superintendent Laure Quaresma said in a statement. “We are very excited to receive this important grant, which will increase what we offer to our students in meeting the Manufacturing Curriculum Program of Instruction and Pathway Standards. This redesign will develop students who will be prepared and competitive for careers in local, regional and state high-wage, high-demand careers.”
Athena-Weston was one of 64 applications totaling $21 million in requests the department of education considered. The state prioritized the applications based on geographic diversity, community partnerships and programs that lead to high-wage, high-demand jobs, especially for underserved students.
Oregon students in CTE programs graduate at a rate 15.5 percent higher than the statewide average.