From Engaged Student Body to a Vital Workforce

A group of four students work on a robotics projectCareer and technical education provides students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training to succeed in future careers and be valuable workers in Oregon’s workforce. CTE courses introduce students to workplace competencies and make learning available in a hands-on environment. High school graduation rates for students who take CTE courses are consistently several points higher than Oregon’s average!

So Many Choices

Six paths are available to Oregon students, each offering a range of “career clusters”. These paths enable students to explore a variety of potential careers. Ultimately students get training for living-wage, high-demand jobs, helping them enter the workforce directly after high school or after additional coursework, should they choose to pursue it.

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Systems
  • Arts, Information and Communication
  • Business and Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial and Engineering Systems
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Take a Deeper Dive

Learn more about CTE in Oregon, including fields of study and potential careers. The future is bright!

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Sample Path: Arts, Information and Communications

Within Arts, Information and Communications, students might choose from these fields of study:

— Arts, A/V Technology and Communications

— Information and Communication Technology

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Sample Path: Industrial and Engineering Systems

Within industrial and engineering systems, there are five Career Clusters a student could select to study. Those clusters are:

— Architecture and Construction

— Automotive and Heavy Equipment

— Engineering Technology

— Manufacturing

— Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

This generation holds us accountable for making sure that what we deliver as educators is relevant and that it’s going to help this next generation to better the world.
— Keri Pilgrim, CTE Instructor and Oregon’s Teacher of the Year, 2019

Your Lottery Play Helps

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Funding Our Future

Public school funding in Oregon comes from several sources, including the Oregon Lottery. Although Lottery funds alone do not fully fund school operations, they do help enable our schools to fulfill many classroom needs, empowering them to offer innovative programs — like Career & Technical Education — that help light up learning.