Rogue Valley Schools Seek Tech Ed Grants

tech edMEDFORD, Ore. — School districts across the state will be getting more money to give students hands on training in science, engineering, and math. But Southern Oregon schools won’t be seeing that additional money yet.

The Oregon Department of Education and Bureau of Labor and Industry gave out more than $8 million in grants to help fund career technical education courses in schools. Medford and Phoenix-Talent districts applied, along with the Southern Oregon Education Service District, but were not awarded the grants. More than 60 district applied for the grants and 24 were awarded.

Even without them, representative for the SOESD said the courses in local schools are thriving, and give hands-on education to help prepare students for technical careers.

“It is the opportunity for engage kids in something that is hands on and is relevant,” said Steve Schiller with SOESD. “Many kids wonder, why am I learning math and science? What am I going to do with this?”

A spokesman for BOLI said they are attempting to get the grants into every district in the state, and said other districts will likely receive the grants during the next round of funding next year.