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Governor visits Willamette High School in Eugene, Oaklea Middle School in Junction City

Governor Kate Brown visited Willamette High School in Eugene and Oaklea Middle School in Junction City on Thursday. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Governor Kate Brown visited Willamette High School in Eugene and Oaklea Middle School in Junction City on Thursday.

Brown met with students in Wil-Hi's Career Technical Education programs during her visit to the Bethel School District.

During the visit, she signed SB 5516 and HB 2246, which fund investments in career tech and efforts to reduce absenteeism and improve graduation rates.

The career technical education program at Wil-Hi includes media arts, graphic design, digital photography, robotics, manufacturing, and others. The programs connect the classroom to careers.

"Our focus is to make sure every student graduates from high school with a plan for their future," Brown said.

Willamette High School plans to use the funds to expand their existing CTE programs, and add new ones, including Jazz Studies and Sports Health. The goal is to help students graduate with hands-on training and a chance at a well-paying job right out of high school.

Mckayla Webb, a senior at Willamette High School, is enrolled in a welding class. She says this CTE program will help her after graduation.

"I have a lot of options," Webb said. "And definitely this is one of them."

In Junction City, the governor took part in cutting the ribbon at Oaklea's new fitness center. Oaklea was one of 3 Oregon schools selected to receive $100,000 fitness centers from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils Don’t Quit! campaign.

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