Governor Brown visits South Eugene High School C.T.E. students and faculty

Governor Kate Brown paid a visit to South Eugene High School students, November 1, 2017. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Governor Kate Brown stopped by South Eugene High School Wednesday afternoon to visit with students and faculty involved with Career and Technical Education programs, also known as C.T.E.

The students and teachers discussed how the C.T.E. programs have enriched their education, and how the programs could be improved through more funding.

In September, Governor Brown signed two bills: One would allocate 170 million dollars to the High School and College and Career Readiness Act, otherwise known as Measure 98.

The other amended the language of Measure 98, which provides additional funds to career and technical education, accelerated learning for high school students, and for drop-out prevention.

Now, Governor Brown is visiting local high schools to see firsthand if these programs improve education.

"I was just blown away by the students, by the Career and Technical Education Programs that are here at South Eugene High School," said Governor Brown. "Clearly the community has dedicated their heart and souls to students' hands-on learning, and we're seeing incredible results."

Governor Brown visited with students and faculty involved in C.E.T. programs at South Eugene to hear how these programs improve students' education, and how they can get better.

She said investing in these programs is essential to improving Oregon's graduation rate and getting students career or college ready.

"Being a senior you know, you get that feeling like what am I going to do out there," said Noshin Rahman, a senior at South Eugene. "C.T.E. allows me to figure out what I want do, where do I want to go. Instead of taking regular academic classes, I get a hands-on experience on how I can better implement myself to the world."

Governor Brown said C.T.E. programs also provide important opportunities for students to explore trades and skills that may not necessarily be in their interested career field.

Some students at South Eugene said, to them, the C.T.E. program was essential to their educational growth.

"If I never had the opportunity to develop myself as a designer or photographer at the school newspaper, I don't think I would be in the same place where I am now at South Eugene," said South Eugene senior, Phillip Bindeman.

"One of the things I'm excited for, is that I suspect I can get students from South Eugene High School to come to the legislature to testify on behalf of funding for Career and Technical Ed," said Governor Brown. "That will be a great opportunity in and of itself."

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