Oregon City Schools Receive Large Grant to Extend Hands-on Learning

 Oregon City, Oregon – January 10, 2014 – The Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences (CAIS) and Oregon City School District were recently awarded $315,388 from the Oregon Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant. The funds will be used to revitalize a former shop space at the old High School campus and to create NXGN (Next Generation) Manufacturing, a student-run business.  “We are extremely pleased that CAIS, industry partners, Clackamas Community College and the District all came together to seek and be awarded these highly competitive grant funds”, said Larry Didway, Superintendent. “Courses created as a result of this grant will create a seamless career pathway leading to certifications for local high-wage and high demand jobs.”

The Oregon City Community Education (OCCE) program will also be enhanced due to this grant. OCCE will partner with CAIS to provide students access to the new equipment and provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrichment activities to students across the district.  “Oregon City has another gem to add to its high school programs,” said Ginger Redlinger, OCCE and STEM Program Administrator. “CAIS is revitalizing the machine shop, adding a fourth year of STEM courses, and preparing students for engineering degrees while providing business expertise.”

The NXGN Manfacturing, a student-run business, will involve seniors who have successfully taken prerequisite courses in machining, engineering and marketing. Students will work as machinists, engineers, marketers and company leaders. NXGN will design, manufacture and sell products to the community and local industry partners. “NXGN will give students real world experience working in manufacturing while helping them to build relationships with manufacturers and enhancing the local economy,” said Kyle Laier.  “Revenue created by the NXGN business will be used to help support the program for years to come.” CAIS has received commitments from the following companies to support implementation of this grant: Benchmade Knife Company, Pioneer Pump, Miles Fiberglass, Enoch Manufacturing, ESCO Corporation, Metric Machining of California, Warn Industries, The Business Education Compact and Clackamas Community College.

During the 2013 legislative session, a bipartisan coalition sponsored and passed legislation (SB 498) that quadrupled the initial investment to extend hands-on learning to more Oregon students.
The Oregon City School District currently serves about 7,500 students, puts more dollars directly into the classroom than the state average and year-after-year continues to exceed state testing averages.