September 8, 2017 - Last November, Measure 98 – also known as the High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Act of 2016 – passed by a two-thirds majority of Oregon voters. This measure called for school districts to receive targeted funding in support of attendance, graduation attainment, and the expansion of career-technical learning opportunities (CTE).
Hillsboro School District will receive $5.9 million in the 2017-19 biennium ($2.9 million in 2017-18 and $3 million in 2018-19) to further these efforts, which include planning for additional CTE programming at each of our high schools. Examples are construction technologies at Glencoe High School, sustainable agriculture and design at Liberty High School, biomedical technologies at Hillsboro High School, microelectronics at Century High School, and criminal justice and law at Hillsboro Online Academy. In addition, we are developing innovative opportunities outside of brick-and-mortar schools. Our partnership with FirstTech Credit Union, for example, will have Hillsboro School District students interning at FirstTech’s new headquarters in the summer of 2018.
If the District is successful in passing its capital construction bond in November of 2017, CTE construction, renovation, and technology investment would allow us to further expand CTE offerings to students. Our bond planning team included business, community, and higher education partners, students, and parents who all agree that expanded CTE opportunities will equate to more choice and more viable pathways for today’s students. For a detailed list of projects proposed within the bond program, please explore our website at: www.Hillsboro-Bond.org.