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Santiam High gets career/tech grant

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

By James Day

Santiam High School will be receiving an infusion of $125,000 from the state that will enable the high school to expand its career and technical education program.

The money is part of $7.3 million that is being distributed to CTE programs in 148 Oregon schools by the Oregon Department of Education. The funds, part of a revitalization grant program begun in 2011 by the Oregon Legislature, were authorized by lawmakers in their 2021 session.

Santiam Canyon School District Superintendent Todd Miller said the funds, when received, will be used for a shop and work space expansion.

“The final grant contract is not complete, so we do not have an anticipated date of when we will receive the funds, but we are already in the planning stages of the project,” Miller told The Canyon Weekly.

The school currently offers three CTE programs, industrial arts, health occupations and culinary/hospitality. The state grant, Miller said, will allow the industrial arts program and its 31 students to expand and also will offer the students a unique opportunity to play a role in the expansion.

“We did not offer this program last year due to distance learning, so it is in a rebuilding year,” Miller said, “but they are doing phenomenal work already, and we are so excited to see what the future of this program holds.”

The project will include a large indoor shop space allowing Santiam to expand its CTE program curriculum to include the building of a tiny home each year along with other projects that require large indoor space.

The program, Miller said, “will expose our students to all aspects of residential construction and the careers that exist within the industry, while also having the opportunity to help play a role in the rebuilding of their community. The program will be self-sustaining with the profit of each home helping to fund the building of the future homes.”

And the students will take the lead on building the shop itself.

“The grant funds will be used to buy the materials and hire contractors for a few parts of the project, but our students themselves will be the lead builders under the guidance of our teacher and experienced contractor, Chris Lindemann,” Miller said. 

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