Governor Kate Brown visited the Pendleton Technology and Trades Center on Friday, April 27, to sign HB 4023. The bill establishes the Connecting Oregon Schools Fund. As part of the Future Ready Oregon initiative, the fund supports broadband access for K-12 public schools in the state, bringing high-speed Internet to rural, underserved communities that lack fiber-optic connections.
Three districts in eastern Oregon – Elgin, Imbler and Huntington – will be supported by obtaining scalable infrastructure so their students can take advantage of new developments in technology. The event included local educators, service providers, the InterMountain ESD and national nonprofit EducationSuperHighway.
"With the passage of this bill, we will open up digital learning opportunities in classrooms across Oregon. It’s a big step forward in making sure that our students have the tools they need to forge a path to graduation, and in closing the skills gap between the workforce we have and the workforce Oregon's growing businesses need,” Brown said.
In addition to signing the bill, Governor Brown toured P-TECH, learning about the Pendleton School District’s culinary, engineering, aerospace and robotics programs, and briefly visiting with students from the AP U.S. History class. Brown spoke with several students, asking them about their experiences with Career and Technical Education (CTE) during high school and how this will translate into plans after they graduate.
PHS students were excited to tell her how these programs have ignited their interest in a career field they are now considering pursuing.
To view multiple photos of the Governor's visit, please visit the district's Facebook Page.