EUGENE, Ore. -- Administrators at the Springfield School District said career and technical programs are boosting graduation rates.
The Assistant Superintendent at Springfield and the Principal of Thurston High School both spoke at Springfield’s City Club on Thursday.
They said the district's CTE programs are on track and the outcomes for kids are right on target.
They said of the students who take just two CTE courses, such as woodworking or mechanics, the graduation rate jumps to 91-percent.
They said instead of focusing on preparing students for four-year programs, Springfield schools are trying to teach the tools and skills needed for success.
Incoming Commissioner for Labor and Industries Val Hoyle also spoke at the City Club. Assistant Superintendent David Collins said he is looking forward to working with Hoyle.
“I think that community partnership with the chamber is critical to the work that we're exploring in CTE and she is doing some really good things,” said Collins.
He said collaborating with other partners is going to help the expansion of CTE programs and set students up for success. About 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE courses across the United States.