EUGENE, Ore. – Today marks the beginning of Career and Technical Education Month in Oregon.
Some examples of CTE involve welding, diesel mechanics, health-related fields like nursing and Emergency Medical Technician work, and also careers focused around more artistic fields like graphic design.
KEZI 9 News talked to Grant Matthews, vice president of CTE and workforce development at Lane Community College.
Matthews said in the past, a lot of these industries have been recession-proof and many have not only survived the pandemic but thrived. He also made a point to mention these are not just careers for people fresh out of high school but for anyone looking to switch careers or bolster their skill set.
“We’re really looking at value proposition,” Matthews said. “When you look at these trainings -- some of them short term, some of them a two-year degree -- you’re really looking at in a short amount of time gaining the required skills. And it’s a value proposition of being able to jump right into very well-paying careers.”
LCC likes to use this month to call attention and awareness to CTE programs. They also use the time to lobby in Salem to get more funding, which Matthews said they will be doing virtually this year.
CTE programs in the community are a great investment. Matthews said for every dollar invested in Career and Technical Education, $8 of work is produced in the community.