2011 ORS § 344.125¹
Collaboration by state agencies on issues related to career and technical education
  • joint report

(1) Representatives from the Department of Education, the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and the Bureau of Labor and Industries shall meet at least four times each year for the purpose of promoting collaboration between the agencies on issues related to career and technical education.

(2) Issues to be addressed by the agencies shall include the development and implementation of long-term goals that:

(a) Ensure that career and technical education programs are available at the public schools of this state, are founded on partnerships with business and industry and receive appropriate investments of time, money and other resources.

(b) Develop regional centers of partnerships between public schools, community colleges, state institutions of higher education, businesses, unions and other entities and ensure that every student of this state has access to a regional center in person or online.

(c) Implement accelerated college credit programs that allow students to move seamlessly from public schools to post-secondary education or training to the workforce.

(d) Increase professional development opportunities for teachers and learning opportunities for students through industry mentorships, internships, summer programs, after-school programs and career-based student leadership opportunities.

(e) Establish partnerships between public and private entities for the purpose of educating students, parents, teachers, school advisors, policymakers and the general public about the benefits and opportunities related to career and technical education.

(3) The agencies identified in subsection (1) of this section shall make a joint report each year to the appropriate legislative committees concerning progress on the development and implementation of the goals described in subsection (2) of this section and may submit recommendations for legislation that will promote opportunities related to career and technical education. [2011 c.682 §6]