Our mission is to strengthen Oregon’s workforce readiness and state economy by providing today’s youth with the training, skills, and experience necessary to become contributing members of society. Through collaboration between education and industry, CTSOs promote industry relevant learning and leadership development by serving as stewards for the Oregon workforce pipeline.
CTSOs teach and train skills that are both innovative and timeless. In a purely academic setting, the learning is timeless. For years, students have sat in classrooms to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic. In a technical learning environment, innovation is at the cutting edge of the student experience. The CTSO approach to education provides a holistic learning experience. Students become workforce ready through an academic experience with technical training and hands-on application.
For every $1 invested in CTSO and Career and Technical Education programs, there is an amplified return of $10 to the state’s economy. Partnership and investment from the community and industry is the key lever that makes the CTSO experience possible and generates additional support. This funding model is inclusive of all stakeholders – parents, industry, federal/state/local sources, and the students themselves. With everyone invested, everyone has ownership, and Oregon wins.