Regional Promise Grant of 2015-2017 is intended for the development and/or
expansion of consortia of educational service districts, school districts and
post-secondary institutions building collaborative, innovative, and flexible
ways to foster a college-going culture across the region and to create
additional opportunities for high school students to participate and earn
credit in college-level courses. Each consortium will plan to serve either at
least 10,000 students or 50% or more of 5th -12th grade students in school
districts participating in the grant and must include:
- At least one Oregon public post-secondary institution
- At least three school districts;
- At least one education service district.
A strategic investment of $3 million was designated by the
legislature for the Regional Promise Grant. The Department may award five to
seven grants. Each grant will total between $250,000-$700,000.
Five Regional Promise Grants Awarded for 2015 - 2017 Biennium
The Oregon Department of Education has awarded Regional Promise Grants to 5 consortia. The grants leverage K-12 and higher education collaboration to design learning communities that align student expectations from high school through college, to guide and prepare students for post-secondary training and educational opportunities, and to create effective accelerated learning models in communities around the state.
Awards were granted to collaborations from the East County Area near Mount Hood, Northwest Region, Mid-Willamette Valley, High Desert Region, and the Southern Oregon area.
The grants were designed to build on the work done during the previous biennium by the Eastern Promise consortium and other regional Promise sites. These consortia have significantly increased the number of high school students earning college credits while in high school and supported activities that help students explore and plan their personal education path tied to their career interests and goals.
The caliber of the proposals was impressive and each of the regions awarded funds will design and deliver individualized, innovative, and flexible ways of delivering content, prepare students for careers and college, and provide ongoing support for high school teachers and college faculty to collaborate.