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Brown highlighted the importance of her Future Ready Oregon initiative
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today gave a keynote speech to the 2018 senior class of Hillsboro High School (Hilhi) at their graduation ceremony. In the address, Governor Brown highlighted the importance of hands-on learning, which is a central focus of her Future Ready Oregon initiative.

"Every student in Oregon deserves hands-on learning experiences. I am so pleased that you cross this stage tonight with marketable, in-demand skills and a plan to use them," said Governor Brown. "You will set out on different paths the moment you leave here today, and that is what makes our state such a rich and interesting place to live. We need all different skills and talents to make the Oregon of our future. "

Future Ready Oregon arms students with the tools they need to graduate and get a good job. It also closes the skills gap between the skills Oregon's workforce has and the skills Oregon's growing businesses need to build the economy of the future.

Hilhi has strong career-technical education (CTE) and other hands-on learning programs, including one of the state's only auto mechanics program, as well as horticulture, robotics, and a new bioscience program. The school is also committed to preparing students who have been historically underserved for these career opportunities.

Hilhi saw a seven percent jump in its graduation rate between the 2016 and 2017 academic years, including an 11 percent gain among its Hispanic/Latino student population.

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Chris Pair
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Bryan Hockaday
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Kate Kondayen
503-378-6496
kate.kondayen@oregon.gov
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