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Klamath Falls, OR—Governor Kate Brown today spoke to the 2018 graduating class of the Oregon Institute of Technology, "Oregon Tech" during the school's 70th commencement ceremony. In the keynote address, Governor Brown highlighted the importance of hands-on learning, which is a central focus of her Future Ready Oregon initiative.

“You will all set out on different roads the moment you leave here today, and that is what makes our state such a rich and interesting place to live,” said Governor Brown. “We need all different skills and talents to make the Oregon of our future. You will put Oregon on a path toward prosperity, and you will put us on a path toward a better world.”

Future Ready Oregon arms students with the tools they need to graduate and get high-demand jobs. 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.

Oregon Tech provides hands-on training and real world experience in high-skill professional fields. Ninety-seven percent of Oregon Tech students get jobs six months after graduation. More than 60 percent of Oregon Tech's students are transfer students, helping students continue their education pathway by giving them more career credentials, experience and flexibility, as well as higher earnings potential.

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Chris Pair
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Kate Kondayen
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