Eugene, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today her Future Ready Oregon Policy Agenda
. The Future Ready Oregon initiative is designed to close the skills gap for Oregon’s students and adults by providing the skills and job training they need to obtain good, family-wage jobs. Governor Brown marked the announcement by recognizing Oregon's 2019 Teacher of the Year, Keri Pilgrim Ricker. As a career and technical education health services teacher, Ms. Pilgrim Ricker exemplifies the teaching practices that Governor Brown will replicate statewide using an additional $300 million investment to expand career and technical education and career-connected learning to every high school student in Oregon.
"Oregon’s economy is booming, but not every Oregon family feels this success, particularly in rural parts of the state. The gap between the skills Oregonians have and what growing businesses need is holding Oregonians – and our economy – back," said Governor Brown. "To achieve our vision of lifelong learning and skills training, we must commit to making changes in existing employment programs, investments in career and technical education, and workforce training. Businesses must also be given opportunities to invest in industry training systems."
The Governor’s Future Ready Oregon policy agenda
lays out pathways to: a) ensure every Oregon student graduates high school with a plan for their future, and b) provide opportunities for adult Oregonians to “skill-up” and land a better job, one that local businesses need filled.