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Steve Day will lead career-oriented charter high school, replacing Carol Egan

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT  - Steve DayVeteran educator Steve Day has been tapped to lead The Center for Advanced Learning, the Gresham charter high school that focuses on career and technical education.

"I am thrilled that the CAL Board has selected me for this role and I very much look forward to getting started at the school," Day said in an announcement.

Day replaces Carol Egan as director, who is retiring after leading CAL for seven years

Day is currently the vice president of Institutional Advancement for La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, a high school in Milwaukie and interim principal of Christ the King K-8 School.

Prior to that he was principal of the Health and Science Magnet School in the Beaverton School District, which, like CAL, has a career and technical education focus.

He started at CAL on July 1.

CAL, 1484 N.W. Civic Dr., is a charter high school sponsored by the Gresham-Barlow School District that accepts students from three local school districts in their junior and senior year. They go to their "home" high school for half a day and CAL for half-day.

CAL focuses on career education. Students can study six disciplines including computer information systems, health sciences and mechanical engineering and manufacturing. They are also able to earn college credit for many of their CAL courses.

"Being able to bring my experience in service to the students and communities of Gresham-Barlow, Centennial, and the Reynolds school districts is an honor," Day said.

Day has 12 years of administrative experience. Prior to becoming an administrator, Day taught middle school and high school science. He has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University and a bachelor's in teaching biology from the University of Illinois.

"Because of his school leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, and his successful track record engaging community partners, Steve Day is uniquely qualified to advance the work being done at the Center for Advanced Learning," Katrise Perera, superintendent for the Gresham-Barlow School District, said in an announcement.

"We are confident that with Mr. Day serving as the school's director, CAL students will continue to experience innovative educational opportunities that lead to real-world learning experiences," Perera said.

Egan will be missed by many. She and her team — with the help of local businesses and partners — increased enrollment at CAL and pushed the graduation rate to 98%. That compares to a state average of about 77%. 

Egan is also credited with increasing the enrollment of under-represented students from about 20% to 47%. 

She started several new programs including an entrepreneurship program and one that focuses on the design and production of athletic wear and products.

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