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Money will be used to help develop vinyl-cutting and 3D printing summer program for middle school students

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Scappoose Middle School students have had access to vinyl-cutting and computer-aided design programs through select school electives and grant-funded programs. The Scappoose School District recently received funding from the Career Technical Revitilization Grant program to help fund more summer outlets in the same vein. The Scappoose School District this week received more than $400,000 in grant funding to invest in its career and technical education program.

The district was awarded a $423,455 grant from the Oregon Department of Education's CTE Revitalization Grant program, making it one of 101 middle and high school programs in the state to receive funding, according to a release from the district.

The grant funding will be used for middle school summer programs that teach students skills in vinyl-cutting and 3D printing. The programs will be open to students at Scappoose Middle Sauvie Island schools.

"The hope is that students will pick up skills and get excited about the CTE program and sign up for CTE classes at the high school that are offered in conjunction with Portland Community College," a press release from the school district stated.

In December, the district was one of 32 recipients to be awarded grant funding through ODE and the Bureau of Labor and Industries' Career and Technical Innovation Grant program. The district received $423,000 to help build its high school fabrication program. Roughly $183,000 of the allocation was slated to help build a summer program at the middle school, which could function as a feeder program into the high school.

In years prior, students at the middle school have had some experience and exposure to vinyl-cutting through select elective and grant-funded programs offered via Portland Community College and the Northwest Regional Education Service District's Fab Lab.

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