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What's New with PTE Fall 2005
Roberta Martinson has joined the Professional Technical Education (PTE) team since The Source was last published. Roberta is our new bookkeeping administrative assistant, coming to us with many years of experience handling accounts for multiple federal grants in public health. She is a world traveler and lived in Africa for five years.
Please welcome Roberta to our Medford office!
High school diploma requirements for Career-Related Learning added by the State Board of Education in 2002 must be implemented for the class of 2007. The Regional Vocational Planning Alliance (RVPA), facilitated by SOESD PTE, won a Regional Capacity Grant from the Oregon Department of Education to aid our high schools in that process. Contracted consultant Susan Roudebush developed and field-tested two manuals, one for students and one for teachers and other school staff, to meet these requirements with senior project portfolios. The manuals are available from our home page at www.soesd.k12.or.us/ by clicking on School Improvement, then Professional Technical Education, then Senior Portfolio Project Manuals, or more directly at http://www.soesd.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=710. The project also produced a new feature to be made available on-line from the Oregon Career Information System (CIS) to aid students in planning their projects and documenting their accomplishments. The RVPA funds access to CIS for every school in our region.
Professional Technical Education (PTE) is defined as a program of study that integrates technical and career skill proficiencies with academic content and prepares students for the workplace, for further education and training, and for family and community roles. There are 127 high school PTE programs in SOESD’s three-county region, with 59 in Jackson County, 25 in Josephine County, and 43 in Klamath County. One aspect of these programs is a long history of smoothing transitions between secondary and postsecondary education for students through dual credit arrangements that allow certain courses to count for credit at both the high school and community college levels.
With the 2005 Legislature passing the Expanded Options Program (SB 300), we expect dual credit arrangements to evolve rapidly. The legislation requires high schools to establish such programs and allows partnerships with public community colleges and universities in Oregon. Greg Fishwick helped establish a partnership with Rogue Community College, Southern Oregon University, and Southern Oregon ESD last year. This year, Martha Murphy will make connections with high schools in Jackson and Josephine County, and Kathy Ayers will facilitate new partnerships with Klamath Community College, Oregon Institute of Technology, and high schools in Klamath County.
The Southern Oregon Education Service District PTE team works with all 21 component district high schools and four regional postsecondary institutions to coordinate career and technical education in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties. Team members are:
- Greg Fishwick, Regional Coordinator
- Martha Murphy, Career Education Specialist
- Roberta Martinson, Bookkeeping Administrative Assistant
- Betsy Sharp, Medford Office Administrative Assistant
- Kathy Ayers, Klamath Falls PTE Development Specialist
- Jené Patrick, Klamath Falls Administrative Assistant
For more information, call the Medford office at 776-8593, the Klamath Falls office at 850-1660, or visit the Southern Oregon ESD website at http://www.soesd.k12.or.us/