District receives $490,000 Oregon CTE Revitalization Grant

posted Jan 8, 2014, 12:45 PM by Corey Thompson   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 4:12 PM ]
Sherwood School District was awarded a $490,000 Oregon Career and Technical Education Revitalization Grant from the Oregon Department of Education. 

Funds from this grant will add new equipment to Sherwood High School’s regionally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program and allow teacher John Niebergall to share this program with districts across the state. The grant will help fund the spread of collaborative manufacturing to over 30 Oregon schools.  These collaborative manufacturing tools include industry standard CAD/CAM software, CNC vinyl cutters, laser engravers/cutters, and 3-D printers.

The CTE Revitalization Grant also expands STEM training to Sherwood Middle School and Laurel Ridge Middle School students. Both middle schools will receive professional development, curriculum assistance, software, and equipment for guiding students into the high school’s CTE program, Bowmen Fabrication Laboratory.  Sherwood School District teacher Ryann Reedy will head Sherwood’s middle school programs.

Sherwood High School’s training facility and mobile FabLab will facilitate strong partnerships between education and employers to build a revitalized CTE ecosystem in Oregon.  Students will engage in collaborative design and fabrication projects, using industry-standard equipment and processes, including distance collaboration, to gain academic, STEM, and technical skills allowing them to participate in a globally-interconnected economy.

 “We are excited to continue to build a state of the art STEM program in Sherwood and for Mr. Niebergall to continue to share his outstanding work with other districts in the state,” said Sherwood High School Principal Ken Bell.