Governor lays out need for measurable investments for students,
from pre-school to college
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today applauded the work of the Joint Committee on Student Success in developing a plan to invest in Oregon’s students, families, and educators, but urged the committee to consider the needs of students and adults beyond high school.
“I am concerned about leaving out our students once they graduate from high school,” Governor Brown said. “I am concerned about working adults who are trying to attain more education in order to get a better job, and are not able to afford it.
“Investing $100 million in the Oregon Opportunity Grant would allow us to raise the income limit and serve 16,000 more students. By investing $70 million dollars into community college career-technical education (CTE) programs, we can double the number of certificates and degrees awarded over the next three years.”
Debby Sumida, a student at Chemeketa Community College, also testified in support of additional funding for both CTE programs and financial aid.
“Career Technical Education like the EMS and fire programs are critical to our communities and people like me,” said Sumida, who is enrolled in the paramedics program at the college. “They are very cost effective, and I’m learning from instructors who are genuinely invested in my success as a first responder and growth as a person. That benefits not just me, but our entire community.”
Governor Brown also expressed appreciation for the Committee’s focus on early learning, but emphasized the need to deliver on the commitment to open access to high-quality preschool for 10,000 children and expand supports for families with children under age 3.
“Funding programs for young children and their families provides a tremendous return on our investment,” Governor Brown said. “When children enter kindergarten ready to learn, they are more likely to succeed throughout school — this is especially true for children from low-income families.”