A big thing is happening in Salem. Really big. 

For the first time in Salem, and in Oregon, leaders in business are coupled with students and educators involved with career technical education.

A packed room at the Salem Convention Center for the first annual CTE & Industry Summit

“The intent behind the first year of the CTE Summit is for Salem to take deliberate steps toward fusing the efforts of workforce development with the end user…employers. An integral perspective to this end is the student. What’s unusual about Salem’s CTE Summit is we are putting educators, students and employers at the same table to problem solve and add value to our community’s CTE efforts” said Kathy Moore, CEO of the Inspire Foundation and CDO for the Salem Chamber. 

2017’s CTE Summit is the first of a series that will become mainstay’s of Salem Chamber and Inspire Foundation programming in the years to come. 

As Salem continues to be looked to as an innovative environment in this critical mission, it’s reassuring to see how much buy in there is from all of the parties that are involved. The Salem-Keizer School District allowed students to take part in the discussion, and they along with Chemeketa Community College provided a tremendous amount of intellectual capital to be spent as the day was planned.

Partners from industry provided the financial investment to help the event come together, and they include:
MaPS Credit Union, Starbucks Coffee, Portland General Electric, Corban University, Express Employment Professionals, Oregon Association for Career and Technical Education, Rich Duncan Construction, InCite, Falck Safety Services, Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, Creative Conflict Solutions and Allied Video Productions.



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