Beaverton, Oregon high schools are placing a bigger emphasis on teaching the skilled trades. Voters approved a $680 million bond in 2914, part of which will used by Merlo Station High to accommodate a renovation that makes room for a new commercial construction technology program.
A $1 million shop and classroom space including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing mock-up walls will begin in March of next year and will depend on constructive partnerships with contractors in a multitude of trades. Aloha and Mountainside highs schools – also in this district – are part of a growing movement to develop construction technology programs in high schools.
Currently a six-week elective course, construction technology is set to blossom into a program that essentially teaches and supports pre-apprentice skills. The premise will be providing the best education possible for high school students while including access to trade-related skills in plumbing, electrical, and other areas.
Read more at https://merlostation.beaverton.k12.or.us/