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Sandy High career and tech program receives state funds

Sandy High School’s highly-regarded career and technical education programs received more than $36,000 in state funds this month.

The Oregon Department of Education awarded the school’s agriculture program $9,617, its machine tool technology program got $13,011 and its drafting/design engineering technologies and technicians program received $13,577.

The funds come from a program to encourage schools to offer high quality technical education programs.

Sandy High’s award was part of the first awards from $8.75 million appropriated by the 2015 Legislature. The remainder will be distributed in the 2016-2017 school year.

House Bill 3072 requires the education department to give the money to career training programs that will lead to “high wage and high demand occupations.”

The awards, based on enrollment, range from $2,000 to $45,000. The money can be used for equipment and supplies, teacher training and other things, but not existing teacher salaries, creation of new programs or supporting other programs.