The opportunity to design, create, market and sell products is now open to teens because their high school can promote entrepreneurship with a grant from the state of Oregon.
At Redmond High School, students will benefit from a $231,700 career and technical education grant for promoting entrepreneurship. The grant program started in 2011, and awards for schools around the state total $9 million. In 2014, Redmond High received $475,000 for their manufacturing program.
The most recent grant will enable the school to bridge the gap between business and manufacturing programs. A classroom remodel is planned to connect the two programs physically, and professional development for teachers is also planned.
“There’s the whole maker movement, which has the machines in place for people to build products. We want the thinker space where they can have the ideas for the products,” said Ryan Beard, Redmond High’s career and technical program administrator.
In addition the grant will cover visits to local businesses so that students will see what the result of entrepreneurship looks like.