Grant brings new technical opportunities to Southern Oregon students


Medford, Ore.–  A robotics class at North Medford High School is getting hands on learning experience with 3D printers and robots.

Those are just a few examples of what is to come thanks to an over $480,000 grant to the Southern Oregon Education Service District from the Oregon Department of Education.  The hope is to give local kids a great technical advantage.

“By having students engaged in career paths early,” says Scott Beveridge, the Superintendent for SOESD.  “We hope to jettison them past high school graduation into college and career increasing attendance and graduation rates.”

Also to come, new mobile lab classrooms that will carry these cutting edge tools to schools in the Grants Pass and Medford School Districts giving kids across Southern Oregon a chance to explore technology.

NBC5 News at Sunrise anchor Taelor Rian was born near Los Angeles, California but spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated with a Journalism degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she was an anchor and reporter for JUCEtv, an international faith based entertainment network. There she had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Morgan Freeman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Rosario Dawson and Emma Watson. Before that she was a reporter for KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX. Taelor also interned at KABC and Fox 11 in Los Angeles.

Taelor loves cooking up new recipes, rooting for her favorite NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers, and trying out Do It Yourself crafting projects.

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