Medford could have new CTE facilities soon

Medford, Ore.- The Medford School Board voted to move forward with putting a bond measure on the May ballot.

The project is estimated to be $25 million and would go towards constructing two facilities for career and technical education programs – one facility at North Medford High School and another at South.

Medford School Board Chair, Karen Starchvick says CTE programs have boosted graduation rates 16 percent.

“This is giving kids another opportunity, it’s giving them an alternative path, and if we had room right now to put everybody in CTE then we would do it,” she said.

How the bond would impact Medford residents is not yet known. If the bond is approved by voters, construction could happen as early as fall 2020.

NBC5 News reporter Karen Tang graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in communications and a master’s in journalism.

Before coming to Medford, Karen was an intern at WUSA9 and NBC News Channel in Washington D.C.

During her time in Maryland, Karen was an NCAA Division I student-athlete on the Maryland gymnastics team. She competed against Big Ten universities and made the Big Ten All-Championship team.

When Karen isn’t reporting, she’s at the gym working out, taking pictures with her dog Boomer and searching for the best food in Southern Oregon.

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