Blue Chalk worked with The Oregon School Boards Association to explore a remarkable story taking place in Baker City, a small, rural town tucked between Eagle Cap Wilderness and the Elkhorn Mountains in eastern Oregon.
While other agriculturally-dependent towns struggle to stay viable, Baker City is investing in its community and economy with the Baker Technical Institute. The institute offers career pathways in construction, industrial and engineering systems, health services and agriculture. In addition to its offerings in career and technical education (CTE), the institute emphasizes science and math skills.
The Blue Chalk team spoke with students and learned how the institute has helped them to develop new skills and has given them new career options.
This is the fourth of a series of films created for OSBA's "The Promise of Oregon" 2016 campaign. These videos are designed to encourage schools and the public to “dream bigger” about what is possible for Oregon’s schools.
Natalie Taylor, Producer
Julianne Parker , Producer
Jason Greene, Director of Photography
Natalie Taylor, Editor
Rob Finch, Editor
Elizabeth Lim, Music