Governor Kulongoski approves Strategic Reserve Fund Grant of $147,250 for Skills Training in Video Production and Technology
SALEM, OR—Today Governor Kulongoski awarded the Skanner Foundation an Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) grant for the development of a neighborhood multi-media training center in North Portland. In partnership with Portland Community Media, Portland Community College, and several local media companies, the Skanner Foundation will use the $147,250 grant from the Governor’s strategic reserve fund to train individuals in video production and journalism.
“One of the most important investments we can make in Oregon’s economy is in the skills of our citizens,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said. “This partnership is a model for communities across Oregon because by collaborating across the public and private sectors, we not only help Oregon employers access the skilled employees they need, but we help Oregonians access the skills training they need to compete in a global workforce.”
With video, technology, media and other skills learned at the center, graduates will be able to access job opportunities in Oregon’s growing film, video and multimedia industry that would otherwise not be available to them. The training center will be modeled after Portland Community Media’s facility, and will train students in working with cable television broadcast systems. It will also create a program with a ‘train-the-trainer’ component, adding to the number of qualified video production and cable access trainers available at the center and in the broader community.
“Providing accessible and meaningful technology training is critical for economic growth, especially with the technology industry we have here in Oregon,” said Bob Repine, Director of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. “Oregon companies depend on a talented workforce to grow our economy.”
Total project costs are estimated at $463,000 over three years. The project is a public-private partnership, with private funding already secured by The Skanner Foundation to contribute to the state’s strategic reserve fund grant.