2022-2023 Program Highlights



This year was the biggest parade in The Dalles Cherry Fest history with over 90 floats. The Dalles High School CTE float got SECOND overall for their “50’s Drive-In Theater” float.

The kids spent 2 weeks designing, building, and putting together the float. They had 24 students show up to walk in the beginning and along the way picked up a couple more. By the end of the parade there were over 30 kids in the entry. The 50’s Drive-In theater had a screen built by construction, a VW bug cleaned/fixed up by mechanics, all atop a trailer that welding/manufacturing fixed up. They handed out popcorn, 3-D printed frogs from Computer Science, and stickers that Graphics students made. It was a great collaboration between all the departments!


Congratulations to Mr. Macy Hagensee and his team of student chefs for winning 1st Place in the Oregon Hospitality Foundation’s Statewide Oregon ProStart Championships in Salem on Monday. Competitors included:  Abbi Pack, Sawyer McDonald, Kiera Glenn,  Tayah Hagensee, and Aspen Cross.

Students had to prepare a three-course gourmet meal with only two butane burners in less than one hour. The team made Mediterranean Influenced Shrimp, Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin Medallions, and a Silky Chocolate Mousse for dessert. You can check out the full menu in the pictures!

Now they get to attend the national competition May 2nd-4th in Washington, D.C.  Thank you to Crook County Facebook for sharing! 
For more information, please visit this article from OPB.


Students at three of Bend-LaPine high schools – Bend Tech Academy at Marshall, Bend Senior High and Caldera High School – brought home top honors from the state’s DECA competition. Congratulations to these DECA members, many of whom will head on to compete at nationals! DECA is a program in high schools and colleges that prepares students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
Students earning top honors include:
  • Bend Senior High: Margaux Samford – 1st Place in Apparel & Accessories Marketing and 1st Place in Retail Merchandising; Olin Rogers – 1st Place in Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling; Will Livingston – 3rd Place in Hotel & Lodging Management and Kyla Guerrero – 1st Place in Principles of Marketing
  • Bend Tech Academy at Marshall: Kirabella Licitra- 3rd in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Caldera: Claire Harris – 1st in Integrated Marketing Campaign Events; Chloe Grissen – 1st in Principles of Business Management; and Ayden Colley, Marlen Dominguez Gonzalez, Michael Aleshire – Gold in Student Based Enterprise


Have you ever heard of an MRE? It stands for Meals Ready-to-Eat. They’re self-contained, individual meals in lightweight packaging used by service members in combat or field conditions where other food is unavailable.

CCHS Culinary Instructor Mr. Macy Hagensee, a veteran himself, worked with recruiters from the National Guard to bring in the MREs and have his advanced culinary students use their creativity to produce professional-looking plates. Options included soups, pasta dishes, tacos, and breakfast meals with hash browns. They turned out fantastic! Can you tell they’re pre-packaged meals???

Thank you to Crook County School District for sharing the description and photos!


Should you buy a boat or a motorcycle? Should you rent a house or buy one? These are some of the questions students at Bend High School had to answer while participating in Mid Oregon’s “Bite of Reality” program. The program app guides students through a day in the life simulation of an adult’s financial responsibilities. Each student receives an occupation, income, partner, child, and possible debt using an app. The student purchases necessities, including rent/mortgage, car payment, groceries, and lifestyle items. They also navigate financial setbacks, such as medical emergencies, surprise bills, and cash windfalls.

The HDESD staff participatied as high pressure saleswomen.  Who knew we were so good at selling boats and televisions! Contact Wayne Hanson if you are interested in bringing the program to your school!


Western Welding Academy visited Redmond’s manufacturing classes to raise awareness about the blue-collar industry. LaPine and Madras students also attended the event. WWA also hosts an annual welding competition for high school students, which some Redmond students will be attending.

Redmond High School’s construction class is working with Hayden Homes and Parr Lumber to assemble transitional housing for their houseless neighbors.  Watch the video from Central Oregon Daily News to learn more about the project.

The business students at RHS also participated in the Bite of Reality from Mid-Oregon Credit Union.


Spray’s graphic design students created a fun winter video to utilize some of their new equiment and software bought with Perkins funds. The students had to keep their snowman in the freezer so he wouldn’t melt between takes!


Ridgeview computer science students are helping seniors at the Senior Center learn about technology. Twelve students will help seniors learn new technology and troubleshoot their devices. The program is in it’s second year and hopes to expand to more schools next year. 

Read all about this great collaboration at the MyCentralOregon website.

Central Oregon CTE & STEM

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