Students and staff welcomed a notable visitor at Seaside High School Thursday, Jan. 24.

Culinary teacher Chelsea Archibald presided over cooking classes, as students worked the stoves and prep areas. Students cued up for photos with the Gov. Kate Brown as she toured the school and touted state educational programs.

“Don’t governors come to your school all the time?” Brown asked.

The governor mingled with kids as they prepared green chile in enchilada sauce, before rolling them in tortillas.

The program, one of three certified technical education programs at Seaside High School, received a boost two years ago with voter passage of Measure 98, the state’s career readiness act.

Seaside Principal Jeff Roberts said the measure provides funds for certified technical education programs. 

Along with the culinary program, the offers programs in business marketing, information technology, and construction.

State dollars are indispensable, Roberts said. “We wouldn’t have a full-time program without it.”

It’s a “huge deal,” added superintendent Sheila Roley, enhanced with donations from the community's food industry.

Local businesses pitched in about $100,000 to transform a “traditional home ec room” into a commercial quality kitchen.

“This is how the private sector can really make a difference in career programs,” Brown said. “Probably a small portion of these students will go on these careers, but they all need to learn how to cook.”

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