Tigard High School (CE)2 Celebrates 50 Years of Success

Celebration Scheduled for May 19

Students, their parents, and business participants in the nationally-known CE2 alternative program at Tigard High School are invited to a milestone gathering May 19 to celebrate the successes it has enjoyed the past 50 years and its potential for meeting the needs of more students in the future.

The CE2 model was designed in 1972 by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland. Tigard High School was selected to test the concept that student could learn about jobs and careers from non-paid experience in local business sites while also earning a standard diploma. Hundreds of students and over 300 local employers were keys to the model’s success. Evaluation studies and careful documentation by researchers demonstrated that students acquired essential academic and social skills needed for adulthood.

Based on these studies, the Tigard model spread to over 100 school districts across the country over the next 10 years. Many staff from these districts traveled to Tigard to observe and learn from local students, staff and employers. When Tualatin High School opened later, staff adapted the program there as well. CE2 was an abbreviation for Community Experiences for Career Education.

Current CE2 director Tony Hunt invites students, parents and community partners over the decades to join the festivities which begin at 7 p.m. Send memories to thunt@ttsd.k12.or.us.