Oregon's Student Innovators


Learners, creators, makers & thinkers…

Leading the way in the 21st Century


Preparing today to for jobs that don’t yet exist…

What is the Innovate Initiative?

The Innovate Initiative is Innovate Oregon’s strategic partnership with students, educators, industry and communities whose goal is to graduate students prepared for the 21st Century workforce – students with the passion to create, solve-problems, invent, make, and build.  Students with the grit to fail-fast and move forward – who are experienced in the agile ways of our technology-driven businesses.
Oregon needs a highly-skilled, diverse workforce to succeed. The best companies come to regions with the
best workforce. The Innovate Initiative recognizes that the greatest diversity in our communities are the students in our schools. Now all we need to do is bring innovation education into the classrooms and empower the students and educators to learn at the speed of technology, using the practices and developing the personal skills that our best companies use and need.

Connecting people to possibilities


Agriculture and viticulture is at the heart of our Yamhill economy. But new digital technologies is shaping these sectors as never before, allowing us to be smarter, faster in order to reduce costs and improve yields. A whole new field called Ag Tech is emerging. We need to prepare our future farmers to be at the forefront of these advances.


Our manufacturing sector employs more people than any other sector. But new production technologies and a new field called Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming every aspect of manufacturing. To continue to grow and keep ourselves at the cutting edge of new markets, Yamhill needs employees that are empowered with the skills and mindsets of innovation.


In an innovation economy, the creative sector is emerging as a critical component to fuel long-term economic growth. The creative sector brings together designers, coders and makers to continually develop new solutions that drive business opportunities. Yamhill, with it’s long history as innovators, is developing new potential everyday.

Who we are…

Industry Professionals

Industry Professionals

Local businesses impacting big change.

Offering expertise and mentorship to help solve our complex problems.



Challenging young minds to discover tomorrow's solutions.

Learning to see ourselves as creative innovators, beyond the limits of the classroom.



Improving the way we teach, communicate, learn.

Providing the tools for students to unlock their potential as creative problem solvers and innovators.



We are everyday people... Like you and I.

Supporting our students and community, developing ideas, and enacting change.

Our Stories & Experiences

Mountain View Middle School & School Retool

As the Construct Foundation kicks off Oregon’s second School Retool cohort in Central, Oregon this week, (see press release)  with 19 principals from Culver, Crook, Redmond, and Bend LaPine school districts, we recently reached back to a School Retool Fellow from last...

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Newberg High School’s First Make-a-thon

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, Newberg High School, held its first ever make-a-thon in Newberg, Oregon. Sudent-led and community-supported, the participants included over 20 students, 20 educators, and 20 community/business volunteers – teams of 3 were created with a...

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Integrated Design Studio a Hit

Newberg High School’s Integrated Design Studio, IDS as it is known, is a three-period, multi-disciplinary class that focuses on the design process. It is housed in the school’s former wood shop, which features a large work area for construction and an area that looks...

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Austin Family Grant for Innovate Newberg

Newberg High School, along with assistance from the Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator and Innovate Yamhill County, applied for and received a grant  to expand its CTE/STEM innovation initiatives from the Austin Family Foundation. Taking a lesson from other...

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Dallas Oregon’s First Make-a-thon

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, LaCreole Middle School, held the first ever community-led make-a-thon in Dallas, Oregon. The idea was brought to the community by A.J. Foscoli, the economic development director for Dallas and a seasoned veteran of previous Innovate...

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Dallas First Make-a-thon – with Video!

Andrew Schafer, Ben Eastlund and Logan Kumnick are three autodidacts with a passion for videography.  As 8th graders at LaCreole, they took on opportunities to highlight activities at school throughout the year and LaCreole was able to provide tools and an audience...

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Innovate Initiatives

Partnerships in the Community

Working together to create tomorrow



Educators, students, businesses, government and community leaders



We are working together to create an inclusive innovation-based economy



We are committed to creating new opportunities for our communities

Our Partners

Learn More, Be a Part of Our Innovation Initiative

Help us develop the workforce of tomorrow – for all of Oregon!