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Pirates to Raiders began in the Fall of 2011 at Talent Middle School. This pathway program is made possible with the collaboration of Southern Oregon University and the Phoenix-Talent School District. Each year, a new 8th grades cohort is selected to participate in the program. Southern Oregon University and Phoenix Talent School District are committed to working together to increase opportunities for Hispanic youth and families in the district.

Program Vision


Hispanic students in the Phoenix Talent School District (PTSD), in partnership with their own families, the school district, and the university, will begin a journey in the fall of their 8th grade year that when successfully completed, will lead to admission to Southern Oregon University and the opportunities provided by a university education.

Pirates to Raiders will assure every Hispanic student in the district has the ability to access a university education at Southern Oregon University. 
As the Hispanic population in the school district continues to grow, it is our responsibility to provide educational opportunities beyond high school for those students. A partnership of students, their families, the school district, and the university will help to ensure a strong and viable future for both the Rogue Valley and the State of Oregon. This partnership will leverage resources to prepare students for college course work as well as provide assistance and mentoring through application and financial aid processes.