our story


Our Purpose

This Corporation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized for both public and charitable purposes. The specific purposes for which this Corporation is organized are to manage, operate, guide, direct and promote The Freedmen Institute of Transitional Education.

The Corporation is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes pursuant to and within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any other activities or exercise of power that do not further the purposes of the Corporation. The Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by:(a) a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code; or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

About Us

Two educators had a dream of changing the way education was presented to students. They recognized a need for a new approach to secondary education in their community and created the Roseburg Salsa Company to help fund their efforts. Through various internal and external educational resources as well as important partnerships in the community, Roseburg Salsa Company built a business model that bridges business and education. They created the “Roseburg Salsa Model”:

  • Through work, students are exposed to the many facets of business and given first-hand experience as they perform such activities as marketing, customer service, kitchen duties, logistics and accounting.

  • Through our educational programs, students apply what they learn in their courses to their responsibilities in the business, turning work and learning into an integrated experience.


FITE Description

FITE’s curriculum focuses on skills and capabilities that will serve learners at work, in college, and in life. Our program addresses the essential basic and secondary math, communication, and critical thinking skills needed for success. Embedded within our instruction are literacy skills in comprehension, analysis, application, and synthesis. Students will also learn support skills to help them acquire new knowledge and abilities.

We do not hide the fact that we utilize technology as the primary educator in our program. Students are presented with subject content in engaging, relevant, and motivating learning experiences. FITE utilizes a combination of online adaptive learning technology and open educational resources to help students progress quickly through an individualized education plan. Our instructors utilize this “hack” to work one-on-one with their students to monitor and intervene when necessary in order to ensure success.