“I know that if at least one other student gets an experience comparable to what I received, then their opportunities for success will increase tenfold.”  — Andrew Shelton, PPS graduate of Benson High School

If you’re a student visiting this page, we know you’re looking for something. Maybe general career advice. Maybe an “in” to a specific employer, like Ziba Design or Nike. Or maybe your counselor has sent you on a mission to find a Career Related Learning Experience (CRLE), sometimes pronounced “curlies” for short.

Well, you’re in the right place. Every day, the Portland Workforce Alliance helps students like you find their career aspirations. We connect teenagers with local employers to learn about job possibilities, and we aim for all students to further their education and find satisfying, well-paying careers.

We know you don’t yet have it all figured out. (We don’t, either.) Our goal is to help you make choices after high school that will expand your options, not limit them. Here are some possibilities:

Come to our annual Expo

The annual NW Youth Careers Expo offers a great chance to pursue your career goals. Talk with people from some of the region’s top employers and get career advice in a low-pressure setting. Practice your skills at a mock job interview, or try out some cool equipment from a local hospital, construction firm or design studio.

Sign up for a career day

We offer more than 30 career days a year to Portland-area students. Many are tailored for Portland Public Schools, while others are open to students from the tri-county area.

Explore other options

Learn about internships, mentorships, apprenticeships and other career-education possibilities in the Our Work section.

Hear what other students say

Visit our Student Stories page to hear from students themselves about the value of career education in their own lives.

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