The nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance is working with Portland Public Schools to expand opportunities for high school students to explore careers at leading Portland employers.

This work is a collaboration with PPS’ Office of College and Career Readiness. These Class Career Exploration opportunities are “upon request” and in addition to PWA’s traditional Career Days, which allow students from across PPS to sign up individually based on their own career interests.

Who is eligible: Geared toward CTE and CCE classes in Portland Public Schools.

How to request an opportunity: Career coordinators should contact PPS central office and notify PWA. (Teachers, please go through your career coordinators.)

PPS Career Coordinators: CLICK HERE for a short handout with more information.

In addition, PWA assists career coordinators at PPS high schools with recruiting volunteers for mock interviews, career workshops and career speaker panels.



Oct. 11: The Port of Portland hosted about 50 students from two classes at Franklin High School for a Class Career Day at the Portland International Airport. Students learned about career opportunities in airport operations and emergency services.

Oct. 11: PCC Swan Island Trades Center hosted about 50 students from two classes at Madison High School for a morning of hands-on learning and career exploration. Students learned about apprenticeship training options and career opportunities in construction management and the skilled trades.

Multiple dates: PWA has assisted with volunteer recruiting for mock interviews, career workshops and career speakers at multiple campuses, including Roosevelt, Grant, Madison, Cleveland and Franklin, in fall 2017.

Opportunity Bank: Class Career Exploration in Portland Public Schools