Career Connected Learning Resources

The Portland metro region has thousands of high wage, high demand jobs available now and these opportunities are projected to grow dramatically over the next ten years. We want Oregon youth to be aware of and positioned to pursue these jobs. We focus on connecting educators and youth to career information in the following ways.

Paid Teacher Externships

Each summer, high school math, science, and CTE teachers from our region participate in paid externships at local companies. From transportation engineering to software development to tool manufacturing, participants encounter a wide range of STEM-related careers and opportunities to bring industry experiences to life in their classrooms. 

Externships take place in the summer (usually July/August) and involve approximately 6 hours that includes an orientation, 4-5 hours on-site, and concludes with an opportunity to reflect with other educators on what and how to apply this experience to your professional practice.

Check out our 2019 Externship opportunities!

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Would you like to take part in a Career Connected Learning Externship? We have space available for summer 2019! Externships begin July 30th and slots are limited.

If you are interested, please complete this brief online form.

We heard so many varied perspectives and backgrounds—from engineers to urban planners to risk management. This will allow me to tell kids about future opportunities despite varied student interests.
— HS Physics Teacher

Industry Connection Videos

Check out these videos produced in collaboration with industry partners that show the application of Physics and Chemistry concepts within their work. Educators can use these videos to show students how the same content, practices, and skills they are learning in their classrooms are used by industry professionals to solve real challenges. In addition, Industry partners have an opportunity to support career-connected learning for their future workforce.

Jose Araya from Intel talks about how physics and engineering practices and skills are used in his lab every day. He also talks about the importance of arriving at quality solutions through collaborative thinking; using a diversity of voices; and testing and retesting.

See also, Math in Real Life, which offers video resources based on externships and resources developed by middle and high schools educators.

Career Pathways Handouts

Interested in providing students with information about high wage and high demand jobs in our region? Check out these handouts for students connected to the High School Science For All Physics Units. For our partner districts (Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Portland Public), the backside of each handout offers suggestions for courses/classes at each individual school connected to lessons in their science classrooms. Handouts for Chemistry & Biology are currently in development.

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Industry Classroom Visits

We coordinate with industry volunteers to offer classroom visits in our region. These are not guest speakers: Industry volunteers engage with students on specific engineering challenges/projects. STEM professionals receive training on engagement skills and methods for encouraging student-generated solutions. Volunteers are familiar with the projects they encounter. Classroom teachers participate in an orientation to become familiar with the activity and learn how to best work in partnership with the industry volunteers.

We are currently in planning for our Physics visits. If you are a Freshmen Physics instructor, please click on the button to register now!

Our continuing goal is to place a volunteer team in every high school science classroom in our region.