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2245 NE 36th Ave | Portland, OR 97212
Phone: (503) 916-5160 | Fax: (503) 916-2695

Career Preparation • Jobs • Leadership / Volunteer / Summer Opportunities


Career Related Learning Experiences fall under the category of "Personalized Learning Requirements." These are necessary for graduation per Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Diploma.

Click here for a chart showing how Grant High School plans to implement both the Personal Education Plan and Career Related Learning Experiences throughout a student's four years of high school.

The Personal Education Plan guides the student's learning during and after high school. This plan will include self-assessments, goal setting, four-year and post-high-school plans, resumé and occupation research.

The Career Related Learning Experiences get the student out into the community for hands-on real-world exposure.

Grant College & Career Center

Open daily: 8:00 - 4:00     Room: 130     Phone: 503 916-5160, ext. 75 630     Email: mkokes@pps.net

NOTE to colleges: To schedule a visit contact counselor Megan Schlicker at 503-916-5160, ext 75 687 or mschlicker@pps.net
Career Exploration

April 15 (date to be confirmed): Speech Pathology, Audiology, Occupational Therapy Career Day, Children's Developmental Health Institute 

April 17 Providence Health & Services Marketing Career Day Register by Fri., April 11

April 17 (date to be confirmed)Adidas Career Day

April 17 April Lunchtime CCC Speaker Series:  "WEALTH UNDERGROUND – CSA", farmers Chris Seigel and Nolan Calisch 

April 24: McKinstry Career Day Register by Fri., April 18. Juniors and Seniors. McKinstry Portland Office, off NE Airport Way. President Obama visited McKinstry and calls its energy efficient construction "a model for the nation".

April 29: Port of Portland - Emergency Operations Drill Simulation Register by Fri., April 25. 

May 9 (date to be confirmed): Public Health Career Day - Multnomah County Health Department

May 10 Linfield College School of Nursing Future Nurses Day Come meet current nursing students, tour the labs and learn about academic requirements, financial aid and scholarships.  Sign up NOW as this will fill up fast. Register online: http://www.linfield.edu/portland/multicultural-programs/.

May 20 & 22: ACE (Architecture, Construction & Engineering) Mentorship Program

Academy of Achievement - Discover a ROLE MODEL for the career you're interested in!


NOW is the time to apply for summer jobs!

It can be difficult to find a job in this economy, especially if you are a teenager. But it's good to try, and probably the best place to start looking is the Multnomah County Library. This is a reputable source and has helpful information on finding a job.
Go to www.multcolib.org/teens/work.html#paid

We can help you in the College & Career Center with resumé building, tips for interviewing, and mock interviews. Come see us.

Additional Websites to Investigate

Lloyd Center (added 9-27-12)
Check this website for current openings. www.lloydcenter.com/jobs

(added 2-12-12)
To learn about job openings at Nike, go to www.nikebiz.com/careers/us and fill out a profile. Nike hires "enthusiastic team-oriented people with the ability to provide a high level of customer service."

QFC / Fred Meyer (added 3-01-13)

QFC and Fred Meyer are both owned by the Kroger Company. Each has its own job website, but you can apply for both stores with a single application.

QFC: go to Store Opportunities and click on "Get Started"

Freddy's: go to Store Opportunities and click on "Apply Now"

Safeway (added 3-01-13)

Go to http://www.careersatsafeway.com/retail 

Whole Foods (added 3-01-13)

Go to http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers

Albertsons (added 3-01-13)

Go to http://www.albertsons.com/about/careers.html

New Seasons Market (added 3-01-13)

Go to http://www.newseasonsmarket.com/work-with-us/work-welcome

Portland Parks & Recreation (e.g., lifeguard, swim instructor, and more...) (added 2-14-14)

Go to Portland Parks & Recreation Job Board


Oregon Zoo Internship Opportunities (added 8-23-12)
The Oregon Zoo offers internships in a variety of areas. Most are for college students, but one is available to high school students during the school year. It's called the "Farm Youth Volunteer Internship" and involves working at the Trillium Creek Family Farm. Click on the link below to learn more about Oregon Zoo internships overall, and it will lead you to specific information about the farm youth opportunity for high school students.


OHSU Cancer CURE Program (added 3-01-13)
This program offers research mentorship and training to High School students from the Portland Metro Area who both excel academically and come from socially and economically disadvantaged background.

Go to: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/vision/center-for-diversity-inclusion/academic-resources/internships/continuing-umbrella-research.cfm

Catlin Gabel PLACE Program (added 3-01-13)
PLACE stands for Planning and Leadership Across City Environments. Our unique program, run by Catlin Gabel School in partnership with the greater Portland community, focuses on how we relate to our urban environment through smart planning and effective leadership.

Go to: http://www.catlin.edu/place/summer-program 


It may be hard to find a  job, but the next best thing is volunteering. Volunteers get valuable experience, meet people of all ages and backgrounds, and help with projects that make a difference. If you're under 18, some volunteering organizations require a parent-signed waiver form, and some also require that you attend with an adult.

Here are some ideas (for details, come into the CCC and ask): Spanish Camp (have to like children and speak Spanish) at Bethany Lutheran Church; Old McDonald's Farm (Asst. Counselors, working with animals, farm machinery repair) up in Corbett; Bernie Fagan Soccer Labor Day Tournament.

Other possibilities:

Oregon Zoo (added 8-23-12)
The Oregon Zoo seeks high school volunteers primarily in the summer through its "Zoo Teens" program, but there are other occasional opportunities during the school year. Go to the link below to learn more about the Oregon Zoo's volunteer program.

See http://www.oregonzoo.org/get-involved/volunteer-zoo

VolunteerMatch (added 2-14-14)
A national website with branches in Portland and other cities, for matching volunteers with the cause of their choice.

Check it out at VolunteerMatch.org

Hands On Greater Portland (added 1-30-12)
Looking for community service hours or a way to volunteer in the community? Check out Hands On Greater Portland, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities in the Portland area that range from one-time to long-term commitments. You can search for possibilities that interest you, and sign up right online.

See www.handsonportland.org

Willamette Week Volunteer Guide (added 1-25-13)
This is a great resource for finding organizations who are looking for volunteers.  It's organized in a way that lets you zero in on your interests:  animals, arts, social issues, youth, among others.  Check it out at:

See Volunteer Guide

Other Summer Opportunities
Check out the SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES! postings on the blackboard in the College & Career Center. New stuff is posted there regularly. There are sections for "Volunteer", "Adventure", "Paid", and "Enrichment".

Also, there is an area in Naviance with information on literally hundreds of "enrichment programs" of every conceivable type (you can search them by category, e.g., "Academic", "Animal Rights", "Arts", "Gap Year', etc., etc.). Most of these are programs that take place on college campuses during the summer months. Follow the instructions below...

(Access this page on Naviance. Click "I'm a guest". Log in using password "gogenerals". Once you're in, click the "college" tab. In the "college research" section, click on "enrichment programs")

Web page updated 2-20-14