College and Career Exploration in the Time of Social Distancing
As we find ourselves immersed in distance learning, its important to keep in mind your college and career goals for after high school, but there are some important modifications to the steps in your pathway! A wealth of College and Career information is now available on line. Below you will find links to the most pertinent resources available in your journey. Park Academy families should watch for weekly notices of events in A Note from Parker. Please contact Linda West, school counselor, via email or call her at 503.594.8773 if you need any assistance navigating these resources or have questions.
A Joint Message of Reassurance from all 40 of Oregon’s public, private, two and four year universities to students and families.
“CoronaVirus and College: What You Need To Know and Do”. This has a wealth of information in the following sections:
- Admissions Updates: Check out virtual preview days for every college in Oregon.
- 12th grade checklist for spring 2020. Check off everything you need to do this spring to be ready for college next fall.
- 11th grade checklist for spring 2020. Resources on everything from creating your list of schools to getting a head start on your applications.
- Financial Aid and Scholarships information.
College Admission Testing: Now optional for all public universities in Oregon, for fall 2021applicants.
- Read more here.
- Students interested in an out of state or private schools will likely still need to submit college admission scores. Please check with the individual schools
- Free test prep is available:
Here is an assortment of events:
Virtual College Night. Hear from admissions and financial aid staff from colleges around the state. Learn how to enroll, write an essay, apply for the Oregon Promise and more. Attend at your convenience!
Oregon private college week, July 27-31, 2020. Ten independent, not for profit schools will be featured.
Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL), July 29, 2020. Forty admissions representatives from CTCL are currently scheduled for an in-person event.
They are united in helping students navigate this crisis, achieve their goals and plan for your future.
Expo 2 Go! Your Online Career Journey! A virtual version of the annual NW Youth Career Expo at the Portland Convention Center. Identify your career interests, explore education options, meet top local employers and make a plan for your next steps! You can choose to participate in a wealth of interactive interest surveys and events, virtual tours of colleges and businesses and online job shadows–all related to your career interests!
Northwest Youth Service Corps (NYC) is still accepting applications for paid work projects out in the great outdoors.
- Career Technical Education Camp, August 10-14, 2020. Open to students going into grades 9-12 in the fall. Hands on fun in interest area of your choice-medical, wilderness, music, film and more!
- Summer Scholars, June 22 – August 14, 2020. Open to current 11th and 12th grade students – can earn 12 credits of general education requirements. Classes are online and free.
- Bridge 2 Success, June 23 – August 14, 2020. Current high school graduates can get a head start on fall term in online writing and math classes. Earn seven free credits!
Portland Community College – low cost, high interest, online classes for teens. The schedule of classes is available Monday, May 18th and registration begins on June 3rd.
Drivers Education will not be offered through Portland Community College this summer. The Lake Oswego School District program information is not available at this time. Please check their website for updates.
Community Service Opportunities- Check the Hands on Portland website for opportunities available during the Covid-19 outbreak.