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Student School To Work Information
Oregon Department of Corrections
School to Work: 
Career Related Learning Programs
School and beyond…
Learning is a lifelong process, not just something you do while you’re in school. Right now, you may not see a clear connection between school and what goes on in life beyond school, but, separating school from the rest of life is something we no longer can afford to do. We must try to find a way to bridge the gap. How will we do this? It will be done by taking advantage of an exciting new trend in education – School-to-work.
Why should students think about work now?
Have you heard about the “Baby Boom Generation”? Your parents are probably from that generation as well as most of your teachers. The Baby Boom was the great postwar surge in the American population. Between 1947 and 1961, 64.2 million children were born in this country. That generation changed America forever.

What about your generation? You are part of a group called the “Millennial Generation.” It’s a term used to describe Americans born since 1980. Believe it or not, the Millennial Generation is as large as the Baby Boom Generation. If you include immigrants, your generation may be even larger. That means that you will be putting your own significant stamp on this country. What will this country be like when you take charge? Let’s look at a few economic facts.
You’ll need skills to compete for jobs in the future.
In the next ten years, to compete with the other members of the Millennial Generation for well-paying jobs, you’ll need strong academic skills.  You’ll also need the ability to solve problems, to manage information using computers and other technologies, and to work well with other people.
The workplace is changing.
For many years, the American career path was clear. A person would find a job in a company, work for that company for 40 or so years, then retire.

What’s different now? Most of the jobs workers will be doing in 20 years don’t exist yet. Chances are, you will change careers many times throughout your working life. It is estimated that American teens today will change careers up to ten times before they retire.
The gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is growing.
The U.S. economy is not standing still.  The good news is that it’s growing.  The not-so-good news is that most of the people taking advantage of this growth are people who are already wealthy.  Wages are not growing at an equal pace.
Connecting your school experience with your life beyond the classroom offers you a chance for a practical payoff.  You can :
  • Be challenged in school.
  • Focus on your future.
  • Get the skills you need to move on to college or job training.
School-to-Work is about helping all young people:
  • understand the changing worlds of work that faces them;
  • widen occupational horizons by investigating many options;
  • attain valuable skills they’ll need to survive in a rapidly-changing labor market;
  • learn and value academic subjects;
  • relate schooling to the world of work and life;
  • make wise choices;
  • see clear paths to their futures;
  • feel good about themselves and achieve success as they define it.
The Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) is very supportive of School-to Work and would like to share our career choices for your consideration.  Students who participate in Job Shadow assignments within our department are likely to come in contact with inmates.  Students are always accompanied and supervised by an experienced department professional.  We want to ensure students have a safe and meaningful career-related learning experience.  Job Shadow assignments within prisons will be limited to areas that have a minimum security level.
About ODOC
   The department is implementing a systematic approach to developing safe and secure prisons, developing a productive inmate workforce within the prisons, and providing essential treatments, education, and workforce skills for their transition into Oregon society.

    All department employees are responsible for upholding the mission of ODOC by promoting public safety, holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.  Staff interactions with inmates on a daily basis are, by far, the most powerful tool to reinforce pro-social behavior.  Thus, the nature of interactions with inmates is core to the ultimate success of corrections and community safety.  Each employee must be able to acknowledge that everyone is capable of positive change, is expected to model appropriate pro-social behavior, and actively support positive change in individual offenders.

    Hopefully this gives you an indication of the importance of the work that is done here and stimulates your interest in our jobs.  Take a look at the varied employment opportunities within our department.
Department of Corrections Career Areas
  • Security
  • Inventory Control
  • Information Systems
  • Medical Professional
  • Accounting
  • Medical Technical
  • Maintenance Trades
  • Counseling
  • Food Service
  • Clerical
  • Administrative
  • Facilities Services
  • Nursing
  • Human Resources
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