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Career Awareness and Exploration


Oregon is committed to providing career exploration opportunities for our students through Career Connected Learning (CCL). Career awareness and exploration allows students to explore and assess their academic and workplace skills. This is important as they explore their aptitudes and interests, and plan for the future. Parents and mentors play a key role in career exploration—in fact, research shows that parents have the greatest influence on their children's career choices.

Career Connected Learning Resources

The CCL team at the Oregon Department of Education, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, and the CCL System Navigators have partnered with education service districts and professionals around the state to create a suite of Career Connected Learning tools. These CCL resources are designed to provide parents, mentors, educators, industry leaders and community based organizations with tools to help students navigate learning about—and preparing for—a career of their choice.

These tools and resources are designed to help students expand awareness of careers and identify their interests and strengths that could lead to success in those careers. Some resources support student exploration of various career fields and help students identify the employability skills required for success. Other tools help students navigate the transition from K-12 to their future goals. Check back often to find the tools that can help you!

The Career Journeys video series was created in partnership with the Journalistic Learning Initiative at the University of Oregon and the Southern Oregon ESD. More than thirty videos highlight the career journeys of "near peer" young Oregonians from all around the state. Additionally, the site offers engaging lesson plans and activities that can help take learning even further, or engage an even wider audience.

Oregon CIS (Career Information System) supports awareness and exploration of careers for students at any level, and for adults as well. Interested users are invited to create a free account and explore the lessons, tools and activities included to help people better prepare for careers. Free access to all administrative tools for schools districts and colleges is available. Make sure to sign up for great training opportunities linked on the Oregon CIS website to learn more.

The Oregon Employability Skills series has been created in partnership with Willamette ESD and project manager. This curriculum is available at no cost to assist professionals in teaching about employability skills needed for success in any career.

The CCL Resources Hub has been developed in partnership with Southern Oregon ESD and project manager. It offers a wealth of information and personalized interface to support all aspects of CCL.

If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact Beth Molenkamp at ODE for more information.

CCL Information/Research