Career Prep for SEHS Students

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Career Prep for SEHS Students

Tours: Visit a training program or a business to learn what it is like to work in that industry.  Hear the range of career opportunities in that field and educational requirements to be hired.

  • Experience Oregon Industry Tours: One-day bus tours to 2-3 companies in a specific field
  • –Experience Oregon Information Technology
  • –Experience Oregon Wood Products Industry
  • –Experience Oregon Food Production
  • –Experience Oregon: Health Occupations
  • –Lane Workforce Sand & Gravel Industry visit
  • –With enough interest, SEHS counselors & career center may be able to arrange an industry tour in other fields as requested by students.
  • LCC’s Advanced Technology Tours: 5-6 hrs. For more info,, 541-463-5380.
  • –Diesel Technology (every May)
  • –Fabrication/Welding Technology (every May)
  • –Automotive Technology (every May)

Job Shadows: Spend a few hours with a person in a career you find interesting.  With only a brief time commitment you will gather information and get an experiential idea of life in a career of interest.  Job Shadows can lead to internships.

  • Elevate Lane County Job Shadows: 3-to-4-hour, one-time pairing of student with selected industry mentor. 9-12th grade students apply through Elevate Lane County and are matched with a person in the student’s area of interest.  Shadows take place in 1st & 3rd trimester usually during a non-school day.
  • Student-Initiated Job Shadow: Any student can set up a shadow by contacting a business or individual and making arrangements.  SEHS has a list of potential mentors who have worked with students in the past.

Hiring Opportunities: Attend an event where you can apply, interview and get hired by a range of potential employers.  Often technical careers include on-the-job training provided by the employer instead of a college degree.  Students who have completed internships often have a hiring advantage.

  • Job Fair: at Bob Kiefer Center in Springfield. Elevate Lane County offers this job fair where seniors can visit representatives from multiple industries, attend a resume workshop, submit a resume, interview, and possibly get offered a job. Registration required. (Takes place annually in spring.)
  • Job Fair: at LCC (Center for Meeting and Learning, Main Campus in Building 19)​ from 10 am-2 pm (Takes place annually in May)
  • Willamette High School Career & College Knowledge Night: 2-hour evening program open to all area students. Light dinner provided, then students and their families visit booths for local businesses, colleges, and the military to gather information about different career paths and opportunities. (Takes place annually in mid-May.)

Internships and Apprenticeships:  Spend extended periods of time embedded in a specific job in an industry to learn how it works and experience what it would be like to have this career.  Meet people to help advance your goals.  May lead to being hired.

  • Elevate Lane County Internships: 11th and 12th grade students apply through Elevate Lane County to be matched with a person in the student’s area of interest. The student is embedded in the industry to complete a relevant project with a mentor during the summer.  Students generally spend 25-40 hours a week for 6 weeks on the job site and are paid $15/hour.  Applications are accepted during the 3rd
  • Eugene Police Cadet Program: Students ages 16-20 attend weekend classes and evening trainings to learn, develop and practice skills required in police work. Participants may be involved in simulations and, once the academy is complete, can do Ride-Alongs with police officers.  Programs begin every 6 months, and cadets must apply and interview to be accepted.
  • Product Design Apprenticeships: Lane Arts Council and UO Product Design Department partner with selected students for 10 weeks to explore graphic, digital and physical design and production. Takes place during 1st and 3rd
  • Chambers Construction: Summer opportunities to obtain training and experience in the construction field. If this leads to being hired by Chambers, you may be eligible to receive pay for the hours invested in training.  Must be at least 16 and interested in construction as a career.
  • World of Work: ArtWorks Internship: A 3-month, hands-on, paid internship program for high-school students at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA), funded by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. World of Work interns will be exposed to a variety of museum departments and work under the mentorship of museum professionals and practicing artists.
  • Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering (ASE) program connects motivated high-school students with mentors in pre-professional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) internships. Internships are eight-week, full-time summer positions, designed by the mentors, themselves. They take place throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. The application process is competitive. ASE interns have been listed on published research, helped to design and test commercial products, and spent countless hours in the field and in the lab.

Summer Camps and Programs: Take a class, spend a week or longer, often over summer vacation, diving into skills, activities and problem solving common to a specific career.  Get a more realistic picture of what it takes and if the career is for you.  Skills gained can increase hirability.

  • Young Women’s Fire Camp: Free 1-week camp put on by Eugene Springfield Fire for young women, ages 15-18, interested in a career in firefighting.  Participants develop self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and hands-on firefighting training.  Application required.
  • KP Youth Exploration Academy in Health Care (KPYEAH): Summer, month-long exploration of a range of careers in the medical profession through Kaiser Permanente. Hands-on activities and tours.  Current juniors and seniors are paid to attend the following July’s program. Application required.
  • Nonprofit High School: Interview and tour several local nonprofits like Shelton McMurphey House, Lane Co. History Museum, Children’s’ Museum, Wordcrafters Literacy Program. Pick an organization and complete a project on its behalf with the help of a mentor.
  • YEBW (Young Entrepreneurs Business Week): Students live on an area university campus for a week during the summer to learn about business fundamentals, as well as leadership, teamwork, networking, public speaking, and more. During each program, YEBW incorporates inspirational speakers, interactive learning exercises and other professional growth activities. Registration required. Scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply for scholarships by May. (Annually in summer)
  • FBI Portland Teen Academy: 5-day overnight program emphasizing the FBI’s mission, intelligence and criminal investigations, hands-on activities, and development of related skills. Eligible incoming juniors and seniors selected to attend academy in Salem during the summer. (Applications due in spring)
  • Hydropower and STEM Career Academy: Weeklong summer academy in Washington designed to give students experience in the hydro and solar industry.
  • Southwestern Oregon Firefighter Camp: Free opportunity to explore career opportunities and Southwestern Oregon Community College program opportunities in the areas of firefighting and emergency medical services. Takes place in early June from 9 am-3 pm at North Bend High School in North Bend, OR. Registration is required by emailing
  • Next Generation Storytelling: This is an opportunity for current 9th-11th grade students to get an experience of what life is like on a college campus while gaining insight and practice in the journalism and communication field. For most of one week, students live on either the U of O or PSU campus and are immersed in the life of a college journalism student. Takes place in June (U of O) and August (PSU). (Applications due in May (U of O) and June (PSU.)
  • Summer Business Institute (SBI): 1-week summer residential program for current sophomores and juniors who are “students of color and those with culturally diverse backgrounds.” Opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of business and earn 1 elective college credit at PSU.

Classes and Workshops: Learn in more details about career options and specific requirements of possible careers in a field.  Participate in activities and gain experience of what it would be like to work in the field.

  • Intro to Building Trades and Apprenticeships: One day workshop on apprenticeships available through local trade unions in professions such as Asbestos workers, Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Cement, Floors, Insulation, Glass, Iron workers Linemen & Tradeswomen.
  • RTEC 101: Lane Community College class that covers strategies for navigating community college and the 40 careers and technical programs Lane offers. Class is free to seniors and students earn credit for gradation.
  • Lane Community College Hands-On Career Exploration Day: One day event offering hands on exposure to multiple technical programs available at LCC; Welding, Auto, Diesel, Construction, Multimedia Design, Theater, Plumbing, Culinary Arts, Computer, Dental, Physical Therapy, Message Therapy, Medical Assistant.
  • Western Oregon University’s Criminal Justice Careers Day: High-school and college students welcome to attend this one-day event to explore the fields of law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, community crime prevention, and other criminal justice professions. (Usually early March)
  • Critical Care Awareness Day: Full day of demonstrations and interactive lessons. The expert team in the intensive care unit (ICU) integrates knowledge, clinical skills and technology to ensure the best possible care for the sickest patients in our community. Critical Care Awareness Day is a unique opportunity to experience what it’s like. (Mid-May at Peacehealth/Sacred Heart-Riverbend)
  • WISE Symposium: Series of workshops taught by STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals. The symposium takes place in the Churchill HS auditorium from 3:30-7:30 pm. Free and open to ALL Lane County students. (Annually every March)
  • Willamette High School Career & College Knowledge Night from 6-8 pm. At 6:30 families will be able to visit booths for local businesses, colleges, and the military to gain information about different career paths and opportunities. Open to all area students. Light dinner provided. (Annually every May)
  • Lane ESD’s Youth Trades Academy: A 6-week, twice-a-week training in which journeycard-holding instructors give high-school juniors and seniors an introduction to the technical and professional skills needed to successfully apply for an apprenticeship or pursue employment in the sheet metal, plumbers and steamfitters, and electrical trades.
  • Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS): Online distance-learning course and summer experience specifically designed for high-school sophomores and juniors interested in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The online curriculum is a University of Washington college course focused on NASA’s space exploration program as well as topics in earth and space science. If they successfully complete the online curriculum, students are invited to participate in multi-day summer experiences that provide them to the opportunity to work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators.
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