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Wilson High School

A comprehensive public high school
with a proud tradition of excellence.

1151 SW VermontPortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-5280Fx 503-916-2705

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  • College |  Career

    The Wilson College and Career Center occupies room 220 and is run by staff and volunteers to help students fulfill career related learning graduation requirements, research careers and colleges, and apply to college and for financial aid. The services offered in the CCC complement the work of the Counseling Department in preparing Wilson students to achieve their post-high school goals.

    Pathways and Personalized Learning

    Portland Public Schools is committed to preparing its students for successful futures. One way is through PPS Pathways, a grade 7-12 initiative that offers students the academic foundation and career-related skills to prepare them for study at four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, technical institutions or other post-secondary training. Learn more . . .


    More College Information:

    Be sure to check out the useful information on the Counseling Department page related to college preparation, planning, and the application process.


    Kelly Milford

    Kelly Milford
    College Center Coordinator

    phone: (503) 916-5280 x75291

    Kelly Milford was a counselor at Wilson from 2007 until the spring of 2016. A California native, she got into school counseling after seven years of working on grant-funded programs in community health education, leading wilderness education courses, supporting science in the United States Antarctic Program, and doing a lot of traveling in between. She enjoys living and working in the Wilson community with her husband and two children and looks forward to spending time outside whenever possible.


    FAFSA Challenge 2017: Seniors, Win $75 Shopping Spree

    The Wilson College Center wants to give Seniors money for applying for money! Filing the FAFSA is the gateway to financial aid for college, do it today!

    Go to to complete your FAFSA form—get financial aid for college AND be automatically entered in a drawing to win a $75 Amazon shopping spree. One winner every two weeks will be drawn from the list of students who have filled out a FAFSA application.

    Need Help? Here's what you can do:

    • Stop by the college center and get started!
    • We have a take home worksheet you can pick up, fill it out with your parents and bring back to us to help file your application.
    • Bring in a copy of your parent's income tax return from last year and we can use that to help you file your application.
    • Check out these videos on youtube for information and trouble shooting:
    • Come to our next workshop on Thursday March 16th and get help at Tutor Time with Jen Satalino and College Center volunteers (we will have snacks!)


    1st Drawing: March 9
    2ND Drawing: March 24
    3rd Drawing: April 7
    4th Drawing: April 21

    The Only Bad Plan Is No Plan!

    Services include:

    • College Search and Selection
    • College Admission Testing
    • Career Exploration and Searches
    • Scholarship Information and Searches
    • Timelines for a smooth transition
    • 2 yr/4 yr Education Training Options
    • Resume Building
    • Financial Aid
    • Post-High School Planning
    • College and Career Presentations

    Seniors, start your college application process here: Wilson High School  College Handbook, everything you need to know about applying to college in one place!



    Juniors: This Spring is the Time to Ramp up Your College Exploration in Preparation for Fall Applications!

    Here are some current considerations and to-do's:

    1. Attend Wilson's College Night coming up Tuesday, May 9, in the cafeteria from 6:30-8:30pm. We will begin with some introductions and resources followed by your choice of three breakout sessions on topics including: Two-year colleges, private school applications, four-year public school applications, how to write a dynamic college essay, financial aid, financial planning, scholarship searching, how to choose a college that is right for you, etc.
    2. You only need one college entrance exam score to apply to many four-year colleges and you already took the ACT test in February and received results... So, you could call it a day and use that score! You can also take an SAT test to compare with the ACT and even retest to improve your scores. Here are the upcoming test dates if you need them:
      • Register for the SAT at Upcoming dates: May 6 (late registration ends April 25), June 3 (late registration ends May 24), and August 26 (late registration ends August 15).
      • Register for the ACT at Upcoming dates: June 10 (late registration ends May 19), September 9 (late registration ends August 18).
    3. Consider attending these important and free College Awareness Events outside of Wilson:
      • Jump Start College Tour. Saturday, April 29, 8:30am-3:15pm
        This free event for students and parents is sponsored by the national Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and Wells Fargo. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to attend the event at Portland Community College’s SE Campus (SE 82nd and Division). Learn about scholarships, financial aid, college planning and stay for a campus tour. Free food and prizes too. Register at
      • Portland’s Spring College Fair, Sunday, April 30, Noon-3:00pm
        The Spring College Fair is held at the University of Portland Chiles Center. Smaller than the ginormous college fair held every fall, this is a perfect place to connect with admissions staff and ask questions. Check out the list of 130+ participating colleges here. Register in advance at and bring your registration bar code with you. Share it with college representatives to be added to their mailing list. Get ready for the fair with this checklist from the Big Future website.
      • Exploring Educational Excellence Tour, Wednesday, May 24, 7:00pm
        Learn more about five highly selective universities when they come to Portland in May. Join Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell and Rice for an evening information session for sophomores and juniors. Sessions include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. Parents welcome! You must register online to attend and print a confirmation to bring with you. The free event will be at the Crowne Plaza Portland Convention Center at 1441 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97232.
    4. And last but not least: Visit, visit, visit as many of the colleges you are considering as is possible over spring and summer. Setting foot on the college campuses and seeing them firsthand is an important step in narrowing down and eventually choosing the right college for you!

    Happy Spring! Come by the College and Career Center in room 220 for more information!

    More Resources

    OSAC Scholarships: The Oregon Student Access Commission is a clearinghouse for over 300 scholarships for Oregon students. By completing their application, you can apply for the Oregon Opportunity Grant and up to 20 scholarships including two for Portland Public School students and three specifically for Wilson seniors. The OSAC application will be available in early November; stay tuned for more information.

    Editing Service: There are four Personal Statements required on the OSAC application. They can be only 250 words each, a real challenge. Our editing service is available to help you. Be smart and take advantage of help from the editors or one of the College Center Volunteers. Editing service hours will be announced after the application becomes available.

    Scholarship Searches: There are a number of free scholarship search services available to you. You complete a profile, the search engine runs it against a huge body of scholarships, you receive notification of scholarships that match your profile. This can be very helpful, it allows you to sort through a huge database and focus on the scholarships that match your interests and background. The sites we recommend for your search are: Naviance, Fastweb, or Again be sure to take advantage of our volunteers and editors to help. Get started and good luck!

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  • Career Related Learning Events

    The following opportunities meet the Career Related Learning Requirement that all students must have to graduate from Wilson High School. Email Kate Morgan in the Career Center with any questions.



    Providence Medical Career Highlight Program

    Providence has a variety of Career Highlight events that will take place throughout the year. The upcoming career days are rehabilitation services, surgical technologist, and emergency services. For more information and to register visit Once you have downloaded the forms please turn them into Ms. Morgan in room 221.

    Portland Police Cadet Program  Now Accepting Applications

    Students in grades 10-12 who are interested in a career with the Portland Police  can apply. This is a competitive program, so please apply as soon as possible.

    The Police Cadet Program is designed to provide an introduction to law enforcement to young men and women who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. To apply and for more information see Ms. Morgan in room 221 or visit the Police Bureau Cadet Page.

    Portland Fire & Rescue Explorer Program Now Accepting Applications

    Portland Fire and Rescue is now accepting applications for the Fire and Rescue Program. The Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Explorer Program provides the opportunity for young men and women, ages 16 to 20, to become familiar with career opportunities available in the fire service. To apply and for more information, please visit their website.

    Girls: Oregon, Action, Leadership, Service Summit; Portland State University Smith Memorial Ballroom, April 26

    The Center for Women’s Leadership and the Summit’s Teen Council are inviting girls from Wilson to work with their teen council for the 2017 GOALS Summit. Do you want to develop leadership skills? Meet with other teen girls from around the city? Hear from women leaders across sectors? There will be workshops that focus on:

    • Leadership profiles and entrepreneurship: Learn about how to start your own business and/or get a community's support behind your ideas.
    • Media and communications: We all love media, but learn more about who creates it, how they do it and how girls fit into the process.
    • Feminist activism: Learn ways to change your community today.
    • Communication for leadership: What does your personal communication style look like and how do you make sure people see it?
    • Physical and mental health workshop: caring for ourselves and others.
    • Internship and opportunities fair: Meet local organizations and sign up for summer opportunities/internships


    For more information and to register visit

    Invention Bootcamp, Apply Before April 30

    Invention Bootcamp is a free, four-week program in entrepreneurship and engineering offered by Portland State. Open to students in grades 9-11. Apply online here.

    Law Day Conference, May 2, 8:30am-1:30pm, Portland State University (Application Deadline: April 22)

    Are you interested in a career in law? Then the Law Day Conference is for you! Since 1981, more than 20,000 Oregon and SW Washington high school students have attended the Law Day Conference featuring exciting workshops that explore our legal system. Workshops are interesting, topical, and so current that many are being argued in the courts today. When students leave the conference at the end of Law Day, they will be more informed citizens, know more about where to go for help, and develop new interest and appreciation for being an active citizen. Registration fee of $10 includes lunch and materials. Register at For more information please stop by room 220.

    PCC Trades Center Field Trip, 9:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday, May 10

    Are you looking for a hands-on career? Not sure what you would like to do in the future? Learn about high skill, high wage career possibilities without college debt. Come and explore apprenticeships programs such as:

    • Welding
    • HVAC
    • Fiber Optics
    • Electrical Trades
    • Facilities Maintenance

    This field trip satisfies a CRLE graduation requirement. For more information and to attend please stop by room 220 to pick up a permission slip.


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    Summer Jobs At Portland Parks & Recreation

    Portland Parks is now hiring for summer camp staff.  Summer Camp staff positions organize, plan and lead a variety of camp activities including art, craft, music, performance science, games nature and sports while supporting
     preschool and school-aged participants. Must be 16 years of age by June 14, 2017, to apply, or 15 years of age to be a lifeguard.  You must attend one of the following summer job fairs and fill out an application to be considered for employment:
    April 8: East Portland Community Center, 10am–2pm
    April 9: Matt Dishman Community Center, 1–4pm
    April 13: Charles Jordan Community Center, 3–7pm

    Summer application:

    Registration is now open for Jr. Leader classes, Jr. Lifeguard, and Jr. Swim instructor for students who are 15 years old and younger who want to develop work experience. Junior Leader opportunities are great way to secure a job for next summer. For more information go to


    ZooTeens, Summer 2017

    Are you interested in animals and the environment? Do you enjoy teaching others? The ZooTeens program offers you an opportunity to work with the public while gaining conservation education experience.Each summer, over 250 high school students gain real-world work experience at the zoo: caring for animals, presenting to groups and working with children at zoo camps. Some ZooTeens work one summer; other high-schoolers return every year. For more information and to apply please visit:


    PDX Cyber Camp 2017

    Hands-on introductory experience to cybersecurity principles for high school students, including hands-on implementation in Windows and Ubuntu and preparation for cybersecurity internships. Cybersecurity is one of today’s hottest technical fields, with some experts forecasting a shortage of up to one million trained professionals in the coming years. Cybersecurity careers can be incredibly rewarding and high-paying. PDX Cyber Camp is held at three locations around the Portland area, July 17-July 21. Scholarships available. For more information and to apply, click on the co-ed camp flyer or  the girls-only camp flyer.


    PCC Rock Creek Annual STEAM Camp June 19-23

    This camp is offered for free to 2017 high school graduates, students entering their senior year, students interested in enrolling at PCC, individuals who have expressed interest in career-tech and microelectronics technology. Preregister by email to Dorina Cornea at


    2017 Portland Plunge, June 23-30

    The Portland Plunge is a weeklong opportunity designed to provide high school students exposure to issues such as homelessness, poverty, barriers preventing people from getting the support they need, and cultural differences. During the week, participants will stay in a facility in SE Portland with 25 other youth and an adult staff while volunteering in agencies such as St. Francis Dining Hall, Blanchet House, and others. Applications are due April 28 and can be found online at


    Summer Opportunities 2016

    We've done some research to help get you started. This is not an exhaustive list and your counselors and Portland Public Schools do not endorse or recommend any specific program on this list. It is provided to inspire you to investigate your options. Do your own research by pointing your web browser to search for Portland + Summer 2016 + ________ (fill in the blank with a keyword representing your interest) to find the class, camp or program that matches your schedule, budget and interests.

    Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) 2016 Summer Youth Entrepreneurs Conference one-day summer conference, Thursday, August 11, 7:30-4:00pm
    The conference will be held at the OAME offices in Delta Park Business Park (they do work out rides from the Delta Park Max Station for any attendees who need a ride from there). The conference is open to students ages 14-21 who are interested in how a business is run and business planning while having fun in teams, hearing from some local speakers, earning and competing for cash prizes, and other rewards. There is no cost to attend. For an application stop by the Career/College Center, Room 220. More information is available at:

    Multnomah County Animal Shelter Kitten Trailer/Foster Internship
    This is a good opportunity for someone wanting to get a job as a veterinary assistant or get a job in a shelter, etc. The internship is geared towards a high school or college student or recent graduate, looking to gain job experience. Must be 16 and a high school graduate. Click here for the application.

    Volunteer Opportunity at Legacy Good Sam
    Requirements are completion of 8th-grade (14 years of age), a recommendation from a school counselor or teacher and the ability to commit to a schedule and volunteer for a minimum of 50 hours. Pick up an application in the College Center (room 220) or the counseling office. Contact Casey Kadderly at 503 413-7012 for more info.

    Food Works Summer Program Now Accepting Applications
    Food Works Summer Program hires 20 youth aged 14-18 each summer. This is a volunteer leadership program that runs for 8 weeks during the summer. This year the Summer Program will run from June 28-August 26. Youth work out on the Food Works organic farm on Suavie Island, volunteer at hunger-relief organizations, participate in leadership and job-training workshops, and cook healthy and nutritious meals for themselves and their team-mates. They get a stipend of $150 every 2 weeks (a total of $600) and a bus pass for July and August. The program is based in North Portland, but any youth from Portland may apply. Every youth who applies will be given an interview. Applications are due June 21st, but interviews will start interviews sooner than that. Applications should be turned in to the Food Works office at 4610 N Trenton St.

    Volunteer at Tryon Creek, Earn Community Service Hours
    Are you a High School teen interested in science and nature? Are you looking for a fun way to volunteer with flexibility? Tryon Creek’s “Discover the Park Through Science” program is a great way to get started. Teen volunteers are needed to help run science-based stations to help kids and their families learn about the park from an earth science point of view. Teens can sign up for shifts on Saturday and Sunday from 1-3:00pm throughout the fall. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lizzy Miskell ( for more information and to sign up.

    Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Volunteer Recruitment
    Are you looking for something to do this summer? Volunteer in your local library! Multnomah County Library is looking for volunteers for the Summer Reading program. Every summer the program encourage kids and teens to read for fun and become lifelong library users. Volunteers get people signed up, award prizes, talk with people about books, help with events, and more! Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and get service hours for school. Volunteer shifts start on June 17 and end on August 31. Apply to volunteer online:

    University of Oregon Center for Youth Enrichment/Talented and Gifted Education
    Looking for an academic challenge this summer? The University of Oregon's 2015 Summer Enrichment Program is accepting applications. Students live on campus for this two-week college immersive program. For more information on the requirements and application process go to

    FBI Youth Leadership Academy
    The Portland Division will hold its seventh annual FBI Youth Leadership Academy July 12-215, 2016. The academy gives motivated high school students the chance to develop leadership skills by engaging them in team-building experiences, exposing them to careers in law enforcement, and encouraging them to communicate and collaborate across cultures. Participants have direct interaction with FBI special agents and community leaders throughout the program. Activities will include interview/resume skills, physical fitness, hands-on forensics work, and participation in a mock crime scene investigation. Students must attend all days of the academy, and we anticipate offering more opportunities for graduates of the program throughout the upcoming school year. Application available here. Application deadline: Monday, May 25, 2016.

    Looking for something to do this summer or next year?
    Check out, a dedicated search engine for enrichment opportunities—just for teens. There are 15,000 summer, gap year, and community service options in the U.S. and abroad.

    Portland Parks and Recreation Wants You!!
    Portland Parks is now hiring Summer Camp staff. Summer Camp staff positions organize, plan and lead a variety of camp activities including art, craft, music, performance science, games, nature and sports while supporting preschool and school-aged participants. To apply please visit:

    Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW)
    Now accepting applications for summer 2016. YEBW gives Oregon’s youth of all educational backgrounds an opportunity to experience firsthand what it means to run a business. The program and curriculum offers high school students an on-campus immersion experience in areas of entrepreneurship, business fundamentals, financial investments, and leadership development. Wilson students who have attended enjoyed the experience. More information and application.

    Art Adventures at Oregon College of Art & Craft Includes classes, camps and workshops

    Choir Camp at Marylhurst University

    Community Cycling Center's Bike Camp

    Free Geek’s volunteers bring home a computer after 24 hours of volunteering

    iDTech, a national tech education company, offers STEM education on the Lewis & Clark campus (related Oregonian story)

    Lewis & Clark College’s Writing Program for high school students.

    Lewis and Clark College Oregon Writing Project Workshops: Writing the College Essay
    Incoming seniors, get a head start on writing your college essay with this week-long summer workshop. Session 1: June 20-24; Session 2: June 27-July 1. The registration fee is $175 and all sessions will be held at Grant High School. For more information and the registration form, go to

    Mercy Corps Summer Camp: International Development 101

    NW Film Center, Film Camps for kids + teens (animation, green screen, media arts)

    OMSI’s Youth Volunteer Program: Teen Youth Alliance – Thinkineers applications due May 8)

    OMSI’s 9-12th grade summer camps

    Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s summer program for juniors

    Oregon State University’s pre-college summer programs

    Oregon Zoo has many volunteer opportunities for youth.

    Outward Bound's wilderness adventures (some Oregon rafting/mountain trips, most programs in other states)

    Portland Actor's Conservatory, Summer on Stage Youth Conservatory

    POWGirls Summer Film Workshops POWGirls’ mission is to help girls 15-19 realize their power, creativity and voice in media production and encourage them to explore opportunities as future media-makers. To learn more about POWGirls and to register for all workshops, go to Scholarships are available.

    Pendulum Aerial Arts' Recreation Classes and Contemporary Circus Summer Intensives

    Portland Center Stage, Summer Intensives

    Portland Community College, Summer Teen Program

    Portland Parks & Rec, Teen Force

    Portland Youth Rock Orchestra offers lessons and music programs for youth

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls

    Saturday Academy, a wide variety of hands-on classes and camps

    University of Oregon’s Architecture Summer Academy in Eugene

    University of Oregon’s Design Camp in Portland

    Youth Empowered Action Camp

    Young Entrepreneur’s Business Camp, one week events at your choice of OSU, UO or the U of Portland