College |  Career


     The Wilson College and Career Center occupies room 149 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.



    M, W, F 8:30am-3pm

    T, Th 8:30am-4pm


    Kelly Milford Kelly Milford
    College Center Coordinator

    email: kmilford@pps.net
    phone: (503) 916-5280 x75215

    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.


    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.


    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 . . .

    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

    Come by the College and Career Center, in room 149 any time, we are happy to help!

    Aspire Program

    If you would like a volunteer mentor to work with you to figure out your next steps beyond Wilson and help you apply for those opportunities, please apply for the Aspire program!  Applications are on the door of room 149--return one and be matched with a mentor!

    Wilson High School College Application Guide

    Start your college application process here—everything you need to know about applying to college in one place! Use this guide alongside the ECMC Opportunities handbook to find everything you need to know about applying to college! Find the ECMC Opportunities Handbook online; click here for a printer-friendly copy of the Wilson College Application Guide; or stop by the College & Career Center in room 149.

    College Application Guide



    Upcoming Events

    Wilson Community, Share Your Career Path with Wilson Students
    Throughout the year, we will host career fairs, guest speakers, mock and informational interviews, and job shadows and we need your help to provide opportunities for students to connect their classroom learning to the world of work and discover potential career fields of interest. We are looking for parents, friends, neighbors, and colleagues of Wilson families to share your professional journey and what path you took from high school to where you are now. To volunteer to be part of our Career Fairs coming up on October 23 and November 30, got to https://goo.gl/forms/98ZORIG8b0P8fS6S2. To volunteer for other events throughout the year, register with PPS Partner Connect at www.pps.net/Page/10952 and specify Wilson as your school of choice.


    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.

    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 Scholarshipexperts.com. Again be sure to take advantage of our volunteers and editors to help. Get started and good luck!

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    Kate Morgan

    Kate Morgan
    Career Center Coordinator


    email: kmorgan@pps.net
    phone: 503-916-5280 x75279

    Ms. Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Washington DC with a major in Political Science. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Marylhurst University in West Linn, Oregon.  "I am passionate about helping students explore their career interest," says Kate. A native Oregonian, she graduated from Marshall High School in Portland, Oregon. For fun, she enjoys reading books, outdoor activities, and watching movies.

    Jessica Wade

    Jessica Wade
    Career Coordinator

    Email: Jwade1@pps.net
    phone: 503-916-5280 x75279

    Jessica grew up in Ohio and received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. She began her career at the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, DC. She later earned her MA at the University of Colorado-Boulder and taught Communication, Writing & Rhetoric. Jessica moved to SW Portland 13 years ago and recently directed the Community Engagement and Service office at Linfield College.

    Jessica is passionate about creating transformative experiential learning opportunities to help students discover their interests and pursue their life goals. When she’s not working with students, Jessica can be found hiking and camping with her family, dancing, or volunteering.


    Career Information

  • CRLE Reflection Forms

    pdf CRLE Reflection Form #1 pdf CRLE Reflection Form #2

    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.


    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 149 or visit the Police Bureau Cadet Page.

    Info Session: Officer Westerlund from the Portland Police Bureau will be at Wilson in Room 150 during Tutor Time on Wednesday, October 25th, to provide more details and answer any questions you might have.

    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.

    FULL! Oregon Humane Society Career Day, Tuesday, April 23, 9:30am-12:15pm
    Visit the shelter for a day with a variety of animal professionals. Tour the shelter, watch a surgery, and experience what it takes to work with and on behalf of animals at a progressive animal welfare organization. Learn about volunteer opportunities and many careers in veterinary care, animal behavior, communications, investigations, and more. This is a two-part registration: Pick up and return a paper application in room 149 and register online.

    CNA I Information Session, Wednesday, April 24, 5:00pm, Clackamas Community College, Harmony Campus, Harmony EAST BLDG Room H335
    7738 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie
    Are you a high school senior interested in a career in healthcare? TechHire is offering  an information session for students who are interested in the one term accredited Certified Nursing Assistant I Program at Clackamas Community College. This is a non-PPS event; transportation is not provided. For more information and to get your free ticket https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cna-certified-nursing-assistant-program-information-session-registration-58746582610?aff=SchoolDistrict.

    Discover the Construction Trades Info Session, Thursday, April 25, Room 150 during Tutor Time
    Featuring Northwest College of Construction and June Kalkhoven, Owner of Oxbow Construction and Northwest Utility Contractors Association Board Member. Are you interested in a career in the construction trades? Not sure where to start in this high-wage, high-demand field? Come to this information session to learn about what it's like to work in the various construction trades and what education and skills you'll need for a successful career. Specific information about apprenticeship and training opportunities available at the NW College of Construction will be shared. pre-register in Naviance or at the College & Career Center.

    Kaiser Permanente’s Simulation Lab, Kaiser Sunnyside, Thursday, April 25, 9:00am-12:00pm

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at learning to work with patients. Tour Kaiser’s high-tech simulation lab, used for training real medical professionals, and witness or participate in a real simulation. Meet professionals, hear about their career paths and the skills and education needed to be successful in health care careers. This is a two-part registration: Pick up and return a paper application in Rm 149 and register online. Attending students will be notified two days prior to the event.

    Kaiser Permanente Dental Career Day, Kaiser Interstate Dental Office, Friday, April 26, 9:15am-12:00pm
    Go behind the scenes and get a look at dental healthcare. Tour the facility and clinic, check out the latest dental equipment and meet professionals working in a variety of dentistry careers including dentist, dental hygienist, and dental assistant. Learn about the skills and education needed to pursue a career in dentistry. 
    This is a first-come, first-served district-wide opportunity and requires a two-part registration. Please register online at http://bit.ly/KPDental2019 and pick-up and return a paper application in Room 149. Attending students will be notified two days prior to the event.

    Build Your Resume with Spring and Summer Opportunities—Apply Now

    The 2019 Ted R. Lilley Continuing Umbrella of Research Education (CURE) Program is Now Open to Applications
    Ted R. Lilley CURE is a paid eight-week summer research internship program supported by the Knight Cancer Institute and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. It offers hands-on research experiences to Portland-area sophomores and juniors who excel academically and come from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The goal of this program is to address the issue of health equity by increasing participation of underserved and underrepresented minorities in biomedical research and other health-related fields. For more information, see https://www.ohsu.edu/center-for-diversity-inclusion/ted-r-lilley-cure-program. Apply online by January 28 at https://octri.ohsu.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=WNCRXEMMEA

    Enterprise Academy
    Are you interested in a career in business? Then Enterprise Academy is for you! Enterprise Academy is a free weekend-long business seminar where students will work in competitive teams to build their own business plans. The weekend will combine business simulations, team advisors, and motivational speakers to help guide students in the process. Over 80 students from high schools throughout the metropolitan area will come together Friday, March 8-March 10 at Camp Kuratli. This opportunity is open to mature high school students who maintain a 2.5 GPA. For more information and to apply visit http://rotarypdx.org/programs/youth-programs/enterprise-academy. If you have any questions please stop by the College and Career Center.

    Kaiser Permanente Youth Exploration Academy in Healthcare (KP Yeah!)
    A paid, four-week interactive exploration program for high school students, KP Yeah! runs from July 1-July 26, 2019. The program provides high school students with exposure to Kaiser Permanente’s integrated healthcare system while promoting access to higher education, career readiness and an introduction to various healthcare pathways. Criteria for participation:
    Must be a high school junior or senior in Fall 2019 or graduating class of 2019
    Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (weighted)
    An interest in the healthcare field
    Must reside in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area and attend an eligible high school

    For more information and to apply, visit https://kaiser-scholarship.fluidreview.com/prog/kp_ye
    POWGirls Now Recruiting for Spring Break and Summer Workshops
    POWGirls, a program of the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival, offers workshops in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing and media literacy for girls and non-binary youth ages 15-19. Our instructors are working media producers who inspire girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in the film industry. All films produced during POWGirls workshops are screened at the Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (POW Film Fest). Scholarships are available. To learn more about upcoming workshops and to register, go to www.powgirls.com/upcoming-workshops.html
    Portland Parks & Recreation is Now Recruiting for Paid and Volunteer Summer Positions
    Aquatics Program positions: Training and application information in Room 149
    Youth Conservation Crew: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/ycc
    Community Center Summer Camp Counselors and more: https://bit.ly/2Xzi5YS
    Greenspaces Restoration and Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT): www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/grunt

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