Wilson College & Career Center


    College Career


    Welcome to the Wilson College & Career Center! Explore, Connect, Make a Plan

    We are here to help you discover and achieve your post-high school goals. We offer students opportunities to: 

    • Explore careers
    • Gain professional skills and hands-on experience
    • Research and apply to colleges and other post-secondary education options
    • Find scholarships and financial aid to support your dreams

    While our building may be closed, we are still here to help you navigate all things career, jobs, college, internships, and more!

    Connect with us!

College & Career Staff

 Kelly Milford



Degrees and Certifications:

Kelly Milford

College Coordinator
Room: College & Career Center, Room 149
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.

 Jessica Wade



Degrees and Certifications:

Jessica Wade

Career Coordinator
Room: College & Career Center, Room 149
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 more than 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.

  • College Resources & Information

    Seniors! Please read the Fall 2020 Senior News for answers to your most common questions.

    College Visits

    College Visits are important for helping younger students explore college options and older students narrow down their college lists and meet the reps that may be the reader of their applications.

    To sign up for a visit: log in to MaiaLearning

    To be excused from class for the visit:  Either print a copy of the registration screen to give to your teacher, or screen shot it to show to your teacher. If the visit is in the middle of the class period, talk to the teacher before  class to show them your pass and let them know you will need to leave for the visit. We take roll at visits--the representative receives a list of the students who sign up, roll is taken and the attendance list is returned to Sara Mattheisen in the attendance office.

    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 request an Aspire application from Kelly Milford

    Applying to College - Where do I get started?

    Start your college application process here—everything you need to know about applying to college in one place! Use the ECMC Opportunities handbook to find everything you need to know about applying to college! Find the ECMC Opportunities Handbook online


    College FAQs for Seniors

    Your questions answered! Stop by the College & Career Center in room 149 for more info.

    Q: How do I send my transcripts to colleges?

    A: You enter your college into Maia Learning under “Colleges I am Applying To” . “Walk through the questions and request transcript” is one of the options.  Do not forget to specify how you are applying to the school!

    Q: How do I send my SAT/ACT scores to a college?

    A: Order and send official test transcripts by logging into your CollegeBoard or ACT.org account.

    Q: How do I request a letter of recommendation?

    A: Review the Letter of Recommendation process here

    Q: Why aren’t my AP Exams showing on my transcript?

    A: We do not add AP scores to your high school transcript.  Like other test scores, you will order official transcripts from the CollegeBoard be sent to the college you will attend as proof for credit.

    Q: How do I find Scholarships?

    A: Well, this is a big question - 

    Watch for emails from the College & Career Center and announcements in the Bulletin for local scholarships.  
    Use scholarship search websites to locate and sift through scholarships (Scholarships.com, BigFuture, GoingMerry, Raise.me)
    Attend scholarship workshops at Wilson when offered

     More Resources

    FairTest Searchable database of Accredited Colleges and Universities That Do Not Use ACT/SAT Scores: More than 1000 four-year colleges and universities do not use the SAT or ACT to admit substantial numbers of bachelor-degree applicants. For the searchable database, click here: http://fairtest.org/university/optional.

    OSAC Scholarships: The Oregon Student Access Commission is a clearinghouse for over 500 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: 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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  • Career Learning

    Explore Careers, Gain Experience, Build Your Network


    Why Career Learning?

    From Freshmen to Seniors, Wilson students have numerous opportunities to discover what career path might be right for their future. Whether it's a Freshmen Career Fair during College & Career Exploration or AVID or a career day at a Portland-based company, students gain an understanding of the career possibilties before them.

    Our students then dive deeper into career fields as they try out skills and gain experience working alongside professionals in industry-sponsored mentorship and internship programs and through Wilson's Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. Our district recognized CTE programs include:

    • Audio Engineering,
    • Computer Science,
    • Construction,
    • Engineering,
    • Health Sciences, and
    • Marketing. 

    Through career learning, Wilson students approach the future with optimism, with a plan and the knowledge of how to get there, and with a budding professional network.

    What is a CRLE?

    Career-Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) are structured educational experiences that connect learning to the world of work. PPS requires students to participate in and write reflections about two CRLEs, but most students complete many throughout their four years of high school. In addition to school and industry sponsored CRLEs, many students arrange their own informational interviews or job shadows.

    What counts as a CRLE?

    • Industry Career Day or Career Fair
    • Company Tour
    • Career-focused guest speaker
    • Future You or other virtual career presentation
    • CTE Work based learning (e.g. practicum, clinical, service learning, school-based enterprise, etc.)
    • Mentoring or Apprenticeship Program
      • Pre-health, ACE, PACE, ASE, etc.
    • Internship or ongoing Volunteer position
      • Outdoor School, Rieke Internship, etc.
    • Job Shadow or Informational Interview with a non-family professional 
    • Mock Interview

    What does not count as a CRLE?

    • College visit
    • Paid employment
    • One-time volunteer event

    See our list of current career opportunities to find a CRLE that may interest you!

    Annual Opportunities

    ACE Mentor Program is a 12-week after school program that gives students a hands-on introduction to Architecture, Construction Management, and Engineering.

    P.A.C.E. Plumbing, Air, Carpentry, Electrical Mentorship Program: Hosted by PPS CTE, P.A.C.E. is an after-school program that connects students to the professional construction trades. Students learn from professionals in the areas of carpentry, electric, sheet metal and plumbing about the work done in the trades and explore career fields within the industry. 

    Portland Police Cadet Program is geared toward students in grades 10-12 and is designed to provide an introduction to law enforcement to young men and women who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. This is a competitive program. Application typically due by December. Visit the Police Bureau Cadet Page.

    Portland Fire & Rescue Explorer 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.

    Ted R. Lilley Continuing Umbrella of Research Education (CURE) Program
    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. Application typically due in January.

    Kaiser Permanente Youth Exploration Academy in Healthcare (KP Yeah!)
    A paid, four-week interactive exploration program for high school students, KP Yeah! runs during July. 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, 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_yeah/

    ADVENTIST Student Healthcare Leaders (SHLgives high school students an introduction to the abundant and diverse career opportunities available in health care. This 10-week after-school program uses interactive explorations and panel discussions to help young people explore health care, become enlightened about what it includes and engage with health care professionals. Free for the selected participants. The program takes place at Adventist Health Portland Medical Center. Evening meals are provided during class. 

    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.


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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Youth and adults can find one-time and extended volunteer opportunities at the Hands-On Portland website. Type in your zip code or a keyword like "computers" or "animals" to find non-profits that need your time and talent: http://www.handsonportland.org. Volunteer Match is another great online resource for finding a cause or non-profit who needs your passion and talent:http://www.volunteermatch.org.

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Career Related Learning Experience (CRLE) Reflection Assignments

  • Wilson students must participate in and reflect upon TWO Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs). Following your event, please complete and submit your reflection assignment using the link below.

    These reflection assignments are evaluated. Follow the instructions carefully and avoid common mistakes like writing only one sentence when asked to write two paragraphs.

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