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!


    If You Missed Financial Aid Info Night . . Here are Some Helpful Links!

    2018-2019 Paying For College PPT Oregon Slides: https://tinyurl.com/OR-Paying-for-College-2018-19
    Opportunities Guide: https://www.ecmc.org/students/opportunities-guide-workbook.html
    Link to register for Kaleidoscope, a tool which will provide you with timely and relevant information: https://tinyurl.com/ECMCTCP


    Upcoming Events for the 2018-19 College Application Season

    Practice ACT, Wilson Cafeteria, Monday, October 29, 9:30am-2:00pm  
    On February 20, all Juniors will take the ACT at Wilson for free.  With a little preparation, this could be your one and only college entrance exam. Wilson’s College and Career Center is here to help with a full-length practice ACT exam. October 29 is a teacher planning day, so there is no school for students. Tests are scored on the spot so you will have instant feedback to help you prepare for the real test in February. Taking the practice test can help you do your best on testing day.  Test scores are needed to apply to most colleges and can also used to determine merit-based financial aid.  Arrive by 9:30am so we can get everyone in and seated to start by 10:00am.  Bring a snack, testing goes through lunch! Cost is $10.00, free for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch. The $10 fee goes back to students through Wilson's Scholarship Initiative. Pre-registration required at http://kaplan.formstack.com/forms/wilson_high_school_mock_act_1018

    College Application Week at Wilson, November 5-8
    Seniors, we have a concentrated week of college events coming to promote and help you with taking your next steps after Wilson High School. College Application week includes:

    • OSU Application workshop
    • U of O Application workshop
    • PSU Instant Viking—apply and get a decision the same day
    • Western Oregon, Instant Wolf—apply before the event and get a decision during your visit
    • FAFSA workshop—apply for Financial Aid

    Keep a lookout for more specifics coming soon.


    FAFSA checklist

    FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens up on October 1 this year.   The FAFSA form is used by colleges to process your financial aid package, including grant money.  Some scholarships also require you to have filed a FAFSA form, so all students should file the FAFSA even if you do not think you qualify for financial aid.

    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!

    Start your college application process here—everything you need to know about applying to college in one place!


    college handbook
    Grades 11-12: Wilson High School College Handbook
    college toolkit
    Grades 9-10: Wilson High School College Toolkit


    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.

    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 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.

    Providence Career Highlights Registration Opens Friday, February 1, 9:00am

    Information and registration at oregon.providence.org/our-services/c/career-highlights/. Events include:

    • Laboratory/Pathology, Monday, March 4th, 1:00-4:00pm, Providence St. Vincent
    • Diagnostic Imaging, Wednesday, March 6, 9:00am-12:00pm, Providence Portland
    • Physical Therapy/Speech Language Pathology, Wednesday, March 13, 1-4:00pm, Providence St. Vincent

    Adventist’s Student Healthcare Leaders is Now Recruiting for Spring 2019

    SHL is a 10-week after-school program for high school youth, which allows teens to learn about all of the opportunities available in the medical field. Students participate in hands-on experiences in a hospital setting and talk with leading medical professionals. Class dates are every Tuesday from 5:00-7:30pm (meals included) March 5-May 14. Program takes place at Adventist Health Portland Medical Center. Application deadline is Sunday, February 3, 2019. For more information and to apply, visit http://studenthealthcareleaders.com/program-details-apply

    Instrumental Career Day, Thursday, February 7, 9:30am-12:30pm

    Do you dream of a career using your creativity and working in design, digital media, business or advertising? Visit the stunning offices of this Portland digital creative agency, with clients including brands such as Nike, Google, Stumptown and Levi’s. Hear from every discipline involved in creating digital experiences and participate in a workshop about solving strategic and design challenges and pitching ideas to clients. Learn about the skills and education needed to pursue careers doing art direction, creating innovative content, and helping businesses tell their stories. Space is limited! This is a two-part registration. Register online at http://bit.ly/instrumentCD2019 and then pick up and return a paper application in the College & Career Center, Room 149.

    Visit Kaiser Permanente’s Sunnyside Simulation Lab, Friday, February 8th, 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. This is a two-part application process. Register online at http://bit.ly/KaiserPermCD02082019 and then stop by the College & Career Center in room 149 to pick-up and return a completed paper application. Best opportunity to attend is to register by January 25.

    Daimler Career Day, Wednesday, February 13, 9:00am-12:30pm

    Join the professionals at Daimler for a behind-the-scenes look into engineering and manufacturing at the world’s biggest maker of high-tech rigs and other commercial vehicles. Participate in a fun “build your own truck” activity where students get a budget and materials to build a vehicle that can meet certain performance criteria. Visit the "mockup center" with trucks and 3D printers. Space is limited. This is a two-part registration. Register online at http://bit.ly/daimlerCD2019 and then pick up and return a paper application in the College & Career Center, Room 149.

    Black United Fund Talks at Wieden+Kennedy, Tuesday, February 19, 4-6:00pm

    Are you interested in a career in advertising, marketing, or communication? Then join Black United Fund for their BUF TALKS evening event at Wieden+Kennedy, a global, independent creative agency that creates strong and provocative relationships between customers and companies including Nike, KFC, BMW, Coca-Cola. Students will have a tour of the agency and a panel discussion with some of their employees of color. The panel will also have some of their current interns as well as former interns who are now full-time employees. Register online for this event at www.bufor.org/buf-talks.

    Oregon Engineers Week Free High School Program, Wednesday, February 20

    Would you like to experience a day as an engineer? For the full schedule of events and to register for this free program, go to www.oregonengineersweek.org. You can register for the morning and/or afternoon sessions by using the coupon codes below.

    • 9:00am-12:30pm: Morning Program at Oregon Department of Transportation, 123 NW Flanders St, Portland. Enter password and coupon code: "MORNING2019”.
    • 12:30-8:30pm: Afternoon Program at Double Tree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, including Field Trips, Exhibit Hall and E-week Banquet. Enter password and coupon code: "EWEEK2019”.

    The Perry Initiative is now seeking applicants for the Perry Outreach Program, Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Acumed Headquarters (Hillsboro)

    The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women in grades 10 and up who are interested in pursuing careers in science, medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. Additional information can be found at www.perryinitiative.org. Apply by January 23 online at http://perryinitiative.org/programs/student-online-application/

    Legacy Health Career Day, Wednesday, February 27,  9:00am-12:00pm

    Join the experts and professionals at Legacy Health for a behind-the-scenes look into the world of health care. Visit the nursing simulation lab and participate in a hands-on simulation with mannequins to learn life-saving skills. Learn about the skills, education, and experience needed to be successful in a variety of health care careers. This is a first-come, first-served, two-part registration. Register online at http://bit.ly/LegacyCD2019 and then pick up and return a paper application to the College & Career Center, Room 149.

    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
    Summer Business Institute at Portland State University
    Applications now open. The Summer Business Institute provides high school students of color and those from underrepresented backgrounds with an opportunity to experience college first-hand and to explore Oregon’s business world with Portland State business faculty and local business leaders. The program runs July 29-August 2, 2019. Eligible students should be rising sophomores and juniors from historically underserved backgrounds. Early bird registration deadline is March 1, 2019, but applications will be accepted through July 12, 2019. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.pdx.edu/sba/summer-business-institute

    Uof O Next Generation Storytelling Now Recruiting, Apply by Friday, February 22
    Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Want to learn about advertising, hone your creative writing skills, record a podcast, or brush up on smartphone videography? The School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon is now accepting applications for its summer residential experience, Next Generation Storytelling. The program runs June 23-28, 2019, on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. High school students entering grades 10–12 during the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to apply. Priority applications are due February 22, 2019. For more information, to see the complete course descriptions and faculty lists, and apply, got to sojc.co/NextGenUO. For scholarship information, go to sojc.co/NextGenScholars.

    PSU Invention Bootcamp Free Invention Camp, Apply by Friday, March 1
    Have you ever wanted to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and math? Do you want to work on a team of high school students to invent the solutions to our community’s problems? Then apply now for Invention Bootcamp 2019, a four-week invention experience hosted at the Portland State University College of Engineering and Computer Science. Tentative program dates are June 24th-July 19th, Monday-Friday, 10am-3:30pm. Students who are underrepresented are especially encouraged to apply. No experience necessary. There is no cost to students and lunch is provided daily. Apply by Friday, March 1, at www.pdx.edu/cecs/invention-bootcamp. For more information, contact Kelly Cousineau at cousin2@pdx.edu or 503-725-4267.

    SEMI High Tech University Now Recruiting, Apply by Friday, March 1
    The SEMI Foundation invites students to apply for High Tech U (HTU), a three-day program for high school students who want to know more about careers in the tech industry. Students put science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) skills to use during hands-on workshops led by industry volunteers. Taking place March 12-14, 2019, HTU is sponsored and hosted by FormFactor, PCC-Rock Creek and Thermo Fisher Scientific. All students, regardless of GPA or experience, are encouraged to apply. Go to www.semifoundation.org/semi-high-tech-u/.

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