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.   Hours: M, W, F 8:30am-3pm T, Th 8:30am-4pm


 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.

  • 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 . . .

    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!


    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.

    Here are tips for signing up and getting excused from class:

    To sign up: log in to Naviance and see the list under "What's New" on the homepage.  View the full list.  Click on "more details" button then the "Register" button to sign up.

    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 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


    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 Naviance 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: Attend a Letter of Recommendation workshop and pick up a packet of information with a checklist to complete.  

    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 searching websites to locate and sift through scholarships (Scholarships.com, BigFuture, GoingMerry, Raise.me)
    Attend scholarship workshops at Wilson when offered
    Pick up a handout in the College & Career Center with more detailed information and tips on places to search.


    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

    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 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!

    Work on Your College Essay This Summer with Ms. Johnson
    Calling all Juniors: College Essay Writing Workshop, Offered through the Lewis & Clark Oregon Writing Project, taught by Wilson’s own Jaydra Johnson
    Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 9am-noon
    Wilson High School, room 136

    Join Ms. Johnson for an inspiring and interactive college essay writing series.  Write sentences that sizzle and paragraphs that pack a punch. You'll leave with at least two polished admissions essays that boil over with your brilliance and grab the attention of admissions committees. Small class size means lots of individualized feedback and activities tailored to those who join. Space is limited, so pick up and return your completed registration form to the College and Career Center ASAP! Deadline is May 31. Cost: $175, $100 for free/reduced lunch students*
    *Please email jjohnson5@pps.net if you need more help paying

    Ms. Johnson is an Oregon Writing Project coach and has published poems and essays for several journals and magazines. She has taught English, including AP Lang, at Wilson for three years.

    Oregon Private College Week, July 29-August 2: Learn more about attending one of Oregon’s private colleges.  Eleven independent non-profit colleges host campus tours and information sessions every day Monday-Friday, July 29-August 2, 2019 at 9am and 2pm.  Register and plan visits at https://oaicu.org/oregon-private-college-week/

    >> BACK TO TOP

  • Career

 Kate Morgan



Degrees and Certifications:

Kate Morgan

Career Coordinator
Room: College and Career Center, room 149
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



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.

  • 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.

    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.

    Registration is open for Summer Arts and Design "Creating Worlds" Workshops! 

    This workshop is free and satisfies a CRLE requirement. Interested in drawing, writing, designing or computer games? Bring your unique vision and personal creativity to this two-day workshop led by writer and game designer, Will  Hindmarch. The team will create an imaginary place out of the things we like to work with most: from dialogue, lyrics, and fiction to illustration, music, and games. Learn collaborative and critical skills that’ll change the way you look at the different worlds around you.

    Students can sign up for one of the following sessions:

    Session 1: Wednesday and Thursday, July 17 and 18
    Session 2: Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21
    Program time: 10 am to 4 pm
    Registration deadline: June 12
    Location: N M Bodecker Foundation, 2360 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR, 97210
    Meals: Healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided.
    Transportation stipends are available on request.

    This is a two part registration: 1) Apply online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17BGhffQ2hbLZviu7uk8t_i5_5tppksrVFEonrDJddIA/edit AND 2) Pick up a paper application in the College and Career Center in 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
    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

    >> BACK TO TOP


    Summer Opportunities

    2019 Wilson High School Summer Opportunities Fair, Wednesday, May 22, 3:15-4:30PM

    Brought to you by the College & Career Center. Community employers will be present to speak with students about job opportunities. Human resource specialists will be on site to offer mock interviews for students get interview practice. An information session on “How to land a summer job,” will be offered twice during the job fair. Please sign up for the mock interview and information session beforehand in room 149.

    Check out our list!

    We've done some research to help you find Oregon-based summer programs. This is not an exhaustive list and does not include sports camps. Your counselors do not endorse or recommend any specific program on the list below. Many are fee-based, some offer scholarships/sliding scale fees and some are free. The list is provided to inspire you to investigate your options.


    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.