Career-Related Learning Experiences & CTE Programs
Career-Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) are structured educational experiences that connect learning to the world beyond the classroom. Your CTE teacher will increase your career awareness by bringing professionals into your classrooms and taking you on career-focused field trips or tours of local companies. Not all CRLEs are scheduled by your teachers, however. Community organizations and industry groups sponsor career days, mentor and internship programs too. Many students arrange their own half or full day job shadows by asking a neighbor, family friend or a friend's family member to host them. You can also ask your Career Coordinator for help finding a job shadow host. All PPS students complete two CRLE Reflection assignments before graduation, but we encourage you to do dozens of them. CTE students know that career exploration activities can help them make informed decisions about their future.
Some examples of CRLEs are:
- Job Shadow (half-day experience at work with a non-family member)
- Internship (structured work + learning experience)
- Industry-sponsored Career Day (one day event)
- Industry-sponsored Career Mentor Program or Career Exploration Program (long-term commitment)
- Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program
- ChickTech: High School
- Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador Program
- OHSU's Dental Career Exploration Program
- Portland Fire & Rescue's Cadet Program
- Portland Police Bureau's Cadet Program
- Rotary Club of Portland's Enterprise Academy
- Washington County Search & Rescue Explorer Post
- Community Service Project/Volunteering (with a career focus)
- Career Field Trip with LHS teacher or club advisor
- Fall Media Day with Ms. Rechner
- Hospitality and Restaurant tours with Chef Hammericksen
- School-based career activity with an occupational focus
- Future Business Leaders of America
- Coding Club
- Cardinal Times
- Beyond the Flock magazine
- Regional Career Fairs
- Career-themed Lecture or Guest Speaker
- Scrub Club guest speakers share their healthcare career stories
- SPARK lectures at LHS (some but not all are career-focused)
- Stumptown Speakers Series
- One-on-one Information Interview (with a non-family member)
Exploring Careers On Your Own
Did you ever tag along with a parent for Take Your Sons & Daughters to Work Day when you were little? Maybe you received a tee-shirt or a coloring book and there was probably chocolate milk after the company tour. You just had to show up! Going out into the world of work for your own half-day job shadow or 30 minute information interview with a non-family member will require pre-planning on your part. Being prepared is the best way to show appreciation to the adult(s) who agreed to meet with you.
What can you do to get ready for a job shadow or information interview? Look up your host's occupation in Oregon CIS and study topics like Specific Work Activities, Working Conditions & Preparation. Visit their company's website to better understand their services or products. Consult this list of questions and add your own. Consider what you will wear to fit in in the workplace. Plan your trip, calculating when to leave home or school to be on time. Will you need to allow extra time to find parking? Check out TriMet's TripPlanner tool to help you make streetcar, bus or MAX connections.
Be inspired by these job shadow stories of University of Oregon business students.
Calling Parents & Alumni!
Think about becoming a Cardinal Career Consultant. Are you willing to host a LHS student at your workplace for a job shadow? Are you open to invitations from teachers to be on a panel or speak to their class? Does your organization ever hire interns or part-timers? PPS Career Coordinators use the district's PartnerConnect database to identify local professionals like you. Learn more and register yourself and/or your company here.
CRLE Reflection Assignments
Please avoid the following common gross errors when completing the assignment:
- writing one sentence when asked to write two paragraphs
- writing about paid employment
- writing about a one-time "good deed" type of community service (picking up litter for SOLV, donating blood, repacking donated food at the Oregon Food Bank, etc.) rather than a prolonged volunteer activity that introduced you to an occupation (e.g. coaching Little League, interacting with patients at a hospital, working on a political campaign).
Class of 2022 CRLE Reflection #1