Welcome to Franklin's College and Career Center
The College and Career Center (in room B-6) supports students as they pursue their post-high school goals. The career coordinator, counselors, teachers, and SUN staff work together to meet the varied needs of our student body.
Students can receive assistance with:
The CCC welcomes volunteers! Contact Martin Rodriguez at 503-916-5140, x 84315. (All volunteers receive training before working with students.)
- College searches
- Meeting with college admissions staff
- Accessing financial aid and scholarship information
- Field trips to diverse work environments
- Internships and employment opportunities
College Search and Application
Countless websites and books, phone applications, and highly paid consultants provide students with a wealth of information. Considering all these resources can feel overwhelming. We suggest keeping it simple.
- Do a few college searches through Naviance and the websites listed below.
- Consider variables that are important to you (examples: cost, location, size, focus, gender mix, social climate of school, diversity of student body geographically, racially, economically).
- Devote some time to reading (as opposed to skimming) websites. Most have multiple pages of valuable information.
- Read a couple college guidebooks. The FISKE Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review are two.
- Attend an informational session in the CCC.
- Create a list of up to 15 schools for your first cut. Your list should include:
* a few "reach" schools--ones that may not admit you based on your SAT/ACT scores and GPA
* a larger number of schools that are likely to admit you
* a few "safety" schools you know will admit you
- Visit some local/regional colleges to compare size and campus culture. Visit the schools that interest you most, if possible.
- Narrow your list to ten or less schools by the fall of your senior year.
- Talk with other students and parents who have been through the process. They can give you tips!
- Check out the lists of other helpful resources listed below.
- Contact us with any remaining questions.
Seniors we have several checklists available to help you navigate your senior year!
Juniors, we have a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the college and career planning process, from start to finish. Click here for this resource.
- For a general Senior Year checklist, that includes important dates, click here.
- For a College Application checklist that outlines the technology steps of your applications, click here.
- To request a letter of recommendation from your counselor, you will need to complete the appropriate survey in Naviance. See the Naviance tab for guidance on using Naviance. Students must also have two (2) teachers complete a Teacher Evaluation Feedback form, to be returned to their counselor. This form that students can share with their teachers is available here.
- Navigating the FAFSA/ORSAA financial aid applications can be overwhelming for students that are new to the process. We offer several in-school and/or evening events to help students and families with this process. We complied the most commonly asked questions into to a document to help students and families with their FAFSA/ORSAA. Click here.
College Preparation ResourcesColleges Niche
Portland Community College
Mt. Hood Community College
Western Undergraduate Exchange (network of colleges with tuition exchange)
The Common ApplicationLocal College Highlights
US News and World Reports (college rankings)
Super College (tips about the college search process)
The Choice--NY Times college-related blog