• Grant High School College & Career Center
    This is the place to get ahead or catch up. 
    It's a comfortable place to plan your future. 

    While our building may be closed to visitors, we are still here to help you navigate all things career, jobs, college, internships, and more! The College & Career Center is open to students during in-person learning. 

    For more information, feel free to contact:

    Madeline Kokes, Career and Community Partnerships Coordinator

    Mary Beth Snell, College Coordinator

    Follow us on Instagram: @ghscollegeandcareercentral  

    The College and Career Center welcomes our new College Coordinator Mary Beth Snell! Mary Beth brings over 20 years of experience as a counselor, coach, and coordinator in higher education to her position. She will focus on helping students prepare for post-secondary options, with special support for our historically underserved students. She and Madeline Kokes, the Career Coordinator, will operate the College and Career Center together, with Madeline focused on expanding career learning opportunities for students and working with our CTE teachers on building work-based learning programs. Both Mary Beth and Madeline will work in conjunction with Grant's counseling team to provide an integrated approach to meeting students' needs throughout their four years at Grant. 

    College Admissions Representatives: Please email counselor Megan Schlicker for college visit arrangements, virtual or physical. 


                                                                        Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6-8 PM

    Portland Public School's first district-wide, virtual college & career info night for students and families in grades 9-12 was held in April.

    Video links to the archived sessions are available now! Sessions included: 

    Finding Your Fit 

    College Application Timeline for Current Juniors

    What Do Colleges Want to Hear? How to Write a Standout College Application Essay

    Apprenticeship is Advanced Training after HS

    Parenting Through the College Admissions Process




    Another recorded live event: Tools to Build Your Future featuring industry professionals and postsecondary planning was held in late October. View session recordings at www.pps.net/buildyourfuturSessions included:

    • Career awareness interactive presentations delivered by industry speakers representing a broad range of career pathways
    • Information about advanced training and job readiness options
    • Financial aid and scholarship options
    • Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs
    • 2 and 4-year colleges (including supports for first-generation college students)
    • College sessions for Black, Latinx, and Native students
    • College test preparation and updates
    • Gap year programs 


    Evaluation & CRLE Credit: Completion of an evaluation is how you earn your CRLE. 

    9th & 10th grade student evaluation 

    11th & 12th grade student evaluation



    Maia Learning
    Grant High School uses the Maia Learning University & Career Research Tool to help students plan their futures. You can use Maia to discover and explore careers; build academic, college, and career plans; create portfolios that tell your story, and manage the college application process.
    Access your account by using your PPS username and password. Troubleshooting: contact support@pps.net.

    How does my high school experience make me college & career ready?
    Make a plan for your high school years.

    Which careers are right for me?
    Explore your interests and discover career opportunities out there for you. Start here!
    Share your interests: Career Interest Survey

    How does Career Related Learning happen at Grant?
    We build in lots of infrastructure for students to explore careers, from their Freshman Community Career Fairs to working alongside professionals in a Career Technical Education (CTE) class. to actually heading out to visit workplaces and industry leaders via Career Days. Information on registering for events is in the Friday Bulletin (posted on the Grant website homepage and emailed to students and guardians every Friday during the academic year).

    It’s important to start exploring careers now so students can think about what they might eventually like to do and understand the pathways to get there. The Oregon Department of Education has added emphasis on Career Related Learning: it's a graduation requirement. By the end of Senior year all students will need to participate in two Career Related Learning Experiences (“CRLE” for short–reflect on them with forms on the left-hand side of this page), build a resume (we do this in Senior Government/Economics class) and write a “My Plan Essay” (during Senior English class).

    We can help you feel more confident about finding post-secondary options and exploring possible careers, internships, colleges, apprenticeships, workforce training programs and/or military opportunities. This is a great PPS resource! 


  • Emily Newton is Grant's YTP Transition Specialist. The Youth Transition Program (YTP) is designed to assist high school students with diagnosed disabilities prepare for competitive employment when they leave high school. YTP collaborates with Vocational Rehabilitation to involve community business partners, local agencies and schools in transitioning youth from school to work.
    You can email her directly at enewton@pps.net  


    Heading for college? 
    We can help you 
    find a great fit, fill out the applications, hone your essay, apply for financial aid, and understand college costs. Visit our College-Related Events and Information page here.

    students working in the career center    

    Student receiving college search advice from a volunteer


    College Admissions Representatives: Portland Public Schools are closed to in-person activities until at least November 5, 2020. Please email counselor Megan Schlicker for all college visit arrangements, virtual or physical.