• College |  Career

    The Wilson College and Career Center occupies room 220 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.

    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 . . .


    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.


    Kelly Milford

    Kelly Milford
    College Center Coordinator

    email: kmilford@pps.net
    phone: (503) 916-5280 x75291

    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.

    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

    Juniors and Seniors, start your college application process here: Wilson High School  College Handbook, everything you need to know about applying to college in one place!


    College Night For Grades 9-11, Wilson Cafeteria, Tuesday, May 9, 6:30pm

    We will begin with some introductions and resources followed by your choice of three breakout sessions.

    6:30 Cafeteria: Introduction
    6:45-8:15 Breakout sessions: Choose three to attend
    6:50 – 7:15 Session #1
    7:20 – 7:45 Session #2
    7:50 – 8:15 Session #3

    Planning for College in Grades 9 and 10 – Cafeteria
    Eric Delehoy, Delehoy College Counseling
    Offered only once, during sessions 1 and 2  (6:50- 7:45)

    Choosing a College – Cafeteria
    Eric Delehoy, Delehoy College Counseling
    Offered only once, during session 3  (7:50 – 8:15)

    All Sessions:

    Public School Admissions in Oregon – Room 27
    Melea Tejedas, Admissions Counselor, University of Oregon

    Private School Admissions – Room 31
    Ty Eisbach, Admissions Counselor, Carroll College

    How to Write a Dynamic College Admission Essay – Room 28
    Bill Boly, AP English Teacher, Wilson High School

    Utilizing Your Summer – Room 32
    Samantha Pelkey-Flock, Counseling Associate, Delehoy College Counseling

    Two-Year College Opportunities – Room 33
    Teresa Salinas, Outreach and Orientation Coordinator, PCC Sylvania

    Paying for College – Room 26
    Jennifer Satalino, Director of The College Place Oregon

    Minimize Tuition & Maximize Financial Aid – Room 34
    TBD, College Planning Specialist


    Juniors: This Spring is the Time to Ramp up Your College Exploration in Preparation for Fall Applications!

    Here are some current considerations and to-do's:

    1. Attend Wilson's College Night coming up Tuesday, May 9, in the cafeteria from 6:30-8:30pm. We will begin with some introductions and resources followed by your choice of three breakout sessions on topics including: Two-year colleges, private school applications, four-year public school applications, how to write a dynamic college essay, financial aid, financial planning, scholarship searching, how to choose a college that is right for you, etc.
    2. You only need one college entrance exam score to apply to many four-year colleges and you already took the ACT test in February and received results... So, you could call it a day and use that score! You can also take an SAT test to compare with the ACT and even retest to improve your scores. Here are the upcoming test dates if you need them:
      • Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.org. Upcoming dates: May 6 (late registration ends April 25), June 3 (late registration ends May 24), and August 26 (late registration ends August 15).
      • Register for the ACT at www.act.org. Upcoming dates: June 10 (late registration ends May 19), September 9 (late registration ends August 18).
    3. Consider attending these important and free College Awareness Events outside of Wilson:
      • Jump Start College Tour. Saturday, April 29, 8:30am-3:15pm
        This free event for students and parents is sponsored by the national Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and Wells Fargo. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to attend the event at Portland Community College’s SE Campus (SE 82nd and Division). Learn about scholarships, financial aid, college planning and stay for a campus tour. Free food and prizes too. Register at apiasf.org/jumpstart.
      • Portland’s Spring College Fair, Sunday, April 30, Noon-3:00pm
        The Spring College Fair is held at the University of Portland Chiles Center. Smaller than the ginormous college fair held every fall, this is a perfect place to connect with admissions staff and ask questions. Check out the list of 130+ participating colleges here. Register in advance at www.gotocollegefairs.com and bring your registration bar code with you. Share it with college representatives to be added to their mailing list. Get ready for the fair with this checklist from the Big Future website.
      • Exploring Educational Excellence Tour, Wednesday, May 24, 7:00pm
        Learn more about five highly selective universities when they come to Portland in May. Join Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell and Rice for an evening information session for sophomores and juniors. Sessions include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. Parents welcome! You must register online to attend and print a confirmation to bring with you. The free event will be at the Crowne Plaza Portland Convention Center at 1441 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97232.
    4. And last but not least: Visit, visit, visit as many of the colleges you are considering as is possible over spring and summer. Setting foot on the college campuses and seeing them firsthand is an important step in narrowing down and eventually choosing the right college for you!

    Happy Spring! Come by the College and Career Center in room 220 for more information!

    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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  • 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.



    Providence Medical Career Highlight Program

    Providence has a variety of Career Highlight events that will take place throughout the year. The upcoming career days are rehabilitation services, surgical technologist, and emergency services. For more information and to register visit http://www.providenceoregon.org/schooloutreach. Once you have downloaded the forms please turn them into Ms. Morgan in room 149.

    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.

    ACE Mentor Program Now Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

    Students who are interested in architecture, construction and gngineering, this program is for you! ACE gives you the opportunity to work directly with practicing professionals in ACE fields.This is a no-cost after-school mentorship program that meets from January-May Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:30-6:30.

    Students will collaborate with mentors on a building design project. At the end of the program, you will “pitch” your project to an audience of family, educators and ACE professionals. With big commitments comes sweet rewards. Last year, $72,000 in scholarships were awarded to 16 of the 40 applicants.

    You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity! Spots will fill quickly. To apply please see Ms. Morgan in room 149 and for more information visit: www.acementor.org. Students who are interested must complete a paper and online application.

    Student/Parent Information Sessions
    AIA Portland, 403, NW 11th Ave.
    Thursday, October 12, 5:00-6:30pm
    Tuesday, November 7, 5:00-6:30pm
    Pizza will be served!


    Umpqua Bank Career Day, October 27, 9am-1:30pm
    Calling all students interested in finance and business careers. Come explore the diversity of jobs available in the finance industry, from technology to marketing to commercial banking. Open to students in grades 9-12. Registration is a two-part process: Register online at http://bit.ly/umpquabankCD2017 AND stop by the College and Career Center in room 149 to pick up a paper application from Kate Morgan.


    AWS Elemental Career Day, Thursday, November 2, 9am-Noon
    Interested in career in software development or video technology? AWS Elemental, one of the leading software companies in Portland (their video technology is used by Amazon , ESPN and the Portland Timbers) is hosting a career day for students in grades 9-12. Registration is a two-part process: Register online at http://bit.ly/awselementalCD2017 AND stop by the College and Career Center in room 149 to pick up a paper application from Kate Morgan.



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    Summer Opportunities

    First Annual Student Summer Job Fair, Thursday, May 18, in the Cafeteria, 3:15-5:00pm

    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 220.

    Summer Opportunities 2017

    We've done some research to help get you started. This is not an exhaustive list and your counselors and Portland Public Schools do not endorse or recommend any specific program on this list. It is provided to inspire you to investigate your options. Do your own research by pointing your web browser to search for Portland + Summer 2017 + ________ (fill in the blank with a keyword representing your interest) to find the class, camp or program that matches your schedule, budget and interests.

    Summer Reading High School Challenge Starts June 16!

    High school teens have their own game this year with new challenges and high school-only prizes, combining digital and other literacies with reading. See the whole list at https://multcolib.org/challenge.

    Designed with input from teens through surveys and prototype sessions, the High School Challenge offers prizes like Chipotle meals, Dutch Brothers drinks, and chances to win $100 gift cards for Powell’s Books, Wunderland Games, or a $250 shopping spree.

    Besides supporting reading, the Summer Reading program includes free workshops, maker sessions, and camps for teens hosted at local libraries. Workshops include building your own skateboard, creating comics, 3-D printing, cooking and more! Summer Reading runs June 16-August 31, and you’re invited! Find out about library events at https://multcolib.org/events.

    Summer Jobs At Portland Parks & Recreation

    Portland Parks is now hiring for summer camp staff.  Summer Camp staff positions organize, plan and lead a variety of camp activities including art, craft, music, performance science, games nature and sports while supporting
     preschool and school-aged participants. Must be 16 years of age by June 14, 2017, to apply, or 15 years of age to be a lifeguard.  You must attend one of the following summer job fairs and fill out an application to be considered for employment:
    April 8: East Portland Community Center, 10am–2pm
    April 9: Matt Dishman Community Center, 1–4pm
    April 13: Charles Jordan Community Center, 3–7pm

    Summer application: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/634126.

    Registration is now open for Jr. Leader classes, Jr. Lifeguard, and Jr. Swim instructor for students who are 15 years old and younger who want to develop work experience. Junior Leader opportunities are great way to secure a job for next summer. For more information go to https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61156.

    ZooTeens, Summer 2017

    Are you interested in animals and the environment? Do you enjoy teaching others? The ZooTeens program offers you an opportunity to work with the public while gaining conservation education experience.Each summer, over 250 high school students gain real-world work experience at the zoo: caring for animals, presenting to groups and working with children at zoo camps. Some ZooTeens work one summer; other high-schoolers return every year. For more information and to apply please visit: http://www.oregonzoo.org/get-involved/volunteer-zoo/zooteens

    PDX Cyber Camp 2017

    Hands-on introductory experience to cybersecurity principles for high school students, including hands-on implementation in Windows and Ubuntu and preparation for cybersecurity internships. Cybersecurity is one of today’s hottest technical fields, with some experts forecasting a shortage of up to one million trained professionals in the coming years. Cybersecurity careers can be incredibly rewarding and high-paying. PDX Cyber Camp is held at three locations around the Portland area, July 17-July 21. Scholarships available. For more information and to apply, click on the co-ed camp flyer or  the girls-only camp flyer.

    PCC Rock Creek Annual STEAM Camp June 19-23

    This camp is offered for free to 2017 high school graduates, students entering their senior year, students interested in enrolling at PCC, individuals who have expressed interest in career-tech and microelectronics technology. Preregister by email to Dorina Cornea at dcorneah@pcc.edu.

    Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Volunteer Recruitment

    Are you looking for something to do this summer? Volunteer in your local library! Multnomah County Library is looking for volunteers for the Summer Reading program. Every summer the program encourage kids and teens to read for fun and become lifelong library users. Volunteers get people signed up, award prizes, talk with people about books, help with events, and more! Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and get service hours for school. Volunteer shifts start on June 16 and end on August 31. Apply to volunteer online: multcolib.org/volunteer.

    Looking for something to do this summer or next year?

    Check out www.teenlife.com, a dedicated search engine for enrichment opportunities—just for teens. There are 15,000 summer, gap year, and community service options in the U.S. and abroad.

    Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW)

    Now accepting applications for summer 2016. YEBW gives Oregon’s youth of all educational backgrounds an opportunity to experience firsthand what it means to run a business. The program and curriculum offers high school students an on-campus immersion experience in areas of entrepreneurship, business fundamentals, financial investments, and leadership development. Wilson students who have attended enjoyed the experience. More information and application.

    Art Adventures at Oregon College of Art & Craft Includes classes, camps and workshops

    Free Geek’s volunteers bring home a computer after 24 hours of volunteering

    iDTech, a national tech education company, offers STEM education on the Lewis & Clark campus (related Oregonian story)

    Lewis & Clark College’s Writing Program for high school students (not being held again until Summer 2018)

    Mercy Corps Summer Camp: International Development 101

    NW Film Center, Film Camps for kids + teens (animation, green screen, media arts)

    OMSI’s Youth Volunteer Program: Teen Youth Alliance – Thinkineers applications due May 8)

    OMSI’s 9-12th grade summer camps

    Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s summer program for juniors

    Oregon State University’s pre-college summer programs

    Oregon Zoo has many volunteer opportunities for youth.

    Outward Bound's wilderness adventures (some Oregon rafting/mountain trips, most programs in other states)

    POWGirls Summer Film Workshops POWGirls’ mission is to help girls 15-19 realize their power, creativity and voice in media production and encourage them to explore opportunities as future media-makers. To learn more about POWGirls and to register for all workshops, go to www.powfest.com/powgirls/. Scholarships are available.

    Portland Community College, Summer Teen Program

    Portland Parks & Rec, Teen Force

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls

    Saturday Academy, a wide variety of hands-on classes and camps

    University of Oregon’s Architecture Summer Academy in Eugene

    University of Oregon’s Design Camp in Portland

    Youth Empowered Action Camp

    Allies Film Camp, a one-week exploration of storytelling through technical filmmaking

    BodyVox workshops and intensives for dancers (beginner-advanced)

    Building Camps for girls are sponsored by Oregon Tradeswomen

    Coding with Kids offers coding summer camps (Python, arduinos, game development, etc.)

    Fire Fighter Camp for Girls

    My Voice Music offers music lessons, classes, Hip Hop Lab and an Artist Mentorship Program

    Newspace Center for Photography offers film and digital photography workshops and camps

    NW Children’s Theater isn’t just for little kids - high schoolers are doing Macbeth and the Jedi Doth Return this summer

    NW Youth Corps offer Epic Oregon Summer Camping Weeks for 14-15 year olds and five week work experience/camping and a community service focused day program for 16-18 year olds

    Open Signal offers media arts classes and workshops for teens

    Oregon College of Art & Craft offers pre-college intensives for artists in ceramics, metals, comics, fashion and more

    Oregon Department of Transportation’s Driver Education Teen Parent Resources

    Oregon State University’s Summer Experience in Science & Engineering for Youth welcomes girls and minorities interested in math

    Oregon Story Board’s Intro to Virtual and Mixed Reality Summer Courses

    Oregon Writing Project's Writing the College Essay workshop

    PDXtechies will teach you to build iPhone apps at iOS Programming Summer Camp

    Pendulum Aerial Arts' Recreation Classes and Contemporary Circus Summer Intensives

    PLACE, a youth civic engagement program with an urban planning focus

    Portland Center Stage, Summer Intensives

    Portland State University’s Transportation Institute (free, two week program for girls)

    Pacific Youth Rock Orchestra offers lessons and music programs for youth

    Process Institute’s Summer Youth Leadership Intensive

    The CENTER (Create Engage Notice Teach Empower Remember) offers 1 and 4 week civic engagement and leadership programs in the summer

    Trackers Portland offers teen adventure camps

    Tryon Creek State Natural Area

    Youth Empowered Action Camp http://yeacamp.org/

    Empowerteen, Tween and Teen Holistic Wellness Program www.empowerteen.org