School to Career:

School to Career Workforce Development:

The School to Career program facilitates career-related learning experiences (CRLEs) for high school students and supports high school staff in college and career centers to guide their students to appropriate opportunities.  Since 1995, Hillsboro Chamber’s School to Career Program has been supporting local students by facilitating career days, career spotlight events, guest speakers, mock interviews, informational interviews, job shadows and internships.


Work-based learning strengthens our educational programs and better prepares all of our students for the realities of our increasingly competitive and global job market.


Volunteer education partners give students a first-hand look at a specific career field, what skills are needed and what employers expect from them.


As a Volunteer Education Partner you help:


    • Prepare productive, responsible and flexible workers.

    • Contribute to the economic future of your business and community.

    • Provide motivation for students by helping them see the relevancy of their classroom academics.

    • Students learn basic work ethics and skills that are necessary and transferable to any workplace (i.e. teamwork,


It's quick and easy to volunteer. Call (503-648-1102) or email now and the Hillsboro Chamber's School to Vstrrt department will use this information to match interested students in local high schools.


Please read through these opportunities to decide which ones you would like to be involved with:


Career Day Presenter:

The volunteer serves as a presenter at a career day that is focused on specific career fields.  Typically, students will rotate in small groups to each presenter at the event.  Presenter guidelines are provided to each volunteer.  The opportunity reaches 50-100 students per event.  (3-5 hour investment)


Career Spotlight Event Presenter:

The volunteer presents to a group of high school students (typically between 2-30) about his/her career pathway.  Presenter guidelines are provided to each volunteer.  (1.5 – 2.5 hour investment)


Guest Speaker:

The volunteer visits a high school classroom and presents to students about his/her career. Be sure to top it off with what it takes to succeed in the profession, or in any job! (1+ hour investment)


Job Shadow:

The volunteer hosts a student for an inside look at the career and the company. It exposes the student to a business environment and basic workplace skills through observation. (3 hour investment)


Information Interview:

The volunteer meets with the student to explain their own career pathway and answer questions that the student may have.



The volunteer hosts a student as they learn about your career and business over a few days.   Students work on specific tasks that relate to their career interests. (15-30 hour investment)


These are only a few examples of ways you can make a difference.  The opportunities are only limited by your imagination! If you are interested in learning more about School to Work, we would love to talk with you. Please contact us at 503.648.1102 or email us.


Contact Us:

If you are a business that would like to participate in the School to Career program, please use the form below. If you are a student and have questions, please go to this page, and use the form at the bottom of the page.

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