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Career Connected Learning helps Oregon students create a vision for their future.

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The CCL Framework

The CCL Ecosystem

Oregon Department of Education defines Career Connected Learning as a framework of career awareness, exploration, preparation, and training. Career learning develops over the course of one’s lifetime.

The CCL ecosystem includes like-minded partners from across the state.

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What is CCL?

Oregon Department of Education defines Career Connected Learning (CCL) as a framework of career awareness, exploration, preparation and training. Career learning develops over the course of one’s lifetime. To support this process, CCL ensures purposeful instruction and engages diverse communities in building collaborative, community-driven learning. CCL connects the interests, aptitudes, education and goals of every Oregon youth to their future.
The CCL Mission Statement centers three core values: engaging families, empowering students and building community. CCL engages families with meaningful and culturally responsive resources and events to support their efforts in guiding their children towards their futures. Clear messaging, engaging education and welcoming outreach is essential for fostering productive relationships with all Oregon families in order to build trust and unite our efforts to shape Oregon’s workforce. CCL empowers and supports all young people to find a career path that uses their unique talents and ignites their passion for meaningful work that will sustain them and provide for their families. CCL learning should be active, engaging, project-based, culturally sound, relevant, exploratory, and grow in complexity as children grow with it. CCL supports classroom teachers, counselors and Career Navigators by providing engaging resources, curriculum, internship frameworks, authentic hands-on experiences and career exploration opportunities in all regions of the states. CCL develops relationships with community partners and uses data-driven decision-making to determine the skills that Oregon’s employers need our young people to develop in order to be successful in their future careers. CCL must support community partners in developing authentic experiences that will allow students to explore their options and ignite their motivations for these careers.
At Career Connected Learning, we are committed to offering rich CCL experiences for all learners regardless of geography or access to resources. It is the vision of CCL to actively identify and remove any inequitable barriers that may prevent students from having access to formative experiences. To carry out this vision, CCL has hired a CCL/CTE Tribal Liaison/Coordinator to join ODE as part of the learning navigator network. Additionally, CCL provides materials and resources in multiple languages reflecting the people living in Oregon and their preferred method of communication. We believe that language should not be a barrier to engagement. Finally, we encourage programs participating in CCL enrichment activities to invite all students to participate, regardless of grades and attendance issues.

Think of CCL as the center of an interconnected web, featuring:

  • Pre-K-12 education
  • Dual credit
  • STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Post-secondary education
  • The statewide career navigator network
  • Career and college readiness
  • Community and industry partners
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Oregon CCL strives to build upon the diverse backgrounds and passions of our young people and make authentic connections with educators, families and industry in order for our children to do the work of Oregon's future.