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Dear Families and Caregivers

From traditional nuclear families to extended families, single-parent households, and non-traditional family structures, the varied composition of families underscores the importance of an inclusive approach to Career Connected Learning. This diversity fuels a broader perspective and adaptability, enabling the program to cater to the unique needs, aspirations, and values of every student and family, regardless of their background or structure.

Career Connected Learning in Oregon focuses on leveraging the unique backgrounds and interests of our youth, fostering collaboration with educators, families and industry.

The CCL framework encompasses career awareness, exploration, preparation and training. Students not only develop and assess their academic and workplace skills, but they also identify their aptitudes and interests for long-term planning. Family involvement becomes crucial at this stage.

Families are integral to the career exploration process, often being the primary influence on their children’s career choices. Research underscores the importance of family members engaging in early and continuous conversations with students about their future paths, thus shaping their career planning in a more informed and personalized way.

Remarkably, it is projected that 65% of children currently in grade school will pursue careers that don’t yet exist. This statistic highlights the vital role that families must play in fostering flexibility, curiosity and resilience in their children’s career preparation, enabling them to adapt to an ever-changing professional landscape.

With love,

- the CCL Team

CCL Framework

How your student experiences career connected learning



Grades 1 – 4

Career awareness activities help students learn about themselves and the world around them. Students learn about a wide variety of jobs and imagine how their interests relate to future careers.



Grades 5 – 8

Students continue to develop their interests and appreciate their unique strengths. Guided by their interests, students explore a variety of jobs and identify what skills are needed.



High School and Beyond

Students continue exploring careers, while learning about opportunities and tools to help with planning.



High School and Beyond

Through career research and workplace discovery, students apply learning through hands-on and work-based learning experiences. Students develop employability, technical and professional skills. Strategies link educational decisions with career options.


At any stage of your student’s career development, families and caregivers like you play an essential role in helping them navigate the professional world. Whether they are exploring options or planning for college and careers, our resources can help keep you informed and empower your student to succeed. We recommend starting here, with the CCL Guide for Families.

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What Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are available at my student’s high school?

Oregon Department of Education offers a comprehensive, searchable database of CTE programs for all high schools, charter schools and juvenile justice facilities in Oregon. Follow this link to begin your search.

An overview of Oregon’s CTE programs can be found at this link.

What are the requirements for an Oregon High School Diploma, Modified Diploma or High School Equivalency (GED)?

Diploma requirements can be accessed at at this link. CTE courses contribute to graduation in the World Languages, Arts & CTE subject category.

What are Personalized Learning Requirements?

These requirements help students plan for their post-high school education and career goals. They include the Education Plan and Profile, Extended Application and Career-Related Learning Experiences. Link here for more information.

Where can I access information about financial aid?

Follow this link to Oregon’s Student Aid site. It will guide you through the process of seeking grants, scholarships and filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Oregon Student Aid (ORSAA) Application.

Family Stories

Meet the Jacobos

Despite a challenging upbringing, Valerie is committed to being a supportive presence in her children's lives. A site manager at a medical facility with years of experience, she appreciates the satisfaction of helping patients. Motivated by her own journey, she encouraged her son, Anthony, to consider the merits of the profession. Today, they work in the same office, with Anthony as a medical assistant in the early stages of his career. Together, they have established their own careers while providing the best possible care to their patients.

Meet the Huntleys

Kelsey and her family fostered four children. Fostering has been a continuous process of building trust and letting the kids know they are loved. Foster children experience immense trauma, but with the support of many, including educators and counselors, Kelsey aims to provide a nurturing environment. Their daughter Julie's experiences in foster care shaped her career aspirations. Torn between law and therapy, she settled on becoming a child trauma therapist. This decision stems from her first-hand experiences, which she believes equip her to empathize more with kids in similar situations.

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