Calling all community-based organizations, businesses and industry partners

Dear Industry Partners,

Make a difference in the lives of Oregon students

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Oregon's youth need learning experiences in school that excite, engage and include them. In particular, Oregon's historically marginalized and underserved youth need to see their future path within Oregon's education system. Schooling should not be disconnected from their communities nor detached from students' aptitudes or interests.

Career Connected Learning (CCL) creates pathways for all youth to prepare for their best possible futures. This approach to learning brings together community partners, industry leaders, parents and educators to engage youth of all backgrounds and provide learning opportunities that connect with their interests, life experience and aspirations for their futures.

From Pre-K through post-secondary education, CCL guides students through a journey of awareness, exploration, preparation and training—including work-based learning—that connects their learning to aspirations and careers.

Through a unified approach, CCL brings together an array of efforts to empower young people to discover and build on their interests. By strengthening meaningful connections to their academic learning, students build a strong foundation from which they can apply their education to questions, challenges and opportunities they care about.

Finally, CCL places people's experiences—past, present and future—into a collaborative path of growth. Since CCL is fundamentally about youth in community, it provides the kind of culturally responsive instruction where all youth can engage and thrive.


— The CCL Team

How to Get Involved With CCL

Meaningful community and industry connections bring value to education in many ways:

Advisory Committee

A Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Advisory Committee is a group of professionals representing a cross-section in an occupational field. Committee members assist educators in establishing, operating and evaluating CTE programs. To get involved follow this link to find your region’s Community College. You can also check out this Small Business Development (SBD) link for each community college in Oregon.

ASPIRE Mentorship

Are you interested in mentoring the next generation of Oregon’s workforce? Follow this link to learn about becoming an ASPIRE mentor. There you will find a helpful introductory video, a brief interest survey and information about training and conferences.

Oregon Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to invest in your community’s young workforce. They compliment classroom learning, ensure a trained and engaged staff, and contribute to worker satisfaction and retention. Go to the Oregon Apprenticeship website for details on how your business can participate.
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Community and industry partnerships offer students a roadmap — a bright path forward that helps them navigate the working world of the future.

CCL Helps Facilitate Work-Based Learning

How students experience career connected learning through the four domains:

Learning About Work


Learning About Work

  • Guest Speakers
  • Career Day
  • Inventory & Assessment
  • Job Research
Learning For Work


Learning For Work

  • Career Fairs
  • Workplace Tours
  • Informational Interviews
  • Classroom Simulations
  • Job Shadows
Learning Through Work


Learning Through Work

  • School-Based Enterprise
  • Service Learning
  • Cooperative Work Experience
  • Workplace Simulation
Learning At Work


Learning At Work

  • On-the-Job Training
  • Internships
  • Clinical Experiences
  • Registered Pre-Apprenticeships
  • Registered Apprenticeships
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How is CCL Different from Career and Technical Education (CTE)

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

How can industry partners get involved with CCL?

Community-based organizations, businesses and industry partners can engage with CCL in many ways. Collaborating with educators to participate in career fairs, workplace tours, guest visits, informational interviews, job shadowing, internships and apprenticeships are just a few ways. Check out our CCL Regional Pages to connect with partners in your area! If you still have questions, connect with a Career Connect Oregon team member at hello@careerconnectoregon.org.

Career Connect Oregon has created a PDF guide to orient our partners. Start here to get involved with CCL!

View the CCL Primer for Industry Partners.

Who can I contact about CCL?

We encourage you to connect with career counselors and Career and Technical Education programs at your local high schools. Oregon CCL also supports 17 Career Connected Learning Systems Navigators (CCLSNs) stationed at each community college in Oregon, as well as Tribal Liaison. Follow this link to locate your CCLSN!

Community Partner Stories

Sarina's Story

Sarina works as a project manager at Linde in Southern Oregon. Passionate about engineering and its challenges, she enjoys working with students and promoting a cycle of learning and growth. Collaborating with other Linde employees to describe day-to-day roles and responsibilities within her industry, she helps students connect abstract concepts to authentic examples. Sarina recognizes that a spark of curiosity in students can ignite student passion, and she is committed to educating students and nurturing their growth.

Brent's Story

Brent is the CEO of Valley Immediate Care, an urgent care clinic based in Southern Oregon. Since assuming leadership, he has worked to expand the company's primary goals: to address regional health care needs, to improve the work environment for employees and to nurture community partnerships in the Rogue Valley. Part of his personal mission is to facilitate student interactions in classrooms and at career events. He views workforce development not as a quick fix but as a forward-thinking investment. For Brent, the journey extends beyond immediate personnel needs. He instead focuses on lasting impacts and the promise of long-term results from encouraging student engagement.

Do you have a story to share?