Career Information

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Apprenticeship is a training program where you earn wages while you learn a skilled profession in a specific field, such as construction, health care, or culinary arts.  Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by a trade professional. Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in the occupation you choose and to earn the wages of a professional, or journeyman in the craft. 

Career Inventories

Not sure about a college major or future career path? There are a multitude of career interest inventories and surveys you can access online to help you choose a post-high school path. These inventories help you gain a better understanding of your interests, work style, skills, and aptitude, and provide feedback on majors and careers you might be suited for.

Oregon CIS

Big Future by College Board

O*Net Online

My Path Careers

Quality Info - State of Oregon Employment Department

Job Corps - AmeriCorps - Youth Corps

Job Corps, AmeriCorps and Youth Corps are federally supported programs help people who are looking either for direction in life or a way to help others.


Job Corps

Job Corps is a federally-funded comprehensive program that provides essential academic and career skills training and prepares students for success in every aspect of their lives. Participants improve job skills and find vocational direction while living on Job Corps campuses. Job Corps is the largest free residential education and job training program for young adults ages 16-24. With more than 81 career options, Job Corps will help you find the career that's right for you.

To qualify, students must be:

  1. 16-24 years old.
  2. In need of job skills training, education, counseling, or related assistance to help get started on a career pathway.
  3. Income eligible, meeting one or more of these conditions: receives public assistance, earns poverty-level income, is homeless, is a foster child, or qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch.
  4. A U.S. citizen, is a legal U.S. resident, or is a resident of a U.S. territory and/or is authorized to work in the United States.

Learn more about Job Corps here.


AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.

AmeriCorps members are dedicated to strengthening communities. AmeriCorps members can choose to commit to service anywhere from 3 months to a year.

In addition to the reward of serving your country, the benefits of service include, but are not limited to:

  • Student loan deferment
  • Skills and training
  • Living allowance
  • Limited health benefit options
  • Education Award upon completion of service to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training, or to repay student loans
  • Career opportunities with leading employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors

Learn more about AmeriCorps here.

Youth Corps

Northwest Youth Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives.

Their core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. Their programs focus on education, challenge, community, leadership and empowerment, giving youth critical life skills and confidence. NYC programs stress teamwork, inclusion, and leadership while promoting a solid work ethic and individual achievement. Youth leave NYC knowing that they can overcome obstacles, solve problems, make friends, and attain their objectives in life.

Northwest Youth Corps was created in 1984 to offer teenagers an education-based, work experience modeled after the historic Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. In 1984, support from Oregon's forest products industry and grants from four northwest foundations, allowed NYC to start its' first program and serve 52 teens.

Today, they serve over 1,000 youth each year across a four state region.

Learn more about Northwest Youth Corps here.


Students can choose to enlist in the military as a post high school option, either as full- or part-time enlisted personnel, through an ROTC program, or by applying to one of the military academies.  Below are resources to get you started on exploring military options for your future. Those accepted to an academy or who earn a ROTC scholarship have free college with a military commitment as an officer.
To learn more about the different branches of the military, visit Today's Military.