Students invited to explore careers, alternatives to college

Sunset High School’s College and Career Center will host an event designed to provide information and resources about post-high school options for students considering possibilities other than a four-year college on Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s commons area at 13840 N.W. Cornell Road.

Amy Little, Sunset’s College and Career Center specialist, is organizing “Find Your Future: Exploring Your Opportunities” in partnership with Sunset’s Counseling Department.

High school students and their families are invited to explore post-high school options including college, apprenticeship trades, employment, military, short-term certification programs, job corps and more.

“We want to help all students find the right fit for their future,” Little says. “Our goal for this event is to bring a lot of information to one place for students to consider.”

The Find Your Future event aligns closely with the Oregon Education Investment Board’s 40-40-20 vision, which by 2025 calls for a 100 percent high school graduation rate, with 40 percent of graduates completing a two-year degree, 40 percent completing a four-year degree, and 20 percent of graduates being career ready. Find Your Future will focus on this third group.

“A close examination of labor market statistics will tell you that there are good jobs for students without a college degree,” Little explains, adding college isn’t a fit for everyone. “Students who don’t plan to (attend) college shouldn’t feel like they are missing out.”

Little says the intent of this event is not to discourage anyone from attending college, but rather to provide a range of options so students and parents can make informed decisions.

The event will host an expo, a keynote speaker and breakout sessions on topics such as how to use LinkedIn, writing resumes and improving interview skills. The event is open to all students in the Beaverton School District and their parents.

For more information and to register, visit

The event schedule is as follows:

• 6 p.m. — Event begins, childcare check in, College and Career Center tour and food

• 6:20 — Welcome and introduction

• 6:30 — Keynote presentation, Lisa Klingsporn, director of School to Work program

• 6:45 — Presentation by a former Sunset High School student

• 6:50 —Vendor introductions, including Nike IHM, Starbucks, Job Corps, Navy, Marine Corps, PCC Pathways program, Aloha High School Auto Tech Program

• 6:55 — Breakout sessions and opportunities to visit vendors.

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