Cleveland High School has opened a new College and Career Center (CCC). The CCC offers a sunlit room where friendly volunteers assist students in their exploration of college and careers. The CCC provides students with easy computer access to 'Naviance', a college and financial aid planning site, and it also has an array of college catalogues. Students can also look at post-high school job and career literature. The CCC includes resources on 2 year and 4 year schools, financial aid including FAFSA, and career options. The CCC also hosts a large array of college visits.

The CCC is staffed entirely by parent volunteers who are trained and available to assist students in college and career explorations. For instance, a student interested in becoming a welder could work with a CCC volunteer to discover which community colleges offer certifications in welding. The CCC staffer could then help the student understand next steps in getting financial aid. Another student might want assistance in using the computer to access the OSACC financial aid application website. Still another student might come to the CCC to discuss how they might want to start thinking about colleges.

As CCC parent volunteer Mark Ham describes 'It is never too early to get started thinking about your different options for after high school and see what is out there. That is why the CCC and its volunteers are here'.

CCC is the brainchild of former Cleveland parent and professional college counselor Cheryl Hollatz-Wisely, who worked closely with the Cleveland guidance counselors is establishing the CCC. In the brief time since CCC opened this spring, Cleveland high school has become an ASPIRE school. ASPIRE is an Oregon program designed to provide resources for multi-year mentoring of students on post high school education, particularly those who do not necessarily think of themselves as college-bound. The CCC is located in Room 213 at Cleveland High School.

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