Career Connected Learning

Career Connected Learning (CCL) is a framework of career awareness, exploration, preparation, and training. Career learning develops over the course of one's lifetime. To support this process, CCL ensures purposeful instruction and engages diverse communities in building collaborative, community-driven learning. CCL connects the interests, aptitudes, education, and goals of every Oregon youth to their future.


The CCL framework

Each stage of the CCL framework contains key experiences. Here is the progression of key experiences along with the recommended grade levels although these can happen at any age and any stage for an individual.

Awareness: Learning About Work
Elementary (1-4)

  • Guest Speakers
  • Career Day
  • Interest Inventory
  • Job Research

Exploration: Learning for Work
Middle School (5-8)

  • Career Fairs
  • Informational Interviews
  • Workplace Tours
  • Classroom Simulations
  • Job Shadows

Preparation: Learning Through Work
High School (9-12 and beyond)

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

Training: Learning at Work
High School (9-12 and beyond)

  • On-the-Job Training
  • Internships
  • Clinical Experiences
  • Registered Pre-Apprenticeships
  • Registered Apprenticeships

How can the Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub help?

We are growing our own CCL offerings for students and educators. We are just getting started and will eventually expand these throughout Linn and Benton Counties.

Micro-internships: Tour a variety of healthcare facilities and training centers while learning about education, career paths, skills needed, and wages.

Nuestro Futuro: A mentorship program for Latinx youth at Calapooia Middle School in collaboration with Casa Latinos Unidos. This is a STEAM-focused, afterschool program.

Educator Externships: Tour local businesses and industries to learn about diverse paths to employment that can be shared with students and families.

We can also help by:

  • Connecting employers, educators, and community organizations for collaborative partnerships
  • Supporting the planning or implementation of events, such as career fairs
  • Coordinating training experiences, such as internships
  • Sharing resources and consulting on program design
  • Supporting educators in building CCL activities into the classroom

CCL Resource Hub

The CCL Resource Hub is a web-based platform that will enable students, families, educators, businesses and industry partners to access tools and resources that support engagement and participation in CCL.

Contact us if you would like to get on our mailing list for professional development opportunities related to CCL, such as educator externships and workgroups.

Email list sign up

Contact us if you would like to participate in CCL activities with students such as career fairs, job shadows, mentoring, project-based learning, and internships.

High school students learning about medical tools at COMP NW in Lebanon, Oregon


Contact our CCL Team
Dominga Sanchez, Education Outreach and Equity Specialist
Deron Fort, Career Connected Learning Systems Navigator