Business and Industry Partner Info

photo: student welding in class while teacher observes
"I encourage businesses to get involved in the Schools to Career program and begin reaping the benefits of working with our local youth.” - Gail Nelson, Pendleton Chamber of Commerce

School to Careers Program

Share your knowledge and provide a student with real-world career training. Make a positive impact on students’ lives today and help to build Pendleton’s future workforce. Gain exposure and recognition in the community. 

Get involved:

  • Mentorships - Offer your expertise, support, and advice to a student who is interested in your field in a series of scheduled face-to-face meetings.
  • Job Shadow - Provide students with a look at a “day in the life” of professionals employed by your company or organization.
  • Work Experience - Host a students for a short term experience (approximately 3-5 hours) that gives a taste of the profession and involves some hands-on assignments.   
  • Internship - Engage a student in a longer term, in-depth placement that involves a more formal job description.
  • Service Learning Project - Involve students in a project that builds transferable skills while also filling a needs in our community.
  • Work Site Tours - Offer a group of students a close-up look at the inner workings of your business or organization.
  • Classroom Speaker/Guest Instructor - Bring a lesson, demonstration, or activity to school and share your expertise with students in a classroom setting.

How to get involved:

  • Step 1: Send us your information on the online Interest Form. There is no commitment to provide any opportunities by submitting this information.
  • Step 2: The School to Careers Coordinator will contact you to discuss opportunities that you may be able to provide for students.
  • Step 3: Complete the Partner Overview (offered one-on-one or in a social setting with colleagues) which will highlight best practices and help you prepare to engage students in a career related learning experience that is meaningful for everyone involved. Sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining expectations for participating in the program.
  • Step 4: Host a student, give a tour, and/or be a guest instructor.
  • Step 5: Complete a short evaluation and give feedback.

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For more information contact:

Christina van der Kamp
School to Careers Coordinator
(541) 969-6748
christina.vanderkampatpendleton.k12.or.us