C&CC January Newsletter

January 2022

FAFSA & ORSAA Completion

Seniors, have you learned if you will receive FREE grant funds to use for your education? Completing your FAFSA or ORSAA will help you. Do you need assistance getting yours done? Remember, you must do one of these to receive the Oregon Promise for use at an Oregon community college next year. Come to the C&CC to learn what steps to take to get your financial aid.

When you have completed your FAFSA or ORSAA, come get your candy bar to celebrate!

SBHS FAFSA Completion Rate: 32% or 121/374

Should I do the Oregon Promise? YES!

The Oregon Promise is awarded to students who:

  • submit their application by June 1, 2022,
  • have a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of senior year
  • have completed their FAFSA or ORSAA
  • and plan to attend an Oregon Community College.

By meeting these important steps, a student will have between $2000-$8000 for free.

Have you completed your application? ALL seniors should complete the OP, regardless of their plans for the future. Its a great back-up plan.

Remember, this is a one-time-only opportunity. If you don't do the application this year, you CANNOT do it again later.

Volunteers Needed

SBHS is once again allowing volunteers in the building!

If you would like to volunteer in our College & Career Center, please let us know. No experience needed.

Volunteers will be working directly with kids to plan their future. The ASPIRE program uses adult volunteers to be "another shoulder to lean on" for kids finding their path. Volunteers will learn how to work on college applications, creating resumes, financial aid applications and generally being a support to students. (You will have plenty of help from the C&CC staff.)

If this interests you, please contact Patty Neuenschwander at neuenschwander@gresham.k12.or.us or 503-258-4890.

Volunteers will be asked to complete a GBSD volunteer application and will be required to follow district guidelines that include: wearing masks, be vaccinated, and checking in at the main office.

Learn more about the ASPIRE program here.

Scholarships...How do I get started?

Scholarship Help Info: see some helpful tips for Bruins here. Have you started your effort?

Share your GREAT news--Report Scholarships to the C&CC

Seniors, have you been offered or accepted a scholarship? If so, please email Patty or stop by to share the good news. Accepted scholarships are entered into your graduation program. (This makes mom and dad happy!) Scholarship offers, even if you don't choose to use them, are added to your senior class total. Let us know what you've received. Keep up the great work. Bruin Pride.

Patty Neuenschwander neuenschwander@gresham.k12.or.us

Engineers' Week is Coming! Feb. 22-25

Each year, SBHS been invited to take a small group of students to witness engineering at work here in Portland. This year, the "field trips" will be done virtually. This is actually a great thing as we are now not limited to the number of students who can participate.

The College & Career Center will be hosting engineering events all day during the week. Join us for some hands-on learning, bring your chrome book and ear buds and we will provide some snacks to nourish your learning brains.

Watch for sign ups soon and list of specific topics from which to choose.

Top Paying College Majors

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers are in demand! See the starting salaries for some in demand positions. Have you considered a STEM major?

January College Spotlight #1

Southwest Oregon Community College- Coos Bay, Oregon

Number of Students: 1500, 14 per class

Scholarship Application : Apply here Open Jan. 1-March 1

Well Known Majors: Culinary Arts

Admissions Contact Info: 800.962.2838

Other Info: 70+ programs,

*SWOCC has on campus housing.

Apply Here

January College Spotlight #2

Linfield Univeristy-McMinnville, OR

Number of Students: 1376

Scholarship Information: here

Admissions Contact: Isaiah Nixon Inixon@linfield.edu 503-883-2296

Acceptance Rate: 81%

Graduation Rate: 67%

Popular Majors: Business, Accounting, Psychology

Admissions Application: here

Learn More About Oregon's College from Oregon Goes To College

See all the schools in our state here. Learn what makes each a unique place. Is one a good fit for you?

Upcoming Scholarships

Rennaissance Scholars Scholarship due Feb. 1 up to $4000/year

Guy Davis Scholarship (Parent is OSEA member) due March 1 - $1250

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarships-due Jan. 31-various amounts $2000-$6000

Horatio Alger Scholarships (Scholarships available to juniors and seniors)-due March 15

PCC Foundation Scholarship due Feb. 1

Al Forthan Scholarship (addiction reflection) due Feb. 7

Oregon Goes to College Scholarship list.

Interested in the pharmacy profession? Check out the EAP at OSU:

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How do I stay in the loop?

Parents and Students:

Do you want to receive short, informative texts with important information applicable to your grade? Join our REMIND group.

Text 81010 with your class code to join.

Seniors: @827eb6

Juniors: @aedcbk

Sophomores: @fhdh9gd

Freshmen: @8972kef

Rose Festival Court Application

If you are interested in learning more about applying to the Rose Festival Court, plan to attend a meeting on:

  • Wednesday, December 15, at 7pm
  • Monday, January 3, at 7pm
  • Saturday, January 8, at 2pm

Court Program Q&A sign up here

Court Members receive:

  • one-on-one mentorship with top female executives from Unitus Community Credit Union
  • $3,500 scholarship provided by The Randall Group valid for any accredited college, university or trade program
  • complete travel wardrobe including shoes and accessories
  • networking opportunities with business, civic and community leaders
  • a lifetime of enduring friendships with their Rose Festival Court sisters

Eligibility Requirements

Application Overview

Using Schoolinks to make a plan for the future--Starting NOW

Schoolinks.com is the search engine SBHS uses to explore colleges and careers.

Students, and their parents, can browse and learn about a student's preferences for their future.

Students log on to their Schoolinks account by using their SBHS gmail as the user name and their school ID# as the password.

We encourage you to take a look around. It's never too early to start exploring options.

Some resources you will find on Schoolinks:

  • Career professional videos
  • School sorts based on location, size, cost and more
  • In demand careers and their starting salary
  • Related career clusters
  • Transcript requests
  • Interest assessments
  • Volunteer Opportunities

What is a Net Price Calculator?

What is a Net Price Calculator? Try one here!

Net price calculators are available on a college’s or university’s website and allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account.

Net Price Calculator YouTube Video

What is Nepris, Oregon Connections?

Nepris, Oregon Connections pairs industry professionals with students in the classroom. Students experience real-world learning from specialists in a wide variety of careers. Students can participate in virtual career learning with industry members working within Science Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. Or we have access to over 13,000 pre-recorded videos that we can target an area of interest.

To learn more about opportunities within Nepris, Oregon Connections, contact LindaLee Frazier, SBHS Career Coordinator, at frazier2@gresham.k12.or.us or 503-258-4885

NROTC Scholarship Opportunity

The purpose of the Navy ROTC Program is to educate and train young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy's unrestricted line, The Navy Nurse Corps and the Marine Corps. The NROTC scholarship application is due Jan. 31, 2022.

Should Students Volunteer?

Yes, Yes...for so many reasons, YES!

Why should kids volunteer?

  • Volunteering helps kids to see the world through a broader lens and creates areas of interest that may be new and exciting to them.
  • Getting involved in our community is a great way to enhance a resume for employment, college applications and scholarships.
  • Students meet new friends outside their normal circles.
  • Meeting people creates great contacts for future jobs, connections to experts in a chosen field and ways to learn more about areas of interest.

How do I find a place to volunteer?

  • Get involved in our community service groups like Key Club, National Honor Society, MEChA, etc. These groups offer regular volunteer opportunities.
  • Find a place where your interests align with a particular business or group. (Oregon Humane Society, Snow Cap, My Father's House.)
  • Look for places close to your home so that you will find it easier to attend events and opportunities.
  • Check out the list of local volunteer sites shown on the SBHS College & Career Center's website.

Once you've found a way to volunteer, what do you do next?

  • Record the hours spent volunteering on an activities chart/resume.
  • Document the time with pictures, certificates, letters of recommendation from your supervisor. Save these items for future use in applications.

Do you want to learn more about ways to volunteer, read here.

Student Video Contest: Win $500

Clean water affects all of us. How do you feel about our water supply?

Learn more here.

Due April 24th

A total of five $500 first prizes will be awarded in two theme content areas*:

  1. Our Drinking Water / Don’t Dump That!
  2. Everyday Actions Add Up

Skills that Employers are Looking for

Hands-on exposure and focus on essential soft skills are needed to produce a generation better prepared for and fulfilled by work. Watch this video to learn more.

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NW Youth Careers Expo

The 18th annual NW Youth Careers Expo will take place virtually on March 15, 2022. The Expo is held from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

The annual Careers Expo is the Northwest’s premier career exploration experience. They welcome students from 75+ high schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington to attend the Expo, as well as 195+ exhibitors representing the state's leading employers and postsecondary partners. The Careers Expo shows students the region's amazing diversity of career opportunities, along with the skills and education needed for those jobs.

The nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance organizes the event. The Expo's goals are to connect employers to their future workforce and help students make informed, inspired decisions about their education after high school -- whether they choose a four-year university, community college, or apprenticeship training center.

All SBHS students can participate in this event. We welcome them to join LindaLee in the media center to access the Expo on their Chromebook (headphones are mandatory). They can attend all presentations or for only one period on March 15th. Students will be excused from their class to attend, but the work in the classes will need to be completed. Students must sign up to be allowed to participate. Sign up here.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

We have all heard that question. When you were little, that question was fun to answer. No pressure to really decide. We are almost done with the first semester, and we will slide into June 2022 very quickly! Can I help you answer that question so you can make a career plan?


I can offer the ASVAB Career Exploration Program test on Friday, February 11th at 11:30 am. This free, private, test is the most thorough career interest test we have available. It is given here at SBHS, to be followed up with a personal career planning appointment that will be held after the test. Students will have access to the career planning website for 2 years!


Students are welcome to come into the College & Career Center to talk about their career options. I can help guide them to a career plan and give them some direction to the training needed. It is also possible to set up virtual mentor appointments with community members who work in the field they are interested in. ( I am present in this meeting)

The sooner a student comes in for help to explore careers, the more prepared they are for their senior year and the plans that lay beyond high school.

Contact Us:

LindaLee Frazier-Career Coordinator frazier2@gresham.k12.or.us


Patty Neuenschwander-College Coordinator neuenschwander@gresham.k12.or.us


Tia Molony-College & Career Center Assistant molony5@gresham.k12.or.us

503-258-4850 x-3744