SHS Career Center Newsletter

Week of February 1st, 2021

Message from the Career Center:

Welcome to February and the halfway point in our school year. This month is Raise Awareness for CTE (career & technical education) month. A month in which we celebrate the important of CTE for our students and our nation's economy. That means this month's Career Exploration Opportunities will feature many CTE related events in fields like construction, business & marketing, health occupations, and many more.

Additionally, in honor of CTE month, our national CTE organization ACTE and NASA HUNCH are hosting this year's student video challenge with the theme, “Advancing Space Exploration Through Manufacturing,” encompassing multiple CTE sectors, including health care, transportation, family and consumer sciences, energy, robotics and more! If you are interested in learning more about this challenge and how to participate, please click here. The deadline to submit a video is April 1st, 2021. [Hint: It might be a good idea to discuss your idea with your CTE or Science teacher. They may have a helpful suggestion.]

Career Exploration Opportunities

While watching the news recently, I saw a series on the impact the pandemic has had on many industries. One clip in particular caught my attention and stuck with me. It appears that the pandemic hasn't had a negative impact on the construction field. In fact, quite the opposite. The construction industry is booming, especially in the metro area. It seems that the demand is so great that there are not enough skilled construction workers to meet the needs of the field.

To help students explore the field of construction and architecture, Hillsboro School to Career is holding an academy in the first two weeks of February. All of these events are free to Sherwood High School students. Students can attend one or all of the events at no charge to them. If a student finds an event that conflicts with classes, we are able to excuse you from those classes for that day.

Please explore the opportunities. If you find one or several that interest you please register for an event by clicking here. Or register for the entire academy by clicking here.

Construction & Architecture: (Interior Design is in here too!)

  • Rosendin Electric - Interested in becoming an Electrician? Get first-hand information about opportunities and training requirements Tuesday, February 2, 2021 10:30a-12p

  • InLine Commercial Construction - Find out more about careers in commercial construction and get a behind the scenes look at a current project. Wednesday, February 3, 202 12-3pm

  • NW College of Construction - Learn about a variety of careers and training programs in the construction industry and go on a virtual tour of the school. Wednesday, February 3, 2021 3-4pm

  • JRJ Architects - Learn what it takes to become an Architect and what the job entails Thursday, February 4, 2021 3-4pm

  • Plumbing - Interested in a career in plumbing? Learn what it’s like to be a plumber and how to get started. Tuesday, February 9, 2021 3-4pm

  • O’Brien General Contractor - Talk to the Site Superintendent of O’Brien General Contracting and learn about the many career opportunities available in construction. Wednesday, February 10, 2021 4-5pm

  • CK Hoffman Design - Meet the owner of CK Hoffman Design and learn about the interaction of careers in Interior Design and General Contracting. Thursday, February 11, 2021 4-5pm

If you are interested in exploring how to enter one of these programs, let us know. We will explore with you.

Upcoming Workshops, College Visits/Fairs, & Other Events

Virtual College Visit Opportunities: If college is a step along your career path, it's not too early to start considering your best fit.

  • NW College of Art & Design - Thursday, Feb 4th at 4 pm
  • College Board BigFuture Days college fairs over the next few weeks - Feb 6th, 1:00 – 5:00 pm PT; Feb 23rd, 2:00-6:00 PM PT; March 7th 1:00-5:00 PM PT; March 11th, 2:00-6:00 PM PT
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities Series - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 PST throughout February.
  • Attached is a Google form with the days, times, and links for attending or registering for any of these events. Please let us know if you need help completing the form or if you have questions.

Career Exploration Events: High school is a time to start considering your career options. So many to choose from, but you don't have to settle on one right away. Explore, learn, possibly find a job that you love and didn't even know existed!

Here are some upcoming virtual career exploration opportunities for you to consider and add to your calendar. Visit as many as you like. If one seems like a good fit for you, we can help you find additional information. Just contact us by using the Sherwood High School Career Center button at the top.

Tualatin Valley Creates (TVC) - a Washington County-based non-profit organization connecting creatives with resources and opportunities. Student resources include information on careers in arts, culture, heritage, and humanities.

  • Teens: Choosing a Career in the Creative Industries - February 6th, 2021 2 - 4 PM. Register here.
  • Questions about creative opportunities and careers. Click here.

Hillsboro School to Career Events and Academies: (register for an event by clicking here or register for the entire academy by clicking here)

  • Medical Careers starts February 9th. Topics include EMT/Paramedic; Physician - Pediatrician; Medical Examiner; Dental Hygienist/Dental Assistant; and Optometry.

  • Business, Entrepreneurship, & Marketing Careers starts February 16th. Check for updates.

  • STEM/Science Careers starts February 23rd. Check for updates.

College Information

The month of January brings the end of the college application season for most Universities and 4-year Colleges and the beginning of the waiting process for many admission decisions. We encourage you to embrace this time and take the moment to enjoy where you are. You have worked hard to get here. Please remember to take the time to thank those who have helped you reach this milestone - parents, counselors, teachers, or others who have encouraged you and supported you through the process.

If you have yet to start the college application process and are considering a Community College or Trades Program, February is the month to start the process. The Career Center will be holding workshops in the month of February to assist with the community college application process and exploring trades programs. We will be sharing more about these events as they get closer. Please keep any eye out for events that might interest you.

COLLEGE FUNDING! There is still plenty of time to search for college funding. In addition to the database of scholarships in Naviance, here are a few helpful links.


It’s not too late to apply! To be eligible for most types of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). These applications compile financial information and other details about students and families, which the US Department of Education and the State of Oregon use to determine financial need and eligibility for various financial aid opportunities.

OSAC provides funding and programs to Oregon students and families. (Due March 1st)
Each year, OSAC awards grants and scholarships of more than $118 million to thousands of Oregon students.

  • Deadlines

    • February 15th, 5pm: Early Bird Deadline

      • Error-free applications will be entered into a drawing for one of several $1,000 Early Bird scholarships

    • March 1, 5pm: Final Deadline

      • The final deadline for all application materials to be submitted

Prominent programs include:

Check out these helpful resources from OSAC:

Scholarships Due in February:

Grieg Lodge Scholarship: February 11th

Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship: February 14th

Oregon Young Employee Safety Media Contest: February 19th

Portland Rose Festival Court: February 24th