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Find out what’s happening in our region and learn how to get connected! Postcards from the field offer a snapshot of current programming and upcoming events. Get quick access to vital details about the Lane Region by clicking on district details. Industry partners, parents and guardians, educators, students and CTE instructors interested in getting involved can check out our partner guides. Is there someone specific you are trying to get in touch with? Try our CCL Regional Contacts Directory. We organized our essential, regional links by audience for quick access. If you are looking for local CCL institutions, check out CCL spaces! Contact us at Career Connect Oregon to get in touch.

Postcards From the Field

Dispatches from the field of Lane Career Technical Education

Constructing a Brighter Future

We're excited to share an update on the "Constructing a Brighter Future" project, a vital initiative under the Lane Workforce Partnership that's now entering its second year. This project has made significant strides in addressing housing insecurity in our community by building transitional shelters. It's a collaborative effort involving various local educational institutions and organizations, aiming to provide not only shelter but also invaluable construction trade skills to students. As we move forward, the project's goals for the 2023-2024 school year are ambitious. They include the completion and delivery of 16 new shelters, increased participation from local schools, and expanded mentorship opportunities in construction trades.

The positive impact of the Constructing a Brighter Future initiative extends beyond just constructing physical shelters. It is cultivating a skilled workforce ready to meet high-demand roles in the construction sector, thereby offering students real-world skills and potential career pathways. The involvement of 19 Lane County schools and the construction of transitional housing units are notable milestones that showcase the success and community-focused nature of this project. Through partnerships and continued community support, the project not only addresses immediate housing needs but also fosters long-term educational and economic growth​

The HOPE Factory

The HOPE Factory is an innovative educational and vocational initiative in Eugene, Oregon, designed to engage high school seniors (with some opportunities for juniors) during the 2024-2025 school year. This project is a collaborative effort between the Lane Education Service District, Lane CTE, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County. Located at St. Vincent DePaul’s facility on Garfield Street, the factory aims to manufacture high-quality, affordable, energy-efficient, and fire-resilient homes to aid recovery efforts from wildfire damage in Oregon.

Participants in the program will earn two high school credits and can also receive college credits, alongside industry certifications through hands-on learning experiences in various trades such as welding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and manufacturing. The program is structured to run for 36 weeks, offering both morning and afternoon sessions during Monday to Thursday, with a full-day option on Fridays. Students will not only gain academic credits but also real-world experience, professional training, and a BOLI pre-apprenticeship certificate, making it a comprehensive educational opportunity.

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Regional CCL Hub: Lane Community College

Lane Community College, founded in 1964 in Eugene, Oregon, accommodates over 9,000 students annually, offering a blend of academic and career-focused programs. The college, in line with career-connected learning principles, provides transfer pathways to four-year universities and targeted training in areas like health professions, arts and environmental studies. Emphasizing the integration of education with practical career skills, Lane Community College maintains a focus on innovative teaching and industry partnerships. This approach aims to equip students with relevant skills and experiences for their future careers. As a notable educational institution in the region, Lane Community College plays a key role in promoting student career readiness, community engagement and lifelong learning.

I want to get involved locally... where do I start?

Dear Industry Partners,

Being based locally is an asset! Strengthen your community partnerships by reaching out to your Career Connected Systems Navigator or Small Business Development Center. For further guidance, contact your Workforce Development Board, STEM Hub Director or get in touch with high school career and guidance counselors.

Your direct involvement makes a difference! Provide guidance and feedback to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs by serving on a local CTE Program Advisory Committee. Mentor young people by developing internships, registered apprenticeships and posting job opportunities. Engage in outreach and promotion by participating in a career day or career fair.

Do you have a resource or contact to share? Please reach out to us at the contact information below! For an overview of how your company can get involved, download our CCL Guide for Industry Partners below. You can also visit the Career Connect Oregon page for industry partners.

View Industry Partners Guide

Dear Community-Based Organizations,

Did you know that Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) are uniquely suited to improve workforce development for young people ages 18-24 with pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships? Learn more by reading this helpful article by the Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning!

While your organization builds capacity to run apprenticeship programs, you can partner with other organizations and provide essential training, offer referrals, and contribute services to complement existing programs. Consider pilot programs as a viable starting point!

For information about national apprenticeship initiatives, consult Apprenticeship USA. For resources specific to Oregon, check out this link from the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries. The Oregon Health Authority is partnering with CBOs to provide funding for apprenticeship programs. Additional sources for general funding can be found at Care Oregon and the Oregon Community Foundation.


Dear CTE and STE(A)M Instructors, Counselors, and Education Administrators,

If you know someone starting out, send them to the Oregon Department of Education to learn about CTE teacher preparation and licensure. Once you are in the classroom, you are covered by Oregon State Standards. In addition, Career Connect Oregon has combined standards from the American School Counselor Association and Oregon Administrative Rules in an easy-to-read handout. We also provide you with curriculum suites at Career Connect Oregon.

To stay up-to-date in your field, consult with the Association for Career and Technical Education, and always check out what in-person and online trainings Oregon PDNetworks has to offer.

Return often to stay informed about what’s happening in your region and who to get in touch with to connect your students with the rich resources in your community.

You can also visit the Career Connect Oregon Page for educators.

View Educators Guide

Dear Students,

Get help and find the career and educational path that feels right for you. Here are some places you can check out right now!

Match careers to your interests at Oregon CIS, YouScience. Ask your school counselor for more information. What’s hot? Use Oregon’s Employment Department to research wages, required skills and education for high-demand jobs. Get paid to learn at AmeriCorps, JobCorps, and YouthCorps while serving in communities across Oregon and the US.

Want to start a business? Oregon’s Small Business Development Center and DECA have programs to help your ideas grow. Many careers with high levels of responsibility require a degree or training. Find hundreds of programs across Oregon schools. Check out Oregon’s 7 Public Universities, 17 Community Colleges, and Licensed Private Career Schools. Concerned about how you’ll pay for education? Oregon Student Aid has affordable options for everyone. You can also visit the Career Connect Oregon page for students.

Resource Guide for Grades 1-4

Resource Guide for Grades 5-8

Resource Guide for Grades 9-12


Dear Families and Caregivers,

You are the first influence on the young person in your home, and Career Connect Oregon is here to assist you in guiding them. Begin by encouraging self-discovery and exploration. What jobs are they interested in? Oregon CIS, YouScience, and Oregon Department of Education’s Career Explorer are excellent, free resources for developing awareness and beginning exploration.

What skill does your student need to develop along the way? Tap Oregon Employability Skills for their traits framework and C3 for their career journey maps, which will help in planning coursework and early workplace experiences.

As students enter high school, keep an eye on Oregon Diploma requirements. Oregon Employment Department’s Career Explorer will help spark a conversation about jobs.

View Families Guide


CCL Regional Contacts

Shareen Vogel

Title: CTE Regional Coordinator

Role Description: A CTE Regional Coordinator manages and supports Career and Technical Education programs across a specific region, aligning them with both educational standards and workforce requirements. This role entails collaboration with schools and industry to tailor CTE offerings to local job market needs.

Phone Number: 541-461-8275

E-mail: svogel@lesd.k12.or.us

Justin Chin

Title: Dean of Workforce Development

Role Description: The Dean of Workforce Development at a community college oversees programs that prepare students for the job market, focusing on skill-based training and industry partnerships. This role involves curriculum development, aligning educational offerings with regional workforce needs and fostering connections between students and potential employers.

Phone Number: 503-930-2371

E-mail: chinj@lanecc.edu

Ashley Espinoza

Title: Small Business Development Center Director

Role Description: An Executive Director of a Workforce Partnership leads the development and implementation of workforce strategies across various sectors, collaborating with businesses, educational institutions and community organizations. This role focuses on creating programs that meet regional employment needs and enhance job skills, ensuring a skilled and adaptable workforce.

Phone Number: 541-913-2284

E-mail: ashley@laneworkforce.org

Hanna Hostick

Title: Career Connected Learning Project Coordinator

Role Description: A Career Connected Learning Project Coordinator oversees initiatives that integrate education with real-world career experiences, working with schools, businesses and community partners. This role focuses on developing and managing projects that provide students with hands-on learning opportunities, aligning educational content with current industry needs.

Phone Number: 541-461-8235

E-mail: hostick@lesd.k12.or.us

Heidi Larwick

Title: Executive Director | Connected Lane County

Role Description: The STEM-CTE Director at a STEM Hub manages programs that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with Career and Technical Education (CTE) – focusing on creation practical, industry-relevant learning opportunities for students.

Phone Number: 541-654-4095

E-mail: heidi@connectedlane.org

Gabriel Gellon

Title: Specialist | STEM Education

Role Description: A Specialist in STEM Education designs and implements Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum and programs, focusing on engaging and relevant educational experiences. This role involves collaborating with educators and industry experts to integrate STEM concepts into classroom learning and prepare students for future careers in these fields.

Phone Number: 541-461-8302

E-mail: ggellon@lesd.k12.or.us

Essential Links for Educators

ASPIRE - Oregon Student Aid

ASPIRE – Oregon Student Aid. The ASPIRE program helps educate Oregon students to become career and college ready. ASPIRE offers education, resources and mentoring opportunities for all students.

ASPIRE | Oregon Student Aid
Career Connect Oregon - Curriculum for Educators

Career Connect Oregon – Curriculum for Educators offers curriculum suites aligned with ASCA standards and OARs. Suites include quick-start guides, lesson plans, and handouts. Cooperative learning strategies and creative assessment ideas included in each suite!

View Career Connect Oregon Page
Workforce Talent Development Board

Workforce Talent Development Board provides a productive space for educators to engage and partner with one another that includes innovative task forces, research projects, data and reports, strategies and recommendations.

Link to CTE Educator Resources

Essential Links for Students

Career OneStop

Career OneStop Take this 30-question interest assessment to help you match your interests with exciting careers.

Link to Interest Assessment | Career OneStop
Career Journeys

Career Journeys Watch young Oregonians in high-demand trades share their career journeys and give you a window into their workday.

Watch the Career Journeys Stories
Oregon Career Pathways

Oregon Career Pathways: Explore career pathways through the Oregon Employment Department to understand the education and training needed for different occupations. Learn which jobs are in highest demand and what they pay.

Oregon Career Pathways
UO Career Center

OSU Career Center: The University Career Center, located in Tykeson Hall, provides comprehensive job search services, career-readiness programs and networking opportunities. Their step-by-step Career Readiness Roadmap guides students toward workforce readiness. Explore job and internship opportunities through Handshake, earn academic credit for internships and get assistance with résumés and cover letters. Connect with mentors and explore work-study options to offset college expenses.

View UO Career Center
Lane Community College: Early College Admissions

LCC Early College Admissions: Check out this step-by-step guide for joining the early college program at Lane.

View LCC’s Early College Admissions Site
Lane County Vocational Training

The Workforce Services division of Lane County’s Health and Human Services Department offers various training programs to enhance workforce skills and employability. These programs include the JOBS Program, in partnership with Oregon DHS, providing short-term vocational training at no cost for eligible TANF recipients. The training focuses on industry-recognized certificates for jobs needed in Lane County.

View Lane County’s Vocational Training Site
Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education: Oregon Department of Education offers programs and resources for students interested in technical and vocational education. Learn more about the 6 career areas and find programs in your school.

Career and Technical Education: State of Oregon
Oregon Apprenticeship

Oregon Apprenticeship: This website offers information on registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, helping students explore hands-on training opportunities in various trades statewide.

Oregon Apprenticeships
Training Corps

Training Corps: For students interested in environmental careers, OCC provides opportunities for training and work experience in conservation. Get paid to learn at AmeriCorps, JobCorps, and YouthCorps while serving in communities across Oregon and the US.

Link to Oregon Conservation Corps
Link to AmeriCorps
Link to YouthCorps
Lane Community College: Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships | LCC: LCC offers a full-spectrum of apprenticeship resources, including coursework, access to training, connections to industry, mentorship and advisory committees.

Link to LCC Apprenticeships Program
Lane Community College: College Now

Apprenticeships | LCC: College Credit Now allows enrolled high school students to earn Lane Community College credits for approved courses taught by qualified high school teachers at their high school campuses. This free program offers substantial cost savings, with classes held conveniently on-site and includes access to Lane CC’s library and tutoring resources.

Link to LCC College Now Program
Eugene School District 4J CTE Programs

Apprenticeships | LCC: offers diverse Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs across its high schools, including the Early College & Career Options (ECCO) program. These CTE programs span areas like digital arts, engineering, and health services, providing students with hands-on skills and academic knowledge for success in advanced studies and careers. The district focuses on practical learning experiences, preparing students for higher education and the workforce.

Link to LCC College Now Program

Essential Links for Families & Guardians

Search CTE Programs Across the State

Search CTE Programs Across the State. Curious about what Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are available? Visit this link for a database of searchable CTE programs at every high school in Oregon.

Link to Approved CTE Programs (Detail)
Oregon Young Employee Safety

Oregon Young Employee Safety strives to prevent injury and illnesses and promote well-being among young workers through resource sharing and community partnership.

Oregon YES
Oregon Career Information System

Oregon Career Information System provides career exploration and planning tools. Parents can access resources to help their children explore different career paths.

Oregon CIS
Lane Community College: Quality Care Connections

LCC Quality Care Connections is Lane County’s Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. We support the local child care and early learning workforce through consultation, coaching, and training. We also educate parents and our community about Oregon’s care options, how to find child care that meets your needs, and how to recognize quality care.

View LCC’s Quality Care Connections Site
Oregon Student Aid

Oregon Student Aid: The Higher Education Coordinating Commission offers information on higher education options in Oregon, including college and university programs.

Plan & Pay for College – Find Oregon Colleges, Universities, and Programs
Personal Education Plan and Profile

Personal Education Plan and Profile: Find out more about this document for secondary students—updated yearly—that contains their interests, coursework, career aspirations, participation in career-related learning and a portfolio of their achievements.

Education Plan and Profile
Oregon C3 Career Journey Maps

Oregon C3 Career Journey Maps are centered around 16 major career clusters and designed to encourage discussion among practitioners, students and their families. Each map includes sample jobs, general specifications, job descriptions, suggestions for preparation, links to additional resources and suggestions for next steps.

Career Journey Maps | C3 Oregon

Essential Links for Community Partners

CTE Programs Database

Search CTE Programs Across the State: Visit this link for a database of searchable CTE Approved CTE Programs offered in Oregon’s high schools. There are two report options available; a Basic Search that displays program information for one secondary school offering CTE within the selected academic year and an Advanced Search that contains additional filtering options allowing users to explore results across, regions, counties, or career areas.

CTE Programs Database
Workforce Talent Development Board - Employer Resources

Workforce Talent Development Board – Employer Resources: Post your job openings, identify qualified candidates and plan for the future of your employees. The majority of the Workforce Talent Development Board is made up of Oregon business leaders from Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Energy, Sports and Apparel, Forest Products, Food and Beverage, and other sectors. The WTDB provides multiple tables, convenings and events for these leaders, and their public sector partners, to develop and drive strategy, policy and value for Oregon’s workforce system.

Link to Workforce Talent Development Board Resources
WorkSource Oregon

WorkSource Oregon: Grow your skilled workers with apprenticeships, internships and training options. WorkSource Oregon is here to partner with your business and provides free services for employers and helps businesses craft job postings for improved results, convene job candidates through job fairs and hiring events. They can also help your business identify possible tax credits, provide customized workforce data analysis, and establish market-competitive wage rates to attract and retain talent.

Link to WorkSource Oregon
Oregon Apprenticeship

Oregon Apprenticeship: Apprenticeships are an excellent way to invest in your community’s young workforce. They compliment classroom learning, ensure a trained and engaged staff, and contribute to worker satisfaction and retention. For details on how your business can participate, follow the link below:

Oregon Apprenticeship
Mapping CTE, STEM, and Workforce Education in Oregon

Mapping CTE, STEM and Workforce Education in Oregon This interactive story map shows how five groups promote career-connected learning and develop job skills across the state. The following maps allow you to interact with Oregon’s Community College Districts, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnerships, Education Service Districts, Regional science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) Hubs and Local Workforce Boards.

Mapping the Landscape of CTE, STEM, and Workforce Education
Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries

Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries Minors, their parents and employers should know about the laws that protect children at work. They include hiring and working conditions that are specific to minors, restrictions on the hours and the types of work a minor can do.

BOLI TA Child Labor Law Summaries and Fact Sheet

Regional Career Technical Education Partners and Locations

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