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I have been in the health Occupations classes for two years now. From my experiences, I have learned that I wanted to become a physical therapist. I have been on a couple of job shadows before but I never really knew what happened in emergency rooms and clinics. When I finally got the chance to go on a job shadow to a local physical therapy clinic, I found that I really enjoyed seeing what a physical therapist does. I used to want to be a surgeon but since I didn’t get to a chance to job shadow a surgeon, I changed my career path. Job shadows have a major impact on me so I know what to expect, and what there is to do.
by Andy C.
Employer Testimonials
I just finished talking with another job shadow student. Since we are a small start-up company, students spend most of their time with me talking about career options in aviations. During the interviews, I hear concise lucid questions from well-prepared students. Their questions and attitude are clearly goal-oriented. Having students in our place of business offers us the opportunity to introduce young people to aviation and small business, to dispel any misconceptions and to encourage them to pursue their aviation career options.
by Jim Graham, Graham Aviation

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Career Connections 2015

Presented by; The Inspire Foundation

Career Connections

May 20, 2015

Salem Convention Center

8:00am – 12:00pm

Career Connections is a lively and educational event to benefit our youth, who are the future workforce!  It is an opportunity for more than 900 Salem-Keizer high school students to engage with future employers and improve their interviewing skills.

Career Connections May 21st, 2014 Recap

We provided over 1,000 high school students with mock interviews this year. These are record breaking numbers with students were from West, North, South, McKay, McNary, Sprague, Roberts, Early College, Cascade, Silverton, and Blanchet high schools.

Over 200 community volunteers conducted interviews and 28 businesses or organizations  participated in the Resource Fair.

Every hour students could do work site tours that gave them a behind the scenes look at the Grand Hotel, Bentley’s Grill and The Salem Convention Center.

We have heard of about a dozen students who gained employment through Career Connections this year.

Here are a few testimonials:

From a high school student;

First, I would like to thank the Salem Chamber for hosting the Career Connection program, it gives students like us many new experiences that we would need later in life. Also, thank you for personally attending the program and giving me much valued feed backs from the interview. I am very interested in the Chamber and the programs it host, and I hope to be attending more in the near future. I hope to meet you again maybe  in one of those programs. Once again thanks for the interview.


From a Mock Interviewer;

Wow!! What a terrific resource for students!  The students were engaged, interesting, and exciting to speak with. Fantastic event, which we look forward to attending again next year.  Thank you for considering us!

Veronica Ortiz

Associate Director & Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator

Check out last year’s event!

Get Involved

Be a mock interviewer: We need more than 300 volunteer mock interviewers to help students improve their interviewing skills and  review their resume to get them prepared for the real world experience of college and job interviews.  All interview questions and student evaluation forms will be provided to you.

Register now: Mock Interviewer registration

Be a Vendor:

Businesses and organizations interested in sharing information with students are invited to register for the resource fair to provide information about volunteering, student internships, current or future employment, training programs, and educational opportunities.  This is a great way for you to promote and inform students about the possibilities within your organization.

Career Connections is an annual partnership event between the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce & the Salem-Keizer Public Schools. This district-wide event provides high school students a forum to hone their job interviewing skills that they have been learning and practicing in the classroom with employers from the local business community.
Participation in this highly anticipated event satisfies one of a student’s career related learning requirements for graduation.
  • 2-3 mock interviews with feedback from a pool of 300+ local business people and potential employers
  • Tour the Resource Fair to talk with 50 employers, trades associations, higher education, volunteer and  training programs
  • Tour the Grand Hotel and Salem Convention Center behind the scenes to learn about hospitality careers
For more information:
Business or post-secondary organization interested in participating in the Resource Fair or
mock interviews contact Grace Geddes, 503-581-1466 x308  or

Career Exploration Resources

Resources to assist with exploring possible careers, employment trends and salaries have been added to the site.

In partnership with the Ready to Learn Ready to Work Program Claggett Creek Middle School hosted their 2nd Annual Career Day in January 2014.  300 8th graders had a choice between 30 different career options and heard from professionals from the top 4 careers they selected.  Students completed written reflections regarding the day and below are some great comments and feedback about their experiences.

Claggett Creek Middle School Career Day Student Comments;

“I now think I want to be a General Surgeon or a Paramedic.  I learned about the Explorers Program where you can do a ride along and get training in the field when you turn 14. I am going to sign up today!”

“The thing that stood out to me the most was the social worker because she has a hard job.  She works with people that have fallen on hard times.  I would like to make an impact on families like she does.”

“Before today I did not know what I wanted to do.  Now I know I want to go into law enforcement.  I learned a lot about a typical day in the life of a sheriff and how they help people.”

“I really liked career day.  I learned how to stay fit and live a healthy lifestyle.  I also decided I wanted to be a fitness coach.  I hope I get another chance for a career day.  Thank you.”

“Today I walked into these classes thinking, why did I pick this and walked out thinking I wanted to do all four careers!  I learned that I can do anything if I keep my grades up and work hard.”

Oregon State University The Office of Precollege Programs supports and oversees a wide range of youth outreach activities designed to increase college access and academic preparation for Oregon’s youth. Academic programs and youth camps provide a pipeline to higher education and offer opportunities to enhance physical and mental well-being