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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

College Planning Resources added to Website

Resources to assist with the process of planning, financing and finding the right college or university have been added to the site; check out the Toolbox in the student section.


Salem Area College and Career Fairs  2014-2015

In partnership with Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem Keizer School District and Chemeketa Community College and Willamette University the Salem Area College and Career Fair provides information on post secondary educational and career opportunities for students and their families.
More than 80 schools and business representatives participated to provide information on universities, professional technical schools, community colleges, military branches, and career opportunities.

Fall College and Career Fair tentatively set for October 26th, 2015

Chemeketa Community College-Building 7
4000 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem, Oregon 97305
Educational  sessions on the following topics will be offered including;  Scholarships, Financial Literacy, FAFSA, College Student Panel Q & A and OSAC.
 Over 2,000 students, parents, and community members attended the 2013  Salem Area College and Career Fair and $4,000 in scholarships were raffled off.


Salem Area Spring College and Career Fair April 27, 2015 

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

Campus tours 5:00-6:00 pm
College & Career Fair 2014 Participants 6:00-8:00 pm



Army National Guard

Central Oregon Community College
Central Washington University
Chemeketa Community College
College Financial Aid Planning
Concorde Career College
Concordia University
Corban University
Denison University
Eastern Oregon University
Elite Truck School
George Fox University
Institute of Technology
International Air and Hospitality Academy
ITT Technical Institute
Lane Community College – Aviation Academy
Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
Linn Benton Community College
Mt. Hood Community College
New Hope Christian College
Northwest Christian University
Northwest Culinary Institute
Northwest University
ODOT – Office of Civil Rights
Oregon Coast Culinary Institute
Oregon Institute of Technology
Oregon State University
Oregon State University – Cascades
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific University Oregon
Phagans’ School of Beauty
Pioneer Pacific College
Portland State University
Sierra Nevada College
Southern Oregon University
The Evergreen State college
The Princeton ReviewUnited States ArmyUnited States Marines
University of Montana
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of the Pacific
Warner Pacific College
Washington State University
Western Oregon University
Whitman College
Willamette University

For further information contact;

Kathy Moore, CEO, The Inspire Foundation Director of Leadership & Workforce Development
 503-581-1466 x316