PORTAL FOR EDUCATORS
Resources and tools to make your students successful
Portal offers you a range of programs and resources to help you help your students explore, understand and refine their career options. Even without four years of college, there are lots of great jobs with great pay available. Portal was established to help your students explore all possibilities. Some of these opportunities include on the job training, apprenticeships, and specialized training at Blue Mountain Community College. We believe knowledge is power and the key to a successful career pathway.
Find the Right Fit
Attending a four-year college is one option, but it isn’t the only path that can lead your students to successful careers. “Career and Technical” jobs are those that require some training beyond high school, but less than a four-year degree, and they are well suited to many students’ interests.
Skilled jobs provide not only a challenging and rewarding career, but also job security and financial stability. Skilled jobs make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States, and in each of the 50 states. Yet 83% of companies report a moderate to serious shortage of skilled workers, and 69% expect the shortage to grow worse in the next 3-5 years as the “skills gap” increases.
This means that if your students learn or are willing to learn the necessary skills, employers will be eager to hire them for jobs that pay well. The path to a successful career could be earning a certification, taking some community college classes, participating in an apprenticeship, or simply applying to a company that offers on-the-job training.
1. Build Relationships With Local Businesses
Learn what skills and qualities they’re looking for in employees. Some companies will train employees, help pay for their education, or provide apprenticeship opportunities. and for those that don’t—Blue Mountain Community College is an affordable option for students who want to learn important skills that are in-demand by employers.
2. Teach Career-Related Skills
Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes give students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. CTE programs help students gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation, and real-world experience they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers.
Hands-on, project-based learning approaches in STEM and CTE improve graduation rates. In 2014, 85.7 percent of Oregon students who took one or more CTE credit graduated from high school compared to 72 percent in the overall student population.
During the 2015 session Governor Brown and the Oregon Legislature doubled investments ($41 million total) in STEM and CTE, programs that create hands on learning opportunities and put additional pathways in place to smooth the transition to the world of work.
15 of the top 20 of the fastest growing occupations involve STEM/CTE skills. These occupations boast high-wage jobs and create important opportunities for both individuals and communities to prosper.
3. Promote CTE Engagement
Throughout the year, Portal will be providing a wide range of events and activities related to CTE career opportunities. Share these opportunities and create your own by inviting CTE professionals into your classroom or scheduling a tour.