The West Linn-Wilsonville School District Community Partnerships Program enriches K-12 curriculum by linking teachers and students with the world outside of the classroom.
It helps answer the perennial student questions:
"Why are we learning this?"
"What good will come of this learning?"
How the Program Works
Some partnerships are simple one-time, one-class/school visits. Others involve periodic or regular visits to classrooms/schools or even semester or academic year-long collaborative ventures. Community partners may host individual students at their work place for career exploration. Or, they may host a class field trip to demonstrate how classroom subject matter is directly applied in their jobs or hobbies.
- Some partnerships are simple one-time, one-class/school visits. Others involve periodic or regular visits to classrooms/schools or even semester or academic year-long collaborative ventures.
- Community partners may host individual students at their work place for work based learning/youth internships. Or, they may host a class field trip to demonstrate how classroom subject matter is directly applied in their jobs or hobbies. Click here to learn more about the Internship Pathways program.
- Community Partnerships refers reading and academic volunteers to district schools for year-long weekly one-on-one mentoring with students in grades 1-12.
- Anyone can suggest a partnership and lend a hand in forming them.
This summer the district launched a new Internship Pathways program available to high school students. We would like to thank the below community partners for hosting high school youth in a work-based learning/internship experience this summer. Each organization listed below is hosting one or more students at their organization. This provides a valuable opportunity for students to gain introductory work experience, explore a career path, and earn high school credit (called Internship Experience).
- City of West Linn Parks & Recreation (Photography)
- Clackamas River Basin Council (Water Quality Monitoring and Digital Marketing)
- Clackamas Workforce Partnership (Communications)
- Metro Native Plant Center (Horticulture)
- Oregon City Farmers Market (Agricultural Education)
- Oregon Institute of Technology (Engineering Research)
- PAWs Animal Shelter (Photography and Digital Marketing)
- Wilsonville Public Library (Photography)
We would like to thank the below mentors for providing guidance to students during their photography internships.
We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses/organizations for loaning materials, loaning space, or providing other support to summer interns. The individuals listed below allowed students to contact them for a phone interview about their own career path.
- Bonneville Environmental Foundation
- Club K
- Dan Pred - (Profession: Video Editor)
- Josh Farmer - (Profession: Video Game Designer and Virtual Reality Specialist)
- Dr. Lindsay Sparks- (Profession: General Practitioner)
- Nate Sullivan- (Profession: Graphic Designer)
- Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
There are three main ways to be involved in the Internship Pathways program as a partner.
1) Host a high school intern at your organization (a 15-30 hour experience for youth)
2) Mentor a high school intern while they participate in an internship (a 3-5 hour commitment)
3) Support a high school intern by allowing them to interview you about your career path (a 30 minute commitment)
If you are interested in partnering with the Internship Pathways program, please contact Laura Nappi, NappiL@wlwv.k12.or.us or call (503) 673- 7000 ext 6348
Program Awards & Recognition
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District Community Partnerships Program has received the following awards and recognition:
- 1997 Business Education Compact School District Achievement Award (for best innovative curriculum enrichment volunteer program in the Portland-Northwest Oregon-Southern Washington Region)
- 2002 Business Education Compact School District-Business Award (shared with Mentor Graphics as best school-business collaborative venture program in the Portland-Northwest Oregon-Southern Washington Region)
- US Department of Education Northwest Region "Innovative Practices in Education" recognition
- Hundreds of articles have been published in The Oregonian, West Linn Tidings, and Wilsonville Spokesman newspapers about Community Partnerships events and programs
- Featured in several of Portland's KATU-TV school news broadcasts
- Many Partnerships Programs have been filmed for local access TV to share with the entire community
- Program coordinator has been a featured speaker at several regional educational curriculum enrichment conferences and school-business cooperation seminars