Community Partnerships

  • 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?"

    Student speaks with community partners

How the Program works

  • 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 youth internships for individual students at their workplace. Or, they may host a career tour or career chat to demonstrate how classroom learning connects to the real world.
    • 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.

Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs Partnership Opportunities

  • Do you want to share your knowledge and help students explore careers?

    West Linn High School and Wilsonville High School have numerous CTE programs available. CTE programs help students gain knowledge and industry-relevant skills.
    An important component of CTE is to connect high school students and teachers with industry experts.

    There are five main ways a partner with high school CTE programs:

    1. HOST - a skill-based youth internship at your organization (a 30 hour commitment).
    2. MENTOR - students working on class projects or participating in CTE related clubs (5-10 hour commitment).
    3. CHAT - with students about your career  (a 1 hour commitment).
    4. LEAD -  a career tour at your workplace (1 hour commitment).
    5. ADVISE -  teachers on the skills and knowledge students need to be prepared for your industry (1 hr, 1-2 times a year)



  • 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