Parents' guide to graduation

Personalized Career Plan

Personalized Learning requirements help students customize their high school education to help them meet their long-term education and career goals.

There are three parts to the Personalized Learning requirements. By completing these steps, students will learn outside of the classroom and start to step into the working world.

1. Personal Education Plan and Profile

Students can log on to the Oregon Career Information System and start building a plan that includes classes and experiences they need to make progress toward their career goals.

The plan begins in grade 9 and is updated every year by the student with the help of adults.

High school counselors and graduation coaches will help students get started on their Personal Education Plan through the Oregon Career Information System website.

Visit your high school’s website and contact your high school counseling office for login information, or refer to your high school’s student handbook.

2. Career-Related Learning Experiences

To receive a diploma, students must participate in Career-Related Learning Experiences.

These required experiences are built-in to the coursework of high school classes. When students follow their Personal Education Plan, students will participate in career-related learning. Some examples of things students are required to experience include:

  • Explain and follow health and safety practices in the work environment.
  • Demonstrate dress, appearance and personal hygiene appropriate for the work environment and situation.
  • Assess personal characteristics related to educational and career goals.
  • Demonstrate job-seeking skills such as writing resumes, completing applications, participating in interviews, etc.

Career-Related Learning Experiences give students a chance to connect what they have learned in the classroom to real-world work environments. These experiences give students the opportunity to exercise skills they’re learning in school and to clarify career goals.

3. Extended Application

Through the Extended Application diploma requirement, students apply or “extend” their knowledge and skills by demonstrating critical thinking, problem solving or inquiry in real-world situations.

Students prove they have accomplished the Extended Application of their knowledge through a collection of evidence. This requirement is also incorporated into course work. Some examples include writing a report about a Career-Related Learning Experience, keeping an internship log, creating a portfolio, creating a job shadow notebook, etc.