What is the Expo?
The NW Youth Careers Expo is an opportunity for high school students (9-12th grades) to explore careers in a wide variety of fields and to learn about the skills and education needed to succeed in the workplace. Students also have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews or resume workshops. More information about the Career Expo is here: www.portlandworkforcealliance.org/expo/
School groups should plan on attending the Expo for 1 ½ - 2 hours. Arrival times will be scheduled at staggered times due to the volume of students attending the Expo. This will allow for more interaction between students and employers. Please rank your preference times on the group registration form. A confirmation arrival time will be emailed to you.
Transportation/Substitute Teacher Funds
Schools are responsible for transportation and substitute teacher costs. However, there are limited funds available for both of these expenses. Priority for funding will be given to schools OUTSIDE of the City of Portland. We encourage Portland-area high schools to consider public transit, as the Oregon Convention Center is located on both the Max and bus lines). Consideration will be given for those schools where Tri-Met is not practical.
To request funds for transportation and/or substitute, please complete the attached Funds Request Form. These forms are due by March 3, 2017. Final invoices are required for payment and need to be received no later than April 21, 2017. Funds will be distributed 2-4 weeks after the final invoice is received.
Portland Public Schools: Portland Public Schools has set aside funds to transport PPS students to the Expo. Please contact your school secretary AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to reserve your bus through the district. Requests must be submitted through PPS Transportation's online system. For PPS questions, please contact Linda Littler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a student needs special accommodations, please note this on the registration form. The Expo staff needs to know in advance if special accommodations are needed.
Preparing Students for the Expo
Before the Expo, you will receive a “teachers packet” which will give more detail about the Expo, how to prepare your students and suggested activities.
Students can attend the Career Expo on their own. They will need to go to the PWA website to download a registration form. They will also need to contact their school regarding any forms required by their school (i.e. pre-arranged absence form, etc.).