Strategic Partners

Too many students graduate from colleges (2- and 4-year) and find that there are no jobs available for the degree they've earned. It's important to begin career exploration in high school and take it seriously to save time, money, and effort. You can explore careers in high school through community experiences, such as volunteering, job shadowing, part-time employment, and internships. Keep the exploration process and conversation going as your student's interests expand, skills improve, and new doors are opened to him/her.


Volunteering is providing assistance to improve the quality of life for the people in the community through environmental, personal, cultural or civic involvement. Community experiences help students apply skills and knowledge, develop workplace skills, and gain valuable experience. Students will also make important contacts that may help reach personal goals. Community experience also fosters the development of a sense of caring for others.

Students may be involved in community or service activities throughout high school. This may be in a form of a class or club activities such as food drives, tutoring younger students, organizing a campus clean-up day, or coordinating events that promote goodwill.

Many career centers organize volunteer programs. These programs offer specific steps in helping students begin volunteering. They may help prepare volunteer projects, offer connections, and record volunteer hours.


Wilcox & Flegel shows huge generosity with donation

Several months ago Rebecca Corbus from Wilcox & Flegel contacted the school district to see if kids had needs their company could meet. After reviewing needs from numerous schools employees from Wilcox & Flegel chose to support Cascade Middle School. On November 30, employees from the company dropped off loads of clothing, backpacks, shoes, food, school supplies, personal hygiene products, gift cards for shoes and $500 in cash.


It was an amazing morning at Cascade, all made possible by the generosity of the employees at Wilcox & Flegel – thank you! Read the full story in The Daily News here.

Cowlitz PUD High School Career Fair

Back to School Event

In 2017, inspired by the Chamber's Business Back-to-School event, Cowlitz PUD decided to begin organizing and hosting the first annual high school Career Fair. Not only does the Utility Industry play a vital role in all of our daily activities, within the next decade the Utility Industry will be experiencing a high rate of retirements. From trades work to Engineering, Cowlitz PUD realized the opportunity we have to teach our local students about the diverse career opportunities that can be had within the local Utility company. This one day course, instructed by eight Cowlitz PUD employee volunteers, has seen approximately 100 students from seven local High Schools participate in Engineering, Geographic Information Systems, Trades Work and Technology. Cowlitz PUD look forward to the continued success and community partnerships this program has seen over the past two years.