Career-Connected Learning

Career-Connected Learning at Roosevelt

You have found the home for all things careers at Roosevelt, including important contacts for coaching and support, information on internships and jobs, career exploration and preparation resources, and the weekly Career Connections newsletter archive.

Coaching and Support

If you are looking for a coach to help you plan for your future after high school – including training programs and career pathways that meet your needs and interests, or if you need assistance finding a job or internship or completing financial aid and scholarship applications, you can reach out to our Career Connected Learning staff:

Daniel Ruiz, Career Connected Learning Coordinator

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Available 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. daily

Schedule an Appointment

Mr. Ruiz can help with finding a job or internship; creating a resume and cover letter; interviewing practice; finding the right college or post-high school training program; completing your High School and Beyond Plan; and exploring and planning for your future career

Fedora Izuagbe, UW Dream Project College & Career Readiness Assistant

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Available Mon, Wed, Fri 12-3 p.m.

Schedule an Appointment

Fedora can help with college and scholarship searches and applications, financial aid completion, finding a job or internship, and preparing for life after high school.

Nancy Le, Seattle Promise Outreach Specialist

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Call/text 206-661-1290

Available Tues, Thurs 12-4 p.m.

Schedule an Appointment

Nancy is here to assist you with applying for the Seattle Promise program and enrolling at a Seattle College.

Seattle Promise

  • 2 years of FREE TUITION at any of three Seattle Colleges
  • Support to succeed
  • No GPA, income, ability, or country of birth requirement
  • Regardless of GPA or family income
  • Deadline: February 17, 2023
  • Apply Now
  • Find out more at Seattle Promise Website

Career Connections Newsletter Archive

The Career Connections newsletter comes out weekly on Thursdays and includes information on upcoming college and career related events, college visits, career exploration/preparation programs, jobs and internships, volunteer opportunities, and other career-connected topics. Email Mr. Ruiz at if you would like to be added to the newsletter mailing list.

What is Career Connected Learning?

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Career-Connected Learning is a career awareness program for rising Seattle students to explore careers, meet a variety of industry professionals, and build an initial career and education plan. Business partners and students can become involved through service-learning projects, work experience, and internships.

Career connected learning can be:

  • a businessperson visiting a classroom to talk about what they do
  • a job shadow where a young person learns more about an occupation or business.
  • an internship or a registered apprenticeship where youth are paid while they learn hands-on skills.

The Role of Career-Connected Learning Coordinator (CCLC)

Career-Connected Learning Coordinators provide students with information about jobs, internships, worksite learning, career pathways and post-secondary education opportunities. These certificated teachers can administer career assessments such as Naviance, plan on site presentations and workshops, manage schoolwide internship communication, recruit pathway speaker panels and implement career fairs.

The CCLCs offer a variety of services and training to help students correlate classroom learning with the world of work in order to make informed life planning decisions.  

  • Provide opportunities for students to attend approved internship programs leading to enhanced career opportunities with priority placement in high wage high demand careers.
  • Enhance employability and industry transferrable skills and increase student awareness of career opportunities and pathways.
  • Reduce barriers for students by providing access to CTE programs through flexibility in scheduling and program locations.
  • Support students in developing their High School and Beyond Plans.

Career Connect Class

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Career Connect 1 and 2 are two semester long courses designed to teach you the processes and strategies involved with successful career exploration and preparation. Whether you’re contemplating starting a career, trying to choose a career path, or are looking to make changes or improvements to your career goals, this course will provide you with the information you need on your way to achieving success.

  • Career Connect 1 covers the basics of self-assessment, career exploration, financial literacy, and portfolio development (resume, cover letter, online profile).
  • Career Connect 2 provides students with an internship experience (paid or unpaid) and the opportunity to demonstrate a deeper understanding of worksite learning including branding yourself on social media, interviewing skills, and how to prepare for the first day on the job.
  • For each course, students earn .5 credit toward their 2-credit Career & Technical Education (CTE) or elective graduation requirement.

If you are interested in taking Career Connect, please contact your school counselor to register for next semester’s classes.

Worksite Learning (ie. Internships)

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Worksite Learning gives students the opportunity to apply and develop “employability skills” or 21st Century skills in an internship at an on- or off-campus worksite.

If a student, age 16 or over, wants to earn high school graduation credit for Worksite Learning, they will need to secure paid employment. A parent or legal guardian will need to give written permission for a student to participate, and Mr. Ruiz will visit the site to help make sure all policies are followed and to supervise student progress.

180 documented work hours are required to earn .5 CTE credit per semester. If a student works 360 hours they can earn 1 full credit. Hours can only be counted toward credit after the student, parent, employer and CCLC have signed the necessary forms.

For more information please email or stop by Room 105A in the Counseling Office. If you are certain you want to participate, please book an appointment with Mr. Ruiz to begin the process.

Internship and Work-based Learning Program Listings

The Seattle Public Schools Career-Connected Learning office manages a listing internships and other special work-based learning programs. For a complete listing of available opportunities, navigate to the Regional Internships page.

Seeking Business Partnerships

Roosevelt High School is seeking business and industry partners to engage with us in facilitating the following opportunities to students.

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  • Participate as a Career Speaker. Visit a class or form part of a professional panel at a school career event to inform students about your field and training path.
  • Provide a Student Internship. An internship is a paid or unpaid work experience where students deepen their understanding of a particular field of work while applying skills learned in the classroom. This can also include real world projects where students can be engaged in developing and presenting solutions to on the job challenges.
  • Host a Job Shadow. Usually a one-time visit by a student to the workplace to learn about the environment and professional activities involved in particular career.
  • Host an Industry tour. Small student groups with chaperones are invited to tour the workplace to get a feel for the nature of the career field and the work environment.
  • Employ a High School Student. Provide summer or entry level employment to students with appropriate skills and training.

In addition to community partners, we welcome Roosevelt parents and guardians who have work-based opportunities to present/share with students. We also seek partners to assist with school-based Mock Interviews and CTE Program Advisory Committees. Please connect with Career Connected Learning Coordinator Daniel Ruiz at if you would like to get involved.

Career and Post-High School Training Program Resources

A collection of resources to help you find the right post-high school training program and plan for your future career.

Jobs – If you are interested in finding a job, this directory of companies that hire teens is a good start to your search

Career Pathways – Road maps for for getting from where you are now to the career you want to have, including apprenticeships and professional/technical college programs

Seattle Skills Center – Seattle Public Schools’ own vocational education center where students from all SPS high schools can participate in career preparation, technical/trades, and pre-apprenticeships.

Resumes – Every high school student should have one that tracks activities and that is updated every year, ready to be submitted when opportunities arise for volunteer work, jobs, or internships.

Naviance – The district’s tool for students to explore colleges and career paths, analyze skills and talents with career and personality assessments and help stay on track to reach academic goals.

Military – Interested in joining the military? Start here for guidance.

Service Learning – Volunteering somewhere gives you the chance to try on a career before you decide to pursue it. It also counts toward your Service Learning graduation requirement.