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SEMI High Tech University

Do you wonder what it’s like to work in high tech? Are you a hands-on learner? Are you a sophomore, junior, or senior? If your answer is yes, then you’ll love SEMI High Tech University (HTU).

SEMI High Tech U is a three-day program for students who want to know more about technology careers. You’ll work directly with tech professionals, participate in fun workshops, and hear about different pathways from school to work. We provide great food and all the supplies; you bring a positive attitude, career questions, and a willingness to learn.

Eligibility to attend is somewhat flexible; basically, you must have average-to- good grades and commit to attend all three days of HTU.



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College Admissions

HSD staff surveyed several colleges and universities in the Western region about their admissions process and what they look for in prospective students. View the survey results.

And don't forget to complete your FAFSA for the 2017-18 school year! More information about student aid can be found at StudentAid.gov.

Featured Video

HSD’s Olga Acuña talks about the importance of early learning.

Planning Timeline Chart

        Career and College Pathways Booklet

Planificación profesional y universitaria


Guía para navegar los caminos

a la profesión y la universidad


K-12 Roadmap

Mapa de Ruta

The K-12 career and college roadmap describes the expectations of HSD students and the related activities to prepare for career and college. This is used to assist and guide students as they become aware, eligible and prepared for their eventual pathway(s).

Career Learning Areas

¿Cuál es tu futuro?

What's your future? Potential careers are outlined in the six career learning areas: (1) Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Systems; (2) Arts, Information and Communications; (3) Business and Management; (4) Health Sciences; (5) Human Resources; and (6) Industrial and Engineering Systems.


College and career may seem far away, but it is never too early to take that first step and get on the right track. Hillsboro School District is committed to ensuring all students are college- and career-aware, eligible and prepared.

Becoming aware involves early exposure to colleges and careers, interest mapping, guidance lessons and the completion of national standardized tests. It also involves students and parents understanding the requirements for high school graduation as well as entrance requirements for technical or vocational schools, two-year community colleges, four-year public and private colleges, and even the military.

Becoming eligible involves students completing the necessary steps to proceed with their post-high school choice. This includes ensuring they meet entrance requirements, applying for their choice(s) within the deadlines, planning for paying college tuition and/or supporting themselves, and planning the steps needed to achieve their future goal.

Becoming prepared involves gaining the knowledge, skills and work ethic that lead to future success. Students will need a well-rounded education in a wide array of subjects, good study and work habits, and the skills to prepare them for independent living.

Middle School Preparation

Navegando hacia la escuela preparatoria y más allá

Middle school is important because you are laying the foundation in a lot of subjects and forming good study habits. Developing certain skills in middle school will make it easier to adjust to the challenges of high school and college and will lead to a wider variety of career and college options. Click on the timeline image below for a summary of preparation tasks. Click here for more details on what you and your parents can do to make the most of your middle school education and start planning for high school coursework.

High School Preparation

Navegando desde la escuela preparatoria y más allá

In high school, you will start exploring careers and colleges through our Naviance career planning tool as well as college and scholarship search tools. Familiarize yourself with the resources in your counseling centers. Start planning for college entrance tests such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT. Get involved in your school and community through sports, clubs and/or volunteering. Visit college campuses. Set a timeline for yourself that includes testing, application and scholarship deadlines. Above all, keep on track to meet high school diploma requirements! Click on the timeline image below for a summary of preparation tasks. Click here for more details about navigating through high school and beyond.

Upcoming Career Days and Information Nights

Advance registration is required. Click on the link for each career day for more information and to register.

FALL 2017

Registration open:

Registration begins in October:

    • Friday, October 20, 9 a.m. to noon: Intel Engineering Career Day
    • Tuesday, October 24, 9 a.m. to noon: Sports Services Career Day
    • Wednesday, November 1, 9 a.m. to noon: Motorsports/Mechanic Career Day

    Click here to access the School-to-Career site for scheduled event days and registration.

    Click here to see the list of career-related events facilitated by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce School-to-Career program during the school year.


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