Hillsboro School District Multiple Pathways to Graduation

  • HSD Alternative Education Program (Miller West)

    Video: MEC/Teen Parent

    Target group: 11-12 grade students looking for a smaller academic setting.
    Application: No
    Referral: HSD Counselor
    Location: Miller Education Center West
    Social Security Number Required: No

    Description: Alternative program for credit deficient students working towards a high school diploma. Enrollment is a three step process:

    1. Counselor fills out referral form
    2. MEC counselor sets up and interviews prospective student
    3. MEC counselor notifies home high school of outcomes.

    *Note: The HSD Alternative Program is being phased out as Hillsboro Big Picture is being phased in, the Alternative program will be complete closed Spring of 2019, any students still enrolled will be transitioned into Hillsboro Big Picture (HBP)


    Hillsboro Online Academy

    Target group: Students 3rd-12th grade looking for a full-time online educational option or that are interested in taking online courses while attending their neighborhood school
    Application: No
    Referral: No
    Deadline: 3 weeks into the quarter or by admin request
    Location: 452 NE 3rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124
    Social Security Number Required: No

    Description: A hybrid program offering rigorous, college prep online curriculum and face to face instruction and support for all students. Hillsboro Online is accredited and core courses are NCAA approved.


    Hillsboro Big Picture School

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    Target group: 9th grade students looking of an alternative high school experience focusing on Project Based Learning and student directed activities.
    Application: Yes- Required to shadow one class 
    Referral: HSD Counselor or Parent
    Deadline: No deadline; however, student and parents are required to visit and shadow the program followed by a written application and interview.
    Location: Miller Education Center West (David Hill Building)
    Social Security Number Required: No

    Description: The Big Picture Learning design is a dynamic approach to learning, doing, and thinking that has been changing the lives of students, educators, and entire communities since 1995. The design components are based on three foundation principles: first, learning must be based on the interests and goals of each student; second, student’s curriculum must be relevant to the people and places that exist in the real world; and finally, a student’s abilities must be authentically measured by the quality of her or his work.


    Yes to College

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    Target group: Students 16 years or older identified as  English Language Learners interested in earning their GED and college credit at the same time

    Application: Yes, after HSD Director of Alternative Programs approval. See 5 step application process  here
    Referral: HSD counselors fill out the PCC Links referral form and send it to the Director of Alternative Programs for approval.
    Deadline: Varies
    Location: One of several PCC Campuses
    Social Security Number Required: No

    Description: This program is ran by Portland Community College through a contract with HSD to support students 16 years or older, with a focus on students that qualify for ELD services to complete their GED while earning college credit; however, this is open to all students. This program requires that students be able to transport themselves to and from the PCC campus.

    * Note: Transportation via TriMet pass may be available through HSD for qualified students, contact Gregg O’Mara for more information.


    Gateway to College

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    Target group: Students 16-20 that are credit deficient looking to earn a high school diploma at the same time they earn college credit.
    Application: Yes, after HSD Director of Alternative programs approval. See full 6 step process here
    Referral: HSD counselors fill out the PCC Links referral form and send it to the Director of Alternative Programs for approval.
    Deadline: Varies by year
    Location: One of several PCC Campuses
    Social Security Number Required: No

    Description: This program is ran by Portland Community College through a contract with HSD to support credit deficient students 16 years or older who have the academic skills to complete high school but have not been successful in a traditional comprehensive environment. Students are able to earn their high school diploma while earning college credit towards a degree. This program requires that students be able to transport themselves to and from the PCC campus.

    * Note: Transportation via TriMet pass may be available through HSD for qualified students, contact Gregg O’Mara for more information.


    GED (General Education Development or General Education Diploma)

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    Target group:  Students 16 years old or older or within 45 days of turning 16 looking to complete their high school education through GED rather than a high school diploma
    Application: No
    Referral: HSD Counselor
    Deadline: Rolling enrollment- space limited
    Location: Miller Education Center - West (David Hill Building), 440 SE Oak Street, Hillsboro
    Social Security Number Required: No

    Description: A set of tests that when passed certify the test taker has met high-school level academic skills.


    Miller East

    Next Generation Youth Workforce Solutions-HIP

    Target group: 18-24 year olds with at least 16 high school credits that meet state low-income requirements, and are experiencing at least one barrier to employment
    Application: No
    Referral: HSD Counselor
    Deadline: Based on space available
    Location: Miller Education Center - East 215 SE 6th Avenue, Hillsboro
    Social Security Number Required: Yes

    Description: The goals of the NextGen HIP program are to improve academic achievement, employability, and self-sufficiency. By assisting youth in the development of academic work and job skills to help students earn their high school diploma and long term employment. Students in their program are required to attend communication group meetings 2-3 times per month, participate in one of the four pathways, and attend all program activities and events. HIP Program brochure


    Next Generation Youth Workforce Solutions-Connect

    Target group: 18-24 year olds that have not completed and are not enrolled in high school that are unemployed or underemployed and living in Washington County. Participants must also be experiencing at least one barrier to employment and be motivated to complete a career pathway.
    Application: Open Orientation every Wednesday, 3:00 pm
    Referral: No
    Deadline: Rolling enrollment- space limited
    Location: Miller Education Center - East 215 SE 6th Avenue, Hillsboro
    Social Security Number Required: Yes

    Description: This program focuses on work readiness and high school completion/GED preparation program for youth ages 18-24. The program focuses on out-of-school youth who require job skills and who have not earned a high school diploma. Three classified case managers provide oversight, orientations, and instruction. Connect Program brochure


    Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP)

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    Target group: The target population of Cadets is generally those considered “academically at risk.”  Those who are failing in school, not attending, or those who have dropped out. Cadets must be able and willing to participate in all activities to be successful in this program.  This is an all or nothing program. Cadets who enroll in OYCP must complete the entire 5 month residential phase in order to receive any credit or educational credential.
    Application: Yes 
    Location: Bend, OR
    Social Security Number Required: Yes

    Description: The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP) is the only accredited statewide alternative high school.  The program is tuition free. Eligible individuals are accepted from all 36 counties in Oregon. The school is a non-traditional model that operates similar to a military academy.  The program is guided by military principles, structure and self-discipline. Our staff utilize a “hands off”, tough love, caring, and disciplined approach to instill values, train and instruct cadets.  Cadets are eligible to earn a high school diploma, GED or credit recovery of 8 certified credits from required class work completion. The school is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and approved by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). There are two phases to the program.  The first is a 22 week, residential phase where Cadets live on site participating in military structure, discipline, physical fitness, service to community and academic classroom instruction.


    Job Corps:

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    Target group: 16 and 24 years of age, being a legal U.S. resident, being economically disadvantaged, being free of serious behavioral problems, needing additional training or education, having a clean health history, and having an adequate child care plan.
    Application: Yes
    Location: Multiple see below
    Social Security Number Required: Yes

    Description: Job Corps is an education and training program that provides academic education, vocational training, residential living, health care services, counseling, and job placement assistance to participants.  Four phases of support: 1) Outreach and Admissions (AO) 2) Career Preparation Period (CPP) 3) Career Development Period (CDP) 4) Career Transition Period (CTP)


    Partners in Vocational Opportunity Training (PIVOT)

    Satellite Job Corps Center
    Location: Portland, OR
    Residential: No
    Career Vocational Training Programs: Medical Office Support and Office Administration


    Tongue and Point

    Location: Astoria, OR

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    Residential: Yes
    Career Vocational Training Programs: Welding, Facility Maintenance, Carpentry, Cement Mason, Electrical, Glazing, Painting, Plastering, Office Administration, Clinical Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Medical Office Support, Culinary Arts, Computer Technician, Seamanship, Landscaping


    Wolf Creek

    Location: Glide, OR
    Residential: Yes
    Career Vocational Training Programs: Welding, Carpentry, Cement Masonry, Construction Craft Laborer, Office Administration, Culinary Arts, Forestry Conservation and Firefighting


    Springdale

    Location: Troutdale, OR
    Residential: Yes
    Career Vocational Training Programs: Collision Repair and Refinish, Office Administration, Certified Nurse Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Security and Protective Services


    Timber Lake

    Location: Estacada, OR
    Residential: Yes
    Career Vocational Training Programs: Welding, Maintenance and Light Repair, Office Administration, Carpentry, Electrical, Painting, Culinary Arts, Forestry Conservation and Firefighting

MEC Campuses

  • Addresses:

    MEC West Campus
    Alternative HS, Big Picture, GED
    440 SE Oak Street
    Driving Directions

    Phone: 503.844.1680
    Fax: 503.844.1684


    MEC Annex
    TOPs, 5th-year diploma, PEARL
    451 SE Walnut Street
    Hillsboro , OR 97123
    Driving Directions

    Phone: 503.844.1685
    Fax: 503.844.1684


    MEC East Campus
    HIP/Connect Worksystems
    215 SE 6th Avenue
    Hillsboro , OR 97123
    Driving Directions

    Phone: 503.844.1000
    Fax: 503.844.1019