The Lancer Extended Application Project, also known as LEAP, is a State of Oregon Department of Education Personalized Learning graduation requirement. Internships or “extended applications” are an important mechanism for providing students an opportunity to explore a career and have opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge from school into a professional setting (http://www.oregon.gov/ode/learning-options/CTE/resources/Pages/Internship-Resources.aspx).  

Before you get started students must have a signed LEAP Contract on file with the School-to-Career office. Contracts are available at the School-to-Career Office in the STEM building,  your counselor’s office, or download it here: 2018.2019LEAPContract. Read the Contract instructions carefully. Fill it out completely and make sure your counselor or Mary Beth Hepp-Elam, School-to-Career Coordinator sign and approve the contract. Once the contact is approved, you will receive the LEAP packet. The LEAP packet and final interview are due by the end of Trimester 2 of senior year.

The following Churchill High School opportunities (along with completion of the LEAP Packet and final interview) meet state standards and must be completed in order to graduate from Churchill High School.

The LEAP packet includes:

  • Log of Hours – at least 20 documented hours of activity focused on the student’s personal, academic, and/or career interests and post-high school plans.
  • Answers to the informational interview questions.
  • A completed student (self) evaluation.
  • A completed mentor/supervisor evaluation.
  • Completion and printed pages from Reality Check.
  • A 1-2 page written reflection essay of the activity and learning.
  • Thank you letter.
  • Photograph of student with supervisor/mentor on location.

These options require a LEAP Contract and completion of a LEAP packet.

Prior to receiving a LEAP packet, students seeking to complete their project through an independent option must complete a LEAP Contract and get it signed by the appropriate staff member* before pursuing the LEAP.

  • Independent Option – designed with and approved by one of the following staff members:  *Mary Beth Hepp-Elam, *Sheree Houck, *Katy McAuliffe or *Shannon Roseta.
  • RTEC 101 Class (through Lane Community College) – enroll in and successfully complete the course, plus complete the LEAP packet — see *Shannon Roseta or *Mary Beth Hepp-Elam.
  • West End/Creative & Performing Arts Academy  – see *Chris Mudd, *Jacob Steinberger, or *Don Squires.
  • Work Experience – work at your paid job and complete LEAP packet – see *Mary Beth Hepp-Elam, School-to-Career Coordinator, STEM building office.
  • Yearbook – enroll in and successfully complete the course, plus complete the LEAP packet – see *Don Squires.

The following options DO NOT require a LEAP Contract or completion of the LEAP packet, unless assigned by the teacher.

  • International High School – Successful completion of Extended Essay.
  • Career Academies/Pathways – Successfully complete all program requirements and enroll in and successfully complete your academy’s Senior Seminar/Capstone/Internship class.
    • Engineering Academy – Bill Krei
    • Graphic Design Academy – Lance Eagen
    • Health Services Pathway – Keri Ricker
    • Rachel Carson Environmental Sciences Academy – Helen Haberman / Sarah Ruggiero

LEAP Opportunities/Internships – The following links and resources below can be used to complete your LEAP. Some of these opportunities require the student to complete an online application. Please be thoughtful and thorough with your application, it will make your chances that much better. Pay attention to deadlines!!! 

Ideas for Independent Options

This summer, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and Northwest Scholastic Press are hosting two journalism and communication/media camps for high school students. Follow this link for more information and access to the application: Next Generation Storytelling in Eugene and NGSDX in Portland

Arts Apprenticeship Opportunity

Lane Arts Council and the University of Oregon Department of Product design have teamed up to offer Lane County middle school and high school students apprenticeship opportunities focused on graphic, digital, and physical design. Students will pair with an instructor or alumni of the Department of Product Design and utilize the technology
available at the 942 Olive Building in Downtown Eugene. Past participants have designed cell phone cases, storage units, coffee mugs, school desks, and multi-rider scooters. What will your team dream up? This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Spring Term Runs April 4th-June 16th . Time commitment for this opportunity is about 25 hours over a 10-week period, averaging about 2.5 hours per week. Applications are due March 10th. Only fifteen spaces are available, so get your application in quick! Fill out an application online: lanearts.org/arts-apprenticeship. Las aplicaciones en español están disponibles.

Enroll in RTEC 101 at Lane Community College

New sessions begin in April. Stay tuned for an update.

Eugene Cadet Post 501 — What You Get Out of Being a Cadet

The Eugene Police Cadet Post provides a positive experience for young people who are interested in learning and developing skills that will assist them in whatever career they choose.Cadets become positive role models for their peers and young children.Members serve the community while gaining career development experience. Apply here.

Non-Profit High School — Pssst, it’s not a high school!

NONPROFIT HIGH SCHOOL is not a high school! It’s a collaborative internship program created by four different nonprofit organizations in Lane County: The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House; the Lane County History MuseumAdventure! Children’s Museum; and Wordcrafters. While each organization’s focus is different, the common goals of engaging the community in cultural activities, creating learning opportunities, and promoting the overall health of local non-profits are similar for all! Currently, each organization accomplishes its mission with the help of community volunteers. Working with high school students on the brink of adulthood who have the enthusiasm, interest, and drive to help each organization thrive in the coming years is, we believe, integral to the success of our organizations. Likewise, our ability to teach soft job skills, promote teamwork, work as part of a board, and build up our community is integral to helping students thrive in their future education and careers. Click on the link to find out more and apply: http://nonprofithighschool.blogspot.com/2018/01/what-is-non-profit-high-school.html#more


Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering – ASE (for 9th-11th grades only). Internships currently available in Corvallis and Portland. Eugene positions may become available in another month. Churchill students have managed to complete internships in the summer at Portland locations and Corvallis. There have even been carpools set up between the students/families.

CHS Career Exploration Program – See Mary Beth in the School-to-Career Office to apply or email her at elam_m@4j.lane.edu.

University of Oregon – SAIL – FREE Summer Programs 

Program dates: July 15 – 19 & July 22 – 26, 2019 – Applications Open March 1, 2019 Summer Academy to Inspire Learning — SAIL at University of Oregon

Eugene Springfield Fire Young Women’s Fire Camp (Information & Application) 

More independent options … 

Absolute Wellness Clinic
ARC – Caregiving
Arts & Technology M.S. – Special Projects
(see Mary Beth in School-to-Career office)
Basketball Coach/Kidsports
Camp Harlow
César Chávez Elementary – Social Work
(see Mary Beth in School-to-Career office; must be enrolled in AP Psychology)
CHS Asst. coach 9th BX 
CHS BB field maintenance
CHS Career Exploration Pilot Program
(see Mary Beth in School-to-Career)
CHS Coaching w/Niles
CHS Coffee Cart – must be enrolled in course
CHS Library – Special Projects
Eugene Fire Station #2
(see Mary Beth in School-to-Career office)
Kennedy M.S. – Science Aide
(see Mary Beth in School-to-Career office)
Laufer Construction Company
LCC – RTEC 101 – Gateway to college and career course.
(see Mary Beth in School-to-Career office or your counselor)
LCC – Scientific Drawing
McCornack-English Language Development
(see Mary Beth in School-to-Career office)
Military Recruiter
Muttley Metal-welding
New crutch design
Nichols Manufacturing
NIF Direct Instruction Convention
Novel Writing+Writing Workshop
(see Mary Beth in School-to-Career office)
NW Storage
Pacific Source Health Plans
Pleasant Hill Elementary – Art Teacher Asst.
Prevention Plus Clinic
Salvation Army
Siletz Tribal Office
Tall Oaks Dog Resort
UO Art Internship
UO Duck Links
UO Harmonic Laboratory
Veneta Vet Clinic
W. Eugene Animal Hospital
Wildlife Safari Internship
Youth Trades Academy 2019 applications due Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Click for a copy of the application Trades Academy 2019.0
(see Mary Beth in School-to-Career office)