CAIS provides career focused students a charter school experience that prepares them to be the innovative workforce of tomorrow through career relevant learning, industry exposure, internships and industry/college certifications and degrees through Clackamas Community College.
CAIS is a public charter school open to all students in Oregon. The development and operation of CAIS is a partnership between the Oregon City School District, regional industry partners and Clackamas Community College.
Internships & Work Experience
Internships can be an important part of preparing students for college and career. Students can earn high school and college credit for an internship. Some of our current and past students have completed internships at Precision Castparts, Benchmade, Autodesk, Miles Fiberglass, GK Machine, Intel and Oregon Iron Works. These experiences give our students a head start entering highly innovative career fields.
Career Relevant Education
CAIS prepares students for careers in engineering, manufacturing and construction trades by offering a rigorous and relevant academic curriculum and college coursework through Clackamas Community College. The courses offered at CAIS are tailored towards preparing students for trades, college and innovative careers. Our core academic course offerings include: Pre-engineering courses such as Intro to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering through Project Lead The Way. Our elective course offerings include Robotics, Computer Programming, Intro to Electronics, Welding, Machining, Electrical Engineering, Renewable Energy, Marketing, Design Thinking, Basic Tools, Basic Machines and Photography.
Degree & Certification
Most CAIS students complete their high school graduation credit requirements while taking college level courses at Clackamas Community College (CTE Programs Video). Students can take courses not offered through CAIS at CCC while earning both high school and college credit. Many students take courses in machining, welding, electronics, renewable energy and others required courses for earning certification or an associates degree from CCC. Students must meet requirements to take college courses and the majority of cost for those courses is covered by CAIS.
CAIS students are exposed to engineering, manufacturing and trade careers through field trips, guest speakers, mock interview and internships. Students learn about these careers, skills needed and current industry trends during these invaluable experiences. Past field trips have included visits to Enoch Precision Machining, ESCO Corporation, Benchmade Knife Company, Miles Fiberglass and Composites, Pioneer Pump, GK Machine, JATC, JVNW and A-Dec Dental Manufacturing.