Summit High School

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Future Center

Greetings Summit Students and Families,

The Future Center is taking appointments for Seniors and Juniors currently. Both classes will be contacted through their school email and through Canvas. Please reach out if you are ready for your appointment.

A Future Center tab will appear on your students Canvas page below their scheduled classes. For now, the information below details Workshops and Virtual University Visits that are scheduled to date. Check back frequently. Also, I will be working with our CTE teachers to provide Industry speakers for students wishing to pursue an apprenticeship, automotive, or a specific technical career. If you have a specific CTE Career you would like covered please email me.

Email me for an appointment: Mr. Jeff Rankin at [email protected]

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Upcoming Career Events & College Visits

Live Professional and University presentations are back!! Take a look at the lineup and note whether it is a live or virtual event. Please contact Jeff Rankin for details.


April 5 - University of Oregon admitted student reception in Bend. Seniors, access your U of O Status Portal to register.

April 5-6 - Internship Opportunities with Larry Holeman of youth Career Connect live in our Future Center from 11:30 to 1:00 on Tuesday and 11:00 to 1:00 on Wednesday.

April 6 - C.A. Rowles Engineering / Commercial Site Development - Virtual presentation at the Future Center at 2:15.

April 12 - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - Live in our Future Center at 2:20.

April 12-13 - Internship Sessions with Larry Holeman - just drop in during lunch on either of the two days. Same time every Tuesday and Wednesday.

April 13 - Wallace Group, Inc. / Geotechnical Engineers - Virtual presentation at the Future Center at 2:15.

April 14 - OSU Cascades / COCC Dual Enrollment Program - Live in the Future Center at 2:20.

April 14 - Live Webinar - Navigating Financial Aid For college - Zoom link pending,

April 19 - Western Oregon University - Live in The Future Center from 11:00 to 1:00.

April 19-20 - Internship discussions from 11:00 - 1:00 on Tuesday and 11:30 to 1:00 on Wednesday.

April 20 - Oregon Department of Transportation - Roadway Design - Virtual presentation in the Future Center at 2:15.

April 25 - Discover Oregon Tech Reception / Event in Bend at a hotel to be named. Register by 4/18. Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores are welcome. Talk to Jeff Rankin for more details.

April 26-27 - Internships sessions at their normal times with Larry Holeman in the Future Center before, during, and after lunch.

April 27 - BBT Architects / Architectural Design - Virtual presentation in the Future Center at 2:15.

April 28 - Live webinar - Navigating College Options - Zoom link pending.



Watch at your convenience. FAFSA/Financial Aid Zoom Presentation: English A video is also available in Spanish.

Watch at your convenience. Links to colleges attending the National Catholic College Admission Association Conference via Zoom can be accessed here.

ASVAB Exam - February 9th at Bend High School. To add your name to this list send an email to Mr. Rankin at [email protected] Study for exam? click the link here

Seniors - Important Information:

August, Sept, October, November:

  • Aug-Oct - Request Letters of Recommendation from (2) Junior year teachers. Some Universities ask for a Counselor recommendation, check each college's requirement.
  • Apply to Universities using The Common Application
  • Prepare Personal Essay (ask your English teacher to proof read your essay) For additional help with your Personal Essay visit Youtube: College Essay Guy or sign up for our Future Center Essay Workshop.
  • Virtual College Visit Links will be added as they are published above.
  • You will have the opportunity to have a virtual visit with the Future Center. Make a list of questions you would like to discuss.
  • Financial Aid: Apply to FAFSA apply each year until your Bachelor's Degree has been earned. Instructions in Spanish.
  • Oregon Promise for community college apply: must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify. Your GPA is being verified through the Future Center.
  • University of California and California State University applications due November 30.
  • University of Washington applications due November 15.

Juniors- Important Information:

Post high school planning session will be offered in January 2021. In the meantime here are a few ideas to work toward your goals. We are here for you!

  • Keep motivated and earn good grades.
  • Join in our virtual college visits mentioned above. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and hear what other students are asking.
  • Begin to form a list of colleges/universities/technical institutions you are considering. Visit their web page. Consider cost of attendance, investigate if your GPA is in line with their admissions. Is the campus test optional or will you need an ACT or SAT for admission. Many colleges and universities have changed this recently so check each college.
  • Visit to sign up for the SAT
  • Visit to sign up for the ACT.
  • Learn about the 8 steps of applying to the United States Military Academy West Point.

Students Interested in the Trades:

Internship Options with Youth Career Connect, see Mr. Rankin in the Future Center.

Careers to Consider:


Future Occupations Rotations - 14-16 week job shadow experience and you get .5 elective credit. Programs include: Dental Occupations, Engineering Rotations, and Health Occupations Rotations. We plan to continue these programs when deemed safe to proceed in accordance with district guidelines around COVID.

Build It Construction Walk - Experience the daily life of a construction worker. Plumbing, drywall, tiny homes, electrical, irrigation, design concepts, residential and commercial building. This rotation is also 14/16 weeks in length. We plan to continue these programs when deemed safe to proceed in accordance with district guidelines around COVID.


Applying to college and for financial aid and scholarships can feel daunting. We can help.

College Search:



Tips on Writing an Essay


  • Requests for official transcripts for college applications/admissions and scholarships are made by visiting the Parchment website.
  • Check your student email for your code to parchment.
  • OSAC and Oregon Promise eligibility is uploaded directly to the Oregon Student Access and Completion web portal. Seventh semester grades are required for both applications.
  • Unofficial transcript requests can be made in the Future Center.
  • Request a COCC transcript.

National Tests:

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Letters of Recommendation from counselors, teachers, administrators, coaches and community members can make the difference in admissions decisions.
    • Ask teachers and counselors early. Give at least 3 weeks notice.
    • Counselors have a worksheet to complete. Forms are in the Counseling office and Future Center.
    • Provide all writers with an activities resume and some interesting information about you.
    • Letter writing is not easy. It takes time and thought. Don't forget to say thank you.
    • Tips for asking for letters of recommendation


Financial Aid

FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid and Our Guide for Filling Out the FAFSA

  • FAFSA opens in early October for students entering college in the Fall of 2022. More info.
  • Grants, Scholarships, Loans and Work Study.
  • FSA ID: Electronic signature for both student and parent.
  • Guide to Filing FAFSA.

Oregon Opportunity Grant

  • Must file FAFSA and be Pell Grant eligible to be considered.

Oregon Promise

  • The promise almost free community college tuition at Oregon 2-year institutions.
  • Apply anytime between Oct 1 and March 1.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 unweighted

Western Undergraduate Exchange

  • Generally offers 150% of in-state tuition for specific state institutions in the West.
  • Criteria and deadlines are individual to each university.
  • Public university "scholarship."

Resources for Undocumented Students

  • You can go to college. You can access student aid by attending college in Oregon.

College Athletes


Students who want to play NCAA sports in college should be aware of opportunities, registration and requirements. Important resource sites:

NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Find out information regarding Division I and II sports and colleges.
  • Register for the NCAA.

2021-22 Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete

Your Path to the Student-Athlete Experience for Students: Narrated presentation by NCAA

Student-Athlete FAQs


Students who want to play NAIA sports in college should be aware of opportunities, registration and requirements. Important resource sites.

NAIA Eligibility Center

PLAY NAIA for Parents

  • Get a listing of NAIA schools. Locate information regarding Division I and II sports.
  • Register to play.

School to Career

Students can earn elective credit in non-traditional ways. Our school offers several including:

Industry Programs:

  • Cadet Teaching
    • Semester long during the school day.
    • Cadets work in middle or elementary classrooms. Cadets mix it up with one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, administrative assistance, grading, and more.
  • Health Occupations
    • Rotations program with lecture and lab component.
    • This is a, Wednesday afternoon program. Runs January to June.
    • Students job shadow in a wide variety of departments at St. Charles Medical Center and The Center.
  • Dental Occupations
    • Rotations program with lecture and lab component.
    • This is a, Wednesday afternoon program. Runs October to March.
    • Students job shadow in a wide variety of dental offices and are exposed to jobs that range from dental techs to hygienists to dental specialists.
  • Engineering/Architecture/Design Occupations
    • Rotations program with lecture and lab component.
    • This is a, Wednesday afternoon program. Runs January to May.
    • Students job shadow each week at different local engineering firm.

Work Credit Opportunities:

  • Elective credit for working
    • Community Service
    • Paid Work
    • Internships
  • Requirements: Completion of minimum number of work hours. Homework packet. Favorable employee evaluation. Continued adequate progress to completion. More details can be found in the Future Center.


  • Youth Career Connect - Internship Opportunities with a visit from our coordinator every Tuesday morning in the Future Center from 11:00 - 1:00.


  • Apprenticeships focus on construction, manufacturing and industrial trades.
  • Training is on-the-job and in the classroom all while getting paid!

Community Service

  • College and scholarship applications usually ask about community service experiences. Remember, it's better to have a deep commitment to one or two causes than to spread yourself thin with an hour here and another there.
  • Volunteer Connect
    • A local guide to community service opportunities in Central Oregon

Foreign Exchange/Gap Year

Students interested in a foreign exchange program during high school have many options to consider. Each year our local Rotary Club sends and hosts high school students in their programs. Applications are available in late September for travel in August of the following school year.

Other programs include:

Those considering a Gap Year between high school and college can look at these resources:


For students wishing to go straight from high school into the military, a call to one of our local recruiters is the best place to start. Meetings can be set up in the recruiting office or in the Future Center.

ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Core)

ROTC is offered at some colleges and is designed as officer training, while students are going to college. Once selected for a ROTC program most likely you will be offered either a full or partial scholarship. The ROTC department at the school you plan to attend will have detailed information about post-college commitments.


The Academies offer students a very prestigious education, one that is filled with rigor and regimentation. The admission process is arduous, but worth it, if this is the route for you.


School to Career Program Manager:

Mr. Rankin


If you have questions about enrollment or graduation, please visit our Counseling page.

Community Volunteers

We rely on parent and community volunteers to help Storm students with post graduation plans. Please consider volunteering in the Future Center. All Bend-La Pine Schools volunteers are required to submit a volunteer application and pass a background verification check.

Click here to access the Volunteer application and Background Verification Check.