Polk GED & Career Pathways Program

Skill building – Exploration – Education – INDEPENDENCE

We are dedicated to helping youth and young adults in Polk County discover and fulfill their educational and employment goals. Our variety of hands-on services and experiences build skills and stability for the future.

STREAM Lab Makerspace

Our innovative makerspace gives you access to equipment and tools to hone your skills in 3D printing, laser cutting, embroidery, screen printing, and more.

Polk Youth Garden

Learn to grow, harvest, and prepare food from our gardens, with community rental space available. Learn more about how we’re teaching students independence and lifelong healthy habits.

Paid work experience is designed to enhance goal setting. Experiences are tailored to individual preferences, with local, virtual, and project-based learning options available.

Career Exploration

We specialize in hands-on training, engaging youth and young adults in developing the skills for current jobs and advanced training for future careers. We can help you:

  • Find paid and unpaid work experience
  • Get job search assistance
  • Make connections with local employers
  • Build your resume
  • Obtain references, and more!


Earn your GED
Our GED Pathway program sets you up to successfully earn your GED. This program is free to you and designed to work around your schedule.

Access to tutors
We have one-on-one tutors available to help you prepare for all four GED tests: math, reading/language arts, science, and social studies.

Prepare for college
We help you complete the necessary paperwork to apply for financial aid including FAFSA and Oregon Promise applications.


Participants may continue their education while getting paid to learn new skills with a local employer, or they can work in our outdoor programs or Makerspace. Through these experiences you will:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Improve teamwork and communication
  • Gain financial literacy

Services may vary and eligibility criteria may apply.

We're Here to Help

We’re always available to help answer your questions about employment, education, and training.

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Our Office

For more information about our Youth Programs or to ask about other employment, education and training for youth, contact our office.

Polk GED & Career Pathways Program

Henry Hill School
750 S 5th St., Rm 10
Independence, OR 97351
(541) 704-7820

Career Tech Charter School

Lincoln County
801 SW Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367
(541) 351-8551

Independence School

Polk County 750 S 5th St., Rm 10 Independence, OR 97351 (541) 704-7820

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