Northeast Oregon Now reports:

When Umatilla High School students face panels for job and college interviews this summer, they might already have a leg up on the competition. Every senior must complete an exit interview before graduation.

The senior interview is part of Umatilla High School’s continued work with career education. Principal Scott DePew said the school began blending career requirements into language arts and “Success 101” classes. For many years, the school had required students to do a senior presentation at the end of the year, but as students became more exposed to career and life options, officials began discussing moving away from the presentations and into the career exploration process.

“While our kids were very impressive with their presentations, we left the presentations often wanting more,” DePew said. “The senior exit interviews give us an opportunity to ask more detailed questions, gather information about their next steps, and get data on how we are doing as a school to meet their needs.”

Questions this year included where students see themselves in five years, what they would like to change about Umatilla High School and what class they considered most beneficial. The interview caps each senior’s graduation portfolio, which also includes career exploration experiences, resume building and life skills.