exploring the trades


Occupational training that combines on-the-job experience with classroom instruction. A partnership of employers, workers, the State of Oregon, and a variety of schools and community colleges, apprenticeship experiences train new employees to meet industry standards for a given occupation.

Job Corps

This program through the US Department of Labor offers free education and vocational training to individuals ages 16-24.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., (OTI)

Dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship.

National Career Readiness Certificate

Nationally known and recognized credential designed to document the essential skills of job seekers and students. Students receive a level of certificate that shows the level of mastery of that skill. This certificate will supplement their resume.

Internships and Job Shadows

Internships and job shadows are a great way for students to gain exposure to different types of careers and work experience. Ask your coordinator if there are local opportunities.

What to Ask During a Job Shadow? - Questions students can ask during a job shadow.