OPB’s Ellena Rosenthal talked with Steve Malany: President of the board of directors at the Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter, Connie Ashbrook: Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., and Tia Vonil: an OTI Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class Graduate and a third-year union electrical apprentice in Portland to talk about the national craft worker shortage and what is happening locally to train workers as well as the importance of bringing Career Technical Education programs back into Oregon’s high schools.
Kathleen Stephenson at KBOO talked with Dennise Kowalczyk, Development Director, and Katie Yablonsky, Building Girls Program Manager, at Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. about our focus and programs and about how women interested in the trades can connect with us.
On December 17, Katie Yablonsky, OTI’s Building Girls Program Manager, talked with Jefferson Smith about our work with young women.
Great article by Laura Frazier of The Oregonian about “Imagine, Design & Build It — No Boyz Allowed” – girls only classes in welding, wooodworking, and computer technology
OTI TACC Grad, Stephanie Ryznar, is quoted in this article about why a career in the trades is such an attractive option for an increasing number of women!
Thank you to The Oregonian/OregonLive for announcing OTI’s hire of Dennise M. Kowalczyk!