Get Started on Your Path to a New Career!

Four times per year, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. offers a 7-week training class to prepare women to enter into high-wage, high-skill careers in the construction trades.  OTI’s Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class includes classroom training, hands-on construction work experience, field trips to job sites and apprenticeship training centers, strength/fitness training, construction math and measurement, certification in OSHA 10, career counseling and job placement assistance!

Comments from OTI Graduates About their Experience


“Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.’s 7-week training program provided me with everything I needed to start my new career:  from hands-on training, career counseling, and assistance applying for my apprenticeship.”

Tia Vonil
Electrician Apprentice

“I used to throw newspapers (for a living).  My son, he found a flyer from Oregon Tradeswomen.  I went through their class and now I’m a Cement Mason.  When you become a tradeswoman, you’re independent – capable of doing anything!”

Johnetta Abraham
Journey Level Cement Mason




“What an amazing experience!  This, by far, is going to be the best thing that I’ve ever been able to experience as far as moving forward with my career goals and my life!  I feel like I have so much more of a leg up now and the knowledge and (more importantly) the CONFIDENCE I learned at OTI has made me feel like I am unstoppable!”

Aisley Deymonaz
OTI Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class Graduate



“This is a great program. I’m a single mom and I need a career that will pay me enough to support my family. I don’t have the money to go to college so an apprenticeship is the best option for me.
I can learn and get paid at the same time. Through this program, I have gained a lot of skills that will help me when I do get into an apprenticeship. The program has made me realize that I can do this, that I have what it takes to finish my apprenticeship and that I am what they are looking for in an employee.”


Lucia Martinez, OTI Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class Graduate

Information about OTI’s Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class

In OTI’s Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class, students:

  • Learn basic trades math and measurement
  • Receive an introduction to green building
  • Explore topics such as job site safety and construction culture
  • Learn to use hand and power tools
  • Gain 30 hours of hands-on experience working alongside skilled female instructors on real job sites
  • Go on field trips to apprenticeship training centers and active construction sites
  • Improve physical fitness with strength training taught by a certified fitness trainer 

Upon graduation, OTI career counselors assist TACC graduates with their job search and application to apprenticeship training programs. OTI career counselors also provide individualized employment counseling throughout the entire course of the graduate’s trades career.

TACC Class enrollment requirements

  • The ability to get a drivers’ license before official enrollment (with priority given to students that have a valid license)
  • GED or HS Diploma
  • Basic English speaking skills
  • A stable living situation
  • Stable mental health
  • Physical fitness level sufficient to do physical labor all day
  • Ability to pass a drug test

Additional information about OTI’s TACC Class

TACC student Nichet makes a key connection

When does TACC Class meet?

Class meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 7 weeks, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

How much does TACC Class cost?

Thanks to OTI’s supporters, the TACC Class is offered to women at no charge.

How do I get started with TACC Class?

Call 503.335.8200 x21 or click on the REGISTER button (at right) to sign up for the next TACC Class information session. Attending an information session is the first step.

click this button to be taken to the registration page for the Pathways to Success program

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