PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS PROGRAM

Considering a Career in Construction?

Link to YouTube Video from East Cascade Works about OTW's pre-apprenticeship training program

Learn more about Oregon Tradeswomen's training and meet a few program participants to learn why they're digging in to a career in the trades!

About Oregon Tradeswomen’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

With a focus on apprenticeship, Oregon Tradeswomen’s Pathways to Success program offers the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC);  a 192-hour apprenticeship and employment readiness training program to prepare adult job-seekers for a career in the skilled construction trades.

TACC introduces program participants to a variety of skilled trades through field trips, guest speakers, hands-on work days, and trades-specific training opportunities. The participants also learn about registered apprenticeship - an “earn while you learn model” which is often the next step to a career pathways in the construction industry.

Oregon Tradeswomen’s training program is offered at no cost to job seekers meeting the program criteria. Individuals successfully completing the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries certified program receive a certificate of completion recognized by industry registered apprenticeship training programs and employers. Both UA Local 290 and NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center provide direct entry to qualified program graduates.

To learn more, attend an Information Session.

TACC Class Enrollment Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be able to pass UA drug testing – we test during class!
    Learn more about our drug testing policy.
  • Want to go to work in the construction or manufacturing industries
  • Our program priority service area is Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties. We prioritize applicants who are low-income, BIPOC, veteran, and re-entry/formerly incarcerated

Overview of the Class Structure

  • 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
  • Go on field trips to apprenticeship training centers and active construction sites
  • Improve physical fitness with strength training taught by a certified fitness trainer
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Upon graduation, Oregon Tradeswomen career counselors assist TACC graduates with their job search and application to apprenticeship training programs.

Oregon Tradeswomen career counselors also provide individualized employment counseling throughout the entire course of the graduate’s trades career.

WE DRUG TEST

Oregon Tradeswomen’s pre-apprenticeship program complies with the industry standard of zero tolerance for drug use. This includes marijuana. Oregon Tradeswomen conducts two drug tests during our program, once on the first day of programming at the mandatory orientation, and one random urine test during the period class is in session.

If you test positive at either of these times, you will be dismissed from class and asked to re-enroll at a different time when you are able to pass the drug tests.

NOTE

This program financed in whole or in part with federal funds provided through Worksystems, Inc. WorkSource is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. To place a free relay call in Oregon dial 711.

2022 Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC) Schedule

Winter TACC
January 18 - March 10, 2022
Class Graduation:  March 10, 2022


Laborer's Pre-Apprenticeship in Central Oregon
March 28 - April 28, 2022
Class Graduation: April 28, 2022


Spring TACC - THIS SESSION IS FULL
May 17 - June 23, 2022
Class Graduation: June 24, 2022


Summer TACC - THIS SESSION IS FULL
August 2 - September 22, 2022
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Oregon Tradeswomen

PLUS


Fall TACC - THIS SESSION IS FULL
October 18 - December 15, 2022
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Oregon Tradeswomen
PLUS

July Information Session Attendees:  Applications are due Monday, August 1, 2022

2023 Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC)

Our 2023 class schedule will be published later this year. Please sign up for Training and Enrollment Notifications below to receive announcements about enrollment and other training opportunities.

TACC Admissions Process

Step 1: Register to attend a virtual Information Session.

Step 2: Complete the application provided following your attendance at the Information Session

Step 3:  Email your application to applications@oregontradeswomen.org

Information Sessions

Information Sessions for our Winter 2023 TACC will be announced Soon.

Sign up for Training and Enrollment Notifications below to receive email notifications of future Information Session dates and other training opportunities.

FALL TACC Mandatory Orientation

Participants enrolled in Fall TACC must attend the mandatory orientation session:

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Additional Training Opportunities

Sign up below to be notified about future TACC Info Sessions and other training opportunities:

Additional Resources & Information

Please visit our Apprenticeship Resource page or Industry Information Page for information on registered apprenticeship and other community-based apprenticeship-readiness training programs that may be helpful on your pathway to a career in the skilled construction trades. You may also want to explore these organizations offering exploration and training for careers in the skilled construction trades:

Oregon Tradeswomen encourages our veterans to explore careers in the skilled trades, whether you require additional training through our pre-apprenticeship training program or are ready to go directly to registered apprenticeship through programs such as Helmets to Hardhats  or Oregon’s Department of Veteran Affairs .

Learn more about the benefits of registered apprenticeship for veterans on the U.S. Department of Labor's website.

If you are a service provider and interested in attending an Information Session to learn about Oregon Tradeswomen's free training program, please contact Iliana Fontal, Director of Programs and Strategic Impact, at 503.335.8200 x 122 or iliana@oregontradeswomen.org.

If you are currently an apprentice in one of the highway trades (carpenters, cement masons, operating engineers, ironworkers, laborers, painters) and are in need of support services, please visit Oregon Labor and Industries resource page.

Supports include funds for childcare, transportation, tools, and other industry needs and are based on financial need.

Learn More About Trades Careers!

Tradeswomen Careers: Electricians. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Electricians (3:40)

Tradeswomen Careers: Ironworkers. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Ironworkers (4:12)

Tradeswomen Careers: The Lineworker video thumbnail. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)Lineworkers (3:46)

Tradeswomen Careers: Plumbers. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Plumbers (3:46)

Tradeswomen Careers: Sprinkler Fitters. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Sprinklerfitters (3:37)

Tradeswomen Careers: Green Building. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Women Want Green Jobs (4:21)

Tradeswomen Careers: Women in the Military in Green Jobs. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)

Women Veterans in the Trades (4:06)

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