Thank you, Bank of America!



Women in Metals and Manufacturing

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI) as a 2015 Neighborhood Builder! OTI is being recognized for our efforts in workforce development. The Neighborhood Builders is currently marking its 11th year as the largest investment in nonprofit leadership development and organizational longevity. Locally, through Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America has invested $3.8 million and supported 38 emerging leaders at 19 Portland-area nonprofit organizations.

With the help of this funding from Bank of America, OTI will add a manufacturing workforce development program to help women and girls learn about, prepare for, and enter manufacturing careers. The program will build upon our successful pre-apprenticeship program that prepares 80 women a year for industry careers and educates more than 1,200 girls annually about their future opportunities in the trades. OTI will work with a variety of manufacturing industry partners to adopt or create a manufacturing-focused curriculum to prepare women for successful manufacturing careers.

Two-thirds of the manufacturing sector’s jobs require less than an associate’s degree. Jobs such as welder, machinist, millwright, computer-controlled machine operator, inspector, production and warehouse worker are all projected to have a high number of openings in the next few years. In fact, the manufacturing industry in the Portland metro area alone boasts more than 87,000 jobs with a payroll close to $7 million.

Please watch the announcement on AM Northwest!


  1. Lorena Arriola on May 6, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I am really interested in a career in metal. Is there a way for me to get more information?

  2. Gabriela Anderson on May 9, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I am enrolled at PCC for the machinist program, I’d much rather go through your program. I can’t wait.

  3. Margaret Norton on June 10, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I am interested in a career in metal. Could you please send me information for classes or apprenticeship programs for women in construction for upcoming training programs. Thank you Bank of America and Tradesman women.

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