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OTI is so proud of Jen Netherwood who was announced as the “2015 Irwin Trade Professional” by Irwin Tools for her dedication and inspiring work in the trades!

Jen has been working as a carpenter in the construction industry for more than 11 years. She worked for Neil Kelley as a high end residential re-modeler for many years before deciding that she wanted to become more involved in shaping the community.

 Soon after leaving her carpentry career at Neil Kelly, Jen was hired as an instructor for a pre-apprenticeship program in a women’s correctional facility. The program was designed to provide women the training and skills needed to pursue a living wage career once they are released.The program lost funding, but Jen was committed to continuing the work to help these women flourish. She approached the Bureau of Labor and Industries and collaborated with a local community college to work on developing the pre-apprenticeship program for the prison that wasn’t reliant on corporate support. She did this on her own time, unpaid, and from a selfless place where her primary interest was only to continue to provide hope for the women she had worked with in prison.

She continues to volunteer at the correctional facility doing information presentations for groups of women and talking to inmates individually. Jen also works with OTI as an instructor for our Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class, imparting her knowledge and skills to OTI’s pre-apprenticeship students. Clearly, Jen is a teacher and mentor at heart.

Congratulations, again, Jen!


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Business Member Spotlight: NW College of Construction


Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. welcomes the support of the business community to help us fulfill our mission to engage more women and girls in the trades.

NW College of Construction is one of our partners in this program and we thank them for their contribution to OTI.

The school is a privately funded, non-profit educational facility with a mission to promote life-long learning by delivering craft, technical, supervisory and management education to workers and managers at all levels in the construction industry.

OTI thanks the staff of NW College of Construction for their support of our programming as a business membership program participant!

If you want to learn more about our business membership program, please send an email to [email protected] for details on how you can be involved.

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Pacific Northwest Combined Federal Campaign

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Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are one of the participating non-profits in the Pacific Northwest Combined Federal Campaign.

The Pacific Northwest Combined Federal Campaign is administered by a committee of federal employee volunteers called the Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC). The Oregon Federal Executive Board provides support to and participates in this committee. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

The CFC is the only official workplace charitable fundraising program allowed in federal government offices. During a six-week time frame between Sept. 1st – Dec. 15th of each year, the local CFC is promoted and federal employees are given the opportunity to designate a payroll deduction, cash or check donation to any of thousands of charities locally and nationally.

Learn more by visiting the local CFC website to find out how you can support Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.!

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