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Scholarships Available! 2015 Women Building the Nation


Women Building the Nation is offering two $500 scholarship for tradeswomen under the age of 35 to attend the 2015 conference! This is an amazing opportunity to join 1,000 other tradeswomen in L.A.  We have strength in numbers! Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is able to select up to two tradeswomen to be recipients of the scholarships. While these scholarships will not cover the entire cost, we hope that they will help get two women to the conference!

Scholarship applications are due to Tiffany, Advocacy Program Manager no later than Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Scholarship recipients must:

  • Submit an application to OTI no later than Thursday, March 12
  • Be under the age of 35
  • Be a first time attendee to Women Building the Nation
  • Be a graduate and/or current member of OTI
  • Contribute a one-page write up about what you got out of the conference and why it was a valuable experience (within 2 weeks of conference end)
  • Return receipts after the conference to demonstrate costs

One-page write ups are really important for Women Building the Nation to send to funders and sponsors so they understand the value and impact of their contributions. Plus, it helps OTI demonstrate the need to future attendees!

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Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class Graduation – March 2015

TACC Graduates - December 2014

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. cordially invites you to attend the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class Graduation!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

5:30 – 6:30 pm

The Auditorium,
PCC Metro Workforce Training Center
5600 NE 42nd Avenue
Portland OR 97218

Name of Graduate and Trade Goal:

Katy “Kat” Adishian — Tree Trimmer
Elizabeth “Liz” Blalock — Carpenter
Amy Buffaloe — Welder
Jennifer Burns — Electrician
Emily Hannigan — Carpenter
Anna “Donka” Hardy — Carpenter
Katie Kuchta — Carpenter
Katie Lee — Heavy Equipment Operator
Jenefer Nickel — Carpenter
Brittany “Britt” Smyton — Carpenter
Marci Szlavich — Electrician
Dulce Valenzuela — Carpenter
Mandy Warner-Olsen — Sheet Metal
Alexandra “Alie” Wettstein — Carpenter
Sarah Winans — Tree Trimmer

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Juan Young Trust Awards Grant to OTI

Juan Young Trust
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent award of $7,500 from the Juan Young Trust for our Building Girls program. In this award cycle, the Eastern Division of the Trust received 43 applications requesting over $411,000. Their grant budget was $200,000.

Our goals for the Building Girls program for 2014-2015 are to serve over 1,600 girls through both hands-on and other educational activities through the Building Girls program. The program encourages middle and high school girls to view careers in construction as exciting and viable options through positive skills coaching, exposure to female role models, career pathways guidance and supervised hands-on construction experiences, well as fun and practical math skill-building activities. Building Girls efforts include five youth initiatives: School-Based Activities, School Partnerships & Collaborations, Women in Trades Career Fair Girls’ Days, Building Girls Construction Summer Camp, and Building Girls Work Crew.

Nationally, women continue to make up less than 3% of the construction workforce. In Oregon, female apprentices are on the rise, but still only 5.9% are women. Apprenticeship, paid-on-the-job training, is the way in which most workers access living wage careers in the building and construction, trades. Not only are fewer women accessing apprenticeship programs, fewer girls are enrolling in career/technical classes. The number of young women enrolled in professional technical classes continues to be far below the number of young men, though Title IX opened the doors of “shop” classes to young women in 1972. Reaching young women while they are still in school and before they decide upon a future career path is critical for the future trades workforce, as well as for the trades industry employers.

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