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Teamwork, Attitude and Paperwork: “TAP” into your future in the trades

I attended the Union Apprenticeships in the Building Trades Information Session at Portland YouthBuilders today and learned a whole lot about the great opportunities in construction, elevator construction, floor covering, electrical, cement masonry and others.

It was a one-hour presentation on the different building trades that offer apprenticeship programs. It takes place on a quarterly basis and is geared towards folks who are interested in a career and for those who counsel people on careers.


There were several representatives from the trades who spoke to the benefits and expectations with regards to a career in the trades.  There were also some really great videos.  I learned so much! For example, did you know that elevator construction workers are the highest paid job of all the trades?

The panelists also shared insights about what is needed to be successful in any of the trades.  Those qualities include:

*  Being a team player
*  Having a great attitude
*  Establishing a great reputation
*  Completing your paperwork

Now, I’m not seeking work in those trades but I do work for an organization that helps women find work in those industries. I’ll be sure to be passing on information about future events but you might want to get this one on the calendar:

March 6, 2015
Central Electrical Training Center
33309 Highway 99E
Tangent, OR 97389

— Dennise

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Oregon Tradeswomen Press Coverage

At Sherwood High School, girls-only class teaches welding, woodworking, computer skills

Great article by Laura Frazier of The Oregonian about “Imagine, Design & Build It — No Boyz Allowed” – girls only classes in welding, wooodworking, and computer technology

The Lucrative Reason Some Women Say It Pays to Ditch College

OTI TACC Grad, Stephanie Ryznar, is quoted in this article about why a career in the trades is such an attractive option for an increasing number of women!

Oregon Tradeswomen hires Dennise Kowalczyk

Thank you to The Oregonian/OregonLive for announcing OTI’s hire of Dennise M. Kowalczyk!

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Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class Graduation



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

Wednesday, December 10

5:00 – 6:00 pm

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

Name of Graduate and Trade Goal:

Cindy Benton  —  Electrician
Valerie “Val” Black  —  Carpenter
Abigail “Abby” Caraballo  —  Electrician
Amanda Coleman  —  Carpenter
Lidia Garcia  —  Electrician
Savannah Gates-Stacy  —  Carpenter
Tanzie Hickory  —  Elevator Constructor
Tennece “T” Lowen  —  Steamfitter
Kristin Masaki  —  Carpenter
Jennifer “Kiki” Metter  —  Iron Worker
Amy Mettler  —  Cement Mason
Carol Murray  —  Carpenter
Leslie Murray  —  Operating Engineer
Alyssa Phelps  —  Electrician
Catherine Rehm  —  Sheet Metal
Paige Reimers  —  Carpenter
Nina Reynolds  —  Plumber
Carrie Risdon  —  Elevator Constructor
Teresa Rush  —  Tile Setter
Judith Russo  —  Undecided
Brittany Schoenborn  —  Electrician
Erin Supri  —  Sheet Metal

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