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Building Girls Scholarship Fund

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. Our newest opportunity is a scholarship fund program supporting the impactful work of our Building Girls program, namely, our summer camp.

OTI’s Building Girls program helps fill a critical gap for young women by offering ways to explore the variety of exciting, high-paying careers in the trades. Through supervised hands-on construction experience, positive skills coaching, and working directly with female role models, Building Girls fulfills an unmet community need introducing young women to career possibilities they may never have considered an option.
The program offers several opportunities for young women to engage in an exploration: Building Girls Work Crew, our Women in Trades Fair and our annual Building Girls summer construction camp. Currently, we are seeking scholarship fund contributions from businesses to help offset the cost and create more opportunities for involvement in our summer construction camp.

Girls’ summer construction camp is a fun and exciting adventure where girls have fun and learn through hands on activities. The camps are structured for middle school and high school girls, and is a great opportunity to learn trades skills and make new friends. The cost is $600 per girl to attend one week of summer camp.

With your contribution of $600 towards our Building Girls scholarship fund program, your business can help a girl learn the skills of the trades by participating in activities like building a play house, making concrete stepping stones, welding table bases and tile table tops, solder pipes, and so much more. Your company will also be listed as a supporter of the program on our web site, receive acknowledgement on our social media platforms and will receive a mention in our e-newsletter. You will also receive an invitation to visit the camp, or attend the camp celebration, to see your generous donation at work!

Please contact Dennise M. Kowalczyk – Development Director – at [email protected] or call 503.335.8200, X 38 for more information. Please join us in promoting the success for girls and women in the trades through education, leadership, and mentorship by becoming a scholarship fund contributor.

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Pathways to Success Scholarship Fund

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. Our newest opportunity is a scholarship fund program supporting the impactful work of our Pathways to Success program, namely, our Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC).

The TAC class program offers a focus on apprenticeship through a 7-week, state-certified, pre-apprenticeship training class that helps women prepare for a high skill, high wage career in the blue-collar professions in construction, manufacturing and the utility trades. Class sessions occur four times a year. All interested participants must first attend an information session and then a rigorous screening interview with staff in order to be qualified to participate in the class.

TACC covers key elements that lead to a successful outcome for students as well as teaching the grit, perseverance, and timeliness skills that also contribute to professional readiness: basic math and measurement, job safety in addition to construction culture, using hand and power tools, and physical fitness training. All of this is included with the 30 hours of hands-on training experience working with professional tradeswomen. Due to the intense one-on-one instruction we offer in this program, the cost to cover associated expenses is $5,000 per woman. But our students attend at no cost to themselves!

Why is this? The majority of our students are in low-wage jobs, unemployed, or are being supported by their families. In fact, their average annual income is only $11,000. We raise funds from foundations and contributors to cover the cost of the class and help our students move from poverty to the middle class, and self-sufficiency.

With your contribution of $5,000 toward our Pathways to Success Scholarship Fund, your business can help a woman learn about skills and opportunities to pursue well-paying jobs in our community. Your company will also be listed as a supporter of the program on our web site, receive acknowledgement on our social media platforms and will receive a mention in our e-newsletter. You will also receive an invitation to attend class graduation to see your generous donation at work along with acknowledgement as a program supporter on the graduation program and the event invitation!

Our graduates are ready to hit the ground running. Please contact Dennise M. Kowalczyk – Development Director – at [email protected] or call 503.335.8200, x38 for more information. Please join us in promoting the success for girls and women in the trades through education, leadership, and mentorship by becoming a scholarship fund program.

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Tradeswomen Stories – September 25, 2015

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The 2015 Tradeswomen’s Stories event is a unique opportunity to engage with both the trades industry and the art community. OTI is offering limited sponsorship participation to businesses seeking a unique community engagement opportunity.

This year’s Tradeswomen Leadership Institute will kick off with a compelling segement called Tradeswomen Stories: Whatever you do…don’t do that! Five tradeswomen will be immersed in the art of storytelling – sharing their true stories live and on stage – at one of Portland’s finest performance venues, Disjecta. This event will build community and create a powerful tool for tradeswomen to share their experiences.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is partnering with Back Fence PDX for this exciting event featuring local tradeswomen. Their stories are often invisible in discussions about construction. These women face incredible adversity and break significant barriers to get and retain jobs that have largely only been accessible to white men for generations. During the past year, apprenticeship, trades, and manufacturing have taken a prominent place in national conversation about workforce, economy, and employment.

TRADESWOMEN’S STORIES: Whatever you do…don’t do that!

Friday September 25, 2015
Doors at 6:30 pm
Show at 7:00 pm
18+ Only
Tickets available to purchase online.

Disjecta
8371 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217

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