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Oregon Tradeswomen Graduate Receives Green Construction Scholarship!

Oregon Tradeswomen pre-apprenticeship student Chelsey Acker (foreground) helps frame a new tiny house at Dignity Village in Northeast Portland. This project is part of the curriculum for the current cohort of OTI pre-apprentices. (Josh Kulla/DJC)

During each cohort of our Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class, students have the option of extending their training to learn more about environmental careers. During a recent class, Energy Trust of Oregon and Earth Advantage let us know about a few scholarships available for their Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) course as a way to get started into a career in green construction. Chelsea Acker applied and won one of the full-tuition scholarships worth $1,600! Congratulations, Chelsea, and thank you so much Energy Trust of Oregon and Earth Advantage!

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Oregon Tradeswomen is in the Willamette Week Give!Guide

The Willamette Week Give!Guide announced the 150 non-profit organizations that will be featured in this annual campaign, supporting these organizations and encouraging philanthropy among Portlanders age 35 and under. Oregon Tradeswomen is honored to be included this year!

The Give!Guide was started in 2004 as a way to inspire people under the age of 35 to get in the good habit of donating to local organizations that help make our community a better place to live!

The Give!Guide campaign kicks off on November 1, and runs through midnight on December 31, 2018.

Big Give Days!

To inspire giving, the Give!Guide offers different Big Give Days throughout the campaign where any donation of $10 or more on that day will guarantee you entry in a drawing for a BIG prize!

Note: Each Big Give Day will have TWO raffles of the same prize:  one for everyone who donates and one just for donors 35 years of age or under.

November 8:  Big Give Day #1
A $500 Powell’s Shopping Spree

November 15:  Big Give Day #2
A Tender Loving Empire Gift Package, PLUS Laughing Planet burritos for a year!

November 27:  Big Give Day #3
Two nights in a Brasada Ranch Luxury Suite, PLUS a free round of golf!

December 6:  Big Give Day #4
A Sony RX 100 VA Camera from Pro Photo Supply

December 13:  Big Give Day #5
Two tickets with parking to two Trailblazer games, PLUS a signed Nurkic jersey!

December 20:  Big Give Day #6
A specialized FX 1 Commuter Bike from Bike Gallery

December 27:  Big Give Day #7
A Cultural Adventure Package Across Oregon from the Oregon Cultural Trust

We hope you join us in this season of giving and support the work we do at Oregon Tradeswomen, and maybe you’ll win big in the process!


Give!Guide is also hosting some shows throughout the campaign which are FREE and open to the public (21+) where you can dance the night away and also donate to your favorite non-profit! 

November 2: Give!Guide Magazine Release Party
No Vacancy Lounge, 8 pm – 11 pm
8:00 Party // Listening Man / Dj Le’Mix
9:00 Skidmore Prize Announcements
9:30 Zach Carothers of Portugal. The Man (Dj Set)

November 15:  Give!Guide Presents #1
White Owl Social Club, 8 pm – 12 am
8:00 Ezza Rose
8:45 Plastic Cactus
9:30 Honey Bucket
10:30 And And And

December 6:  Give!Guide Presents #2
Mississippi Studios, 8 pm – 12 am
Time TBD Blossom
Time TBD Maarquii
Time TBD Amenta Abioto
Time TBD Karma Rivera


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Oregon Tradeswomen Grads on a Path to Leadership with Skanska

This past summer, Skanska USA Building and Oregon Tradeswomen partnered to recruit candidates for local, career-path field engineer positions. Skanska, one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., created the position to develop an entry-level path to leadership and management.

Field engineers support project engineers, superintendents and project managers. They hold key roles in ensuring the safe execution of activities, which include supervising day-to-day field teams, co-creating site logistics plans, conducting quality inspections, coordinating site testing and inspections, and managing schedules.

Oregon Tradeswomen helped the Skanska team identify local woman who possessed the skill-set sought for the new position.

Oregon Tradeswomen recently talked with Katie Coulson, LEED AP, Vice President – Account Manager with Skanska USA Building Inc. and former member of Oregon Tradeswomen’s Board of Directors, to learn a little more about this new leadership-track position. The fact that these new positions are being created to help manage one of Skanska’s most complex construction projects demonstrates its commitment to growing talent and making opportunities available for advancement. Of the handful of workers hired as the first field engineers, two are Oregon Tradeswomen graduates. Congratulations to Sara Moore and Doc Kenney!

In talking with Katie, we learned that Skanska is exploring ways to move more women into leadership roles. The new field engineer role provides an opportunity to work closely with field superintendents and grow into leadership roles. The leadership pipeline is critical for Skanska and provides a pathway there.

Skanska has a long commitment to hiring diverse workers. Katie explained, “It is this structure that helps make it a great company for women to work and grow in their careers. There are numerous women working on this project in leadership positions such as a general foreman, superintendent, project manager, director of safety, and many women on work crews.”

Katie further explained the growth path for this position. “This is an important and timely training ground to understand various aspects of construction from an individual contributor to a leadership role. The field engineer position will manage and prioritize safe working conditions, and will have key responsibilities working with crews, project managers, schedules, as well as getting trained on all of the aspects to move into a superintendent role.”

We didn’t want to fish for compliments, but we were curious about any standout qualities the newly hired Oregon Tradeswomen graduates, Sara Moore and Doc Kenney, exhibited. We learned that being driven, along with their problem-solving skills are important qualities for leadership. Skanska’s hiring team also values their understanding that even though the challenges that arise can be difficult, it is equally exciting to work through those issues to deliver a great product.  Above and beyond those qualities, having good communication skills to work with multiple people is a key part of the position.

The opportunities in construction and other skilled trades might be better now than at any time in past. As society changes, more opportunities for women and minorities are opening, and construction is an incredible and dynamic industry with many paths for jobs with growth opportunities and benefits. This diversity is a benefit to the entire workforce, and success breeds success.

We applaud Skanska for their commitment to providing growth and leadership opportunities to women and racially diverse workers, and are incredibly excited for Oregon Tradeswomen graduates, Sara and Doc, on this exciting and well-deserved achievement.

About Skanska USA:

Skanska USA’s local operations comprise the Oregon and Southwest Washington regions, and in 2017 had gross revenues of $907 million. The 2017 combined Oregon and Washington gross revenues totaled $1.41 billion.

It is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation, life sciences and commercial.  Headquartered in New York with offices in 31 metro areas, we have nearly 11,000 employees committed to being leaders in safety, project execution, sustainability, ethics and people development. In 2017, our work in building construction, civil and power/industrial construction, commercial development and infrastructure development (public-private partnerships) generated $7.3 billion in revenue.  Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled $18.8 billion in 2017. Skanska shares are publicly traded in the U.S. on the OTC market under the symbol SKBSY through a Level I American Depository Receipt program. 

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