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About Oregon Tradeswomen’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

With a focus on apprenticeship, Oregon Tradeswomen’s Pathways to Success program offers the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC); an 8-week, pre-apprenticeship training class that helps students prepare for a high skill, high wage career in construction. TACC introduces a variety of trades through field trips, guest speakers, hands-on work days, and other training opportunities.

Oregon Tradeswomen’s TAC Class is offered at no charge to participants thanks to generous funding from foundations, industry, and individual donors.

In addition to the core curriculum of our pre-apprenticeship program, students enrolled in the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class have the option of extending their training commitment an additional 1-3 weeks to enroll in the Industrial Fabrication track or the Environmental Worker Training track.

Industrial Fabrication
This is a voluntary additional training track providing a targeted introduction to and hands-on experience with welding, machining, shop math, and blueprint reading in order to prepare students to enter skilled careers in the broad and booming manufacturing industry. This additional training track runs up to 3-weeks and will offer up to 80 hours of welding education. The successful completion of this training track meets the qualifications to take a Flux Core certification test.

Environmental Worker Training
This optional training track provides a 40 hour hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) certificate, First Aid/CPR, and AED certificates at no cost to participants. It also includes an additional day of classroom education about environmental careers, such as deconstruction, hazardous waste abatement, and environmental remediation careers, as well as additional field trip days to sites where industry partners are doing this work.

TACC Class enrollment requirements

Overview of the Class Structure

  • Learn basic trades math and measurement
  • Receive an introduction to green building
  • Explore topics such as job site safety and construction culture
  • Learn to use hand and power tools
  • Gain 30 hours of hands-on experience working alongside skilled female instructors on real job sites
  • Go on field trips to apprenticeship training centers and active construction sites
  • Improve physical fitness with strength training taught by a certified fitness trainer
Upon graduation, Oregon Tradeswomen career counselors assist TACC graduates with their job search and application to apprenticeship training programs. Oregon Tradeswomen career counselors also provide individualized employment counseling throughout the entire course of the graduate’s trades career.


Oregon Tradeswomen’s pre-apprenticeship program complies with the industry standard of zero tolerance for drug use. This includes marijuana. Oregon Tradeswomen conducts two drug tests during our program, once on the first day of programming at the mandatory Orientation, and one random urine test during the period class is in session. If you test positive at either of these times, you will be dismissed from class and asked to re-enroll at a different time when you are able to pass the drug tests.

Now Enrolling for our Winter 2020 Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Oregon Tradeswomen is now enrolling for our January 2020 Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class. Class runs January 22, 2020 through March 19, 2020. The first step is to attend an Information Session.

If you are unable to attend the Information Session for which you registered, please contact Vanessa Michelle Escobedo at vanessa@tradeswomen.net or 503.335.8200 x 122. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This session is full. If you registered for the wait-list, you will be contacted if  a seat becomes available.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
10:00 am – 11:30 am

This session is full. If you registered for the wait-list, you will be contacted if a seat becomes available.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Register for the 10/19 Information Session

Thursday, October 24, 2019
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Register for the 10/24 Information Session

**Please note that Info Sessions are child friendly but we are unable to provide childcare at this time**

2020 Class Schedule:

January 22 – March 19

Information Sessions open Monday, September 9, 2019

Mandatory Orientation:
January 22, 2020

March 19, 2020

April 15 – June 11

Information Sessions open Friday, December 6, 2019

Mandatory Orientation: 
April 15, 2020

June 11, 2020

July 8 – September 17

*Night Class*

Information Sessions open Friday, February 21, 2020

Mandatory Orientation: 
July 8, 2020

September 17, 2020

October 14 – December 10

Information Sessions open Thursday, May 28, 2020

Mandatory Orientation: 
October 14, 2020

December 10, 2020


Environmental Worker Training Boot Camp

Class Dates and Times:

October 14 – November 1, 2019
Classes run Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

This three-week intensive is offered at no cost to participants and includes the following training and instruction:

Questions? Contact Brenda Gaynor, Training Coordinator
brenda@tradeswomen.net | 503.335.8200 x 125

3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #101  |  Portland, Oregon 97212  |   phone: 503.335.8200  |  fax: 503.249.0445