Oregon Tradeswomen Inc is a great organization with terrific outreach. They are dedicated to exposing and inspiring women to pursue the skilled trades through education, mentorship and leadership. Employers are anxious to hire qualified skilled tradeswomen and apprenticeship programs just can’t turn out female graduates fast enough. OTI hosts pre-apprenticship classes, networking events, and leadership training. They can help women identify what apprenticeship programs they are interested in and help them with the application process. Skilled tradeswomen can qualify for family wage jobs with good benefits without taking on the burden of college debt.
This year’s Women in Trade’s Career Fair will be held May 16-18, 2013. Thursday May 16 is for middle school girls who have pre-registered through their school and May 17 is for the high school girls. Saturday May 18 is for girls and women of all ages who want to have a fun day of hands-on activities meant to introduce them to trades careers. A special Dads and Daughters workshop will be held on Saturday from 1:00 -2:00. Past activities have included pouring cement, riding in a bucket on a utility truck, climbing a fire engine ladder, using a jackhammer and a trades fashion show. Find a complete list of workshops and activities here.
Girls Build Summer Camp
They also host a Girls Build Camp in the summer for only $25 a week. The middle school camp is full but new registrations are being kept on a waiting list. There is still time to apply for the high school camp.
North Portland Camp at the University of Portland
High School Girls
July 15 – 19, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Middle School Girls:
THIS CAMP IS FULL. New Registrations will be placed on a waiting list.
July 23 – 26, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New this year is a Southern Oregon camp at Rogue Valley Community College
Combined Middle and High School Girls Camp
June 24 – June 28, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Oregon Tradeswomen also offers free 7 week introduction to trades and apprenticeship classes for women.