Forging Pathways From School to Careers

THE SITUATION

One of our responsibilities is to help local kids find fulfilling careers, and there are many ways to do this that don’t involve college. Apprenticeships and other training programs can lead to rewarding and profitable jobs.

The fact is, after college graduation, the average Oregon student owes $27,000. After four years of earning while learning, the average electrical apprentice has earned $190,000. The Oregon
Employment Department projects that over the next 10 years, more than 13,000 new construction and manufacturing jobs will be created across Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties,
with another 71,000 openings due to retirements. Yet the path to those careers is not always clear.

 

THE WORK SO FAR

We are working with five high schools to measurably improve the transition to post-secondary career training and build long-term partnerships with industry. And we’re building awareness across the region of the outstanding opportunities available in the trades.

2019-20 School Community Site Teams:

  • Centennial High School
  • Helensview High School
  • Reynolds High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Sam Barlow High School

 

IMPACT

Aimed at dismantling stigmas of careers in construction and manufacturing, our annual Industry for a Day event raises awareness among educators of these careers. Last year more than 200 teachers, counselors and partners attended, and 38 manufacturing and construction sites hosted tours. Learn more about the event here.

Our local high school graduation rate is 76% overall, but is an impressive 94% for students who complete at least one technical education course.

Students from Helensview High School are spending three weeks at the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute earning a pre-apprenticeship certification.

148% increased student enrollment in advanced metals and manufacturing courses at Centennial High School.

Oregon’s first school-based pre-apprenticeship program in HVAC was launched at Reynolds High School in partnership with the Sheet Metal Institute in 2018.

 

THE WORK YET TO BE DONE

The programs are working, so it is now time to expand them and build clearer paths to high-wage careers in the trades, especially for underrepresented students. Additionally, at both the local and state level, we must ensure that dedicated funding sources—such as Measure 98—clearly target the high-wage, high-demand industries that will fuel our economy and provide paths to prosperity for our youth.

 

“The work we’re doing through All Hands Raised is helping elevate the importance of career technical education in our schools, while building greater access to trades pathways specifically for students of color and young women. Industry leaders now look to All Hands Raised to help them engage more effectively with our schools and that is translating to real change.”

– Connie Ashbrook, Founder & former Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

 

 

Resources

This work was recently highlighted in two Portland Business Journal “How Oregon Works” articles: All Hands Raised blazes pathways to living wage construction jobs (o9/18) and All Hands Raised helps high schools clear a path to the trades for students (11/18)

Learn more about careers, wages and training pathways in the local Manufacturing and Construction industries.