Pathways to Construction & Manufacturing

Forging Pathways from Schools to Careers

More than 30,000 construction and manufacturing jobs will be added in the Portland region over the next 10 years, along with unprecedented levels of retirements. The local talent pipeline is not prepared to meet the demand for these living-wage jobs. Our career-technical education programs have not recovered from past cuts or fully aligned with the current needs of local industries. And while these pathways lead directly to higher graduation rates, too few students are currently accessing them.

We are working with two school teams to strengthen their career-technical offerings, increase participation and improve their handoffs to post-secondary training programs—ensuring that more students enter these careers. And we’re collaborating with partners from across the county to address the stigma attached to these careers by providing hands-on industry exposure for local educators.


Key Impacts

  • In the initial stages of site-based work, partners have mapped their programs, identified clear gaps and are now implementing small tests of change
    to elevate the practices that move more students along these pathways.
  • We’ve harnessed the power of data to provoke hard questions and inspire action. Through a unique snapshot of 2015–16 career-technical education data, we revealed that 3,400 local high school students had participated in construction or manufacturing programs—yet only 250 students ultimately completed the program.
  • Through “Industry for a Day,” an immersion experience for 50 counselors and other educators, we measurably decreased stigma attached to these jobs and helped the adults in our schools become informed advocates for these career pathways.



All Hands Raised is working with two schools, Centennial High School and Reynolds High School, to examine their career-technical programs to help put more students on the path to careers in high-wage industries. Click here to learn more about our pathways to construction and manufacturing partners.


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