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School to Careers Program Takes 39 Local Students to Tradeswomen’s Career Fair
Friday, May 17, Portland Oregon— The School to Careers program took 39 local students to the Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair in Portland, Oregon. This included students from the Nixya’awii Community School, Sunridge Middle School, and Hawthorne Alternative School. This is the second year that the School to Careers program has attended the Tradeswomen’s Career Fair.
The Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair is produced by the Portland nonprofit Oregon Tradeswomen and is sponsored by industry partners. The goal of the trade fair is to introduce students to the wide variety of career opportunities available in the trades while offering a unique, hands-on opportunity for young women to learn about apprenticeship and career training opportunities after high school. Interactive learning opportunities allow students to use the tools of the trades, talk directly with tradeswomen about the work they do, and gain knowledge about satisfying, high-paying careers in the construction trades.
“Representation is so important. It's hard to capture how inspiring it is for these girls to be literally surrounded on all sides with positive women role models who are successfully engaged in their trades and advocating for women to join them in nontraditional career paths. Also, the sheer volume of jobs and careers represented at this event is eye-opening and really expands students' understanding of what a trade is, beyond just plumber and electrician,” School to Careers coordinator Christina van der Kamp said.
A lot of the School to Careers programing is aimed at high school students preparing to enter into the workforce. However, for this field trip, 27 of the students were from Pendleton Junior High. “In our experience, Jr. High students are exactly the right age to be experiencing these types of opportunities. They have the openness and energy to jump right into any activity and get something out of it,” van der Kamp said.
The Pendleton School District, the Education Foundation of Pendleton, the Pendleton Building Construction Trades Council, and Eastern Oregon Business Source made this event possible.
The School to Careers program helps local business and industry create career-related learning opportunities for regional high school students. It is operated through a partnership between Eastern Oregon Business Source and local school districts.
For more information about the School to Careers Program please contact School to Careers Coordinator Jane Waldher at (509) 520-8199 or