A Report on the 2011 Women in Trades Career Fair


A Report on the 2011 Women in Trades Career Fair

A ong>Reportong> on the 2011 Women in Trades Career Fair

3 Days of Education, Inspiration, and Opportunity

For the Next Generation of Tradeswomen

A middle school girl builds a birdhouse

in a workshop with Skanska

A high school girl uses a spud wrench,

aligns the bolt holes, and connects steel

beams in a workshop with Pacific Northwest

Ironworkers Local 29

Nichet Newsome, Plumber Apprentice and

OTI pre-apprenticeship program graduate,

teaches a middle school girl how to

solder copper pipe

3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 101

Portland, Oregon 97212

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Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.’s 19 th Annual

Women in Trades Career Fair

Three Days of Education, Inspiration, & Opportunity

for the Next Generation of Tradeswomen

Produced annually since 1993, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.’s

(OTI) Women in Trades Career Fair is a dynamic, three-day

event introducing girls and women to high-paying, high-skill

careers in the building, construction, mechanical, technical,

utility, and highway trades. The Fair is centered around

interactive workshops designed to offer realistic experiences

to school age girls and adult career seekers.

Through dedicated industry participation and sponsorships,

the annual event serves to connect aspiring tradeswomen

with available opportunities in apprenticeship training,

employment, and careers.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. extends our gratitude to the

many businesses, organizations, and individuals who

support the work of OTI at the Fair, and throughout the

year, to inspire girls and women in exploring career

pathways in the trades as viable options for their futures.

A high school girl wires a light and switch in a

workshop with NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center

Careers for Women Day attendees learn about

welding in the ART of Welding workshop

with Clackamas Community College

The 2011 Women in Trades Career Fair

By The Numbers:

Middle school girls operate a firehose with instruction from Amiee

Moyers, Firefighter/Paramedic, with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue










Girls on Middle School Day

Girls on High School Day

Educators on School Days

Schools from Oregon and SW Washington

Total miles Madras High School traveled

to attend the Fair

Adults on Careers for Women Day


Hands-on workshops

Exhibitors, including:

23 Employers or educational institutions

18 Apprenticeship and other training programs

14 Government agencies

5 Community Colleges & Technical Institutes

What the Participants Said After Attending the 2011

Women in Trades Career Fair:

“All of the things I did at the Fair were amazing and I want to do

them again!”

- Middle School Girl

“I liked that we learned many things that women can do.”

- Middle School Girl

“My favorite part of the Fair was all of the classes. They were so

much fun and creative and I learned about jobs I didn’t think

of women being in.”

- High School Girl

“I liked learning about all the different careers for women.”

- High School Girl

“I learned that I could be anything I want to be.”

- High School Girl

“From the Exhibitors, I learned there are a lot of jobs out there

that women are capable of doing!”

- High School Girl

A middle school girl uses a power drill in the “Build a

House” workshop with Walsh Construction

“I enjoyed looking at exhibits and asking questions to whoever

was in that trade and being able to get real honest facts and

different opinions or perspectives on the trades.”

- Careers for Women Day Attendee

“The Fair is a comfortable environment for seeking nontraditional

employment. The whole idea of it and encouragement for girls

to consider the trades is absolutely great!”

- Careers for Women Day Attendee

A high school girl makes a concrete stepping stone

in a workshop with Howard S. Wright

A middle school girl learns to use a powder actuated nail gun in a workshop

with The Oregon and Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust

Thank You to the 2011 Sponsors of the Women in Trades Career Fair!

Platinum Sponsors:

Bonneville Power Administration

IBEW Local 48

KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8

NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center

The Oregonian

Portland Development Commission

UA Local 290 Plumbers, Steamfitters, & Marine Pipefitters

Training Trust / Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association

Gold Sponsors:


Portland General Electric

Silver Sponsors:

City of Portland: Office of Procurement, Bureaus of Human Resources,

Planning and Sustainability, Environmental Services, and Water

Multnomah County

Northwest Line Construction JATC

Oregon Department of Transportation

Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters /

Pacific Northwest Carpenter’s Institute

Sheet Metal Institute

Bronze Sponsors:

Daily Journal of Commerce

Gunderson, LLC

Hamilton Construction Company

Hoffman Structures, Inc.

Howard S. Wright

Mowat Construction

NW Natural

Oregon & SW Washington Roofers & Waterproofers JATC

Oregon Mainline Paving, LLC

Platt Electric Supply

R & H Construction

RR Donnelley


Slayden Construction Group, Inc.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue / IAFF Local 1660

Walsh Construction Co.

Additional Contributions from:

Oregon Department of Education, Williams & Dame

Development, Inc., National Association of Minority

Contractors - Oregon Chapter, and EC Company.





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