The Southern Oregon Trade Careers Expo on Sept 26 has wrapped up another successful event.
The purpose of this event was to introduce high school Juniors and Seniors, Veterans, currently serving Military Personnel, and referred public and private agencies to exciting career opportunities.
Student attendance has almost doubled (1436) compared to 2017 (771). Students came from Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Coos, and Curry counties. They were able to experience hands-on activities and interact with 113 businesses staffed by 339 people.
Why we need this event? Skilled trade workers are needed across the country in many fields including high tech, trade, and industrial sectors. Estimates of current need indicates that over 2 million skilled trade professions are needed now. Baby boomer retirements will continue to fuel this need for several years. The average age of these workers is currently 55 nationally, and 50 in Oregon.
Why we want these skills? The wages and benefits are good and the work plentiful. Skills and certifications are often obtained through industry specific training and certification programs. Most of these careers do not require a college education, but having some college can demonstrate your potential and strengths and help you move up the career ladder and wage levels faster.
Trades represented in the 2019 expo included: Aviation and Rail; Archaeology; Architecture; Engineering; Geology; Survey; Public Safety Carpentry; Cement Masonry; Heavy Equipment Operation; Welding; Diesel Engine Repair; Manufacturing; Mechanics; Military; Plumbing; Pipefitting; Steamfitting; Iron Working Skilled Labor; Wildland Fire Fighting; and others.
This is a very important event that can change lives and build careers. Let’s make our youth and veterans know about this event and take the time to attend the next session! For more information see www.empowerthepossible.org and www.facebook.com/southernoregontradecareers/. Photos and quotes from www.empowerthepossible.org.
Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) comes in many flavors. Making sure there is a workforce available to help support your industry is critical and often tough. Log truck driving careers can be a fast transition compared to other trades and pay very well!