EUGENE, Ore. -- Employers throughout Western Oregon are losing qualified employees to retirement and struggling to find skilled replacements.
That's why KEZI is partnering with industry leaders in the "Skilled to Work" campaign.
Lane Community College is doing its part to make sure students are prepared for the workforce through its Welding and Fabrication Program.
LCC offers a one-year certification and a two-year Associates of Science in Welding and Fabrication.
They teach five different processes and cover plasma cutting and metallurgy, which deals with the properties of metals, their production, and purification.
The school also teaches students how to operate forklifts and overhead cranes, which are both used in a fabrication warehouse setting.
"Especially when it comes to being a female, it's a very male-dominated area," said Julia White, an LCC Welding Student. "So coming into the program, learning how to weld, becoming a good welder, working with all the men in the shop, you really do find your place without having to go through a four-year college."
One thing LCC said it prides itself on is collecting feedback from local employers about what skills they need.
That feedback is then used to adjust the program accordingly.