Skilled to Work is a KEZI 9 News station initiative in Western Oregon with the goal of changing the perception of working in the skilled trades. There is a severe shortage of skilled workers throughout our community. As the current workforce retires, there are not enough workers to replace them. For more than 30 years, we have been teaching our children that the only pathway to a career is by earning a 4-year college degree. We are facing a workforce crisis.
Through partnerships with multiple organizations and industries affiliated with the trades, we have begun to change the conversation. We are educating parents, teens, young adults and our community that the skilled trades are a viable career option with plenty of high paying jobs with excellent benefits and retirement packages.
Join KEZI 9 News every Monday at 6 p.m. as we bring you impact stories and resources about the resurgence of vocational training and workforce options in our community. Check back in with us here where stories will be posted and valuable resources will be shared.
Sand & Gravel Tour - Tuesday, April 2, 2019: TBA
Tour the plant and the gravel pit. Learn about excavation and working in the industry. Sponsored by Wildish, Delta Sand & Gravel, Knife River, Riverbend Materials. For more information, contact Lyle Lang firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Elevate Lane County is hosting its second annual job fair for graduating seniors. Come prepared with your resume in hand and meet with 50 local companies who are eager to hire graduating seniors. You will have the opportunity to meet with employees in person and fill out job applications on-site. To register please email Lizzie at email@example.com.
Description: Second annual timber tour. First stop will take students through Opportunity Village, a tiny home community on Garfield Street whose structures were built for low income individuals and couples who would otherwise be homeless. The second stop will tour the Springfield International Paper's containerboard mill. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
An open house with door prizes, a raffle, vendors, local businesses and the opportunity to experience welding and fabrication. Learn new skills, awesome prizes and a chance to try your hand at welding. Larning never stops and it's never too early or late to start.
School Girls' Day: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 8:30am to 3pm
Careers for Women Day: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9am to 3pm
Education, inspiration, and opportunity for the future construction workforce.