Skilled To Work

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.

Skilled To Work

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Skilled to Work: Industry leader encourages students to do their research

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Skilled to Work: LCC offers two-year online energy management program

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Umpqua Community College educates future truck drivers

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Colt Gill, former Bethel superintendent: 'Graduation rates are increasing'

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Skilled to Work: Roseburg High School brings back auto shop

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Skilled to Work: Springfield apprenticeship program trains workers for sheet metal industry

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Skilled to Work: Trade school turns a local student's life around

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Skilled to Work: Lane Community College offers drone program

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Technical programs are boosting Springfield graduation rates

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Skilled to Work: Employers struggle to replace retiring trade workers

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Skilled to Work: LCC offers Aviation Maintenance Technology Program

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Skilled to Work: Roto Rooter struggles to find skilled workers

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Skilled to work: Roseburg students take home national awards

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Skilled to Work: Middle school students learn technical skills at camp

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Skilled to Work: LCC Manufacturing Technology Program

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Skilled To Work: Bethel School District CTE Programs

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Skilled to Work: Supporting Students After Graduation

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Skilled to Work: How CTE helped one Springfield student

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Skilled to Work: Schools tour lumber mills

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Skilled to Work: Eugene company needs to fill positions

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Skilled to Work: LCC's Diesel Technology Program

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Skilled to Work: LCC's Welding & Fabrication Program

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Skilled to Work: Apprenticeships & Training Programs

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Skilled to Work: Students learn construction basics

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Skilled to Work: Becoming an electrician

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Skilled to Work: Construction companies introduce high school students to the industry

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Skilled to Work: High school seniors to attend job fair

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Skilled to Work: Students Build Skills Designing Playgrounds

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Skilled to Work: Springfield Chamber of Commerce Holds Event

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Skilled to Work: Students Look to Fill Growing Voids in Trade Industries

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Skilled to Work: College is Not Only Option

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Skilled to Work: Students Build Race Cars from Scratch