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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Construction continues with big changes amid pandemic

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Career fair introduces Eugene, Springfield students to trade jobs

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Springfield chamber works to get students interested in trade jobs

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Cottage Grove students get lesson in trade jobs

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Students get head start on a career with Lane ESD program

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'Our apprentices do pretty well,' union says

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Union trains next class of workers

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Apprentices gain life skills at Seneca Sawmill

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Seneca Sawmill trains workers for success

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Eugene company making plastic products more sustainable

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Build Oregon initiative looks to change attitudes toward skilled jobs

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Apprentices work to construct a future

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Electrician work helps keep the lights on

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Springfield High School programs get big donation

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Local industries offer jobs from manufacturing to sales

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Truck drivers needed in southern Oregon

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Sutherlin woodshop students gaining skills for success

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RiverBend Materials looking for skilled workers

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LCC celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

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National Apprenticeship Week kicks off

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Report: Thousands of construction workers needed by 2027 in Lane County

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Ford Motor Company puts focus on tech in Roseburg High visit

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Lebanon High School prepares students for trade jobs

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Manufacturing tours show students job opportunities in Lane County

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'Earn as you learn,' trade employers recommend

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Paid apprenticeships available in sheet metal industry

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Camp Alma to provide job training to veterans

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Carpentry apprenticeship teaches skills down to the foundation

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Is masonry right for you? Hayward Field worker talks pay, training and more

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Teachers complete externships prior to new school year

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Electrician apprenticeships available in Lane County

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Eugene teacher preparing for upcoming farm-to-table program

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Truck school offers job placement assistance for drivers

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Engineering teacher takes on 'externship' at Precision

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Former UO student finding success at Roto-Rooter after changing course

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Lane County teachers learning from the pros with 'externships'

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Youngest supervisor making own path at Johnson Crushers International

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5-year program prepares apprentices to be journeyman plumbers

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Youth campers making miniature worlds

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Robotics team builds ride-on trucks for children with limited mobility

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Hamlin Middle School students building wind turbines

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Students take to skate park to test out skateboard designs

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Rosboro sawmill hiring high school graduates in Springfield

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LBCC culinary program 'an eye-opener' for students

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Roseburg High students learning plant science hands-on

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Delta Sand & Gravel looking for a new generation of workers

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Thurston High students learning how to build electric race cars

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Chambers Construction seeking students for apprenticeship program

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Pleasant Hill High School raising funds for new greenhouse

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Lane Electric has scholarships available for members

Events

High School Career Connect 2020
March 10, 2020
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lane Community College, Eugene

Sand and Gravel Tours
April 22-23, 2020
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Delta Sand & Gravel Co., Eugene

Hands on Career Day
April 24, 2020
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lane Community College, Eugene

Elevate Job Hiring Fair
April 30, 2020
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Bob Keefer Event Center, Springfield

Career Fair
May 14, 2020
Lane Community College, Eugene

Construction Utility Career Day: TBA Fall 2020

Central Coast Trades Conference: TBA 2021