Students from Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties will converge in Canyonville on September 28 for the Southern Oregon Trade Careers Expo, a full-day, hands-on experience for careers within the construction, manufacturing and utility trades.
The SOTCE is designed to introduce high school students to the unlimited career opportunities.
“The Expo is an invaluable showcase of careers available to Oregon’s youth,” said Tribal Workforce Development Manager Kelly Warner of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians. “Students will experience first-hand how they can apply their math, science and engineering studies to real life careers with fun, interactive learning.”
Admission is free and snacks and lunches are provided. Pre-registration is required. According to Warner, a similar event held in Eugene in October 2016 drew nearly 350 students from 22 high schools.
The September 28 event will be held at the Seven Feathers Convention Center. Expo partners are the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, the Phoenix School of Roseburg and ODOT.
• Booth exhibits will provide valuable information. Exhibitors include construction, manufacturing, utilities, state agencies and trade apprenticeship programs.
• Hands-on activities will provide students exposure to job-related skills and functions in a controlled environment, such as finishing concrete, setting tile, rebar-tying,
and climbing power poles.
• Heavy equipment exhibits will include opportunities for students, under the guidance of a trained operator, to run the equipment as well as operators available to explain their job and the industry.
• Utilities exhibits will cover a variety of equipment necessary to implement daily maintenance, new construction, or emergency response that most utility companies experience. Students will climb utility poles, experience utility truck bucket use, and learn the day-to-day operation of a utility company’s equipment operators.
To participate, contact ODOT Civil Rights Field Coordinator Christie Meacham at 541-957-3698