Skilled to Work: Schools tour lumber mills

Students from area high schools toured lumber mills and got a first-hand look at what it takes to be in the industry.

Posted: Jun 4, 2018 5:50 PM
Updated: Jun 5, 2018 8:04 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- More than 50 students from area high schools got a first-hand look at lumber mills in Springfield.

Friday they toured Swanson's Mill, walked the Millrace path and toured Urban Lumber.

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.

Urban Lumber wanted to be a part of this event because they also work in welding and fabrication.

Students learned what it takes to make it in the industry and what skills they need.

Things like math, working with computer-controlled routers and a willingness to learn.

"Seeing what he can do with all this wood and stuff is amazing," said Anthony Jones, a junior at Junction City High School. "What people can accomplish and all the math and science that goes into it."

Urban Lumber has been open for 12 years and makes custom woodwork using salvaged wood.

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