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Cottage Grove students get lesson in trade jobs

Employers from all over Lane County gave presentations on the various career paths that are available to students at Cottage Grove High School on Friday.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 11:05 AM
Updated: Mar 3, 2020 12:01 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Students in Cottage Grove got a real-life lesson in making education pay, and it starts with learning a skill.

Employers from all over Lane County gave presentations on the various career paths that are available to students at Cottage Grove High School on Friday.

That includes everything from manufacturing to welding to drafting and diesel technology. The programs are all offered through Lane Community College.

In those fields, pay starts at over $20 an hour and climbs from there.

“We need these young, smart people to come into the construction trade. The aggregate trades. It's just a good option,” said Dan Skotte, senior project manager with Essex General Construction.

Trace Nelson, a senior at Cottage Grove High School, said the presentation opened his eyes to an opportunity other than college.

“I don’t know exactly what I want to do after high school. But seeing these really helped because now I want to do a trade for sure,” said Nelson.

There were two sessions for the students, with about 60 kids in each one.

As part of our Skilled to Work initiative, we partner with employers in our area to address the lack of workers for skilled jobs.

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