EUGENE, Ore. -- The Lane Education Service District is holding a Trades Academy Open House Thursday.
The Trades Academy is a 6-week program that helps prepare young people who are interested in jobs in construction, metal work, HVAC or other trades. It helps get them ready for further education and eventually a career.
“With the default system at the high-school level being college prep, what we’re trying to do is reinvigorate the system so that students can better understand, better be aware of and better prepare for these really awesome opportunities that are out there that aren’t just going to a four-year school,” Peter Lauf with Lane ESD said.
The open house is Dec. 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Springfield Training Center on Pierce Parkway.
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