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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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

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'It's nothing a woman can't do,' Delta Sand and Gravel employee says

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Cottage Grove grad crushing it at Delta Sand and Gravel

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Welding program provides job opportunities for Elmira students

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Skilled to Work: Elmira students building a foundation for their future

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Advanced welding class preparing Harrisburg students for a career

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Advanced metals classes added at Thurston High School

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Skilled To Work: Legos help Mt. Vernon Elementary students code

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Students learning welding, farming skills at Crow Middle/High School

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Oregon Connections Academy students explore CTE opportunities

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Churchill High School students learn coding through robotics program

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Students learning woodworking skills at Springfield High School

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'Oh, the Places You Can Go!': Teachers explore job opportunities for students

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Skilled to Work: Students tackle civil engineering, architecture course

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Skilled to Work: Trades Academy prepares students for apprenticeships

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Skilled to Work: Lane Education Service District holding open house

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Adams Elementary students make virtual dance party in Hour of Code

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Churchill High School offering 'Medical Pathway' to students

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Skilled to Work: School districts discuss benefits of CTE programs

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Pleasant Hill students prepare for careers in animal, agricultural sciences

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Skilled to Work: Automotive technicians in high demand

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Skilled to Work: Hoyle highlights need for connection between schools, trade jobs

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Bethel middle school students enjoy new CTE electives

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Skilled to Work: Welders needed as cities continue to grow

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Skilled to Work: Industry leader encourages students to do their research

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Skilled to Work: LCC offers two-year online energy management program

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Umpqua Community College educates future truck drivers

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Colt Gill, former Bethel superintendent: 'Graduation rates are increasing'

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Skilled to Work: Roseburg High School brings back auto shop

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Skilled to Work: Springfield apprenticeship program trains workers for sheet metal industry

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Skilled to Work: Trade school turns a local student's life around

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Skilled to Work: Lane Community College offers drone program

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Technical programs are boosting Springfield graduation rates

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Skilled to Work: Employers struggle to replace retiring trade workers

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Skilled to Work: LCC offers Aviation Maintenance Technology Program

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Skilled to Work: Roto Rooter struggles to find skilled workers

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Skilled to work: Roseburg students take home national awards

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Skilled to Work: Middle school students learn technical skills at camp

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Skilled to Work: LCC Manufacturing Technology Program

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Skilled To Work: Bethel School District CTE Programs

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Skilled to Work: Supporting Students After Graduation

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Skilled to Work: How CTE helped one Springfield student

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Skilled to Work: Schools tour lumber mills

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Skilled to Work: Eugene company needs to fill positions