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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Douglas County STEAM Week teaches students to code

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McKenzie students build sheds for fire victims

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Celebrating National Lineman Appreciation Day

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Chambers Construction to bring back apprenticeships after pandemic hiatus

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Career and Technical Education Month starts today

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Construction industry growth expected to outpace economy

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Truck drivers in demand during pandemic

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Industries to rebound after pandemic, Lane Workforce projects

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Trades 'recession proof,' LCC expert says

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Trade skills class aims to get high schoolers excited for the future

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Construction work opportunities abound despite pandemic

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Apprentices needed with construction in high demand

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Douglas County 4-H aims to teach trade skills at a young age

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Girl Scouts adds 24 new badges for STEM, civics and more

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Need for construction workers higher than ever

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Family company's legacy continues through pandemic

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Connected Lane County offers virtual mentorships

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Roto-Rooter finds new way to train apprentices

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Construction companies are hiring in our area

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LCC taking applications for apprenticeship programs

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Oregon to receive millions to fund CTE programs

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Elevate Lane County offers virtual Tour Tuesdays

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'Elevate' your future: Connected Lane County offers career planning for seniors

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Trades get creative to keep apprentices learning

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Chambers Construction puts apprenticeship program on hold

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RiverBend Materials keeps workers employed during pandemic

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Now is the time to gain skills for trade jobs, electrician says

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Students continue preparing for skilled jobs despite pandemic

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Construction continues with big changes amid pandemic

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Career fair introduces Eugene, Springfield students to trade jobs

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Springfield chamber works to get students interested in trade jobs

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Cottage Grove students get lesson in trade jobs

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Students get head start on a career with Lane ESD program

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'Our apprentices do pretty well,' union says

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Union trains next class of workers

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Apprentices gain life skills at Seneca Sawmill

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Seneca Sawmill trains workers for success

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Eugene company making plastic products more sustainable

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Build Oregon initiative looks to change attitudes toward skilled jobs

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Apprentices work to construct a future

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Electrician work helps keep the lights on

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Springfield High School programs get big donation

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Local industries offer jobs from manufacturing to sales

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Truck drivers needed in southern Oregon

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Sutherlin woodshop students gaining skills for success

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RiverBend Materials looking for skilled workers

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LCC celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

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National Apprenticeship Week kicks off