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Skilled To Work

There are great paying jobs doing important work that are going unfilled. Skilled to Work is a NewsWatch 12 station initiative to educate the community about the severe shortage of workers in the skilled trades. Too many parents and children think that the only pathway to a successful career is by earning a four-year college degree — but the skilled trades also offer great benefits and retirement packages. Many of them only require two-year degrees, certification programs, training programs, or apprenticeships.

As workers retire, companies are struggling to find enough qualified employees to replace them. There is a desperate need to solve the problem. We want to help change the conversation from being college-ready to being career-ready.

Join NewsWatch 12 every Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. as we bring you stories about jobs and what it takes to get them, what unique things companies in Southern Oregon and Northern California are doing to recruit, and the critical role the skilled trades play in our community.

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Skilled To Work

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Grants Pass High training students to become future chefs

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Grants Pass teacher surprised with $50K from Harbor Freight 'Tools for Schools' competition

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RCC hosts info sessions for Dental Assistant Program

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The plumbing and drain service industry offers job stability and growth

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Mechanics looking to younger generation to fill electronic gap

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Advancements in technology enhancing automotive tech industry

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Construction industry is searching for young applicants as older workers retire

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Local business owner helping next generation of female manufacturers

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Growing electronics industry continues to need skilled workers

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RCC program offers hands-on STEM learning just for girls

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Getting ahead of the competition: RCC trade programs

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Local kids learn about STEM through hands-on activities

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Local non-profit working to keep kids off the street and teach a trade

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Diesel technicians have options in an evolving industry

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Employees say there is opportunity for growth at local auto body shop

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Search continues for skilled workers in Southern Oregon

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Women welders in a male-dominated workforce

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A/C repair industry dying with lack of young workers

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71Five VoTech giving young adults a second chance

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Crater Lake Electrical apprenticeship program seeks young candidates

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Eagle Point High boasts successful CTE program for students keen on trade work

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Students compete for apprenticeship, training at Croman helicopter company

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Local plumbing businesses search for apprentices amid industry growth

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Construction demand continues to rise as worker gap widens

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Students, vineyard team up to unveil new wines

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Trucking industry experiencing shortage of drivers

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Skilled to Work: A Closer Look takes a deep dive into skilled workers

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Lack of young skilled workers causes worry for the construction industry

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Local students compete for more than $9,000 in scholarships

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Rogue Tech Tour connects tech-savvy students, local businesses

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Rogue Tech Tour engages with students to work local

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St. Mary's robotics team is heading to the World Championships

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New CTE Academy Begins at RCC for High School Students

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Hands-on Learning Classes Already Offered at Medford Schools

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Students Commit to RCC CTE Programs Hoping to Ease Lack of Qualified Workers Nationwide

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Oregon Tech Students Build Cars to Compete on World Stage

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Report: Medford, Grants Pass Among Top US Job Markets

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Girls Only: STEM camp at Rogue Community College

Skilled to Work: Events

Second Southern Oregon Trade Careers Expo - Thursday, September 26, 2019 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

The 2019 SOTCE will be attendees from six counties (Klamath, Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Coos, Curry). The morning session serves Juniors and Seniors in High School, while the afternoon session will focus on veterans and referalls from public/private agencies (WIOA, Oregon Youth Authority, Oregon Health Authority, WorkSource, etc.)

 

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