OTI WITCF 2016 167The largest non-traditional career fair of its kind, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. produces the interactive Women in Trades Career Fair to increase the overall number of women workingin the trades and to help 

fill the imminent gap in the labor force that will be created with record-levels of upcoming retirements of skilled trades people.

Produced annually since 1993, this unique, industry sponsored and 

volunteer powered event offers dozens of hands-on activities designed to introduce women and girls to the possibility of a future career in the trades.

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Libbie Rorabaugh  bends and curves the copper wiring into a switch and a light bulb. 

She is sitting in an electrician's class Friday morning, learning a full set of trade skills along with 80 others at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center in Northeast Portland.

Rorabaugh is not, however, an aspiring electrician, lineman or roofer. Rather, she's a high school career counselor.
















































To provide Electrical apprentices the knowledge and background information needed to perform the scope of work required by the industry, and to successfully pass the state exams required to work in the local jurisdiction, the NIETC is tasked with providing instructors that are knowledgeable about the trade, familiar with the codes and able to perform the work.
They must also be expert in teaching, training, and evaluating. These very different skill sets merge at the National Training Institute.

The NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center is the Host sponsor for the “Women in Trades Career Fair”. The fair is the fruit of a concept that now has achieved 21 years running, growing larger every year.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is the guiding force behind the fair, working with local construction companies, transportation departments, utilities and most important, apprenticeship programs, offering women of all ages a look into the world of construction, while getting their hands dirty trying out whatever strikes their interest.The fair has been located at the NIETC for a majority of the 21 years, utilizing the many classrooms and parking lot as the scene of an impromptu construction site, offering women an opportunity to wire a light and switch, bend some conduit, build a “solar project” or assemble a “wind turbine”. In addition to electrical, most every other construction trade is represented.

Women In Trades Fair at NIETC

The fair is broken into three days of events, with middle school girls attending on a Thursday ( nearly 590 in 2010), High school girls on Friday (639 ) and the general public on Saturday (over 540 registered for 2010).

Since it’s inception in 1993, the fair has been providing women a dynamic three day event introducing girls into the high paying jobs in the building, construction, mechanical, technical and utility trades.

Look for details as the fair again will be hosted by the NIETC on May 8, 9, and 10 of 2014. Hope to see you there.

Apprenticeship History

EWMC Minority Caucus

EWMC Portland Chapter, 503-256-4848 x270 

Meeting date / time change... 2nd Tuesday, 5-6:30pm, LU 48 Ex Board Room

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Oregon Tradeswomen, INC

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that educates girls and women about careers in the construction-related trades.  readmore