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Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education leadership and mentorship.
Our values are: Respect, Empowerment, Community, Equity and Excellence
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., (OTI) is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. Founded in 1989 and incorporated as Oregon Tradeswomen Network in 1991 (and reorganized as Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, in 1999) OTI was founded on the principles that women deserve and can attain economic self-sufficiency through pursuing careers in the building, mechanical, electrical, and utility trades while helping, and encouraging, the trades industry build up a diverse workforce. Over the past twenty years, the organization has grown from a small support group led by four tradeswomen--an elevator constructor, two carpenters and an operating engineer--into a full-fledged non-profit organization with 145 dues-paying members, three programs and the support of trades industry employers.
Our Programs & Activities
Portland Pathways to Success
Provides women seeking trades careers with individualized career counseling, employment services, and education, including our free 7-week state-certified Trades and Apprenticeship Career (TAC) Class, while assisting industry employers with reaching qualified, motivated female candidates.
Encourages young women in middle and high school to view trades careers as exciting, viable and rewarding through positive skills coaching, exposure to female role models, career pathways guidance and supervised hands-on construction experiences, as well as fun and practical math skill-building activities.
Tradeswomen Organized for Outreach, Leadership and Support (TOOLS)
Builds the leadership skills of tradeswomen to advocate for quality, safe, and equitable workplaces and communities. Holds quarterly networking and support meetings for members of OTI, for women in the trades, and those about to enter the trades.
The Women in Trades Career Fair
The Women in Trades Career Fair is an annual event produced by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. which encourages women and girls to explore high-paying, high-skilled careers in the building, mechanical, electrical and utility trades. The Fair provides opportunities for participants to meet employers, apprenticeship training programs, and tradeswomen role models through interactive, hands-on workshops and exhibits.