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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: Events

SOHOPE Information Session (at RCC) - Monday, April 29, 2019 (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Southern Oregon HOPE (SOHOPE) trains eligible low-income students for careers in high-demand health care fields. Learn about the Allied Health Occupations Programs that the SOHOPE grant covers, what else the grant covers, and who is eligible.

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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