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May 10, 2018
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Industry For A Day immerses 200 educators in construction and manufacturing fields

From: Jeanie-Marie Price
Photo credits: photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 7 by Fred Joe; photos 6, 8 & 9 by Beth Conyers

Last week nearly 200 educators from throughout Multnomah County, including nine from the MESD, immersed themselves in the fields of construction and manufacturing as a part of All Hands Raised Industry for a Day (IFAD) presented by Bank of America.
Staff members from teachers to counselors to principals participated in IFAD and cost of substitutes was covered thanks to contributions from East Metro STEAM Partnership, Portland Metro STEM Partnership, the SafeBuild Alliance and All Hands Raised.
The Oregon Employment Department projects that over ten years more than 30,000 jobs in the fields of construction and manufacturing will be added in the Portland region, in addition to anticipated unprecedented levels of retirements. Yet our local career-technical education programs have not recovered from past cuts, and as such are not fully aligned with the current needs of local industries The result is a weak pipeline to fill these jobs. Further, there is a deeply rooted bias that supports a “college only” mentality and stereotypes about the trades continue to limit students’ exposure to those family-wage career paths.
“IFAD was a great opportunity to get out and learn about opportunities available in the trades,” said Marguerite Wizeman, teacher at Arata Creek. “I have a better understanding of the broad range of opportunities that exist in construction and manufacturing.”
The All Hands Raised Partnership is working across the community to build a system to address this bias, with a focus on closing the gap between high schools, training programs and industry. IFAD was established three years ago as a community-wide strategy to address lack of awareness, primarily by local educators, of opportunities for young people in construction and manufacturing. The event is a collaboration between All Hands Raised, East Metro STEAM Partnership, Impact NW, Portland Metro STEM Partnership and Worksystems, Inc.
The work in partnership with the Multnomah Education Service District will deepen even further when three MESD educators and administrators travel with a team of 25 educators from across Multnomah County to the Carpenter’s International Training Institute in Las Vegas May 9-10, 2018. At the institute participants will deepen their understanding of the skills required and opportunities that exist for student’s interested in this pathway. All travel expenses are being covered by the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters.
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