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COVID-19 Resource Page

Oregon Tradeswomen is acutely aware of how the COVID-19 pandemic is creating immense hardship for Oregon’s workforce and we created a resource page:

Oregon Tradeswomen’s COVID-19 Resource Page

About Oregon Tradeswomen’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

With a focus on apprenticeship, Oregon Tradeswomen’s Pathways to Success program offers the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC); an 8-week, pre-apprenticeship training class that helps students prepare for a high skill, high wage career in construction. TACC introduces a variety of trades through field trips, guest speakers, hands-on work days, and other training opportunities.

Oregon Tradeswomen’s TAC Class is offered at no charge to participants thanks to generous funding from foundations, industry, and individual donors.

In addition to the core curriculum of our pre-apprenticeship program, students enrolled in the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class have the option of extending their training commitment an additional 1-3 weeks to enroll in the Industrial Fabrication track or the Environmental Worker Training track.

Please read more about our training offerings below, and contact us with any questions:  info@tradeswomen.net

TACC Class enrollment requirements

Overview of the Class Structure

  • Learn basic trades math and measurement
  • Receive an introduction to green building
  • Explore topics such as job site safety and construction culture
  • Learn to use hand and power tools
  • Gain 30 hours of hands-on experience working alongside skilled female instructors on real job sites
  • Go on field trips to apprenticeship training centers and active construction sites
  • Improve physical fitness with strength training taught by a certified fitness trainer
Upon graduation, Oregon Tradeswomen career counselors assist TACC graduates with their job search and application to apprenticeship training programs. Oregon Tradeswomen career counselors also provide individualized employment counseling throughout the entire course of the graduate’s trades career.


Oregon Tradeswomen’s pre-apprenticeship program complies with the industry standard of zero tolerance for drug use. This includes marijuana. Oregon Tradeswomen conducts two drug tests during our program, once on the first day of programming at the mandatory Orientation, and one random urine test during the period class is in session. If you test positive at either of these times, you will be dismissed from class and asked to re-enroll at a different time when you are able to pass the drug tests.


2021 Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC) Schedule

February 16 – April 8
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
(8 weeks)

May 4 – June 24
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
(8 weeks)
Summer TACC
July 27 – October 2
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays
(10 weeks)
October 19 – December 9
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
(8 weeks)


To be notified when Information Sessions are open for registration, sign up for the Career Education and Information Session Notification List

Attending a virtual TACC Information Session is the first step to enrollment.

Please visit our Industry Resource page for information on registered apprenticeship and other community-based apprenticeship-readiness training programs that may be helpful on your pathway to a career in the skilled construction trades. You may also want to explore these organizations offering exploration and training for careers in the skilled construction trades:



If you are a service provider
and interested in attending an Information Session to learn about Oregon Tradeswomen’s free training program, please contact Kelly Kupcak at kelly@tradeswomen.net or call 503.335.8200 x 139.

Information for Veterans

Oregon Tradeswomen encourages our veterans to explore careers in the skilled trades, whether acqyurung additional training through our pre-apprenticeship training program or are ready to go directly to registered apprenticeship through programs such as Helmets to Hardhats  or Oregon’s Department of Veteran Affairs .

To learn more about benefits of registered apprenticeship for veterans, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.

Please contact us at info@tradeswomen.net.

454 SE 187th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233; phone: 503.335.8200  |  fax: 503.249.0445