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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 Vanessa Michelle Escobedo with any questions: vanessa@tradeswomen.net  or call 503.335.8200 x 122

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.


Oregon Tradeswomen is now enrolling for our summer 2020 Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class. Our apprenticeship-readiness class runs Tuesday, July 7 through Saturday, September 12, 2020. The first step is to attend an Information Session.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Register for the March 24th session

Thursday, March 26, 2020

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Register for the March 26th session

Saturday, March 28, 2020

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Register for the March 28th session

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Register for the March 31st session

Thursday, April 2, 2020

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Register for the April 2nd session

Class runs from Tuesday, July 7th through Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Days and Times:
Tuesdays from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesdays from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturdays from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Attending an Information Session is the first step to enrollment in Oregon Tradeswomen’s FREE pre-apprenticeship training program.

Sign up for the “Career Education and Information Session Notifications” email list to receive reminders about enrollment for upcoming Trades and Apprenticeship Career Classes.

If you registered for a session and are no longer able to attend
, please contact Vanessa Escobedo : vanessa@tradeswomen.net  or call 503.335.8200 x 122

If you are a service provider
and interested in attending an Information Session to learn about Oregon Tradeswomen’s free training program, please call or email Vanessa Escobedo at vanessa@tradeswomen.net  or call 503.335.8200 x 122

**Please note that Info Sessions are child friendly but we are unable to provide childcare at this time**

2020 Class Schedule:

January 21 – March 12

Class started:
January 21, 2020

March 12, 2020

April 14 – June 4

Enrollment for Oregon Tradeswomen’s Spring 2020 Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class is full.

Week 1: 
April 14, 2020

June 4, 2020

July 7 – September 10

*Night/Weekend Class*

Information Sessions now open! Scroll up to register for an Information Session!

Week 1: 
July 7, 2020

September 10, 2020

October 13 – December 3

Information Sessions open Thursday, May 28, 2020

Week 1: 
October 13, 2020

December 10, 2020

Questions? Contact Vanessa Escobedo : vanessa@tradeswomen.net  or call 503.335.8200 x 122

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