|Connect to Careers|
As young people work toward finishing their high school education and begin thinking about their future, many realize they lack the skills and training employers’ desire. Without skills and training, youth remain stuck in low paying jobs with very little hope for advancement. Connect 2 Careers, an award-winning program operated by ESD 112 and funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act through Workforce Southwest Washington, combines employment training and academic support.
|Connect 2 Trades Academy|
Connect 2 Trades Academy is paid training that integrates Clark College’s 8-week pre-apprenticeship training program, professional development and financial literacy workshops, industry certifications, and a 10-week work experience with a professional construction trade or other skilled trade company such as auto-mechanics, painting, HVAC, etc. Participants are paid for classroom and worksite hours up to 40 hours per week. The combined hands-on experience and training offer an entry point for obtaining work in the trades, entering an apprenticeship program or enrolling in career and technical education (CTE).
|Washington State Board for Technical and Community Colleges|
Get information about technical colleges in Washington State.
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|40 good-paying jobs that do not require a 4-year college degree|
Read about rewarding jobs that require skill training and/or education different than a bachelor's degree, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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|Which professional-technical programs does Clark College offer?|
On average, it takes 2 years to complete a professional-technical degree. Students engage in a blended approach to learning, with some bookwork and theories coupled with hands-on training in the use of equipment and skills for the specific career area for which they are preparing.
|New Vancouver technical school trains workers for freight railroad careers|
Northwest Railroad Institute
• Program began: July 15, 2013.
• Program length: Six months.
• Tuition: $14,000.
• Where: 2901 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
• Information: 360-695-2500 or 800-868-1816.
• On the Web: Northwest Railroad Institute
|Vocational Information Center|
Explore vocational and technical careers, check out the skills employers really want, find a trade school, research technical topics and take a look at the current job market.
|As college and university grads seek work, trade jobs go unfilled|
"...millions of good-paying jobs are ging unfilled" in the trades in the U.S., according to an April 1, 2014 article in The Columbian newspaper.