Pathways: VESL Entry-Level High Tech Skills Training - SUSPENDED

This 7-week vocational skills training prepares non-native English speakers for entry level jobs in the high tech manufacturing industry. The class focuses on general knowledge of the high tech industry, quality concepts, 20 hours of hands-on soldering training, and company tours.

The class also includes job readiness and job search components. After the training, students will continue to meet in a group to discuss job leads and for job search assistance.

Students need to have intermediate to high English language skills to be successful in this class; a CASAS English Language test will be given. Excellent attendance is required.

Conveniently located: PCC Willow Creek Center


Classes start soon:

Learn more: Download a printable flyer in English.


  • Training on the State of Oregon Eligible Training Provider list.
  • Includes classroom instruction, 20-hours of soldering training, job search and placement services.
  • Offered in partnership with the Electronic Manufacturing Consortium featuring four local Washington County companies.

Cost of Training

Tuition and Books: 
Total Cost* TBD

Scholarships available to DWP and One-Stop participants in Multnomah and Washington Counties.

Classroom: 28 hours per week

A total of 160 hours of training includes:

  • Overview of the High Tech Industry
  • High Tech company tours
  • Workplace communication
  • Safety on the job
  • Introduction to Component Identification
  • 20 hours of hands-on soldering training
  • Quality Systems-Lean manufacturing

Job Search:

  • Job readiness
  • Job applications, resumes, cover letters, interview practice, mock interviews
  • Individualized one-on-one assistance in job search

What should I do next to get into the training?

  • For program information or for information on upcoming trainings, contact Cortney Nylen.