Pre-Apprenticeship / Trades Program

Swan Island Trades Center STC 108 | Training & Apprenticeship Specialist: Katrina Cloud | 971-722-5651 | FAX: 971-722-5656 | trades@pcc.edu

PCC provides pre-trade opportunities to students who seek careers in the trades or an apprenticeship. These classes are designed to help students build the necessary skills to meet the minimum entry qualifications to enter a trade or apprenticeship program. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Trade Orientation

Please R.S.V.P with your name and phone number for the Pre-Trade Orientation to trades@pcc.edu when possible to reserve your space.

The first Tuesday of every month from 12 noon to 1pm, a Pre-Trade Orientation is held at the Swan Island Trades Center STC in Room 120. Check in with Shawna Brown in office STC 100. Orientations will resume on the first Tuesday of the month starting January 2015.

The Orientation includes information on:

  • Overview of Apprenticeship
  • Placement testing
  • Counseling
  • Registration assistance

Note: If you do not meet the minimum Pre-Trades requirements, do not be discouraged! This only means you have some additional steps to take before you are ready. The PCC Skill Center offers tuition free GED prep classes, basic reading and writing classes, and Trade Math classes.

Coursework

APR 100 -  Exploring  Trades & Apprenticeship

Explores career opportunities within the Trades. Includes topics in traditional careers such as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Construction, Industrial Trades. This course also includes an introduction to Apprenticeships and new opportunities within the trades as advances occur in fields such as Electrical Generation, Photovoltaic, Solar Energy, Geo-Thermal Energy, Wind Power and Sustainability. 

This course is intended to meet the needs of students with little or minimal knowledge and are looking at the Trades for a career.

APR 200 - Trades Exploration (Previously titled TE 9000)
Minimum Requirements: Valid Drivers License or ability to obtain, Math 60 (Completion of Math 60) or Algebra, High School Graduate or GED. Note: If you do not meet the minimum Pre-Trades requirements, do not be discouraged! This only means you have some additional steps to take before you are ready. The PCC Skill Center offers tuition free GED prep classes, basic reading and writing classes, and Trade Math classes. 3 strike rule; see department for details.

The Pre-Trades coursework provides pre-trade skill enhancement and includes an apprenticeship overview, math review, trade topics, construction blueprint reading, 30 hour OSHA Safety Certification, material handling, rigging, proper tool use, site visits, mock interviews and more. This class is approved by the Oregon Apprenticeship Council as an authorized pre-apprenticeship course.

For more information attend a Pre-Trade orientation or call the Trades & Industry Department at 971-722-5650. You can also complete the Pre-Apprenticeship Scholarship Application.