Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

On-Ramp to Trades

A woman and man working with tool

Are you interested in a career in the trades? Do you want to learn more about your options in carpentry, HVAC, welding, or as an electrician? We’re here to help you get there!

Upcoming course info

  • March 28–April 8, 2022
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9:30am-12 noon
  • Offered online via Zoom
  • No cost to participants

What you’ll learn

  • Explore career paths in construction trades
  • Learn about PCC degrees and certificates
  • Get support with on-boarding to PCC
  • Gain resources for student success

Participate or learn more

Complete the interest form to get started. We can get you enrolled over the phone or by email in just a few minutes.

Topics we’ll explore

Trades overview topics
  • Why the trades?
  • Resources for career exploration
  • Apprenticeships in the building trades
  • Career snapshots: carpenter, electrician, laborer, plumber, and more
  • Stretch and flex for workplace safety
  • Portfolio building and networking for a career in the trades
PCC programs
Guest speakers
  • Amy James Neel, Anti-Hate in the Workplace
  • Matt Scott, welder
  • Isis Harris, electrician
  • Brad Fox, Building Construction Technology
  • PCC program advisors and staff
Student success
  • Onboarding to PCC
  • Paying for college
  • Connecting to resources
  • Resilience In school and on the job
  • Goal setting and next steps

This program is funded through the Title III RISES Grant. Portland Community College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution. Contact Disability Services if you have a disability that requires services.