Tradeswoman rep to speak at AAUW meeting
The American Association of University Women Lake Oswego will present Kelly Kupcak, executive director of Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., (OTI) at its Jan. 11 meeting, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego. The public is invited to attend the free meeting.
Kupcak will talk about the various programs offered by OTI. The organization promotes success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. The organization was founded in 1989, on the principle that women deserve and can attain economic self-sufficiency through careers in construction, manufacturing, mechanical and utility trades.
OTI's core program is the Trade and Apprenticeship Career Class, an eight-week pre-apprenticeship that prepares women for careers in the construction trades. OTI offers additional classes in industrial fabrication and environmental worker training. There also is a T.O.O.L.S. program (Tradeswomen Organized for Outreach, Leadership and Support), which fosters leadership and activism skills for tradeswomen and empowers them to advocate for equality, safe and equitable workplaces and communities.
AAUW is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Nationally AAUW has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships and grants in the past year. The Lake Oswego branch supports the AAUW Funds as well as providing local scholarhships at Clackamas Community College, the local university partner. AAUW LO offers an advocacy group, six book groups, lunch bunch, a dinner group, exploring our Northwest, a bridge group and many discussions focused on the issues of the day.
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