Clackamas Community College apprentice becomes role model
Advancing a career in the trade fields often requires an apprenticeship. Clackamas Community College partners with companies across the state to offer classroom experience to supplement what students are learning on the job and allow them to advance their careers.
These programs range from two to four years depending on the requirements for the trade. After successful completion of the coursework and on-the-job training hours, students have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized credential in their field, supporting a well-paid and fulfilling career.
Aleah Davis is in a college-supported apprenticeship program to earn her journey card in CNC machining. She currently works at Shields Manufacturing during the day and comes to the college to take classes in the evening.
As the only female apprentice in CNC Manufacturing in the state of Oregon, Davis wants to set an example for other women and for her two daughters.
"I want to show my kids it doesn't matter how late in life you start, you can always do better," Davis said.
Clackamas Community College supports a wide variety of apprenticeship programs, such as programs in plumbing, painting, limited energy and protective signaling. While apprentices are earning wages while training, their income can significantly increase after completing their apprenticeship.
For example, the machinist committee that oversees the CNC apprenticeship pays an average wage of $30 per hour to entry-level machinists, which is what apprentices can expect upon completing their apprenticeship.
"It's a career choice, not a job. It's long term and you are always learning," Davis said about the field of CNC machining. "That is what I like the most, there is always something new to learn."
The college is committed to supporting the community with opportunities for education, training and employment and is hosting a manufacturing apprenticeship open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Businesses are invited to network and learn about apprenticeship in manufacturing. There will be tours of the Holden Industrial Technology Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, along with a question and answer session.
"One of the college's strategic priorities is creating community connections and building relationships with businesses and industry in Clackamas County, so increasing formal partnerships with employers through apprenticeship is a strategic indicator of the college successfully carrying out our mission, vision and values," CCC apprenticeship outreach coordinator Britney Ellerbrook said.
The open house may help employers who need workers skilled in the trades and an apprenticeship program may be a good way to address skill and labor shortages. Employers who attend the open house will have the opportunity to gain more knowledge and information on whether apprenticeship might be a good fit for the needs of their company.
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