About CTE Month  
  February is CTE Month!  

February is National Career Technical Education (CTE) Month. The OCCA and Oregon's 17 community colleges look forward to sharing with legislators the impact community college CTE programs have on Oregon's workforce, communities and the state's economic recovery from COVID-19 and devastating wildfires. Each week in February will feature different CTE career/industry areas. Be sure to look for additional communication from your local community college about their CTE programs.

Miss one of the earlier CTE Month e-newsletters? See them all on the OCCA website!

  This Week's Career Area  
  Industrial Engineering/Transportation/Apprenticeship  
This week features three career areas: Industrial Engineering, Transportation and Apprenticeship programs.

Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering deals with integrated systems of people, information, equipment, energy, materials, analysis and synthesis to do things better and improve quality and productivity. Curriculum prepares students to work professionally in areas centered around industrial engineering such as Manufacturing, Process Optimization, and Management.


Transportation is critical for nearly every industry to keep the economy moving. Oregon community colleges offer a variety of programs in the transportation sector, from diesel technology to truck driving to automotive technology to keep the transportation industries safely on the road.


As the current population of experienced tradespeople nears retirement age, companies are scrambling to train and hire skilled workers. Apprenticeship describes a powerful training model in which aspiring tradespeople can learn from more experienced tradespeople and earn a living while they also attend school and receive scheduled, periodic advancement.

  Workforce Wednesday Zoom Sessions  

Miss today's Workforce Wednesday noon Zoom session? Click here to view the recording, which features Clackamas Community College (Industrial Engineering - Metalica Scholars Program), Clatsop Community College (Maritime Science), Tillamook Bay Community College (Truck Driver Simulation), and Linn-Benton Community College (Apprenticeship programs). Hear from students, faculty and business partners about what makes these programs special and relevant in their communities.

Be sure to join us for next week's final Workforce Wednesday noon Zoom session (Feb. 24) on Agriculture/Food/Natural Resources. We try to keep these to about 30 minutes, so they're quick snapshots of the great programs at our colleges!

Miss last week's Workforce Wednesday session (Feb. 10) on Business/Management/HR/Communications/Arts/Info? Click here to view the recording, which features Columbia Gorge CC, Lane CC, Umpqua CC and Klamath CC. Miss the first week's Workforce Wednesday session (Feb. 3) on Health/Biomedical Sciences? Click here to view the recording, which features Mt. Hood CC, Southwestern Oregon CC, Oregon Coast CC, and Central Oregon CC.

  Program Highlights  
  BMCC Diesel program grads keep trucks running  

Kenworth Sales, which provides general sales, support and service for interstate trucks, chose to open a location in Pendleton nearly 10 years ago because Blue Mountain Community College offers a diesel technician program, and Kenworth knew it needed local talent to keep rigs running throughout the Northwest. Now, not only is the Pendleton shop's general manager, Patrick Choin, a graduate of BMCC's diesel tech program, but so are 50% of the diesel techs it employs. BMCC's relationship with Kenworth is a great example of how community colleges support local needs.

  TVCC Aviation program flying high  

Treasure Valley Community College Aviation program students prepare for -- and achieve -- lift-off on Day 1 of the program, thanks to hands-on training with outstanding flight instructors. Whether it's a plane or helicopter, students learn everything from flying to becoming an instructor themselves. Check out this great video about the program!

  Student learns new skills at LBCC for second career  

Britney Cawrse would like to say there's nothing unusual about being a woman in Linn-Benton Community College's machine tool technology program. But given she was the only one this past academic year-and there was only one, on average, in recent years before that-she concedes most women don't appear to be making that choice. And that, she said, is a shame. Read more about Britney's story here!

  Apprenticeship programs a lesson in collaboration  

Apprenticeship programs are quite different from other career-learning experiences, and rely on collaborative efforts between apprentices, employers, the state of Oregon, and post-secondary institutions like Linn-Benton Community College. Apprentices acquire important skills in trades, and attain a nationally-recognized credential while working through the program, often with a monthly paycheck. Check out the Apprenticeship program at LBCC in a video here!

  Clatsop CC is Oregon's maritime training program  

Clatsop Community College has the great distinction of being Oregon's Maritime Training College. This program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, offers great opportunities in careers to stay local or travel the world. It's also one of just two programs like it in the country! Check it out in this great video!

  OCCC Sharks Got Sparks!  

Oregon Coast Community College is sparking major interest in its welding program! A retired Portland Community College instructor helped OCCC get its new welding program off the ground this past year. Learn more through this great video!

  CTE Month in the News  
  Community College CTE News  

TVCC Board Recognizes CTE Month - Treasure Valley Community College, 2/16/21
Clackamas lands grant for high school dental summer camps - Clackamas Community College, 2/11/21
COCC Board approves CTE Month resolution - Central Oregon Community College, 2/10/21
Klamath Community College awarded $320,000 grant to integrate manufacturing, cybersecurity - Herald & News, 2/10/21
New report details community colleges' reskilling efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic - Association of Community College Trustees, 11/23/20
Jill Biden promotes community colleges' role in workforce development - Workscoop, 11/16/20
Five reasons why community colleges are key to our COVID-19 recovery - Jobs For the Future, 6/8/20

  Video: Community Colleges put Oregonians back to work  
  CTE Month Video  

Oregon community colleges serve their specific communities, and programs reflect the needs of their local business and industries. Check out the wide array of career & technical education programs that Oregon community colleges offer in this great video!

  Community College Caucus  
  Legislators: Join the Community College Caucus!  

Legislators: Do you want to show your support for community colleges? Join the Community College Caucus!

The Community College Caucus began in 2019 as a bipartisan group of legislators who wanted to support the work of the colleges, engage in issues affecting students and institutions, and work for increased funding for Oregon's 17 colleges.The Community College Caucus is open to any member of the legislature who would like to participate. The Caucus usually meets monthly depending on the legislative schedule and what issues are being considered in the legislature. The first meeting of the 2021 Legislative Session was held last Thursday with fantastic participation. Thank you to those who joined the Caucus to support community colleges! The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for the first week of March.

Community College Caucus meetings usually include a short presentation by community college leaders, students, advocates, employees or industry partners followed by discussion and then planned actions Caucus members intend to take in the legislative process such as supporting particular legislation.

Typically, meetings are at noon and include lunch but are currently online due to the pandemic. Questions? Contact OCCA Deputy Director John Wykoff or Senator Jeff Reardon.

Need another reason to support and invest in Oregon's community colleges? Check out this great opinion piece in the 2/7/21 Oregonian, written by three community college presidents: Mark Mitsui (Portland CC), Lisa Skari (Mt. Hood CC) and Tim Cook (Clackamas CC). Their powerful message emphasizes the importance and value of investing in community colleges to improve Oregon's workforce and support communities.


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