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Southern Oregon Trade Careers Expo set for Sept. 28

(Event logo provided by ODOT)

CANYONVILLE, Ore. — Students from Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties will converge on September 28 for the Southern Oregon Trade Careers Expo, a full-day, hands-on experience for careers within the construction, manufacturing and utility trades.

The SOTCE event will be held at the Seven Feathers Convention Center. Expo partners are the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, the Phoenix School of Roseburg and ODOT.

The morning session is designed to introduce high school students to career opportunities. In the afternoon, southern Oregon veterans and disadvantaged youth will have the opportunity to connect with employers looking to hire now.

"The Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe puts great emphasis upon education and always has,” said Tribal Workforce Development Manager Kelly Warner of the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe. This Expo is a first-of-its-kind opportunity in southern Oregon that provides education with emphasis upon technical training and career development. An opportunity like this can have a tremendous positive impact for our local communities."

SOTCE Highlights

• Exhibitor booths will provide valuable information on construction, manufacturing, utilities, state agencies and trade apprenticeship programs.

• Hands-on activities will provide students exposure to job-related skills and functions, such as finishing concrete, setting tile, rebar-tying, and climbing power poles.

• Heavy equipment exhibits will include opportunities for students to run equipment.

More information is available online at www.empowerthepossible.org.

The event is not open to the public, organizers note. The schools, companies and organizations involved registered to attend.

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