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Immediate Openings for Construction Craft Laborers

February 22, 2017
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Applications will be accepted for Construction Craft Laborers
on any regular business day during regular business hours.

18 years of age (minimum-must provide proof of age)
All applicants must also:
• Test negative in a standard substance abuse test
• Complete Orientation
• Complete Safety Training
• Complete week-long pre-construction training

Compensation: $11.73-$19.55 Minimum starting wage
Employment type: Full-Time

This program is registered with the Oregon State Apprenticeship & Training Council and is recognized by Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council under the terms and conditions of the reciprocal agreement.

Click on the announcement from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry:

Northwest College of Construction
8111 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97218
Phone: 503-256-7300
Toll Free: 1-800-309-1442

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NWCOC Summer Construction Camp is featured in the DJC-Oregon Newsletter!

July 14, 2014
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Twenty participants in the Northwest College of Construction’s three-week summer camp are participating in field excursions and hands-on activities.

Participants in the Northwest College of Construction summer camp work together in a team-building exercise designed to replicate bridge construction in a parking lot near the Interstate 84 Sandy River Bridge. (Hamilton Construction)

0714_nwcc_camp_WEB_LEADIn the construction world, teamwork is as integral as anyone’s individual skill. Twenty participants in the Northwest College of Construction‘s three-week summer camp learned that last week when they worked in small groups near the new Interstate 84 Sandy River Bridge.

After spending time Wednesday in the classroom learning about pile driving, some of the campers took on the activity Thursday as part of construction of a mini bridge pier near Troutdale. When they finished pounding in rebar stakes, they set a string line as a grade to make sure the stakes were at the right elevation and spaced correctly. Then they went to help those who were stuck, said Aaron Standeford, a project engineer for Springfield-based Hamilton Construction.

“In the real world, we all help to work together,” he said. “We all have separate jobs. But collectively, we have to build one bridge. It is an excellent exercise for team building.”

This year’s summer camp, the second offered by NWCC, has a significant number of hands-on activities that give campers ages 16 to 24 a taste of the construction world. The instruction is broken up into classroom activities and field excursions, which include use of equipment and chats with professionals in the field, said David Zagorodney, president of the Northwest College of Construction.

Standeford, who spent time as an intern with Hamilton while studying construction engineering management at Oregon State University, answered campers questions that ranged from ‘How much money do you guys make?’ to ‘Do we really need to know math?’ he said. Some campers, particularly one girl who was interested in a career in civil engineering, were more inquisitive than others.

“Really, what NWCC is all about is getting kids a chance to break into the field,” he said. “Going to a four-year university is not for everyone. Some people are better suited to being in the field and working. The college gets them that experience.”

Next week, campers will visit VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa in Beaverton, where contractors will pour finishing concrete. Before that, they will spend time in the classroom learning how cement bonds to iron, Zagorodney said. Another trip will take them to the Street of Dreams in Happy Valley, where they will see how tile is cut and laid out.

During the excursion to the Sandy River Bridge project, a former NWCC student now working on the project approached campers and shared her experiences as a bridge builder. They spent an hour asking her questions, Zagorodney said.

“She let the campers hold her belt,” he said. “It became real for all of us. They can really visualize themselves being construction workers.”

The 20 campers, from low-income backgrounds, benefit strongly from experiencing what life is like in a range of construction activities, said Pat Daniels, executive director for Constructing Hope, a state-certified pre-apprenticeship program that partners with NWCC.

“To me, the students don’t have an avenue to get here, and there’s nothing in the school telling them how to get into the trades,” she said. “They don’t even think of it as a career.”

Camp attendance increases the likelihood that someone could be admitted into a pre-apprenticeship program, according to Daniels.

The students have enjoyed the hands-on activities and are inquiring about potential career opportunities, she said.

“Nobody’s late,” she said. “Everybody’s having fun. They can’t wait for what they’re going to learn next.”


See the article in the DJC Newsletter:

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From the top: NWCOC sends off great leader

July 9, 2014
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DaveThe Northwest College of Construction is one of HBAMP’s best kept secrets (that we wish wasn’t so secret…).  It is a residential trades college that we helped found nine years ago and that is growing into a powerhouse training facility for the building trades.  Most recently, the College is unveiling a new, accelerated Residential Carpentry Program that will launch this fall.  At a time when our industry is experiencing a shortfall of quality subcontractors and a need to educate youth about the opportunities in construction, NWCOC is poised to help.

None of this would have happened if it weren’t for the leadership of NWCOC’s founding President, Dan Graham.  Dan is retiring on June 30 after leading the College through its initial conception, the struggles of a recession hitting just a couple years into its creation, and ultimately bringing it into profitability and positioning it for future success.

Dan had a lot of contractor training experience before helping found and ultimately heading up NWCOC, but no real experience as a College President.  He learned on the fly and adapted to the realities of a depressed market.  He formed partnerships with high schools and other youth work organizations in our area.  He developed new markets for the College’s services and new funding sources.  He also continuously worked to find ways to reach beyond the College’s commercial base and help address training needs in the residential construction industry.

Dan is leaving the College in good hands – the NWCOC Board recently named and hired a replacement for Dan who started May 19.  David Zagorodney has over 15 years of College administration and teaching background as well as 20 years of military operations experience.  There will be a six week transition period before Dan’s official last day of June 30.

However, Dan is committed to NWCOC and knows how important this transition will be to the next stage of its success.  The NWCOC Board will be entering into a consulting agreement with Dan for another six months.  This will allow David and the staff to become fully up to speed and benefit from the relationships, knowledge and experience Dan has contributed and will continue to provide to support a smooth hand-off.

Having a way to ensure the training and development of a strong trades contractor industry, from the basics of residential carpentry up through construction supervisory management, is critical to our industry’s future.  So is ensuring that today’s youth hear and connect with the opportunities working in our industry provides them.   HBAMP is committed to doing this, and with a new partnership between the Home Builders Foundation and NWCOC, we’ll be providing financial support to help with this, too.

Original article appeared here: Home Builders Association

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Carpentry Certification Program

April 4, 2014
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Carpentry Certification Program Open House

What will you do after high school?  Ramp up your career path with our new Carpentry Certification Program!

New Student Orientation/Open House

Tuesday, May 27, 5:30-7:00 PM

The Residential Carpentry Certification Program is a thirty-six week, three hundred and twenty four-hour program designed to prepare successful completers for entry-level jobs in residential construction.  Utilizing experiential training methods, participants will learn how to read a tape measure, construction math, construction drawings, framing techniques, roofing application, exterior finishes, setting doors and windows and cutting stairs and roofs.  Training will also be provided in interior finish work, including drywall hanging and finishing, setting cabinets and applying window, door, floor & ceiling trim.

Successful completers receive a Certificate of Completion from NW College of Construction and Residential Carpentry Certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

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