iUrban Teen Launches New Skilled Trades Initiative

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February Event for Students in Partnership with IBEW 48

Not-for-profit STEM education program iUrban Teen launches its new skilled trades initiative at “iTrades Career Day” on February 24, 2018 at the NECA-IBEW Training Center in Portland, OR. Also named iTrades, the newest program recognizes that the skilled trades are among the highest paying occupations in the United States today. As a result, iUrban Teen has partnered with northwest-based Electrical Workers Union, IBEW 48, for its iTrades launch event.

“Jobs in the skilled trades space are clearly a lucrative career path for many economically disadvantaged youths of color to pursue,” said iUrban Teen founder, Deena Pierott. “The iTrades initiative joins our other pillar programs to promote and host awareness-raising events like our upcoming iTrades Career Day built around STEM-related careers.”
Under the iTrades banner, those currently working in skilled trades can showcase their professions as well as mentor and encourage students of color to prepare for career opportunities in skilled trades and technology. They will also share local apprenticeship programs in the Portland Metro area.

“iTrades Career Day,” which runs from 9:00 AM- 2:30 PM, will cover six interactive and information workshops, free to middle and high school students in the Portland area. To register for this event, go to http://itradespdx.eventbride.com.

About iUrban Teen – iUrban Teen is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) nationally recognized, multi-state program dedicated to bringing career-focused education to underrepresented teens ages 13 to 18. Youth receive hands-on exposure to a variety of careers, educational paths, and civic engagement opportunities to draw them outside of their current boundaries. iUrban Teen programs are now in Washington, Oregon, California, Texas and Connecticut. The program launched in 2011 and has served more than 5,000 youth across all locations. iUrban Teen was recently featured in INC Magazine as one of the top five organizations building the diverse talent pipeline in tech outside of Silicon Valley. For more information, visit http://iurbanteen.org/.

About IBEW 48 - IBEW Local 48 is a long-standing Union of skilled, trained, professional, and certified Journeyman and Apprentice Electricians in the cities of Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA and its surrounding areas. Its approximately 4,000 members are providers of superior and safe electrical construction and maintenance work for the region's residences, communities, and businesses. IBEW 48 provides support, training, and leadership for these working people in Northwest community. For more information, visit https://www.ibew48.com/.
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