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Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Chemeketa Apprenticeship and MWEC partnered to develop a pre-apprenticeship program for high school youth.

Pre-Apprenticeship Prepares You for Skilled Trade careers

The pre-apprenticeship program helps you develop the knowledge and skills to compete for multiple apprenticeship programs. The Mid-Valley Sheet Metal and HVAC/R committees award five points to applicants with a pre-apprenticeship certificate.

Pre-apprentices take classes and build a portfolio that includes –

  • First aid/CPR and OSHA training certificates
  • Trades courses like welding and carpentry
  • College credit for the APR 101 Trade Skills Fundamentals class
  • Industry certifications like forklift operator and welding
  • Obtaining an Oregon driver's license

Get a Head Start on a Well-Paying Career

  • Learn about different registered apprenticeship programs
  • Participate in construction-related field trips
  • Accumulate skills to compete with older apprenticeship applicants
  • Receive recognition at graduation
  • Develop a comprehensive portfolio and resume

Schools interested in Pre-Apprenticeship

Contact Megan Cogswell.

  • Required Activities

    You will maintain an accurate and complete portfolio showing completion of required activities –

    • High school transcript with -
      • APR 101 Trade Skills Fundamentals class with a grade of C or better
      • Two or more credits in trade-related high school classes (metals, woods, carpentry, etc.) with a grade of C or better
      • Algebra class with a grade of C or better
    • Copy of current First Aid/CPR card
    • Copy of OSHA 10 certification
    • Proof of participation at Construction Career Day or similar event
      • Signed statement from instructor or a certificate of participation
    • Copy of high school diploma
    • Copy of Oregon driver's license
  • Optional Activities

    Complete three or more of the following activities –

    • Take an industry tour and document participation
    • Tour Chemeketa Community College trade programs
    • Meet with a Chemeketa advisor about trade-related programs
    • Participate in a trades-related program
      • Oregon Tradeswomen
      • Chemeketa summer program
    • Attend a trades-related jobs fair
    • Earn a trades-related certificate
      • Welding
      • Forklift operator
      • Refrigerant handling
    • Develop a resume and cover letter
      • List mastered skills
      • Obtain sign-off from an instructor
    • Practice interview with a trades representative
      • Send a thank-you letter
    • Visit
      • Research three apprenticeship programs
      • Write a paragraph describing each trade
    • Attend a BOLI Apprenticeship and Training Division meeting
    • Take a standardized test and include the scores in your portfolio
    • Participate in a leadership organization
    • Take photos of completed projects and include in your portfolio