The skilled trades are in high demand. Workers with some postsecondary education (industry certifications, trade school, associate’s degree) filled 99% of the 11.5 million jobs created since the low point of the 2010 recession according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.  The BayACES program at Hudson’s Bay High School offers a sequence of courses in the building trades that lead to industry certification and preferred status with Northwest Laborers Employers Training Trust (apprenticeship opportunities).

Other ways to learn more about the skilled trades is by joining SkillsUSA.  This is an after-school Career & Technical Student Organization offered at our high schools.  Participation improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of:

  • Citizenship
  • Leadership
  • Employability
  • Technical and professional skills training

SkillsUSA students compete in regional to national competitions in their program area (video, culinary, construction…and much more)!

Aspiring apprentices can apply with Local 335. Earn to learn as a laborer in concrete, asphalt, masonry, pipelaying and asbestos right here in Vancouver.  *Apply here to be considered for immediate openings.  The Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) helps build America’s bridges, roads, energy and water systems.

*This program is not sponsored by Vancouver Public Schools.  Approval to distribute flyers is a community service and does not imply endorsement.