Umpqua Community College
UCC has about 1,300 full-time students, and about as many part-time students. UCC has a dedicated customized workforce training team (www.umpqua.edu/workforce-professional-skills/employee-training-consulting) and offers an array of business and information technology certificates and associates degrees. UCC also has a well-developed industrial technology program, including welding, electrician, industrial machinist, millwright and related programs. http://umpqua.edu/areas-of-study/career-technical
UCC’s two-year engineering transfer degree allows students to complete their first two years of training locally, then transfer to one of several engineering schools in the state. Local demand has created a pipeline of UCC graduates attending OSU for electrical or mechanical engineering, and returning to work for area companies. http://umpqua.edu/engineering
UCC’s apprenticeship programs include Electrician: Manufacturing Plant Technician, Industrial Maintenance Millwright, Industrial Machinist, and Industrial Pipefitter.
Local High Schools
Douglas County schools have never moved away from providing shop and CTE classes. Virtually every high school in the County still offers a metal/welding shop and wood shop classes. Several of the larger high schools have been investing heavily in expanding and revitalizing their CTE programs.
At Roseburg High, the drafting, metals, and woodshop programs are developing greater integration among their programs, with the goal of developing a computer-assisted manufacturing program. Recently acquired equipment includes four new industry-standard welding machines, including two dedicated non-ferrous welding set ups, a 4’ x 8’ plasma table, and a new CNC router.
The metals program has developed close cooperative relationships with several local metals manufacturers (Great Northern Trailers, Whit-Log Trailers, and North River Boats), including manufacturing parts and components for these companies.
Phoenix Charter School, also in Roseburg, has a well-developed computer technology program. Students maintain and trouble-shoot all of the school’s IT infrastructure, operate their own drone on behalf of federal agencies, and recently assembled a 3-D printer capable of producing 2’ x 2’ objects. http://www.roseburgphoenix.com/Programs/CTE/Computer.php
Sutherlin High recently completed a total re-fresh of all of their CTE programs, thanks to their efforts to capture a $300,000 grant from the State of Oregon. Sutherlin’s Agriculture & Agricultural Welding program has 130 students. Approximately 120 are enrolled in the woodshop program, and over a 100 in the technology program. These are all full-time programs, i.e., much of their coursework, including math, science and other subjects, are taught in an integrated fashion with the student’s technical education.
The state CTE revitalization grant provided the opportunity to purchase modern equipment, including a “Torch Mate” plasma cutter, a wood CNC router, a laser engraver, and a 3-D printer. This, in turn, is allowing all of the programs to integrate CNC manufacturing processes with CAD design (using Solid Works). Students due numerous “real world” projects, from signs for Wildlife Safari, to boats and camping trailers, to using the 3-D printer to produce replacement components for school equipment.
Sutherlin is deeply engaged with numerous local manufacturers. They are building trailers from kits provided by Great Northern Trailers, and students return with their products to Great Northern where they can observe the inspection, finishing, and wiring stages. Wood Grains, a local cabinetry shop, is providing tours and job shadows, and informed the curriculum development to allow graduates to be prepared for entry-level production positions. Wes Crawford, who leads Sutherlin High’s CTE programs, is working to grow the amount of experiential learning for students, to assist students and local businesses with improving student readiness and begin the process of matching students to employers.