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GSA-Sponsored Program Teaches Women New Job Skills

GSA's Administrator Martha Johnson takes a lesson in the circular saw from Oregon tradeswoman

GSA Administrator Martha Johnson, right, meets with a group of women in Portland, Ore., who are learning job skills in a preapprenticeship program sponsored by the Oregon Tradeswomen trade organization, which received $ 1 million from GSA in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the program.

Administrator Martha Johnson visited a construction project in Portland, Ore., to see firsthand how a GSA-sponsored program is teaching women new job skills.

Johnson met with a group from the Oregon Tradeswomen on Oct. 28 at a construction site to discuss how the trade organization’s preapprenticeship program is training women for careers in the construction industry.

GSA awarded Oregon Tradeswomen $1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to support the program.  

The preapprenticeship program provides on-the-job, classroom, and work/life training to help women expand their career opportunities. A component of the program is for participants to lend their new skills to assist local nonprofit organizations with construction projects.  

The project under way during Johnson’s visit was the reconstruction of a deck at a home owned by Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, a nonprofit community development organization that provides affordable rental housing to low-income families.  

The administrator sat down with program participants and instructors to discuss the program’s benefits and learn how construction projects are helping the local community. Then, she got a little on-the-job training of her own, as she rolled up her sleeves and got to work on the deck.

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