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TBCC Connections: Career-Technical Education is Going Strong at TBCC -Tillamook Bay Community College

TBCC Connections: Career-Technical Education is Going Strong at TBCC

By President Ross Tomlin

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Career-Technical Education (CTE) is an important part of a community college’s mission. It is one of the three parts of that mission, which includes transfer education to a university and community education to encourage lifelong learning. February is National CTE month and provides community colleges the opportunity to showcase our CTE programs and efforts across the state, especially for our legislators who will soon be considering our budget for the next two years.

CTE programs are growing at TBCC. The College has started 24 new programs over the past 2.5 years and most of those are considered CTE.  These are programs that prepare graduates with the skills needed for good paying jobs right out of college. This can include one-year certificates or two-year associate of applied science degrees. Our CTE programs include:

TBCC also has partnerships with other community colleges in Oregon where students can obtain their first year of training here at TBCC before transferring to the other college to finish up their degree program, qualifying them for excellent job opportunities in fields with a growing need for trained staff. Some of these include:

People interested in any of these programs can read more on our website or can come by the College and talk to a Student Services team member. Most of the classes in these programs provide hands-on learning opportunities to gain the relevant skills needed for good paying jobs, using state of the art equipment.  Most of the classes are taught by practitioners working in the field so they know what skills are needed in today’s market.

The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) has organized information and videos each week during February to share with legislators the impact community college CTE programs have on Oregon’s workforce, communities and the state’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and devastating wildfires. Workforce Wednesday provides videos and other information about CTE programs at different colleges each week during this month. TBCC’s Truck Driver Training Program will be highlighted on the third Wednesday.

TBCC is committed to keep developing CTE programs that meet the needs of employers and industries in our county and region and provide training for excellent jobs to Tillamook County residents. Please keep checking our website for up to date information on new programs and courses to be offered each term.