Announcing the Development of a New Pre-Apprenticeship Program

POIC+RAHS is pleased to announce the development of a pre-apprenticeship program in collaboration with the National Association of Minority Contractors of Oregon (NAMC). This partnership will work with local business and community members to build a pathway for POIC trainees to prepare for and succeed in the trades. The program, open to all youth and young adults but with recruitment emphasis on people of color, will initially focus on training and developing the skills necessary to become Carpenters, Electricians, Iron Workers, Plumbers, and Operators. Labor Market analysis is predicting a shortage of skilled journeyman able to meet the demands of the workforce in the Portland Metropolitan area over the next few years. According to a 2016 survey by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), 63% of the 44 firms participating in the survey voiced their concern that Oregon’s construction industry has a shortage of workers. (View the full article here)
“We have an unprecedented opportunity to meet this demand through our partnership with NAMC,” said Joe McFerrin II, President and CEO of POIC+RAHS. “By obtaining these skills, our trainees will be able to earn a livable wage, find employment, and meet the ever-growing demand for skilled workers in these industries. It’s a collaboration that’s going to build our youth and our city.”
For more information, or to find out how you can get involved, please email Lanya McClintock at

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