History of Associated General Contractors (AGC) and Willamette Promise (WP) Educator Externships
This project began in 2016 when an AGC and WP partnership began to look at unfilled positions in the construction industry’s high demand, high wage fields. The Oregon construction industry was interested in partnering with WP to provide Oregon educators with an opportunity to shadow and learn about the numerous opportunities in this industry with two primary goals in mind: Build relationships with educators, and support these educators with information, observation, and exploration into the industry. The goal was to let educators know how to engage all students in the professional skills needed to succeed in careers, and help students identify career opportunities within the industry. The 2017 partnership expanded to 30 externship opportunities, five of which are funded through the Albany Chamber of Commerce, Pipeline. The expansion now includes educators in Clackamas ESD, Linn Benton Lincoln ESD, Northwest Regional ESD, and Willamette ESD.
This Educator Externship Program was designed on the Discovery Project model, which had the following objectives:
- Infuse Real-World Relevance: Experience firsthand the skills, knowledge, and technologies expected of students as they enter the modern workplace.
- Develop Partnerships: Foster relationships with local business professionals in high-demand, high-wage industry sectors.
- Foster Multi-Disciplinary Connections: Explore curriculum, spaces, processes and/or systems that help students to make connections between academic and technical information.
- Increase Career Related Learning: Expose educators to various careers within the industry, in order to engage students in the skills needed to succeed in construction careers and help students identify career opportunities within the industry.
This map represents the companies that participated.
You can click on the map and see the educators comments.
AGC Members and Educator Video
Program Dates: July 16, 17, 18, 19 July 23, 24, 25, 26
Business Partners Application: Please email Frosti Adams