Information Session: August 25th at 5 p.m. @ Summer Lake Park
Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK), Centro Cultural, Muslim Educational Trust and Oregon Community Trees would like to announce year two of our exciting new jobs training opportunity for our community. In Fall 2017, we will launch another introductory training for jobs in environmental careers, specifically for Urban Forestry. Urban Forestry is the study of designing, installing, and managing trees in an urban and semi-urbanized landscape.
Urban Foresters are jobs that are in demand because small and large businesses as well as cities and public agencies employ urban foresters to design and install trees on their properties. This includes restaurants, corporate industrial facilities, malls and city parks to name a few.
Trainings will be structured around a group of 6 students competitively chosen from community consultations facilitated by Centro Cultural and Muslim Educational Trust (MET). 3 students will be trained at Centro Cultural and 3 students will be trained at MET simultaneously. Trainings will give students knowledge of diverse job skills needed in Urban Forestry, while also giving them exposure to experts in urban forestry who will present lectures and offer good networking connections for students.
Courses will be taught from 6:00 - 8:00 pm (with field practicum) weekly during Fall 2017-Winter 2018 and students will be reimbursed $10/hour for attendance at these trainings. This will be followed-up by 100 hours of paid on-the-job training intended to apply skills learned with employers through TRK's network of urban forestry professionals. Transport stipends for buses to training will also be considered. Beyond the cohort of 6 students, the coursework is also open to the general public with a focus on Centro/MET's focal communities.
The training program is open to anyone above 18 years old, with a preference for older adults in career transition looking to work in the environmental field or urban forestry. The program is particularly suitable for those with an interest in science, engineering, agriculture, nurseries, landscape architecture and botany. It is hoped that eventually some of the participants will explore college degrees (2 and 4 year) at local schools based on completing the course work. For example, PCC Rock Creek has a Landscape Technology 2-year degree that is related to this training and will make candidates for the program more competitive. Partners are working on getting credit at PCC Rock Creek for this training and all course participants will receive a certificate detailing their training signed by partners Tualatin Riverkeepers, Oregon Community Trees, Centro Cultural, and Muslim Educational Trust.
*Paper applications can be picked up and dropped off at the Muslim Educational Trust for those with limited internet access: 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR (503) 579-6621. Click HERE for a paper application.
Pre-course celebration and information session:
Friday, Aug 25, 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Tigard's Summer Lake Park
Come learn more about the TRK/MET/Centro Cultural environmental jobs training program set to launch in September with a BBQ at Tigard's Summer Lake Park! On hand will be Program Directors Mike Skuja, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, and Rania Ayoub. Select employers from Year 1 of the jobs training program along with participants of Urban Forestry cohort #1 and their families will also join you. TRK will go over aims of the program, have applications on hand for you to fill out, and discuss employers needs in this growing urban forestry field. Watch the sunset near Summer Creek (a tributary of the Tualatin River) as you and your family learn more about how forests and water quality intersect. This is a family friendly event with BBQ, drinks, a covered shelter, and a children's playground.
Please join us on Friday, August 25th
at 5 p.m. at Summer Lake Park for the information session!
Location: Summer Lake Park (Shelter #1), 11450 SW Winter Lake Dr, Tigard, OR