Jake Gordon, M.S. Ed., received his AA from Chemeketa and BS and MS degrees from Western Oregon University. Jake is an experienced middle school teacher who taught social studies, geography, and language arts courses for more than seven years. In 2022 Jake followed his interest in the trades and electricity by attending VOLTA line school, completing Chemeketa Community College’s CDL program, and worked as an electric line groundman before being hired by Portland General Electric as a Design Project Manger responsible for power line replacement projects. He has a desire to share the world with his students, providing them with the skills needed to explore and understand the world around them.
Course No. ED477p, ED577p
Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs TV fame, has said that we are “Profoundly Disconnected” from blue-collar work, which has led to a PR issue for skilled trades and significant decline in young people pursuing a trade. This is at a time when shortages of these workers is a pressing economic issue and college debt has risen to crippling levels. This course aims to address these issues by providing educators with the knowledge they need to inspire their students to consider careers in the trades.