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The Oregon Building Congress - Building a Better More Diverse Construction Workforce

The Oregon Building Congress (OBC) brings educators and businesses together to achieve the shared goal of developing better-prepared applicants, including minorities and women, to the building industry. OBC's innovative programs combine academic and technical education, using the building industry as a model.

Educators discover that construction provides hands-on examples of how math, science, English and social studies are actually used to build things. Business and governmental agencies recognize the OBCs work as an investment in building a quality workforce, the very fabric of our economic well-being. 

OBC has earned regional and national recognition for its role as the leading resource for school-to-career construction opportunities in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Winner of the Distinguished Service Award from 50 State Directors of Professional/Technical Education
  • Used as the model for National Science Foundation Grant Award to Portland Community College and Oregon State University
  • Winner of the Business Partner of the Year Award from the Business Education Compact
  • Two-time recipient of Paul Emerick Award for Training from the Oregon Columbia Chapter of Associated General Contractors
  • Winner of the Construction Industry Users Roundtable Award for Construction Industry Workforce Development

OBC currently offers educators and students opportunities to learn more about construction-related training and careers through Student Programs, Teacher Workshops, and Building Futures MagazineThese programs ignite the imagination and motivation of students and teachers while dramatically improving the image of the industry.

New this year is the expanded distribution of Building Futures magazine. Starting with our September 2018 issue and again in April 2019, more than 20,000 students throughout Oregon and SW Washington high schools and community colleges, including GearUP and Job Corp., will have access to the many opportunities available to them in construction. If you offer education, training, apprenticeships, scholarships or jobs in construction, then you'll want to learn more about Building Future magazine. 

Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding OBC, its programs or the Academy for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering.

Tom Goodhue, Executive Director