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Woodland School launches Cascadia Technical Academy pre-electrician program

The Columbian
Published: March 2, 2024, 5:55am

WOODLAND — Woodland Public Schools will start offering Cascadia Technical Academy’s pre-electrician program to juniors and seniors in the Kalama, La Center, Ridgefield and Woodland districts starting this fall.

The pre-electrician program qualifies as a pathway to graduation. Students will learn residential and commercial electric codes, wiring and motor controls, electrical theory, and how to read blueprints.

The demand for electricians is expected to grow in the coming years due to the increasing need for skilled workers in the renewable energy sector.

The partnership allows Woodland Public Schools and Cascadia Technical Academy to reach more students in Cowlitz County.

Additionally, the partnership helps to lower costs.

“Cost-sharing ensures that financial burdens are distributed fairly between all districts utilizing the program,” said Asha Riley, who will take over as district superintendent as of July 1. “This makes the program accessible to a broader range of students, inclusivity that is essential for promoting social equity for students throughout our region.”