Butch Fergus made a big decision in his life a few years ago: to attend college and completely change careers.
Butch worked for 10 years at a paper mill in Newberg. He was happy with his high-paying union job. But the economy was changing, and the paper industry was downsizing. He made a tough decision: to completely change careers before he faced layoff. He made a Smart Start and enrolled at Clackamas Community College.
Butch enrolled CCC’s Utility Workforce Readiness (UWR) program to prepare for an entry-level job in the utility industry. He got hired by PGE and is now working toward his career goal of becoming a journeyman lineman. Butch credits the education he got at Clackamas for helping him with his career change. “Clackamas’ Energy Resource Management courses help you break into the utility industry,” says Butch. “It’s almost all hands-on training.”
Butch is happy with his decision to go to Clackamas and change careers, and his younger brother is following him into the industry. His timing has been good. Very good. Butch recently found out that 70 people have been laid off at the paper mill where he once worked.
For information about the Energy & Utility Resource Management programs at CCC, call Angie Sandercock at 503-594-0944.