TRADE SECRETS: Exploring Opportunities in the Skilled Trades

Estimated Availability: June 2023 — Online Class on the Heritage Institute's Platform

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.

This course is designed for K-12 educators who want to learn more about skilled trades and how to incorporate this knowledge into their teaching role. The course will cover various aspects of skilled trades, including their importance in our society, the apprenticeship system of education, union vs non-union as it pertains to training and career development, and how to find opportunities for apprenticeships in your area. Additionally, the course will explore how skilled trades can benefit some of our most struggling groups.

The course is designed for all educators working within the K-12 school setting.

Exploring Historic Newberg

TBD Summer 2023 — In-Person Field Class

The Historic Newberg field class is an exciting opportunity to explore the rich history and heritage of Newberg, Oregon. This course will take you on a journey through time, delving into the people, places, and events that have shaped this vibrant community. From the city's founding to its modern-day transformation, you will gain a deeper understanding of how Newberg has evolved over the years. The instructor will guide you through hands-on activities, site visits, and engaging lectures, giving you a unique perspective on the city's history. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, this class is a must for anyone interested in discovering the fascinating story of Newberg, Oregon.

WILDERNESS: Learning about our most natural areas

Estimated Availability: Fall 2023 — Online Class on the Heritage Institute's Platform

Welcome to the Wilderness Exploration Class, an exciting opportunity to learn about the beauty and significance of wilderness areas. In this class, we will delve into the definition of wilderness and explore the history of protected wilderness areas, including their importance for preserving biodiversity and providing opportunities for recreation and solitude. We will also examine Bill Sullivan's epic trek across Oregon, as described in his book "Listening for Coyote," and discuss the lessons and insights that can be gained from his experience. Additionally, we will explore how educators can introduce their students to wilderness areas and help them to develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world. This class promises to be a fascinating and engaging journey into the heart of the wilderness.


Exploring Historic Salem

TBD Summer 2023 

Course Number HI402 or HI502 2 Credits $250

In this exciting class we will explore Downtown Salem’s historic, cultural, and natural areas. We will visit numerous sites including the Oregon Capitol State Park, Willamette Heritage Center (aka Mission Mill Museum), Bush’s Pasture Park, and more. 

Most importantly, we will discuss ways to bring the study of nature, art, and local history to our students through meaningful classroom lessons and field trips. Our adventures will provide ideas that will energize history, science, math and art activities across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms.  

NOTE:  We will walk about 2-3 miles during the day, so it will be important to arrive in relatively good physical shape. Our pace will be leisurely, and will focus on exploration, discovery and discussion. 

The Heritage Institute

About Continuing Education Credits:

All classes are offered through The Heritage Institute, and credit is granted through Antioch University. Registration and payment take place with Jake on the first day of each class.

If you are interested in any class, please click the course's button to reserve your spot on the roster. Jake will respond with class meeting location information, as well as class itineraries, and he can add you to any class list. No payment is required until the day of the class.

Tuition Fees:

One credit class: $140

Two credit class: $250

Three credit class: $360

​Credits earned through Jake's classes are approved by Oregon TSPC as qualifying for re-certification. Reduced rates are available if you are only taking the course for PDU's


ALSO: Class fees shown reflect tuition fees only (unless otherwise stated). In most cases, additional museum and/or materials fees will also be collected, generally ranging from $10 - $20 per class. The tuition fees are the same whether you complete the course at the 400 or the 500 level.  500 level courses require participants to complete an additional assignment. Feel free to contact Jake regarding specific requirements in completing courses.