Before joining the college staff in 2016, Bob Strader had been employed by two of NWCOC’s founding sponsors, HBA and AGC, as their Controller and Chief Financial Officer. He is a vocal proponent for professional/technical education. Since 1997, Bob has provided administrative support to the Construction Industry Training Trust, serving in roles that included Trustee and Treasurer.
Bob was an advisor to NWCOC founder Dan Graham as the business plan for the college was vetted. He also served as a board member for the Oregon Building Congress throughout an extended period of significant industry support for workforce development programs, culminating in the formation of the ACE Academy.
Bob is a graduate of Kettering University with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Administration. He is a past Chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement, a Rotarian, and a past Prime Minister of the Royal Rosarians. Bob enjoys the outdoor activities offered throughout the Pacific Northwest, especially golf and snow skiing.
Director of Student Services and Apprenticeship
Katrina is the Director of Student Services and Apprenticeship at NW College of Construction. She is responsible to manage the day-to-day apprenticeship administrations of 9 open shop construction programs at NWCOC. She has dedicated herself to lifelong learning and assisting members of the community achieve careers with living wage jobs.
Prior to coming to NWCOC, she had 20 year of experience working in education and apprenticeship at Portland Community College’s Trades & Industry Department. Also at PCC, Katrina was the Chair of the Oregon Community College Apprenticeship Consortium that governs apprenticeship transferability among the 17 Oregon Community Colleges.
Additionally, Katrina is prideful that she developed three statewide apprenticeship AAS degrees, six certificates and 42 certified career pathway roadmaps ensuring that the Oregon apprentices that she encountered could turn their apprenticeships into actual degrees that could transfer on toward BA degrees.
Katrina has also taught safety classes such as 1st Aid/CPR, Forklift certification, Pre-Apprenticeship, Teaching Effectiveness and Trade related career exploration classes. She has a BBA in Business Administration and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Design from AIU, Georgia. Over her career, she has helped thousands of students and apprentices earn degrees and complete apprenticeship programs in various trades.
Director of Education
James is the Director of Education and Laborer Craft Instructor at NW College of Construction. He is responsible in instituting ‘best practices’ and instructor development, outreach and recruitment, and grant writing at NWCOC.
Prior to coming to NWCOC, he had over 40 years of experience working remodeling homes and over 10 years as an NCCER Craft Instructor.
James has a Bachelors in Science in Healthcare Economics from the University of Utah and graduate coursework in Software Engineering with the University of Oregon. He has trained over 300 pre-apprentices in the construction trades. He has taught OSHA-10, 1st aid/CPR, carpentry, masonry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing in Portland, Oregon and Dallas, Texas.