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    The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a unique public/private partnership representing the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington counties. The WDB brings together local elected officials, private sector leaders, public agencies, education, labor, and community-based organizations to focus on regional workforce development and related community issues. Board members are appointed by the local elected officials with majority representation coming from the private sector including the Chair and Vice Chair. Staffed and supported by Worksystems, the WDB's primary goal is to build a...// Read more
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    Data show that construction has become a high-growth industry in the Portland Metro Area. In the next ten years, more than 15,000 new jobs are expected, outpacing other industries in the region. These are high paying jobs, averaging over $25 per hour. Current and future building trends, both public and private, are rapidly increasing the demand for skilled tradespeople in the region. One-fifth of the region’s construction workforce is at, or nearing, retirement age. Contractors are currently looking across the country to fill positions. How can we work together to address training and...// Read more
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    Worksystems wants all youth to be college and career ready. Our youth workforce investments support a system - the Career Connect Network - that prepares young people for post-secondary education and career-ladder employment. Our focus is on college preparation, career exploration, work-readiness training and work experience to help young people understand the relevance of classroom learning. The youth supported by our funding are motivated and want to reconnect with school or work, but face many barriers such as growing up in poverty or lacking the necessary education. Our investments help...// Read more