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  • Date posted:
    July 6th, 2016
    We are on track to place 1,000 area youth in jobs this summer! On July 1, an event was held at the Oregon Historical Society Museum to celebrate this exciting milestone. Commissioner Smith, Mayor Hales and Senator Wyden were guest speakers and provided motivation and encouragement to the SummerWorks program participants in attendance. KOIN covers SummerWorks Celebration ! Thank you to our Sponsors: Multnomah County * City of Portland * Washington County * Vocational Rehabilitation * Department of Human Services * City of Beaverton * Portland Public Schools * Hillsboro School District * TriMet...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    June 20th, 2016
    Each year, Worksystems provides paid work experiences for roughly 1,000 young people at local employers. For many of them, this is their first job. Supervisors at the work sites have reported that the cultural divide makes it challenging for them to effectively manage Millennials in the workplace. In response, we commissioned the development of an online training to help supervisors better understand the unique aspects of this generation and provide them with tools to create an inclusive and productive work environment. The training was funded through a generous grant from the JP Morgan Chase...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    April 28th, 2016
    On April 26, Worksystems partnered with All Hands Raised to host an immersion experience for area education leaders. Teams comprised of superintendents, school board members, principals and councilors from 14 high schools across Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties toured the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute and the Leatherman manufacturng facility to learn about career opportunities in manufacturing and construction. Manufacturing: 16% growth, 15,000 new jobs! Construction: 27% growth, 15,000 new jobs! * The goal of the event was to help educators understand these industries so...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    April 27th, 2016
    In the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region in 2012, 20,183 households served by public housing authorities were below 50% median income for this area. Together, with the award of a $5.5 million grant from the US Department of Labor, Worksystems and our partner workforce board and regional housing authorities designed a program to prepare public housing residents for career track employment. By aligning our resources, we are helping move public housing residents towards self-sufficiency.// Read more