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  • Date posted:
    January 4th, 2016
    Over the next decade, economists and business leaders say America faces a shortage of millions of skilled workers for blue collar jobs as Baby Boomers retire. Now, Oregon is planning ahead by ramping up efforts to train Generation X'ers and Millennials to fill middle-skill job openings in technical fields. PBS NewsHour's Christopher Booker talks with Worksystems Executive Director Andrew McGough about how our region is preparing the next generation of workers.// Read more
  • Date posted:
    September 30th, 2015
    Worksystems has been awarded $2.3M by the US Department of Health and Human Services to fund the first year of a five-year Health Careers Northwest initiative, which will provide health care industry training and employment connections to 1,350 job seekers in the Portland Metro area. The total award is expected to be approximately $12M over the program's five-year duration. Funding will prepare Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, and other low-income people in the Portland Metro Area to enter and advance...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    July 27th, 2015
    With a goal of training 10,000 Oregonians for coding jobs that are projected to be available in our region by 2020, Code Oregon provides an online learning platform that is easily accessible for all Oregonians. Over 11,400 people have visited the site and 4,600 have earned at least one badge. Those who complete training are in high demand and we are currently planning a job fair to quickly connect graduates with area companies. Coding jobs pay well and are a good pathway to prosperity for job seekers in our community. Outreach to under-represented populations including people of color and...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    July 27th, 2015
    This summer, over 750 area youth are engaging in a paid work experience - a first for many of them. Worksystems' SummerWorks program provides work readiness training and funding for disadvantaged youth to participate in a 6-9 week paid work experience. The City of Portland, Multnomah County, and Washington County provide significant funding and work sites to support the program. In addition, over 60 public and private sector sponsors are contributing this year - doubling last year's number! Thank you to all of our sponsors who make this valuable program possible. Unfortunately, the need still...// Read more