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  • 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
  • Date posted:
    July 27th, 2015
    The Portland Metro area will get an influx of training resources to assist job seekers and incumbent workers at target sector businesses. The State of Oregon has received a $6.8M National Emergency Grant to support sector work and an estimated $2M will be coming to the Portland area. Worksystems will manage these resources and make them available through WorkSource Portland Metro. Grant funding will be available to train 225 job seekers with a focus on dislocated workers who have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks, unemployment insurance claimants likely to exhaust their benefits, and...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    July 27th, 2015
    The Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative - a partnership between Worksystems, the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County and the SW Washington Development Council - recently sponsored a Manufacturing Forum to update business leaders on progress made towards the Manufacturing Workforce Plan. Roughly 150 people attended. The Manufacturing Workforce Plan identifies the three key issues businesses have told us are impacting their industry: 1. The quality and quantity of young workers entering the industry. 2. The skills of current available workers. 3. Technology and process...// Read more