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  • 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
  • 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 24th, 2015
    Over the past 9 years, Worksystems has collaborated with SE Works to leverage resources and develop sustainable services and practices to help people returning from incarceration connect to work. This successful approach has been expanded into Washington County where pre- and post- employment services to high-risk inmates are showing positive outcomes. Building upon this successful model, Worksystems has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Department of Labor to increase the partnership, programming, and infrastructure to serve ex-offenders by creating a WorkSource Express Center inside...// Read more