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  • Date posted:
    February 2nd, 2023
    The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) -- comprising Worksystems and our sister workforce development boards, Clackamas Workforce Partnership and Workforce Southwest Washington -- has released the 2022-23 State of the Workforce report, a comprehensive, data-driven examination of the challenges and opportunities facing the labor market in the Portland metro area. This iteration of the report , authored by labor market economist Dr. Liza Morehead, is the first to be released by the CWWC since before the coronavirus pandemic. And indeed, the ongoing impact of the pandemic is...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    November 14th, 2022
    The City of Portland’s Here for Portland campaign -- of which Worksystems is a founding member -- will distribute up to 3,000 free Kuto app gift cards at the upcoming Pioneer Square tree lighting ceremony, which kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. The gift cards are each worth $50 at participating businesses in the downtown core, the Northwest business district, and the Central Eastside industrial area. Click here for participating businesses. This incentive has been ongoing, with the first $50 Kuto app credit launched in May 2022. “Portland’s local small businesses are integral to...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    October 10th, 2022
    Thanks to a new collaboration between Intel, Worksystems, Portland Community College, Worksource, and the City of Hillsboro, it’s faster and easier than ever before to train to enter the semiconductor industry. The Quick Start Semiconductor Technician Training program is a 10-day training course designed to help job-seekers quickly gain the skills they need to land an entry-level technician job with Intel and other area semiconductor manufacturers. Labor market data shows there are over 700 technician jobs open in the region, and the aim of this program is to help address this demand while...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    October 6th, 2022
    The prospects of Oregon workers got a boost this month when the U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a $41.4 million grant to the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition. The grant, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will be used to create living-wage jobs in Oregon communities recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. "We’re a proud partner on this grant, and we’re thrilled to work with our network of community-based organizations to ensure that emergent opportunities in this growing industry are available to diverse communities,” said Andrew McGough executive director of...// Read more