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  • 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
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    July 20th, 2022
    In partnership with the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC), which includes Workforce Southwest Washington and Clackamas Workforce Partnership, Worksystems is excited to announce the release of the Quality Jobs Framework for the Portland Metro region. The Framework supports the Quality Jobs Initiative , an effort to define and standardize characteristics of a quality job including: A sufficient income to afford a decent standard of living. Safe and inclusive working conditions that offer employees dignity and respect while encouraging their workplace engagement. Predictable...// Read more
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    July 14th, 2022
    On July 12, 2022, the White House released a Fact Sheet demonstrating the impacts of the $40 billion American Rescue Plan investment for workforce development. We are thrilled and honored that our program was featured as a best practice! Excerpt from the Fact Sheet: "Portland, OR is connecting vulnerable populations to work. The city is committing $7 million of American Rescue Plan funds toward providing paid work opportunities and rapid re-careering services for Portlanders who are houseless, at risk of eviction, affected by increased violence or crime, or otherwise negatively impacted by...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    July 13th, 2022
    We are excited to announce that Worksystems has received $2.97 million from the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) through the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability. In addition to this grant, Worksystems will leverage an additional 25% in matching funds to: Establish Clean Energy as a new target sector and hire a Clean Energy sector lead Expand our Career Coaching network at Central City Concern, Human Solutions, IRCO, Latino network, New Avenues for Youth, POIC, SE Works and Urban League to include coaching focused on Clean Energy careers Establish cohort trainings and develop an...// Read more