WorkSource will ReBoot 1,000 Careers in Tech & Advanced Manufacturing by 2018

February 9th, 2016

Worksystems is one of three metro area Workforce Development Boards implementing an $8.5 million US Department of Labor grant - called ReBoot NW - that will provide training to unemployed veterans and long-term unemployed job seekers in our region who are interested in mid- to high-level careers in IT/Tech and Manufacturing. ReBoot NW is our region’s response to the White House’s Ready to Work Initiative, which is premised on the idea that anyone who is ready to work should be able to find a job that fits their skills or access training to find a better job. All WorkSource centers in the region are now accepting applications for ReBoot NW.

ReBoot NW Launches Today!

Businesses are looking for qualified workers in IT/Tech and Manufacturing. “We have more than 40 industry partners supporting the ReBoot NW program,” said Casey Barnard, Worksystems’ ReBoot NW Senior Project Manager.  “These businesses are sharing information about what they are looking for in job candidates, and we are helping ReBoot NW clients to be better trained and prepared for their next career opportunity.” The ReBoot NW program is working to develop a strong supply of skilled and qualified workers for the IT/Tech and Manufacturing sectors.

The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative operates WorkSource centers in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.  Each WorkSource center hosts a ReBoot NW career coach to help customers assess barriers to their desired job in IT/Tech or Manufacturing and build a customized training and employment plan to help “ReBoot” their career. ReBoot NW services are tailored to individual needs and include everything from resume and networking help, to training scholarships, internships and work experiences.

Many ReBoot NW clients see immediate benefit to their job search, just by working closely with a ReBoot NW career coach.  Of the 259 job seekers who have enrolled in ReBoot NW to date, one fifth have found jobs through the program, and many are actively engaged in industry immersion boot camps and in-demand training from Javascript to Lean Six Sigma.  “ReBoot NW isn’t for everyone, but for those who qualify and dedicate time and effort to their job search, ReBoot NW can pay dividends,” said Barnard.

For more information, please visit The full press release, including client profiles, is located below.

ReBoot NW is administered locally by Worksystems (Multnomah and Washington Counties), the Clackamas Workforce Partnership (Clackamas County) and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties). These three Workforce Development Boards are collectively known as the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative. Program services are delivered at WorkSource centers in the Portland Metro Area and Southwest Washington.  

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