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  • Date posted:
    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
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    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
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    June 15th, 2022
    Our Driving Diversity training program was featured in the national publication Resource Recycling ! Click Here for Driving Diversity Training Information Haulers are struggling to hire enough garbage and recycling drivers even as they work to increase diversity among the ranks. Meanwhile, many low-income and homeless people – including those with criminal backgrounds and little formal education – have only dreamed about such a steady, well-paying job. Worksystems' Driving Diversity program provides training and job placement for people who struggle to enter a career to be garbage and...// Read more
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    May 5th, 2022
    The " Here for Portland " initiative, which launched downtown, has expanded to include the Foster-Powell business district! On May 7th from noon – 6:00 the Portland Mercado held Makers de Mayo to support local BIPOC businesses and the Foster-Powell business district. This market and celebration featured onsite local vendors and entertainment. At the Makers de Mayo event, two thousand $50 Kuto App gift credits were issued that can be spent at small local restaurant and retail businesses participating in " Here for Portland, Foster-Powell ". Credits disbursed through this program can be spent...// Read more