• Code Oregon

    November 7th, 2014

    By 2020 there will be 1 million more tech jobs in the U.S. than qualified people to fill them. According to the Department of Labor, even if every college and university were at max capacity with a graduation rate of 100% graduating everyone they could, they would produce only graduate 29% of the needed tech talent in the next 6 years. In Oregon alone, we are expecting 10,000 tech jobs by 2020. These careers in technology pay entry level salaries of 45-70K and do not require a degree. // Read more

  • Workforce Strategies to Support Manufacturers

    January 14th, 2014

    Manufacturing is a key engine that powers the economic vitality of the Portland-Vancouver region. It provides jobs, innovation, and spurs productivity giving our region a competitive edge in the global economy. // Read more

  • Back to Work Oregon

    January 30th, 2013

    In 2011, Governor John Kitzhaber announced plans to invest $3.4 million into the public workforce system to support on-the-job training for the unemployed through a program called Back to Work Oregon.  Worksystems received $1.9 million from the state and matched it with an equal amount from our federal resources to put over 600 people in our region back to work.  // Read more

  • Green Careers Training Project

    January 15th, 2013

    The Green Careers Training Project provided low-income individuals, unemployed people of color, homeless, veterans, and ex-offenders with valuable training and resources to help secure living wage jobs in emerging green industries. // Read more

  • The Next Right Thing: Removing Employment Barriers

    March 21st, 2013

    "The Next Right Thing" follows the story of Jamaica, a mother struggling to overcome barriers that come with a conviction history. But like many others coming out of prison, Jamaica is ready and eager to work. When businesses and governments include people with conviction histories in the hiring pools, everyone wins. "The Next Right Thing" interviews system stakeholders, employers, experts and formerly incarcerated people themselves to explore the many ways that businesses--and entire communities--can benefit when people get second chances. // Read more