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  • Date posted:
    January 14th, 2020
    Over the next 5 years, an estimated $7 billion in publicly-funded construction projects are forecasted to be underway in the region and the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity (MAWE) is working hard to make sure that women and people of color have opportunities to participate. "The CBA ensures real accountability on public construction projects," Nkenge Harmon Johnson, Urban League of Portland MAWE has developed a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that has proven effective in expanding opportunities for historically under represented populations in the construction industry. This...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    December 19th, 2019
    The IRCO Immigrant Nurse Credentialing Program graduation was this past Saturday. Our staffer Nick had the honor of speaking at the event and congratulating the graduates. These foreign-educated nurses came from 11 different countries, including Ethiopia, Japan, Ukraine & Russia. The event was headlined by State Senator Michael Dembrow, a staunch advocate for immigrants in our community. We're excited about helping these 15 graduates prepare for and pass the NCLEX licensing exam and find employment with our healthcare partners. Their presence in the workforce will help to improve health...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    October 16th, 2019
    Worksystems is excited to launch a new apprenticeship program later this month that is designed to develop highly-skilled IT Support Specialists. The 1-year apprenticeship program, called the Northwest IT Apprenticeship, has been designed by local tech employers and aims to train unemployed or under-employed people for careers in IT Support. Worksystems plans to place 80 apprentices by January 2021 and is recruiting employers to participate in the program. Local employers Bridgetech , IT Assurance , and Pacific Office Automation consulted on the program design and have signed up to employ the...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    October 8th, 2019
    Another cohort of participants has graduated from our IT Ready training program! This latest group of diverse graduates shared inspiring stories of their career journeys and many walked into their graduation ceremony with job offers already in hand, some of which we will convert into apprenticeships through the new Worksystems-sponsored Northwest IT Apprenticeship (NWITA) Program. Worksystems invests in IT Ready training through our TechRise grant and graduates receive an A+ Computer User Support Certification from CompTIA . TechRise also provides career planning and other training to help...// Read more