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  • Date posted:
    March 24th, 2023
    It is with great sadness that we share that our colleague, friend, and mentor Kurt Shovlin has passed. He peacefully moved on to his next adventure on March 7. We have linked his obituary below. Kurt was part of the Portland Metro workforce development family for more than 40 years, beginning with the Private Industry Council and moving to Worksystems in the late 1990s. Kurt’s knowledge, understanding, and compassion helped shape the system that we know today, and his impact remains visible through both the programs he supported and the people who worked with and for him. Following his...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    March 21st, 2023
    A team from Worksystems was among a delegation of Portland-based organizations that traveled to Washington, DC in early March to take part in a gathering designed to create positive outcomes for young people affected by violence or involved with the justice system. The Youth Systems Building Academy, hosted by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, was a three-day summit focused on creating skill-building and income-generating opportunities for youth facing barriers to employment. The Portland area was one of nine communities selected to participate in the summit. Joining the Worksystems representatives...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    February 2nd, 2023
    The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) -- comprising Worksystems and our sister workforce development boards, Clackamas Workforce Partnership and Workforce Southwest Washington -- has released the 2022-23 State of the Workforce report, a comprehensive, data-driven examination of the challenges and opportunities facing the labor market in the Portland metro area. This iteration of the report , authored by labor market economist Dr. Liza Morehead, is the first to be released by the CWWC since before the coronavirus pandemic. And indeed, the ongoing impact of the pandemic is...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    November 14th, 2022
    The City of Portland’s Here for Portland campaign -- of which Worksystems is a founding member -- will distribute up to 3,000 free Kuto app gift cards at the upcoming Pioneer Square tree lighting ceremony, which kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. The gift cards are each worth $50 at participating businesses in the downtown core, the Northwest business district, and the Central Eastside industrial area. Click here for participating businesses. This incentive has been ongoing, with the first $50 Kuto app credit launched in May 2022. “Portland’s local small businesses are integral to...// Read more