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  • Date posted:
    October 7th, 2021
    Chip Shields, a former Oregon state senator, saw that truck driving jobs are among the fastest growing middle-income jobs, and yet people of color and women weren’t getting into these careers. Shields serves as a local representative of Schaeffer Specialized Lubricant which services the trucking industry. To address this, Shields established the Portland Justice Fund which provided funding to Worksystems to develop a unique program that’s creating new pathways for people of color and women into trucking careers. Partnering with Interstate Trucking Academy and the Portland Haulers Association...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    September 24th, 2021
    Worksystems, in partnership with Workforce SW Washington and Clackamas Workforce Partnership has been awarded a $2.3M grant from the US Department of Labor to support the child care needs of job seekers while they participate in training to prepare for a new career. Funding will be prioritized for women and people of color who were disproportionately affected by the pandemic as these populations are overrepresented in the hardest hit industries including hospitality, food service and retail. Child care in the Portland Metro area averages $1,500/month - unaffordable for households in poverty...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    September 23rd, 2021
    This fall, more than 25,000 Portland State University (PSU) students will return to the city’s downtown area. As students make their way back on campus, the school year marks the single largest reopening in downtown Portland since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed out of partnerships and planning from the Portland Action Tables – a group of more than 200 community members dedicated to championing Portland’s future – Here for Portland, Downtown is a new initiative bolstered by the City of Portland, Worksystems, Portland State University, Prosper Portland, Bricks Need Mortar,...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    September 23rd, 2021
    Meet these outstanding participants from our SummerWorks program! SummerWorks is an initiative that provides work-readiness training and paid work experiences to area youth. For many, this is their first job. These young people came to SummerWorks from POIC/Rosemary Anderson High School where they were enrolled in the Industry of Young Entrepreneurs program, an effort to provide coaching, mentoring, and structured activities to high school students who are interested in entrepreneurship. The program is designed to inspire, challenge, and empower students to become the next generation of...// Read more