Worksystems Invests $11.3 Million to Fund Workforce Development

June 19th, 2013

Worksystems is pleased to announce the investment of $11.3 million to fund workforce development programs and services including occupational training, job placement, college and career preparation, work-based learning, and a variety of skill building and job readiness activities in the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington counties.

These resources are intended to help get and keep people working and ensure that our workforce has the skills they need to support themselves and the regional economy. Worksystems' most recent round of investments have been awarded to the following agencies:

Provider Amount
Career Enlightenment, LLC $32,000
Central City Concern $200,000
Hillsboro School District $466,000
Home Forward $354,000
Housing Authority of Washington County $79,000
Human Solutions/Self Enhancement, Inc $160,000
Immigrant Refugee Community Organization $1,385,000
Labor's Community Service Agency $60,000
Mt Hood Community College $1,472,000
Native American Youth and Family Center $200,000
New Avenues for Youth $300,000
Open Meadow $300,000
Oregon Human Development Corporation $235,000
Oregon Tradeswomen/Constructing Hope $150,000
Portland Community College $3,858,991
Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) $450,000
Portland YouthBuilders $250,000
SE Works $1,351,000


"Every year, the resources that we invest through community partners help more than 75,000 people improve their skills, find jobs or advance their careers," said Andrew McGough, Executive Director of Worksystems. "This results in more than $1.1 billion generated in annual wages for the region's workers and economy."

These resources are made available through competitive grants secured by Worksystems, funding from the Department of Labor, and partnerships with the Portland Housing Bureau and Portland Development Commission. Since 1998, Worksystems has invested more than $300 million directly into the community to get people working, keep them working and make sure that businesses have the talent they need to thrive.