Worksystems Launches Tuition Assistance Program

May 7th, 2013
Worksystems has awarded $5,000 each to four engineering students as part of our new tuition assistance program. Through an exciting new partnership with the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, we are providing additional financial support to students in the Chamber's scholarship program who are pursuing degrees in advanced manufacturing and IT/software occupations to help them finish their school work and find employment.
 
The tuition assistance program is financed from a combination of three federal grant awards that Worksystems has received to support the IT/software and advanced manufacturing sectors in our community. A $100,000 fund has been established to support students looking to enter these high paying industries with a focus on women and people of color who have been historically under represented. Grant resources will also be available through WorkSource Portland Metro to train and place adult job seekers through industry-recognized certifications, two and four-year degree programs, internships and on-the-job training. Additional resources will be available to minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses in these sectors to train their existing workers.
 
"We are excited about this new partnership with the Hispanic Chamber and hope that it is the first of many community partnerships that will allow us to grow the local talent pipeline to meet the needs of business while providing more opportunities for women and people of color to enter these careers," said Andrew McGough, Worksystems Executive Director.
 
The award recipients were announced at a Hispanic Chamber luncheon on May 1, 2013. All four are the first among their parents or grandparents to attend college and all have GPAs of 3.2 or higher.
 
Over the next 8 years, the Portland Metro area is projected to have over 30,000 new, high paying jobs in the IT/software and advanced manufacturing industries. Worksystems is dedicated to supporting the employment and training needs of businesses in these sectors by skilling up the regions workers to meet the impending demand.