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    Studies by Brookings and the Annie E Casey Foundation show the importance of youth employment. Having a job as a teenager (ages 16 to 18) predicts a higher likelihood of having a quality job (including higher wages) in adulthood. Missing out on an early work experience can have long-term negative effects on future employment and lifetime earnings. But not all youth have access to jobs in their teen and early adult years with low income youth of color least likely to secure any type of employment. Before COVID, there were over 29,000 young people in the Portland-Vancouver Metro region who are...// Read more
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    Worksystems convenes and coordinates a wide array of partners connected to the WorkSource system. These include both “co-located” partners who provide services onsite at WorkSource Centers as well as organizations that are not physically onsite but have programmatic connections to WorkSource. Some are funded by Worksystems while others are separately funded and partner with WorkSource in order to provide better services through a collaborative system approach. WorkSource Portland Metro partners include: Beaverton School District Bridges to Change Central City Concern Centro Cultural CODA...// Read more
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    Whether you need information about the regional workforce, connections to resources, or strategies to solve complex workforce problems, Worksystems is available to help. Our expert team has the talent and know-how to meet the specific needs of both businesses and workers. Worksystems...We make it work! Knowledgeable Staff Our diverse and accomplished staff have a proven track record of success in identifiying critical workforce issues and implementing innovative solutions. We know the workforce requirements of business and the local labor pool better than anyone. We are skilled at raising...// Read more
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    Bay area native Sierra Haager dropped out of high school to work in the world of indie music. In 2013 when the cost of living in San Francisco became more than she could handle, she and her husband moved to Portland. There they started a record label working day and night in their living room. Although they were getting by, they were anxious to acquire the technology skills that they had come to associate with upward mobility. Both considered themselves to be total beginners. They began learning new technology skills through Code Oregon in July, 2014 and quickly completed a variety of courses...// Read more