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    A BankWork$ flyer at her local library caught the eye of Star Martinez. An unemployed single mother with teenagers and adult children, Star had applied for banking positions at branches and the call centers without success. So, she attended an information session at the WorkSource Portland Metro Gresham center and decided to apply to the 8-week program. With more than 20 years of experience in customer service, account management, call center sales and the travel industry, her goal was to start a banking career. During the admission process, BankWork$ program Career Navigator Sue Davis noted...// Read more
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    Manufacturing is the engine that powers our region's economic vitality. From metals, machinery and transportation to semiconductors and green technology, the manufacturing sector in the metro area represents almost 30% of the region's GDP. Manufacturing provides jobs, innovation and spurs productivity - giving our region an edge in the competitive global economy. Visit our site careersnw.org to explore careers in manufacturing! A strong workforce is critical to this success. We have engaged the manufacturing community to better understand their workforce issues and are designing programs and...// Read more
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    The On-the-Job Training Program (OJT) is a "hire-first" program that reimburses a company for the cost of training a new employee. Companies can use OJTs to hire and train promising job candidates who have some - but not all - of the skills necessary for the job. A rigorous training plan is put in place to ensure that the employee has the skills needed to be successful, contributing to long term retention. The OJT program is an efficient way to move unemployed workers more quickly into jobs and provide them with transportable skills and a cost effective way to help local businesses develop...// Read more