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  • Date posted:
    July 31st, 2019
    This powerful opinion piece was featured in the Oregonian on July 28, 2019 and signed by more than 20 business and community leaders, including Worksystems Executive Director Andrew McGough and Workforce Board member Carl Moyer. Authored by Debbie Kitchin, Randy Miller, and Stephen Percy. What does the Bay Area have to teach Portland about affordable housing, equity, and homelessness? A lot, it turns out. Last spring, a diverse group of nearly 100 Portlanders visited the Bay Area to learn from leaders in business, technology, health care, government, nonprofits, real estate, the arts,...// Read more
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    July 30th, 2019
    In an effort to support and invest in the local communities where they operate, PepsiCo featured their partnership with Worksystems' SummerWorks program in their U.S. Summer Edition corporate newsletter. PepsiCo has provided work experiences to young adults in our region where they have served as Youth Ambassadors at numerous events including the 10th Annual Portland World Soccer tournament, which celebrates cultural traditions and diversity, and Meals 4 Kids, a Meals on Wheels program that offers expanded summertime lunch service for children and families in need. Thank you PepsiCo for your...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    June 28th, 2019
    As SummerWorks enters its tenth year of placing Portland-area young adults in summer jobs and internships, a recent study conducted by EcoNW shows that program participants achieve greater academic and workforce success. Launched in 2009 in response to the youth unemployment crisis caused by the Great Recession, SummerWorks has placed over 7,000 young people, ages 16 to 24, in summer jobs. Despite the economic turnaround, regional youth continue to face significant challenges. Youth unemployment in the County remains stubbornly high at nearly 13%. More than 16,000 young people between the...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    May 24th, 2019
    The following article by Worksystems staff Kelly Haines was featured in the Portland Business Journal on May 24, 2019. As the ongoing economic recovery has led to business growth and infrastructure investments, the construction sector has boomed, making it a high-growth industry in the Portland Metro Area. However, the career opportunities generated by this growth are not equitably accessible to everyone in the community. Construction has historically been a male-dominated and racially homogenous industry, and this continues to be the case. At the same time, construction businesses report a...// Read more