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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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    TechRise PDX is designed to prepare young adults (ages 18 – 29) with barriers to employment to enter and advance in local tech occupations. The program aims to increase the representation of women and people of color in tech occupations. TechRise PDX provides career coaching, support services, career exploration, occupational training and other services to help participants secure tech jobs in the Portland metro area. TechRise PDX is funded in part by a $3,997,717 TecHire grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. TechRise PDX started in July 2016 and is...// Read more
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    In June 2021, the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) - comprised of Worksystems, Workforce Southwest Washington , and Clackamas Workforce Partnership - embarked on a process to define what a quality job means for the region. A Quality Jobs Framework (Framework) was developed in partnership with a cross-section of partners representing business, workers, organized labor, service providers and government agencies that creates the foundation to create and support quality jobs throughout the region. The Framework is part of the Quality Jobs Initiative, an effort to seek a regional...// Read more
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