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  • 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
  • Date posted:
    February 28th, 2019
    Today, Worksytems and our partners at Workforce SW Washington and Clackamas Workforce Partnership released our 2019-2021 Manufaturing Workforce Plan to outline our support of the workforce needs of manufacturers in our region. This three-point plan will help address manufacturing workforce challenges by: 1) Making manufacturing a career of choice for the emerging workforce. 2) Connecting manufacturers to the right candidates now. 3) Strengthening the manufacturing industry. The Plan outlines specific outcomes that we hope to achieve and we will provide regular updates to our manufacturing...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    January 7th, 2019
    One of our Reboot NW training partipants was recently given the Portland Women Who Code's 2018 Rising Tech Star award! Brandi "Charly" Welch received the award based on community nominations, including one from her company's Chief Technology Officer. Charly is a formerly homeless single mom who completed technology training funded through our Reboot NW program. With help from her program-sponsored career coach, she has overcome poverty, bought a house and is now employed as a full stack engineer at DiscoverOrg in Vancouver. Congratulations Charly!// Read more