• Isis' Journey from Incarceration to Electrician

    February 9th, 2018

    Isis discusses her journey from being formerly incarcerated to an apprentice electrician. She describes a day in the life of an electrician and the challenges of being an African American female on the job. Her words of encouragement will inspire others to pursue this very rewarding career.

    Visit to explore other careers and learn about training programs to prepare for them.  // Read more

  • A conversation about diversity in the workplace

    February 6th, 2018

    Worksystems convened a group of diverse people to discuss their experience of being a minority in the workplace. This powerful video provides insights into the challenges they face. Shot on location at Blank Slate Restaurant in NE Portland. // Read more

  • Stories from the Economic Opportunity Program

    February 5th, 2018

    When housing and employment systems align, great outcomes for real people happen. This work builds a diverse workforce and creates opportunities for all to thrive. Check out the inspiring results!

    Thanks to all of our partners who work with us to make the Economic Opportunity Program a success: A Home for Everyone, Central City Concern, City of Portland, Constructing Hope, El Programa Hispano, Home Forward, Human Solutions, IRCO, Meyer Memorial Trust, Multnomah County, Oregon Tradeswomen, Prosper Portland, Self Enhancement, SE Works, Urban League. // Read more

  • Community Benefits Agreement Summit

    December 6th, 2017

    Leaders from around the Portland Metro region coming together to talk about the Community Benefits Agreement and how best to use this powerful tool to help connect minorities and women to the construction trades.  // Read more

  • Housing Works Program Achieving Results

    April 27th, 2016

    In the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region in 2012, 20,183 households served by public housing authorities were below 50% median income for this area. Together, with the award of a $5.5 million grant from the US Department of Labor, Worksystems and our partner workforce board and regional housing authorities designed a program to prepare public housing residents for career track employment. By aligning our resources, we are helping move public housing residents towards self-sufficiency.   // Read more