Videos

  • 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

  • Manufacturing in Oregon: Worksystems featured on PBS (VIDEO)

    January 4th, 2016

    Over the next decade, economists and business leaders say America faces a shortage of millions of skilled workers for blue collar jobs as Baby Boomers retire. Now, Oregon is planning ahead by ramping up efforts to train Generation X'ers and Millennials to fill middle-skill job openings in technical fields. PBS NewsHour's Christopher Booker talks with Worksystems Executive Director Andrew McGough about how our region is preparing the next generation of workers.  // Read more

  • Code Oregon

    November 7th, 2014

    By 2020 there will be 1 million more tech jobs in the U.S. than qualified people to fill them. According to the Department of Labor, even if every college and university were at max capacity with a graduation rate of 100% graduating everyone they could, they would produce only graduate 29% of the needed tech talent in the next 6 years. In Oregon alone, we are expecting 10,000 tech jobs by 2020. These careers in technology pay entry level salaries of 45-70K and do not require a degree. // Read more