Friday, March 24, 2023

It is with great sadness that we share that our colleague, friend, and mentor Kurt Shovlin has passed. He peacefully moved on to his next adventure on March 7. We have linked his obituary below.

Kurt was part of the Portland Metro workforce development family for more than 40 years, beginning with the Private Industry Council and moving to Worksystems in the late 1990s. Kurt’s knowledge, understanding, and compassion helped shape the system that we know today, and his impact remains visible through both the programs he supported and the people who worked with and for him. // Read more

Thursday, February 2, 2023

The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) -- comprising Worksystems and our sister workforce development boards, Clackamas Workforce Partnership and Workforce Southwest Washington -- has released the 2022-23 State of the Workforce report, a comprehensive, data-driven examination of the challenges and opportunities facing the labor market in the Portland metro area. This iteration of the report, authored by labor market economist Dr. // Read more

Friday, October 12, 2018

Worksystems, in partnership with Workforce Southwest Washington and Clackamas Workforce Partnership, has published and released a comprehensive State of the Workforce report covering the Greater Portland-Vancouver Area and key findings were presented to the Portland Metro Workforce Development Board earlier today.   // Read more

Friday, August 5, 2016

On August 3rd, the Workforce Development Board hosted Congresswoman Bonamici for a roundtable discussion on workforce, jobs and the economy. She was presented with an award of appreciation for her work in helping to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Thank you Congresswoman! We appreciate your support. // Read more

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Our latest performance report has been released containing information regarding the outcomes of our investments and stories of the people and businesses who benefit from them. The next report will be released in June, 2015. // Read more


Worksystems has successfully managed over $350 million in federal, state and local resources since our inception in 1998. We take our fiscal stewardship seriously and we're driven by our commitment to make every dollar count.

Our audited financial statements, annual expenditures report and annual budget are attached below.  // Read more

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Worksystems has been selected to receive the Workforce Investment Board Excellence Award by the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). This national award honors a workforce agency that has demonstrated an on-going ability to develop comprehensive workforce solutions for its community by creating proactive and innovative programs, engaging businesses, securing diversified funding, and ensuring quality outcomes.  // Read more

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Governor Kitzhaber has issued an Executive Order (attached below) calling for increased alignment of federal and state workforce programs to better serve Oregon's job seekers and businesses and he is directing local Workforce Investment Boards to lead the effort. // Read more

Monday, July 8, 2013

As a steward of public resources, having the ability to collect information about the programs and services that we fund and evaluate the performance outcomes of those investments is essential.  // Read more