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Free employment assistance and job training programs Oregon.

Oregon residents that are unemployed, who need help in finding a better job, or want to register for training can receive assistance. The state offers a number of resources from government sponsored WorkSource Centers. Programs are available for veterans, youth, senior citizens and others in Oregon who are looking to increase their education and income potential.

Older, lower income adults may be qualified for the Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This federal government funded WIA program can provide a number of resources to those who are currently seeking employment. It may administer job training, provide workers with experience, and general supportive services. Individuals will also gain the information they need to gain self-sufficiency and otherwise improve their lives. The mid to long term goal of SCSEP is to help seniors and older workers obtain permanent employment, increase their income and realize their goals.

After an initial assessment, and based on their employment goals, participants will assigned to part-time work at qualified government agencies, charities or nonprofit organizations. The senior will be trained and receive all important work experience. This is accomplished as they perform their community service training assignment. While the participants receive supervision, training and that experience directly from their employer, their wages and any fringe benefits are paid by the Oregon Experience Works program.

Open Culture is an educational type program. Several services are offered. One example is that it will help clients learn English for free online. It provides a collection of language resources to help in this capacity. Another similar service in Oregon is the Goethe Free Language Tests. It is a website that offers users the ability to test their progress (as they learn). Those who use the service will be able to practice with languages tests as well as multilingual vocabulary exercises. The third program that is available in Oregon is Pumarosa. This is a free website that was created to teach basic English to adult Spanish speakers and it is phonics-based and also includes audio interactivity.

Additional computer training is available on the Microsoft Digital Library. This is available to clients in Oregon that are either new to computing or to those that have some experience. The curriculum will help clients develop a basic, yet strong, fundamental understanding of computers. Courses will help students and those who are enrolled learn some of the essential skills needed to be more productive at home and at work, begin computing with confidence, and use the latest software and technology to complement their lifestyle. Counselors from the Oregon WorkSource centers will partner with clients to help them consider careers where they can put your skills to work.




The Trade Act is available to assist currently unemployed individuals who lost their job as a result of increased foreign competition. So if your job was outsourced, then you may be an possible candidate. Examples of this can include imports from, or shifts in production to, oversee countries. The main goal of the federal government funded and administered Trade Act Programs is to help those impacted workers return to suitable, mid to long term employment as quickly as possible. The state will provide them with a wide variety of services, guidance and benefits.

The United States Department of Labor Rapid Response Services for Laid Off Workers is part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. This is yet another example of a federal government law that requires employers in Oregon to give their workers at least 60 days notice before a mass layoff or a plant closing. The main purpose is to provide impacted and soon to be unemployed workers with additional time to seek new retraining opportunities or employment. Specialists can also help them during the transition phase after the job layoff.

Oregon Dislocated Worker program is administered by the Department of Community Colleges & Workforce Development. This unit is Oregon's clearinghouse for the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) information. The state works closely with local, non-profit program providers to deliver services to those workers affected by plant closures and/or layoffs. So if you have suddenly lost your job, or have been notified of an upcoming layoff, your WorkSource center may have retraining and other aid available to you.

The Reentry Transition Center, or Mercy Corps Northwest, can offer reentry services for prisoners and ex-offenders. Get help with immediate needs such as hygiene products, meals, free access to phone, access to email and internet, alcohol and drug assessments and emergency temporary housing. In some cases Oregon families can also get money from donating plasma. However the main focus is on providing self-sufficiency and supporting long-term goals such as education and vocational training.

One component of this is Success for Life: Education and Reentry Programs. This will address prison reentry, self-employment and micro enterprise development. It will assist incarcerated women in Oregon and help them learn important skills for life, business and a successful reentry to the community. A workshop is offered known as Successful Job Search for the Ex-Offender, which empowers ex prisoners in the state.





One key WorkSource partner is Southeast Works. This organization provides clients with information on how to discuss your past background with potential employers. The service covers other skills you will need to successfully regain meaningful employment in a challenging and changing job market. The focus is on those people with a criminal background.

Oregon Career Pathways includes both education and job training components. It also addresses student support. This government funded program will enable qualified clients to advance in a demand industry, secure a career or gain skills for a new occupation.

Job Accommodation Network is a free service that offers expert and confidential guidance on disability employment issues as well as general workplace accommodations. Those who live in Oregon can get information and contact with, for free, consultants. Assistance is available to help people with disabilities enhance their employability. They will be provided the means to show employers the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. Assistance from this program is available through live chat online or over the phone. Another similar service is Access Careers, which offers individuals with disabilities on increasing access to part and full time jobs and careers, including students preparing for future employment in Oregon.

Veterans resources and services are provided by the Oregon Employment Department. The state has specialists stationed in many town and cities to assist. Get advice and support in transitioning back into the civilian workforce. Access information on training opportunities available to veterans and their spouses. Counselors will help people get connected with representatives who provide résumé and application assistance, specialized vocational guidance, access to specialized workshops and clubs, information on Oregon government employment and federal opportunities and more. All veterans will always receive priority and will be notified of any openings before anyone else.

WorkSource Centers are located across the state. Counselors from the sites can help clients search for work, explore career paths, and will also help them assess their current skills, both math, reading, and technical. Get help in connecting directly with local businesses and employers. The centers offer clients with job listings in Oregon, referrals and hiring events; free internet access for job search; résumé and application assistance; training workshops; and free access to phones, copiers, fax machines, and other equipment.

Get assistance in sharpening job search skills. Staff from the centers will help clients identify skills and strengths; help them learn how to interview and network; find out what businesses value; and get information on local businesses and even the pay scales they have in place. Or get information on skills training, adult basic education, including GED and English language learning, local apprenticeship programs, writing book reviews as a job, continuing education, and take part in skill and interest assessments.







Locations of Oregon Workforce Job Centers

Linn County Workforce Development Center
139 4th Avenue SE
Albany, Oregon 97321
Telephone - (541) 967-2171

Washington County
Address: 241 SW Edgeway Drive
Beaverton, Oregon 97006
Call 503-526-2700 for hours.
Services such as resume review, free career counseling, and job search assistance is available on site.

Marion County
120 E Lincoln Street, Room 115B
Woodburn OR 97071
Telephone number is (503) 982-2817

The Workcenter at Dalles
700 Union St Suite 105
The Dalles, OR 97058
Telephone - (541) 296-5435

500 N Highway 30
St Helens Oregon 97051
(503) 397-4995

Deschutes County
Address: 1645 NE Forbes Road, Suite 100
Bend, OR 97701
Telephone: (541) 388-6070

Brookings/Harbor - Curry County
16261 Highway 101 Suite #11
(541) 469-9836

Burns - Harney County
809 W. Jackson Street, Suite 400
Burns Oregon 97720
Telephone - (541) 573-5251

Grant County
120 S Washington St
Canyon City, Oregon 97820
(541) 575-0744

Clatsop County
450 Marine Drive, Suite 110
Astoria, OR 97103
Telephone - (503) 325-4821

Baker County
1575 Dewey Avenue
Baker City, Oregon 97814
Phone - (541) 523-6331

Coos Bay / North Bend center - Coos County
Main address - 2075 Sheridan Avenue
North Bend, OR 97459
Phone (541) 756-8459

Benton Workforce Development Center
Address: 545 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis, OR 97333
Telephone number is (541) 757-4261





Polk County
580 Main Street, Suite B
Dallas, Oregon 97338
(503) 831-1950

Wallowa County
104 Litch St
Enterprise OR 97828
Telephone number is (541) 426-4972

Lane County WorkSource
2510 Oakmont Way
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Telephone - (541) 686-7601

Lane County
3180 Hwy 101 N
Florence, OR 97439
Call (541) 997-1913

Josephine County residents are supported by this office
Stop by the center at 1569 NE "F" Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: (541) 476-1187

WorkSource of Gresham and Portland Metro East region.
This office is at 19421 SE Stark Street
Gresham OR 97233
Call (503) 669-7112 for hours and information.

Hood River County
205 Wasco Loop, Suite 101
Hood River Oregon 97031
Telephone number - (541) 386-6300

Klamath County
Address - 801 Oak Avenue
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Telephone - (541) 883-5630

Union County
1901 Adams Avenue
La Grande Oregon 97850
Telephone - (541) 963-7111

La Pine
16493 Bluewood Place
La Pine, Oregon 97739
Primary number to call is (541) 536-5380

East Linn Workforce Development Center
44 Industrial Way, Suite B
Lebanon OR 97355
Telephone - (541) 259-5787

Lincoln County
Address is 801 SW Hwy 101, Suite 102
Lincoln City Oregon 97367
Call the center at (541) 994-6992

Jefferson County
243 SW 3rd Street, Suite B
Madras, Oregon 97741
Telephone number is (541) 475-2382

Yamhill Center
370 NE Norton Ln
McMinnville OR 97128
Telephone - (503) 472-5118
Call for information on employment services administered.

Jackson County
Address is 119 N Oakdale Avenue
Medford Oregon 97501
Phone number - (541) 776-6060

84105 Highway 11
Milton-Freewater, Oregon 97862
Telephone number - (541) 938-3373

Lincoln County
120 NE Avery Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Dial (541) 265-8891





Malheur County
375 SW 2nd Avenue
Ontario Oregon 97914
Call (541) 889-5394 for hours

Clackamas County
Address is 506 High Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone - (971) 673-6400

Umatilla County
Address: 408 SE 7th Street
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Telephone - (541) 276-9050
A second office is at 950 SE Columbia Drive, Suite B, Hermiston Oregon 97838, (541) 567-3381

Portland - Metro SE
7916 SE Foster Road, Suite 104
Portland Oregon 97206
Telephone - (503) 772-2300

WorkSource Metro Central of Portland
30 N Webster Street, Suite E
Portland, Oregon 97217
Call the center at (503) 280-6046

WorkSource Portland Metro Columbia Express Center - Multnomah County
Main office is at 4610 N Trenton St.
Portland OR 97203
(503) 943-5600
Several employment assistance and job training programs are offered for people seeking new skills and the currently unemployed.

Crook County
Address - 2321 NE 3rd Street
Prineville OR 97754
Call (541) 447-8076
The location has information on local employment programs and resources for those seeking help.

Deschutes County
2158 SE College Loop, Suite B
Redmond, Oregon 97756
Phone - (541) 548-8196
Case managers are on call to provide information.

Douglas County
Address: 846 SE Pine Street
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
Call - (541) 440-3344

Roseburg - Umpqua Training
760 NW Hill Avenue
Roseburg OR 97470
Call the workforce center at (541) 672-7761 for information on services.

Marion County WorkSource employment center.
605 Cottage Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Telephone - (503) 378-4846

Lane County
101 30th Street
Springfield, Oregon 97478
(541) 736-7828

St. Helens
Address - 500 N Highway 30, Suite 320
St Helens, OR 97051
Main phone number is (503) 397-4995





The Dalles
700 Union St Suite 105
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Primary phone number is (541) 296-5435

Tillamook County
2101 5th Street
Tillamook, OR 97141
Call (503) 842-4488

WorkSource Portland Metro
Primary address is 7995 SW Mohawk Street
Tualatin OR 97062
(503) 612-4200

Marion County
120 E Lincoln Street, Room 115B
Woodburn, Oregon 97071
Dial (503) 982-2817


By Jon McNamara

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