Creating Positive Impacts for
Lane County’s Future Workforce
Youth Program Services
In the 2018 – 2019 program year, 333 young people benefited from being served through one of Lane Workforce Partnership’s contracted youth providers.
Of the youth participating in one of our contracted programs:
- 103 gained work-based training through work experience and internships with local employers.
- 100 youth demonstrated a gain in financial literacy skills.
- 31 youth earned a Win at Work certificate. Win at Work is a soft skills assessment that also serves as a work-readiness teaching tool.
Career Options for Youth
TANF Youth Employment Program
Looking Glass Community Services in partnership with Lane Workforce Partnership and the Department of Human Services is offering a Teen Employment Program. Looking Glass will provide TANF Youth Employment Program services for up to 52 DHS TANF Youth who meet the eligibility criteria. The focus of the program is to engage TANF youth in job preparation/training as well as to place the youth in a paid work experience that matches their interests and skill level.
The program will provide the following services:
- Positive work experience through a public, non-profit, or private company in Lane County;
- On-the-job training designed to teach positive work habits and entry level skills;
- Career and training guidance;
- Help with applications, resumes, and cover letters;
- Training in Financial Literacy;
- CPR/First Aid Training
- Youth Employees
- Worksite Supervisors
- Family Coaches and Case Managers
- Employment Specialist and Supervisor
Contact Info: Brianna Vincent, Employment Specialist & Case Manager, Looking Glass Riverfront School and Career Center, firstname.lastname@example.org; (541) 302-2554, etx. 311
Elevate Lane County
The Lane Workforce Partnership School to Career Task Team has transitioned to the Elevate Lane County Industry Advisory Group. The School to Career Task team was created in fall 2016 in response to the LWP Strategic Planning Meeting. The workgroup’s goal was to prepare youth for future employment and identified the following strategies to help meet that goal:
- Use technology to introduce youth to various jobs
- Increase paid work experience opportunities
- Increase awareness of workforce opportunities
- Create connections between industry and education
During this same time, Elevate Lane County funded by the Oregon Department of Education, was created with the mission to “Help Lane County meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement, and global competitiveness. Elevate Lane County wants to develop our most valuable resource – our people – helping them gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real world experience they need to prepare themselves and our youth for high skill, high demand, high wage careers.”
Since the LWP goal/strategies and Elevate Lane County’s mission closely align and Elevate Lane County coordinates the bulk of work based learning opportunities, the transition was an easy solution to avoid duplication. The newly formed Elevate Lane County Industry Advisory group is comprised of past participating LWP industry partners and newly recruited industry partners. These representatives will meet quarterly to work towards the above Elevate Lane County mission and provide Elevate Lane County work based learning guidance, identify industry challenges with these efforts, assist with fundraising, and help promote Elevate Lane County to industry partners.
Participating Elevate Lane County Industry Partners: States Industries; IDX Broker; PeaceHealth; Andersen Construction; Northwest Community Credit Union; Swanson Group; Pivot Architecture; EWEB; Emerald Broadband; Lane County Medical Society; Delta Sand and Gravel; Lane ESD; Connected Lane County; and Lane Workforce Partnership.
Manufacturing Career Day
Over 200 Lane County high school students from 17 high schools had an opportunity to tour food production, wood products manufacturing companies, and other local manufacturers on National Manufacturing Day. Last year the tours were so popular that this year an extra bus was added as well as an event the evening before Manufacturing Day for school administrators and school board members with abbreviated tours of two facilities. The tours exposed students to the production process, tools, techniques, and people who make some of the area’s finest products. Tour locations included: Euphoria Chocolate, Glory Bee, Seneca Sawmill, Attune Foods, Franz Bakery, Swanson Group, Kingsford Manufacturing, Cutting Edge Illusions, Forrest Technical, Hummingbird Wholesale. Students came away from the tours energized and inspired.
National Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for manufacturers to show their communities what they do, highlight the economic importance of manufacturing, and draw attention to rewarding manufacturing careers.
Sand and Gravel Industry Tours
When staff of the Lane Workforce Partnership learned that the Sand and Gravel Industry was interested in providing youth with an opportunity to learn about the industry, they quickly organized a tour. 2019 marks the 6th year of this program! Delta Sand and Gravel, Knife River, Wildish, and Eugene Sand and Gravel combined efforts for the tours held April 2nd and April 3rd, 2019. Over 100 Lane County youth from 9 Lane County high schools (Mohawk, North Eugene, Triangle Lake Charter School, Springfield, Thurston, Willamette, Pleasant Hill, Kalapuya, and West Lane Tech) participated. The tours provided youth with an opportunity to learn about the sand and gravel industry, as well as, future employment opportunities.
Construction Utility Career Day
The Construction Utility Career Day is held every two years in Lane County. A total of 347 students from 22 high schools participated in the 2016 CUCD at Eugene Water and Electric Board. Thirty-two vendors promoted the industry through booth/exhibits, hands on activities, heavy equipment operation, and utility demonstrations. Lane Workforce Partnership participates, as one of the many sponsors of this event, to assist in providing youth with an opportunity to learn about the great family wage careers in the construction and utility trades.
At the event, youth are able to get hands-on experience finishing concrete, setting tile, rebar-tying, climbing power poles, and installing utilities. Heavy equipment is on-site and youth are able to operate the equipment under supervised instruction. Contractors, utilities, state agencies, trade apprenticeship programs, and colleges all provide exhibits.
Industry for Educators Course
As the local Workforce Investment Board for Lane County, we are connecting education and industry through the Industry for Educators Course. The Industry for Educators Course is a partnership between the City Club of Eugene, Lane Workforce Partnership, Lane Education Services District, and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. It was created in 2013 to educate Lane County School District staff about local businesses, their workforce needs, and the role of the industry at the local, regional, national, and international level. The course was expanded in fall 2018 to include the central coastal region – Siuslaw and Mapleton High Schools in cooperation with the Florence Chamber of Commerce and the City of Florence.
The course offers educators from local area high schools the opportunity to tour local companies that represent consistently strong or growing components of the economy. A primary focus is to identify the skills and training/education required for various positions. This experience helps teachers integrate current information into their curriculum so that their students become more aware of the employment possibilities within their community. The course is free and invitations are extended to all Lane County K-12 educators. The program is delivered in a series of 10 – 12 weekly sessions. Participants in the program will gain an understanding of the general shape of the economic factors in the region viewed through the lens of workforce development.
The 2013-2014 school year program focused on careers in manufacturing. In 2014-2015, the program focused on the health care industry and was specifically designed for teachers in the health care career pathway programs. The 2015-2016 program focused on a variety of local employers who hope to improve connections with the emerging workforce. In 2016-2017, the Industry for Educators Course focused on local food and beverage manufacturers. The 2018 course added technology and entrepreneurship to the mix.
National Career Readiness Certificate
Job applicants who earn an NCRC have shown they will “go the extra mile” to compete for a job. Employers know that holding an NCRC proves that an individual has documented their level of foundational workplace skills, and are ready to be trained in the specific requirements of a job.
The Math and Reading test portions of the NCRC meet the Essential Skills graduation requirement through the Oregon Department of Education. As a result of earning a certificate, Lane County high school students who were not slated to graduate, passed the NCRC and walked with their graduation class.