Creating Positive Impacts for
Lane County’s Future Workforce

Youth Program Services

In the 2016 – 2017 program year, 261 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:

  • 107 gained work-based training through work experience and internships with local employers.
  • 98 youth demonstrated a gain in financial literacy skills.
  • 26 youth earned a National Career Readiness Certificate.
  • 22 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

Skilled to Work segments promoted by KEZI:  March 2018

Manufacturing Career Day:  October 6, 2017

185 Lane County high school students gained insight into what a career in manufacturing could look like, from jobs in welding to chemistry.  Students joined with eight local food production and wood products manufacturing companies as they opened their doors to show modern manufacturing in action on the Experience Oregon Manufacturing student tours.  The hours highlighted multiple pathways to employment with their respective companies – including work in various fields such as bio-technology and electrical engineering.  The event showcased how technology is changing their industry at an exponential rate.  Many students came away from the tours energized and inspired.

A full list of the local businesses that participated in the student tours includes:

  • Hexion:  www.hexion.com
  • Murphy Company:  www.murphyplywood.com
  • International Paper:  www.internationalpaper.com
  • The Seneca Family of Companies:  www.senecasawmill.com
  • Euphoria Chocolate:  www.euphoriachocolate.com
  • Chocolate Alchemy:  www. chocolatealchemy.com
  • Glory Bee:  www.glorybee.com
  • SnoTemp Cold Storage:  www.snotemp.com

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.  2018 marks the 5th year of this program! Delta Sand and Gravel, Knife River, Wildish, and Eugene Sand and Gravel combined efforts for the tours held April 4th and April 5th, 2018.  Over 100 Lane County youth from 9 Lane County high schools (Springfield, Thurston, Crow, Kennedy, Willamette, Pleasant Hill, Kalapuya, Cottage Grove, 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.

Lane County Economy and Employment Course

As the local Workforce Investment Board for Lane County, we are connecting education and industry through the Lane County Economy and Employment Course.  The Lane County Employment and Economy 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 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 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 Lane County Employment and Economy Course focused on local food and beverage manufacturers.  The 2018 Lane County Employment and Economy Winter Course will add technology and entrepreneurship to the mix.  It will also include a session about how the City of Eugene Planning Department interacts with workers in a private architectural firm to redevelop a building downtown.

The program is delivered in a series of ten 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.

Register or learn more about the 2017-2018 Lane County Employment and Economy Course.

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.

National Career Readiness Certificate

Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017,  26 youth earned an NCRC.  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.