Creating Positive Impacts for
Lane County’s Future Workforce

Youth Program Services

In the 2015 – 2016 program year, 272 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:

  • 133 gained work-based training through work experience and internships with local employers.
  • 93 youth demonstrated a gain in financial literacy skills.
  • 4 participated in a pre-apprenticeship program.
  • 51 youth increased one or more education levels in reading in the Comprehensive Student Assessment System (CASAS).
  • 63 youth increased one or more education levels in math in CASAS.
  • 37 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

Manufacturing Career Day

The first Lane County Manufacturing Career Day was held on February 12, 2016 at Lane Community College in partnership with the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Lane ESD, Lane Workforce Partnership, Pacific Continental Bank, and Moss Adams.

The activities were geared to increase interest in manufacturing careers for the participating 45 high school students by allowing them the opportunity to operate machining and welding equipment, with an overall goal of helping change the image of manufacturing.  The event also provided the opportunity for 15 local employers to showcase their business and meet with the students through a job fair.

Springfield High School’s Vocational Center

Upon learning about the incredible education that students are receiving through Springfield High School’s Career and Technical programs, staff of the Lane Workforce Partnership took a group of local manufacturing and construction employers on a tour of the center to see first hand the technical skills students are learning.  The Center offers youth experience in woodworking, auto mechanics, small engine repair, metal fabrication and blueprint reading and design.

As a result, two seniors were hired by an employer who participated in the tour. Both students were offered great paying jobs the week they graduated from high school!  All of the businesses who participated in the tour continue to express an interest in future graduates.

High School Principal Awarded ‘Spirit of Springfield’ Award

José de Silva was recognized by Mayor Christine Lundberg for her 2015 Spirit of Springfield award. Jose is the Principal at Springfield High School and is working with Lane Workforce Partnership on a unique program to fast-track student connections with local employers. The Springfield High “School-to-Work” program brings in industry representatives for monthly tours of Career Technical Education classrooms to demonstrate the hands-on skills and knowledge that students are receiving. Perhaps even more importantly, the employers are able to see in action the attributes that make SHS students even more attractive to potential employers.

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!  Lane Workforce Partnership coordinated a tour of both Delta Sand and Gravel and Knife River for 60 Lane County youth ranging in age from 16-19.  Wildish Construction and Eugene Sand and Gravel also participated in the activities.

The tours provided youth with an opportunity to learn about the sand and gravel industry, as well as, future employment opportunities.  Youth were encouraged to submit applications to gain experience in the recruitment and interviewing processes.  As a result, two recent high school graduates were hired into family wage jobs.

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 course offers educators from local area high schools the opportunity to learn about the future employment outlook from industry experts and labor market analysts.  For the 2013-2014 school year, the 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. For 2016-2017, the Lane County Employment and Economy Course will focus on local food and beverage manufacturers.

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.

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, 2015 and June 30, 2016,  41 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.