Creating Positive Impacts for
Lane County’s Workforce
As a result of the Lane Workforce Partnership’s $1.2 million dollar investment, and our partnership with the Oregon Employment Department over 2,698 Lane County residents received job search assistance through WorkSource Lane between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
WorkSource Lane Training Scholarships
Through the investments made by the Lane Workforce Partnership Board of Directors, 32 individuals received federally funded training scholarships through WorkSource Lane between July, 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Awards ranged from $3,000 – $5,000 to assist with tuition payments.
Scholarship participants were able to access training programs at Lane Community College, IITR Truck Driving School, and other trade schools to pursue degrees in the following programs: Healthcare, Computer Technology, Truck Driving, Energy Management, Fabrication/Welding, and more.
Testimonial: A seasoned cook with 25 years of experience, Doug found himself unsuccessful in his attempts at finding fulltime employment in the restaurant industry. Instead, he took a job as a part-time stagehand where he gained exposure to welding. Doug attended the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Scholarship Orientation to learn more information. He then submitted his application and was awarded a scholarship for the yearlong training in the Fabrication/Welding program at Lane Community College. Prior to finding stable housing, there were some nights when Doug found himself in his van using a flashlight to read his textbooks and complete his homework. Doug maintained a 4.0 GPA and worked as the shop aide, helping his fellow classmates’ complete projects. One of the most important lessons he learned throughout the training was to ask for help. “There is help if you ask and support if you want to do new things.” Doug maintained consistent communication with the WIOA Career Advisor and together they worked on his resume and job searches. Doug’s academic accomplishments coupled with his passion gave him the opportunity to choose from multiple employers at the conclusion of his training. He ended up choosing a smaller employer where he can apply all of his schooling. When asked what he felt was the best part of the program, Doug said, “You have me personalized guidance and you were someone who cared”. Doug says his plan is to “move to a place to build my own shop for a side business where I can combine my business and art experience and make specialty culinary knifes.”
WorkSource Lane On-the-Job Training Program (OJT)
As a proven job placement and retention strategy, investments made by Lane Workforce Partnership in the OJT program placed 58 job seekers into permanent positions with local employers between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Of the people placed into employment, 31 earned between $15.00 – $16.99 an hour; 12 earned between $17.00 – $19.99 an hour; and 15 earned more than $20.00 an hour.