Investing in Our Future Workforce
The Lane Workforce Partnership’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth/young adult services are provided through contracts with Lane County school districts, non-profit agencies, and public entities. The programs help youth/young adults (ages 14-24 years) to gain work readiness, academic, and occupations skills to increase their success as they transition from school to additional education or work.
Current providers of WIOA youth services in Lane County include: Connected Lane County (working in partnership with Bethel School District, Eugene 4J School District, South Lane School District, and Looking Glass Community Services); Lane County Youth Services; and Marcola School District.
Connected Lane County
Connected Lane County has formed a consortium with Bethel School District, Eugene 4J School District, South Lane School District, and Looking Glass Community Services to offer the 14 WIOA program elements to all eligible participants to include multiple/customized educational pathways toward educational certification attainment, post-secondary education, training, job experience, internships, and employment. Their programming approach is focused on creating supported employment pathways with two main connections: 1) course work designed to provide a financial foundation and career readiness skills; 2) pathway experiences that include job shadows, paid internships, and employment placements with a supported adult.
Lane County Youth Services (YS)
The youth served in the YS program receive referrals from the County Juvenile Counselors, Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) Parole and Probation Officers, and the YS alternative school program, e.g., the Martin Luther King (MLK) Education Center. The emphasis is on intensive education and counseling services provided through partnerships with OYA and local education programs. Funds provided by the Lane Workforce Partnership enhance the existing programs through the provision of paid internships that connect the youth to employment opportunities with local businesses.
Marcola School District
The WIOA program is housed at the Mohawk High School but is a regional program open to all students in Lane County. The program consists of a two week orientation followed by a three tiered, differentiated program that allows students to complete the program. The tiered program is structured to help youth build incremental, personalized relationships with Mohawk High School and Lane Community College staff. The goal of the structure is to increase participants’ ability to move confidently to a community college environment and to successfully overcome the barriers that often prevent at-risk students from successfully engaging in post-secondary academic and vocational/technical programs. Participants are scheduled into a variety of classes and activities designed to earn credits toward completion of a recognized high school diploma, as well as enrollment in coursework leading toward a post-secondary certificate, with an emphasis on training in manufacturing, information/technology, medical or construction.