College selected for workforce training role

February 5, 2018

After conducting a successful search, the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board (ECWIB) in January awarded a provisional contract to Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) for the delivery of comprehensive, year-round Adult and Dislocated Worker Services in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties. 

The Adult and Dislocated Worker Program, under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, is designed to provide employment and training services to assist eligible individuals in finding and qualifying for meaningful employment, and to help employers find the skilled workers they need to compete and succeed in business.

Services will continue to be delivered through WorkSource Oregon, with offices located at 700 Union Street, The Dalles, and on the Hood River - Indian Creek Campus of CGCC at 1730 College Way, Room 301, on the Heights in Hood River.

“Columbia Gorge Community College has a unique ability to leverage their existing programs in order to reach the most remote areas of the ECWIB’s Northern sub-region,” said Heather Ficht, Executive Director of ECWIB. “We look forward to working with CGCC as their role within WorkSource and as a workforce partner grows, in service to our community.”

Through the delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services within the WorkSource and with the use of technology, CGCC’s career advisors will work with both job-seekers and employers, in all five of the Northern counties, to ensure that the current workforce is adequately trained and ready to meet the existing needs of business.

“Our institution is honored by this selection, which complements our mission of building dreams by providing lifelong educational and training programs,” added Lori Ufford, CGCC’s interim president. “We welcome this opportunity to build upon our strong community partnerships for the benefit of residents throughout our region.”

Experienced career advisers help customers identify employment barriers, provide career guidance, prepare for interviews, offer instruction in computer skills and resume’ writing, identify skill gaps, and offer a range of other services tailored to individual circumstances. Equally important, staff work with local employers to understand the needs of the marketplace and identify training opportunities. 

For details, visit WorkSource Oregon or call (541) 296-5435 in The Dalles or (541) 386-6300 in Hood River.