Josephine OEC supports local businesses
The OEC of Josephine County awarded its second annual $1,000 scholarship in May to the Chamber of Commerce. This funding allowed the Chamber to send two staff members to the Oregon Visitor Information Training Conference in Coos Bay. This training helps to prepare front line staff for the 2014 visitor season, during which the Chamber will handle about 10,000 visitors and 7,000 phone calls.
In 2013, the OEC of Josephine County began with a goal of awarding at least one $1,000 scholarship annually. The first scholarship was awarded to the Women’s Crisis Support Team to help cover the costs of sending key staff to the State Victim Assistance Academy. The skills and knowledge gained was of critical importance to staff members responsible for handling crisis calls.
Ø Applications are accepted from January through March
Ø The funds will be used to support a member employer to improve workforce readiness. A member employer attends a minimum of four monthly Board meetings per calendar year. T
Ø Examples of funding uses may include, but are not limited to:
o Providing training to offer growth opportunities for existing employees
o Providing training to increase staff retention
o Providing training to enhance worker productivity, safety, etc.
o Purchasing wardrobe or uniforms for the workplace
o Purchasing optional tools or equipment that enhance worker efficiency and/or safety