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Workforce Investments

​​Office of Workforce Investments: Our Investment and Partnership Role

Workforce investments in Oregon are used to fund a variety of resources, programs, initiatives, and activities focused on creating a better tomorrow for all Oregonians via employment opportunities, skill attainment, and work-related training. HECC is one of several agencies that contribute oversight, resources, and programming to the workforce development system.

The dollars used to invest in Oregon’s workforce system primarily come from federal and state sources, most often through a grant process. The HECC Office of Workforce Investments administers these funds through sub-granting and contract management with local workforce development boards and other partners. Our office monitors these investments to Oregon’s workforce system, ensuring programmatic compliance and fiscal accountability.

Workforce and Talent Development Board (WTDB)

The Oregon Workforce Talent and Development Board (WTDB) is the overall advisory board to the Governor on workforce matters, including developing a strategic plan for Oregon's Workforce Development System​. ​The WTDB is administered by staff of the HECC Office of Workforce Investments. ​ ​

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 

The HECC is the administrative entity for several federally funded workforce and education programs, including those authorized by title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

These programs include:

Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs (Title I of WIOA):

  • support dislocated workers, other adults, and employers before and during a layoff, or with general career development, and they provide adult skills and training opportunities at community colleges and other sites statewide. Administered by the HECC Office of Workforce Investments (OWI).​

Youth Workforce Programs (Title I of WIOA):

  • provides workforce development training opportunities to young people ages 14-24. Administered by HECC-OWI.

​Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Programs (Title II of WIOA):​

In addition to providing programmatic and fiscal oversight and accountability, OWI provides policy direction and technical assistance to state and local partners, staff, and other stakeholders.

Oregon ​Youth Works

The HECC OWI also administers numerous youth worforce programs as part of Oregon Youth Works, including: 


OregonServes promotes and supports AmeriCorps, volunteerism, and civic engagement activities statewide to strengthen Oregon communities. 

Oregon STEM Investment Council

Oregon’s STEM Investment Council has a legislative mandate to guide the development and implementation of a long-term strategy to advance the state’s STEM goals.