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Plan & Pay for College

Build Skills and Training

From planning a career path, to improving basic skills, to potential participation in federally funded training programs, Oregonians have many opportunities to seek training or continuing education.

In addition to exploring programs at Oregon’s public universities, community colleges, and private colleges and universities, explore the resources below that might be right for you. 

Job seekers and individuals seeking career advancement opportunities should also contact WorkSource Oregon, Oregon’s public workforce system, and locate the WorkSource center in your area.

Adult Basic Skills​​

Adult Basic Skills opportunities provide adult Oregonians the skills they need for family self-sufficiency, careers, community involvement and further education, including instruction in:

  • Reading, writing, math, speaking/listening in English;
  • General Educational Development (GED) preparation;
  • High School diploma preparation; and workplace skills including critical thinking, digital literacy, locating and using information, and interpersonal skills.   ​​

Apprenticeships and Training Opportunities 

Earn a GED in Oregon

  • Students who have not earned a high school diploma can prepare and test for the General Educational Development (GED) at more than 70 sites across Oregon. The GED serves as a bridge to higher education, trade schools, apprenticeship programs and employment opportunities.  Learn more about our coordination of the GED statewide here.

​Career and Technical Education (CTE)

​Career Pathways

​Dislocated Worker Program

  • As part of HECC’s implementation of federal workforce programs, staff provide guidance and resources to dislocated workers, working closely with the Oregon Employment Department and with WorkSource Oregon partners in the affected region.  
  • Many learners find the flexibility of online or distance education optimal to meet their goals. Oregon’s public colleges and universities are leaders in distance education offerings, and many other public and private institutions, in state and out, also offer approved distance education coursework and programs.
  • Students can learn about career training and college programs approved for GI veteran benefits in Oregon.

​Youth Workforce Programs

  • The Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) creates meaningful opportunities for youth through significant resource projects that enhance the Oregon Community, including through the Summer Conservation Corp (SCC), and funding for youth work crews throughout Oregon.
  • The Oregon WIOA Youth Programs​ provides workforce development training opportunities to young people ages 14-24 through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Note: HECC does not directly hire young Oregonians for these programs, but coordinates with local and regional programs.