Future Ready Oregon
Future Ready Oregon, is a comprehensive $200 million investment package that supports the education and training Oregonians need for family-wage careers. This package includes strategic and targeted investments focused on advancing opportunities for historically underserved communities.
Future Ready Oregon originated in the Racial Justice Council’s (RJC) Workforce Workgroup, and the package was led by Governor Brown and championed by many partners before the Oregon Legislature’s approval in the 2022 Legislature Session. This historic package invests in existing successful programs and in innovative equity-focused solutions to bolster recruitment, retention, and career advancement opportunities for priority populations. Many of the funds will be administered through the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, working with local workforce development boards, community-based and culturally-specific organizations, education & training providers, employers, and communities. The HECC is working to implement this vision and is committed to engaging diverse partners to shape the process. An overview of the components is provided below as well as brief updates. For more detailed updates, subscribe to email updates here.
"Prosperity 10,000" Grants to Local Workforce Development Boards
Grants will be made to Oregon's nine local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs), which will distribute the funds to nonprofit community-based organizations, educational institutions, labor organizations, and other workforce service providers. Funds can be used to provide the following:
- Career coaching, occupational training, and job placement services
- Wraparound supports and services that are necessary to facilitate re-engagement in the workforce, including, but not limited to, transportation, child care, and rental assistance
- Paid work experiences, including stipends and wages, and other income, supports for individuals from priority populations
- Targeted recruitment and engagement efforts
Update: The first round of funding has been distributed to Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs), and they are currently implementing their plans. The second round of funding will be distributed to LWDBs in early 2023.
- For more information about Future Ready Oregon Prosperity 10,000 grant-funded activities undertaken by the LWDBs, click here to view a short video
- To learn more about the Oregon Workforce Partnership, comprised of the nine Local Workforce Development Boards in Oregon, click here
- To locate your Local Workforce Development Board, click here
Workforce Ready Grants
Competitive grants will be awarded to workforce service providers and community-based organizations that administer workforce programs in the healthcare, manufacturing, and technology industry sectors. Workforce Ready Grants funding encourages innovation and removes barriers to job training and education for historically underserved and marginalized populations. Funds can be used for:
- Paid work experience, including stipends and wages
- Tuition and fee assistance for workforce programs
- Wraparound workforce development services
- Development of culturally and linguistically specific career pathways for obtaining certificates or credentials recognized by targeted industry sectors
- Funding for organizational investments
Update: The application period for the first round of Workforce Ready Grants funding has closed. Round One funding focused on building capacity for community-based organizations and workforce service providers that administer workforce education and training programs that prioritize equitable program participation by individuals from priority populations. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission received a strong response to the RFA; 146 applications were submitted, requesting over $74 Million in funding. $10 million was awarded in Round One: Capacity Building grants, advancing 42 projects that expand the network of partners that comprise Oregon’s workforce system.
Postsecondary Career Pathway Training Program Grants
Grants have been awarded to Oregon’s 17 community colleges for the development and support of postsecondary career pathway training programs that provide individuals from priority populations with opportunities and student supports to obtain the necessary skills for securing a job or career advancement in high-wage, high-demand industries and occupations.
Update: Contracts have been finalized, and all 17 community colleges are implementing their plans.
- A full list and description of Career Pathways activities can be found here
- For more information about the early implementation of Career Pathways investments, please visit the Future Ready Oregon Year One Report
Credit for Prior Learning Grants
Grants have been awarded to Oregon’s community colleges and public universities to increase opportunities for students from priority populations to receive academic credit for the knowledge and skills gained through work and life experience, military training and experience, and through formal and informal education and training from institutions of higher education in the United States and in other nations, with such academic credit counting toward a certificate or credential that provides a pathway to employment or career advancement.
Update: Of the 25 public institutions that were eligible for Credit for Prior Learning grant funding, 14 community colleges and 5 public universities applied and received a total of $10 million. The overwhelming majority of grantees are focused on expanding credit for prior learning (CPL), creating transparent systems, increasing staff capacity to support CPL students, and the creation/distribution of marketing materials to engage priority populations. Contracts have been finalized, and institutions are implementing their plans.
- A full list and description of Credit for Prior Learning activities can be found here
- For more information about the early implementation of Credit for Prior Learning investments, please visit the Future Ready Oregon Year One Report
Three separate, statewide industry consortia will be established to represent the healthcare, manufacturing, and technology industry sectors. The purpose of each consortium is to establish strategic partnerships, develop structured processes to address mutual industry goals, identify industry-specific workforce needs in this state, develop targeted recruitment strategies to increase equitable participation, and promote workforce development programs and activities in the targeted industry sectors.
Update: To best position Industry Consortia for success, the HECC and the Workforce and Talent Development Board (WTDB) contracted with The Woolsey Group to help design the Industry Consortia framework and engage industry partners. Woolsey recently interviewed approximately thirty business, education, and community leaders to better understand Oregon’s workforce needs, and develop recommendations. Industry Consortia will advise the WTDB, informing strategic planning, policy, and investments for key industry sectors.
The WTDB will convene the Industry Consortia for Healthcare, Manufacturing and Technology in early 2023.
Workforce Benefits Navigator Grants
Grants will be awarded to Oregon’s nine Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) to place Workforce Benefits Navigators in comprehensive one-stop WorkSource Oregon centers and community-based organizations across the state. These navigators will serve as a single point of contact to help individuals, particularly those from priority populations, access the resources that match their unique needs.
|Update: The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) plans to solicit implementation plans from LWDBs in early 2023. |
Components of Future Ready Oregon Implemented by Partner Agencies
For additional information and updates please contact these agencies directly.
Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Registered Apprenticeships
Competitive grants will be awarded to community-based organizations, labor organizations, local workforce development boards, and other entities that develop apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training programs.
- For more information regarding BOLI’s Future Ready Oregon Apprenticeship Grants Program, visit BOLI's website here
- Contact: Lisa Ransom, Apprenticeship and Training Division Director, at email@example.com
Youth Development Division (YDD) Youth Programs
The YDD will request and evaluate proposals for grants to be awarded to entities that provide youth and young adults from priority populations with increased access to youth workforce programs. Funds will be used for paid work experiences, workforce readiness training, and job placement services.
- For more information regarding YDD’s Future Ready Youth Programs, visit YDD's website here
- Contact: Cord Bueker, YDD Deputy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org