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Employment First: Training and Technical Assistance

 Training calendar

The Employment First Training Calendar lists information on required and optional trainings in Oregon. Trainings listed include the Oregon Employment Learning Network (OELN) trainings, Oregon Training and Consultation (OTAC), and webinars, as well as APSE CESP Exam opportunities. Trainings that meet the required 12 hours under OAR 411-345-0300 are also noted.

View training calendar

Training and technical assistance resources

Innovation grant

The Oregon Legislature awarded a Policy Option Package in the 2015-17 session for the Oregon  Department of Human Services (ODHS) to fund innovative Employment First projects to increase capacity throughout the state. 

The purpose of these grants is to expand efforts to increase competitive integrated employment opportunities for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).

List of grantees

Summer work experience

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Vocational Rehabilitation and Oregon Department of Education issue Requests for Application (RFA) for Summer Work Experience Programs throughout the state aimed at giving youth with disabilities experience with summer work.

The goal is to develop a work experience program that increases job opportunities for young people with disabilities. This is part of ongoing efforts in ODDS, VR and ODE to increase job opportunities for transition-age and high school youth.

Local Employment First teams

As part of the Employment First initiative, local leadership teams around the state started gathering in 2011. The strategy behind local teams started with the recognition that in order to implement Employment First successfully, efforts at the community level needed to be organized and supported. There are now more than 30 local Employment First teams in Oregon.

Local Employment First Team Contact List


In 2016-17, Employment First funded Community of Practice (CoP) webinars, a subject-based discussion series of topics. Each topic is featured in a two-hour session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing discussion forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation.