WorkSource Clackamas

WorkSource Clackamas FAQ

WorkSource Clackamas (WSC) is the “one-stop shop” for training, education, and employment services for Clackamas County residents. It is called a “one stop shop” because there are multiple programs, resources, and services located within one facility. These services are provided by different organizations operating in partnership to serve a common customer. Together, these organizations form WorkSource Clackamas (WSC). When someone receives services from one of these agencies, they are also able to access services and resources offered by other agencies within the network of WSC partners. WSC customers also have access to a broader range of services and resources available in the county through agency-to-agency referrals. This larger network of partners includes organizations within WSC, as well as those not located in the WSC facility. This larger network of organizations makes up the local workforce system.

WorkSource Clackamas provides free training, education, and employment services to Clackamas County residents aged 14 or older who can legally work in the United States. Many WSC customers are first-time job seekers, dislocated or laid-off workers, people re-entering the workforce, people changing careers, and people looking to develop new skills or obtain a new credential/endorsement. WSC services are customer-directed, meaning each customer’s experience is based on what they want or need. WSC staff work with customers to explore their options, access resources, and make decisions that help customers reach their own training, education, and employment goals.

 

There are special programs, resources, and assistive services for people in one or more of the following populations: veterans; youth (16 – 24); people aged 55 or older; people with disabilities; immigrants and refugees; English-language learners; people without a GED or high school diploma; people on public assistance; adults with dependents; low-income families; people with legal records; laid-off and dislocated workers; and more. Please note that availability of assistive services and support resources may be limited, and depends on available funding, time of year, type of service requested, and individual customer information.

Listed below are general services available to all or most WSC customers. Information on specialized programs, services, and training opportunities are described in the Programs and Training Opportunities section. Opportunities for skills development workshops, employer engagement opportunities, and other special events are described in the Skills Development Workshops and Special Events section.

 

Access to Technology: All WSC customers may have access to computers, printers, copiers, telephones, and other technology resources. Technology tools can be used to search and apply for jobs; write or print resumes and cover letters; attend virtual interviews or hiring events; participate in online webinars and learning opportunities; communicate with potential employers and service providers; complete program registrations; complete skills assessments; and more. Please note use of technology may have time restrictions.

Career Exploration and Career Mapping: WSC staff can help you explore training and employment opportunities based on your interests, skills, previous experiences, and goals. Customers can work one-on-one with WSC staff or use existing resources to find training and employment opportunities that match their skills or interests; learn more about specific industries or types of jobs; learn more about educational/skills requirements for specific jobs; take career aptitude tests; and develop a plan of action to help meet their training or employment goals.

Job Search Assistance and Interview Preparation: WSC staff can help you look for jobs that meet your needs or match your interests, previous experiences, or employment goals. They can assist customers in creating accounts and using job search databases (including iMatchSkills, WSC’s job search platform); identify helpful terms for your job search; apply for jobs; and prepare for in-person and virtual job interviews (including interview etiquette; professional appearance; video conferencing tools; and more). WSC staff can provide guidance on how to address sensitive topics, like gaps in employment history; incarceration and legal concerns; being fired; disclosing a disability; and more!

Resumes and Cover Letters: Whether you have an existing resume that needs punched up, or have never made a resume before, WSC can help! WSC staff can provide guidance and tips to ensure your resume is well-formatted; highlights your skills, strengths, and previous experiences; uses attention-grabbing language; and can be easily read by both people and automated resume readers. WSC staff can provide guidance on how to address sensitive topics, like gaps in employment history; incarceration and legal concerns; being fired; disclosing a disability; and more! WSC staff can also assist in writing and editing powerful cover letters that demonstrate your value to a potential employer.

Job Fairs and Networking Opportunities: WSC staff can provide information on employer engagement opportunities, career fairs, and networking events (both in-person and virtual). This includes industry-specific events (like healthcare hiring events) and general hiring/employment events. Staff can assist customers who need help registering for events, transportation assistance, and more.

Case Management and Career Coaching: Customers in specific programs may be eligible for one-on-one case management and career coaching services. These services can include coaching and support to help customers participate and complete training and education programs; earn a certificate or degree; work search assistance; skill building activities; career exploration; and access additional resources/supports. Please note that one-on-one staff assistance can be available to all WSC customers, but on-going case management services may be specific to certain programs.

 

Adult Education, GED, and English Language Skills Development: WSC can assist customers interested in developing proficiency in basic math, reading, writing, and technology skills. This includes registration and preparation for the Graduate Equivalent Diploma (GED) for non-high school degree holders, and skills development for English language learners, including registration and test prep for language fluency, technology access, and assistive services for non-native English speakers, and more.

WorkSource Clackamas provides a monthly calendar of skill building workshops that are free and open to the public. Currently, all workshops have moved to a digital format. Workshop availability and frequency change monthly. Updated monthly calendars can be found below the FQA, and include workshop descriptions, contact information for workshop instructors, registration links for each workshop, and registration instructions.
Below is information on regularly occurring workshops.

 

Job Fairs, Hiring Events, and Employer Spotlights: WorkSource Clackamas and local workforce system partners offer on-going opportunities for interested job-seekers to meet with local and regional employers at job fairs, hiring events, and employer spotlights. These are offered virtually and in-person (with appropriate health and safety guidelines). Information on these events can be found on the monthly workshop calendar (available below the FAQ section) and are shared by WorkSource Oregon and the Oregon Employment Department on their websites and social media platforms. 
Oregon Employment Department has information available on their websiteTwitter, and LinkedIn
WorkSource Oregon has information available on their LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

WorkSource Oregon Virtual Workshops:
These workshops require participants to register at least 12 hours in advance.
For information or help registering for WSO workshops, contact Saje Clunas
Phone: 971-673-6450 or Email:
Saje.L.CLUNAS@oregon.gov

Interview Workshop: Are you landing interviews, but the job? Are situational questions keeping you up at night? How do you answer a question about your last employer if you were terminated? Get answers to these questions and more!

Virtual Interviews: Can you easily move about in a virtual space? Is your appearance, background, voice, and tone ideal for the virtual setting? If not, let us help you build skill and confidence for your next virtual interview

Soft Skills: It’s been said, “You’re hired for your hard skills and fired for your soft skills”—but what is a soft skill and why it is important in finding, and keeping, a great job? In this workshop, we will introduce soft skills, as well as help you discover which of these soft skills are your strengths.

Resumes: Learn techniques and strategies to create or refurbish your resume for industry specific, job tailored, and unique to you uses. Discover tricks that snag the hiring teams attention!

Networking: Branding, an elevator speech and LinkedIn—how will they support your job search? Let us help you discover and navigate the new, virtual networking environment, while reinforcing your in-person networking skills.

Registration for all WorkSource Oregon workshops (English and Spanish) can be done using this link.
Check the
State of Oregon website for on-going virtual hiring events.


 

Financial Beginnings Workshops: These workshops are facilitated by trained volunteers from local financial institutions. For questions or registration issues, contact Dusty Rose Dusty@finbegor.org

Understanding Credit: Learn about how to build you credit score and manage credit/debt.
Saving for Retirement:
Learn about different options and considerations for saving for retirement
Prevent Identity Theft & Fraud: Learn how to choose a financial institution and avoid bank fees, scams, and fraud.
Budgeting: Learn how to build a budget with consideration of short/long term goals and income vs. expenses

Financial Beginnings has selfguided webinars and resources for adults, youth, and families on their website

 



Fun with Microsoft Office:
In these workshops you will have fun while learning how to navigate Microsoft’s most up-to-date version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Learning a new program does not have to be boring. Let’s enjoy learning these skills!
Succeeding in the Job Market: Get help to determine what you want to do next, while developing the skills needed to get there!  

For questions or help registering, contact April Lambert: letsenjoylife@outlook.com

 

Registering for workshops: Workshops are offered by a variety of organizations, and the registration process may be different for each one. The best way to register for workshops is to click on the link for the current workshop calendar (below) and download the document. Each workshop title is an active link; if you click on it, it will take you to a registration page. The registration page will ask you to complete a brief form. When the form is completed and submitted, you will be registered and should receive an email or text confirming your registration. You can register for multiple WorkSource Oregon workshops at one time by using their Google Form. All other workshops require you to register one workshop at a time. For example, you can register for every Financial Beginnings workshop available, but you must click the link for each individual workshop to register for it.

 

WorkSource Clackamas and the local workforce system include many different organizations and agencies who coordinate to provide training, education, and employment services, and wrap-around supports to ensure customers can easily access and successfully use work-readiness services.

Partners include:

Clackamas Workforce Partnership (CWP)
Oregon Employment Department (OED)
Clackamas Community College (CCC)
Immigrant/Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
CTEC Youth Services
Easterseals Oregon
Job Corps
Clackamas County
Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS)
ODHS Vocational Rehabilitation 
Oregon Commission for the Blind
…and many more!

Additional information to come.

Monthly Workshops

See the workshop calendar links below for more information, or contact Brent Balog with questions: brent.balog@clackamasworkforce.org


Workshop Schedules

 

Registering for workshops: Workshops are offered by a variety of organizations, and the registration process may be different for each one. The best way to register for workshops is to click on the link for the current workshop calendar (below) and download the document. Each workshop title is an active link; if you click on it, it will take you to a registration page. The registration page will ask you to complete a brief form. When the form is completed and submitted, you will be registered and should receive an email or text confirming your registration.

You can register for multiple WorkSource Oregon (WSO) workshops at one time by using their Google Form. All other workshops require you to register one workshop at a time. For example, if you open the WSO registration form, it will list every available workshop for that month. You can then click the box beside every workshop you would like to attend, and when you submit the form, you will get register for each one you selected. Financial Beginnings workshops, however, have a different set up. For Financial beginnings, you can register for every workshop that is available, but you must click the link for each individual workshop on the calendar to register for it. Each link will take you to a registration page that is specific to that workshop; so, if you want to attend both “Budgeting” and “Understanding Credit” workshops, you will complete a registration form for each one.