Workforce Diversity Project: Phase Two

Community Gathering: The Challenge of Re-Credentialing
October 2016

On October 26th Partners in Diverstity hosted a small gathering of community representatives and experts to discuss the challenge of immigrant and refugee re-credentialing. The gathering took place at Portland Community College SE and was hosted in partnership with the Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA) and Senator Michael Dembrow. Experts and leaders in the immigrant and refugee communities were also invited to identify the barriers being experienced in specific job sectors and provide specific insights on: 
 
  • Oregon is home to 55,000 highly skilled immigrants with at least a bachelor's degree; 15,000 of which currently work in low-wage or low-skilled jobs, or are unemployed.
  • The type of jobs these individuals held before immigrating to the U.S.
  • Potential partners that could help develop solutions, including potential legislative approaches for upcoming sessions.
  • Existing programs from other countries and states that could be adopted to meet the needs of communities in this region.
View agenda here.
View presentation #1 here.
View presentation #2 here.
View meeting minutes here.