Workforce Diversity Project: Job Seekers

Overview
Research
Resources



The Workforce Diversity Project sought to provide strategies for three target audiences: employers, job seekers and English Language Learners (ELL). Three separate “hubs” were developed to make it easier for website visitors, like you, to find the right content. You are currently visiting the job seeker hub. In this hub, you will find:

  • ​Stories from diverse jobs seekers who have successfully implemented strategies suggested by the Workforce Diversity Project. Contribute your own success story by sending Partners in Diversity a message through this form.
  • A snapshot of the challenges identified by diverse job seekers during the research phase of the Project.
  • A comprehensive list of the solutions developed to help diverse job seekers find living-wage jobs. 

A note from WorkSource Oregon

Interested in finding a job? Do you need to increase your skills with education and training? Or perhaps you need assistance with having a foreign credential recertified? Please visit WorkSource Oregon, your one-stop shop to help you get a job, increase your skills and explore training options, free of charge. There are five WorkSource centers that serve the Portland-metro area, with staff and services dedicated to helping you find work. See which one is near you!
 
If you would like to explore the numerous community and workforce-based organizations in the Portland-metro area that can assist you, please visit the Resource tab above and download the list as a PDF.
 

Featured Success Stories






Top 10 Challenges Faced by Non-ELL Community

Top 5 Challenges Faced by African American Community (Non-ELL)

Top 5 Challenges Faced by Native American Community (Non-ELL)



Job Listings

Title Organization Location Contact
State and Local Jobs and Apprenticeships State of Oregon Oregon Internet Access Only
State and Local Jobs and Apprenticeships Bureau of Labor and Industries Oregon Internet Access Only
Local and Other Jobs Listed with OED State of Oregon Employment Department Oregon 800.237.3710
Jobs and Services for Seniors and Disabled State of Oregon Human Services Department Oregon 503.945.5600
State and Local Job Listings WorkSource Oregon Oregon Internet Access Only
Economic and Urban Development Agency Prosper Portland Portland, OR 503.823.3200
Job Listings for All Cities in Oregon League of Oregon Cities Oregon 503.588.6550
Multnomah County Employment Center Multnomah County Employment Center Multnomah County, OR 503.832.4000
Washington County Employment Center Washington County Washington County, OR 503.846.8606
Multnomah County Library Employment Center Multnomah County Library Multnomah County, OR 503.988.5123
Workforce Training and Resources, Partners with Employers WorkSystems, Inc. Oregon 503.478.7302
Mac's List Employment Center Mac's List Portland, OR 503.477.8655
Partners in Diversity Jobs Board Partners in Diversity Oregon, SW Washington Internet Access Only
Metro Service Jobs: Parks, Zoo, Convention Center, etc. Metro Portland, OR 503.797.1570
Health Care Job Postings Oregon Health Care News Oregon, California N/A
MyWorksource, Imatch Skills SE Works Portland, OR 503.772.2300
Sales, Marketing, Management, Non Profit SalesFirst Recruiting Oregon, Arizona, Colorado 503.200.5200
Career Planning, Job Training, Education WorkSource Oregon Oregon 503.280.6046
Jobs Board Urban League of Portland Portland, OR 503.280.2600

Apprenticeship Programs & Training Centers

Title Organization Location Contact
State and Local Jobs and Apprenticeships State of Oregon Oregon Internet Access Only
State and Local Jobs and Apprenticeships Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Oregon N/A
Hands-on Trades Career Planning and Training Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Oregon 503.335.8200
Construction Trades Apprenticeships Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Program Oregon Internet Access Only
Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center NEC-IBEW Electrical Training Program Oregon 502.262.9991
Apprenticeships: Bricklayer, Cement Mason, Electrical, etc. Oregon State Building & Construction Trades Council Oregon 503.788.7153
Employment Assistance, Job Listings State of Oregon Employment Department Oregon 800.237.3710
Apprenticeship Training Programs Northwest College of Construction Oregon. SW Washington 503.256.7300
Apprenticeship Training Programs Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council Oregon 503.744.0546
Union and Careers in Electrical Field IBEW Local Union 48 Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA 503.256.4848
Apprenticeship Resources and Information Oregon Apprenticeship Oregon N/A
Earn-and-Learn Electrical Apprenticeships Area 1 Inside Electrical JATC Oregon 503.459.4056
Joint Apprenticeship Training: Utility, Tree Trimmer, etc. Northwest Line Construction JATC Oregon, Washington 360.816.7100
Plumbing, Painters and Sign Installers Area 1 Plumbers Oregon N/A
Apprenticeship Training Programs Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust Fund Washington, Utah 800.240.9112
Tree Trimmer Apprenticeship Program; Electrical Career Preparation NW Power Line Tree Trimmers Apprentice Training JATC Oregon, Washington 360.816.7100
Career Education, Training, ESL and Citizenship Classes Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette Oregon Internet Access Only
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On the Job Training Opportunities

Title Organization Location Contact
Connect to Careers: Health Care, Tech, Manufacturing, Construction, etc. Workforce Oregon and Washington - Regional Business Services Oregon, Washington 503.257.2000
Connect to Careers, Connect to Work Experience SE Works - Beaverton One Stop Career Center Beaverton, OR 503.772.2300
Education, Training, Career Fairs Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Oregon 503.335.8200
Career Education, Training, ESL and Citizenship Classes Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette Oregon Internet Access Only

Career Fairs

Title Organization Location Contact
Cascade Career Fair Portland Community College Portland, OR 971.722.5613
Women in Trades Career Fair Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Oregon 503.335.8200 X 21
Career Connections Job Fair Urban League of Portland Portland, OR 503.280.2600
Diversity Employment Day and Career Fair City Career Fair Oregon 310.714.2619
WorkSource Oregon Caregivers Job Fair WorkSource Oregon Oregon 360.747.7068
Career Pathways and Money for College Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR 503.491.7526
WorkSource Oregon Job Fair and Hiring Events WorkSource Oregon Oregon 503.612.4217
Veterans Diversity Career and Job EXPO Easterseals Oregon 503.428.8032
Veteran Benefit Expo Veteran Benefit Expo Oregon 503.947.1490
Employment and Connections to Supportive Services The Portland Veteran Stand Down Oregon 503.280.4737
Career and Job Fair Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR 503.491.7526
Community Tech Events: Tech Academy, TechJobs, Code Oregon, etc. WorkSource Oregon Oregon David@portlandtech.org
Employment & Business Fairs Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Portland, OR 503.222.0280
East Portland Job Fair SE Works and Community Works Project DHS East County Family Service Center, 11826 NE Glisan St. (503) 772-2330

Pre-Hiring Events and Workshops

Title Organization Location Contact
Regional Business Services: Manufacturing WorkSource Oregon Oregon 971.235.6358, Barbee Williams
Regional Business Services: Software/Technology WorkSource Oregon Oregon 971.235.5052, Alan Osborn
Regional Business Services: Trade Act - Manufacturing WorkSource Oregon Oregon 971.341.5441, David White
Regional Business Services: Healthcare WorkSource Oregon Oregon, Tualatin 971.235.0321, Maria Remedios P. Flores
Regional Business Services: Construction/Trades WorkSource Oregon Oregon 971.313.8861, Gabriel Salamanca
Regional Business Services: General Sector WorkSource Oregon Oregon 971.235.5621, Jose F. Zambrano

Career Pathway Certification Programs

Title Organization Location Contact
Contact Local WorkSource Center Worksource Oregon Oregon N/A
Electronic Engineering Technology Clackamas Community College Clackamas County, OR 503.584.6000
Electrician Apprenticeship Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR 503.541.6422
Career Pathway Training and Employment Programs Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Portland, OR 503.234.1541
Career Pathways and Money for College Fair Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR 503.491.7432
Institute for Health Professionals, Certificate Programs for Health Professionals Clackamas Community College Clackamas County, OR 503.594.6000
Career Training Program in Partnership with WorkSource Portland and Local Banks Bank Works Portland, OR N/A
Various Certification Programs Portland Community College Portland, OR 971.722.6218

Job Placement Services

Title Organization Location Contact
Career Planning, Job Training, Education WorkSource Oregon Oregon 503.280.6046
Career Counseling Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR 503.541.6422
State and Local Job Postings Urban League of Portland Portland, OR 503.280.2600
Refugee Resettlement, Employment Services Lutheran Community Services Portland, OR 503.231.7480
Refugee Resettlement, Employment Services Immigrants and Refugee Community Organization Portland, OR 503.234.1541
Industrial Crafts Jobs Madden Industrial Crafsmen Oregon 503.690.0641
Administrative, Manufacturing, Construction, Engineering Aerotek Oregon, USA 503.820.2860
Manufacturing and Administrative Adecco Staffing Engineering & Technical Portland, OR 503.224.7121
Forklift, Janitorial, General Labor Business, etc. Northwest Staffing Resources Portland, OR 503.242.0611
Sales, Administrative, Manufacturing, Pharmacy, IT, Medical, Engineering Randstad Oregon, USA 503.790.9303
Sales, Marketing, Management, Office SalesFirst Recruiting Oregon, Arizona, Colorado 503.200.5200
Office, HR, Supply Chain, Non-Clinical Health Care, etc. Ajilon Oregon, USA 503.228.0300
Career Education, Training, ESL and Citizenship Classes Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette Oregon Internet Access Only

Soft Skills & Job Training

Title Organization Location Contact
Employment Training Services WorkSource Oregon Oregon 503.772.2300
Resume, Interviewing, Computer Skills, etc. Multnomah County Library Multnomah County 503.988.5123
Healthcare, Office Work, Manufacturing, Construction Washington County Department of Housing Services Washington County 503.846.4794
Homeless Employment Support Program Central City Concern Portland, OR 503.226.7387
Pathways to Success Program Human Solutions Portland, OR 503.907.2821
Refugee and Immigrant Integration, Self-sufficiency, Long-term Employment Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Portland, OR 503.234.1541
Family Stabilization, Antipoverty, Employment Services Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) Portland, OR 503.249.1721
Prisoner Reentry Employment Program (PREP) SE Works Portland, OR 503.772.2300
Professional Immigrant Credential Program (PICP) SE Works Portland, OR 503.772-2300
New Start Program - Prisoner Reentry Program SE Works Portland, OR 503.772.2300
Employment Training: Seniors, Veterans, People with Disabilities Easterseals Oregon 503.228.5108
Metropolitan Workforce Training Center Portland Community College Portland, OR 971.722.2000
Career Education, Training, ESL and Citizenship Classes Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette Oregon Internet Access Only

ESL Training

Title Organization Location Contact
ESL Training Multnomah County Library Multnomah County 503.988.5123
ESL Training for Immigrants and Refugees Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Portland, OR 971.271.6461
Professional Immigrant Credentialing Program (PICP) SE Works Portland, OR 503.772.2337
Vocational ESL: Welding, Machine Tool, Nursing Assistant, etc. Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR 503.491.7312
Career Education, Training, ESL and Citizenship Classes Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette Oregon Internet Access Only

Career Counseling/Planning

Title Organization Location Contact
Oregon Career Information System: 600 Program Categories WorkSource Oregon Oregon Internet Access Only
Refugee Resettlement and Job Placement Lutheran Community Services Northwest Portland, OR 503.231.7480
Refugee Resettlement and Job Placement Lutheran Community Services Northwest Beaverton, OR 503.231.7480
Prisoner Reentry Employment Program (PREP) SE Works Portland, OR 503.772.2300
Professional Immigrant Credential Program (PICP) SE Works Portland, OR 503.772-2300
New Start Program - Prisoner Reentry Program SE Works Portland, OR 503.772.2300

Recertification Assistance

Title Organization Location Contact
Professional Immigrant Credentialing Program (PICP) SE Works Portland, OR 503.772.2300
Immigrant Nurse Credentialing Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Portland, OR 503.234.1541 and catherineb@irco.org

WorkSource Centers

Title Organization Location Contact
Healthcare, Tech, Manufacturing, Construction, etc. WorkSource Oregon and Washington Oregon N/A
Professional Immigrant Credentialing Program (PICP) SE Works Portland, OR 503.772.2300
Prisoner Re-entry Employment Program (PREP) SE Works Portland, OR 503.972.3247
One Stop Career Center SE Works Portland, OR 503.772.2300
WorkSource Portland Metro Central WorkSource Oregon Portland, OR 503.280.6046
WorkSource Portland Metro East WorkSource Oregon Gresham, Or 503.669.7112
WorkSource Portland South East WorkSource Oregon South East Portland, OR 503.772.2300
WorkSource Portland Metro Beaverton/Hillsboro WorkSource Oregon Beaverton and Hillsboro, OR 503.526.2700
WorkSource Portland Metro Tualatin WorkSource Oregon Tualatin, OR 503.612.4200
WorkSource Clackamas - Oregon City WorkSource Oregon Oregon City, OR 971.673.6405

Workforce Training Centers

Title Organization Location Contact
Metropolitan Workforce Training Center Portland Community College Portland, OR 971.722.2000
WorkSource Beaverton Hillsboro (Willow Creek Center) WorkSource Oregon Beaverton and Hillsboro, OR 503.526.2740
WorkSource Portland Central WorkSource Oregon Portland, OR 503.280.6029
CABHI Program Luke-Dorf Washington County 503.726.3816
Reentry Transition Center (RTC) Mercy Corps Northwest Portland, OR 971.255.0547
Home Free Economic Empowerment for Survivors of Domestic Violence Volunteers of America Oregon 503.771.5503
Customized Workforce Training for Employers Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR 503.491.7235

Refugee Resettlement & Employment Services

Title Organization Location Contact
employmentservices@irco.org Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Portland, OR 503.234.1541
Refugee Resettlement and Job Placement Catholic Charities Oregon 503.231.4866
Refugee Resettlement and Job Placement Lutheran Community Services Northwest Portland, OR 503.231.7480
Refugee Resettlement and Job Placement Lutheran Community Services Northwest Beaverton, OR 503.231.7480
Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) Various Organizations Oregon 503.284.3002

Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Career Pathway Programs

Title Organization Location Contact
Nursing Career Focused Classes Carrington College Portland, OR 503.616.9132
Health Careers Institute Concorde Center College Portland, OR 971.229.4551
Health Careers Certification Program Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR 503.541.6422
Healthcare, Medical Assistant, LPN, Legal, Criminal Justice, Culinary, etc. Pioneer Pacific College Oregon 503.646.6000
Nursing Associate Degree/Practical Nursing Degree Sumner College Portland, OR 877.682.5601

Community Organizations

Title Organization Location Contact
Job Training and Placement Urban League of Portland Portland, OR 503.280.2600
Refugee Employment and Career Pathway Training and Employment Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Portland, OR 971.271.6461
Children, Youth and Family Services Neighborhood House Portland, OR 503.245.2819
Youth, Community and Family Programs Self Enhancement, Inc. Portland, OR 503.285.0493
Slavic Community; Early Childhood, Youth, Housing, Seniors with Disabilities Impact NW Portland, OR 503.294.7400
Family Empowerment, Social Services Metropolitan Family Services Portland, OR 503.232.0007
Refugee Resettlement, Other Services Catholic Charities Portland, OR 503.231.4866
Refugee Resettlement and Job Placement Lutheran Community Services Northwest Portland, OR 503.231.7480
Refugee Resettlement and Job Placement Lutheran Community Services Northwest Beaverton, OR 503.231.7480
African Community Outreach, Education, Family Support Africa House Portland, OR 503.802.0082
Asian Pacific Islander Outreach, Education, Family Support Asian Family Center Portland, OR 503.235.9396
International Language Bank Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Portland, OR 503.234.0068
Career Education, Training, ESL and Citizenship Classes Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette Oregon Internet Access Only
Training and Employment Services for Women in Trades Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc Oregon 503.335.8200
Pre-apprenticeship Program and Training in Construction Field Constructing Hope Portland, OR 503.281.1740
College Career, Community Economic Development Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) Portland, OR 503.288.8177
Job Listings from Partner Organizations Partners in Diversity Oregon, SW Washington Internet Access Only
Career-related Education for People Living with AIDS Cascade AIDS Project Portland, OR 503.223.5907
Senior Community Service Employment Programs Easterseals Oregon 503.228.5100
Homeless and Housing Insecure Families and Adults A Home for Everyone Portland, OR N/A
Housing Support Central City Concern Portland, OR N/A
Employment Preparation and Placement for African American Families Black Parent Initiative Portland, OR 503.284.8000

Resume Assistance

Title Organization Location Contact
Resume Assistance Multnomah County Library Multnomah County N/A

National Career Readiness Certificate Programs

Title Organization Location Contact
Contact Local WorkSource Centers for Information WorkSource Oregon Oregon N/A

Industry-Specific Vocational Training

Title Organization Location Contact
Pre-apprenticeship Programs Constructing Hope Portland, OR 503.281.1234
Coaching, Case Management for Women in Construction Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. Oregon 503.335.8200
Career Technical Education Degrees and Certificates Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR 503.541.6422
Immigrant and Refugee Support Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Portland, OR 971.271.6461