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Workforce Investment Council Announces New Executive Director

The Executive Committee has promoted Bridget Dazey to be the new Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County. The Executive Committee is excited to promote someone of Bridget’s caliber. Bridget joined the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County in 2008. Since that time she has focused on individuals with barriers to employment, industry engagement, WorkSource resources and certifying competencies through online and performance-based assessments. For the Workforce Investment Council and as a key part of the Columbia-Willamette Collaborative, Bridget has brought in almost $2 million to Clackamas County through successfully funded grant proposals and been instrumental in creating industry engagement plans for targeted sectors.

Prior to moving to Oregon, Bridget worked in social service programs including substance abuse prevention/intervention, corrections and special education. Bridget received her Bachelor of Social Work at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and a Master of Social work at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She serves on the State Employment First Team, on the Clackamas County Economic Development Council and as a representative to the Trimet Equity Advisory Council. She has also served as a board member for Your Next Step. She is strongly committed to her work and her community.

When you get a chance please welcome and congratulate Bridget as our new Executive Director.

Julie Hugo Workforce Investment Council Chair

New Workforce Legislation Passed!

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA – H.R. 803) into law. The bipartisan, bicameral WOIA legislation streamlines federal workforce training programs, while aligning workforce development programs with economic development and education initiatives to allow businesses to identify in-demand skills and connect workers with the opportunities to build those skills.

To read a summary of WIOA and what it is creating, click here.

To Watch President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks and sign WOIA--H.R. 803, click here.

WOIA will result in many exciting changes for the Workforce Investment Council and its partners. We will keep you informed of these opportunities in the coming months.

Employee Training Funds

The Employee Training Assistance Fund, established by the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County, and managed through Clackamas Community College Workforce Development Services (WDS), was created to increase business competitiveness and employee retention by supporting regional employers' efforts to skill-up their existing workforce. This training assistance is funded by the State of Oregon Sector Strategy Initiative awarded to Workforce Investment Council to enhance the skills of the region's workers in skilled occupations. Financial assistance is available for businesses in the Manufacturing and Health Care sectors to offset training costs for employees. For an overview of this program and for application information, please view the documents below:

Sector Strategy Employee Training Fund Overview

Employee Training Assistance Fund - Application & Training Plan

Sector Strategy Employee Training Fund - Application & Training Plan Approval

Workforce Investment Council and the National Association of Counties

The Workforce Investment Council (WICCO) was recently asked to participate in a podcast focusing on workforce development with the National Association of Counties (NACo). Click below to link to this podcast which highlights the sector work of the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative.

WICCO - NACo podcast highlighting the sector work of Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative.

Per Jen Horton from National Association of Counties: "Thanks again for agreeing to be part of the podcast. Please feel free to use the podcast however you see fit to promote WICCO’s great work."

Click here to view NACo's July 2014 publication which mentions Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County.

Posted Aug. 06, 2014.

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