Governor Kate Brown has signed Future Ready Oregon – the $200 million investment in workforce development. This initiative is a once in a generational opportunity to support business and offer workforce development services to individuals who have historically been marginalized. The pandemic most negatively impacted women, people of color, individuals who have been justice-involved, and others who experience barriers to employment. The pandemic uncovered systemic barriers that have been ever-present and now the state of Oregon has the opportunity to correct these trends. The Future Ready package was developed by a sub-committee of the Governor’s Racial Justice Council.
Some of the Future Ready Oregon funds will come to workforce development boards through a formula, some through a competitive process. Community colleges and Community-Based Organizations will also receive funds. It is expected that Willamette Workforce Partnership will receive over $5M additional dollars to serve the community.