WIOA Monitoring Policy Update for Public Review

Willamette Workforce Partnership has revised Policy A05 and is available for public review and comment.

Incumbent Worker Training Grant

Chemeketa Truck Program

Willamette Workforce Partnership Adult Programs

Adult Programs

Willamette Workforce Youth Programs

Youth Programs

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Current Worker Training Grants Available!

Willamette Workforce Partnership (WWP) believes it is very important for businesses to have the resources needed to ensure their current workforce is trained and prepared to navigate the challenges they face in this uncertain time. To assist in this, WWP has grants available for businesses to train their existing workforce, Incumbent Worker Training Grants. Eligible businesses must be located in our region of Linn, Marion, Polk or Yamhill County Oregon. When considering funding decisions, the number of employees being trained and the dollar amount requested will be considered. These funds cannot be used to pay for an owner or employer to provide the training to employees. Also not allowed is funding anything considered capital like computers or other equipment.

In response to the current economic situation, we have increased the maximum grant amount to $25,000 per application.


Emergency Loans

Emergency loans are available for small businesses. SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Unemployment Insurance

For the most recent information on unemployment insurance eligibility and other program resources and requirements, visit this website:


Layoff Aversion Program

The layoff aversion program can help a business avoid layoffs – for more information, please contact us. Work Share can also be helpful in avoiding layoffs.


Layoff Services

If layoffs are inevitable, we can help by providing services to affected workers. Another resource for small businesses and employers planning and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 is the National Business Emergency Operations Center.


COVID-19 Resources

As we receive more information, we will share it with you. Feel free to distribute this material with your colleagues. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email any of the Willamette Workforce Partnership Staff; our contact information is available here.

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Key Strategies

Invest in proven and innovative programs and partnerships that lead to a skilled workforce.

Enhance the workforce system’s provision of essential skills training and connection to Career and Technical Education

Design workforce service delivery programs and partnerships to maintain and enhance access to services in all areas of the Mid-Valley

Expand the impact of training dollars through partnerships

Offer workforce services that lead to a successful employer community.

Engage with employers to identify necessary employment skills and invest in job seekers to meet those needs

Develop solutions to employers’ current workforce challenges such as essential skills, retention, advancement, certification and training

Provide opportunities for employer-to-employer conversations and problem-solving discussions

Serve workforce system needs that go beyond employment and training services and lead to thriving communities.

Participate as a workforce advocate in community discussions that address housing, child care and transportation issues

Serve specialized populations, including youth enrolled in high school, and connect them to workforce services

News and Media

A Pipeline Between Employers and Job-seekers.

WWP is trying to help businesses stay afloat and lending a hand to laid-off workers. After years of economic growth, the partnership expects to pivot. Read Article

Welcome to Worksource
Oregon Video

Click here to watch a video and learn more about the services and resources Worksource Oregon provides with employment.

Willamette Wake Up Radio Interview

Kim Parker-Llenas, executive director of the Willamette Workforce Partnership, talks about how the Partnership connects job seekers to employers and why the Partnership got accolades from SEDCOR. Listen

State of the Workforce
Jobs Report

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Salem Reporter Articles – Pam Ferrara

JUNE 2021

Some reasons for the labor shortage have been decades in the making?

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MAY 2021

Do official numbers really reflect Salem area’s economic recovery?

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APRIL 2021

Is a low wage a living wage in Marion County?

Read Article

MARCH 2021

Path to a Good Job

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Fifty Eight Percent of Salem Area Businesses Received Federal Loan or Grant

Read Article


Pandemic Economy Recap and Forecast

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Women Drop Out of Labor Force Due to Pandemic Economy

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Trends in Industry Employment During Pandemic

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Contribution of the Minimum Wage to Area Workers

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Wage Trends and Income Inequality

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Characteristics of the Pandemic Economy’s Unemployed

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JULY 2020

Low Wage Workers Hit Hardest by Pandemic
Business Shut-downs

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JUNE 2020

Salem Area’s Unemployment
Rate Highest Ever

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