[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1538″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1435106093088{margin-top: 20px !important;}”]Washington announced on Thursday June 18th, 2015, a money award of $138Million going to 27 states and the Cherokee Tribal Nation in order “to strengthen, expand innovative job training and reemployment strategies for laid-off workers.”

This funding will continue to build on sector strategies to drive innovation, collaboration, and integration throughout the workforce system and will complement the goals envisioned by the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez said, “We must constantly innovate and expand best practices to make sure our nation’s workforce can compete in the global economy. Today’s awards will help better align workforce skills with the needs of regional industries. By doing so, these funds will have a positive and meaningful impact on the communities they serve now and into the future.”

Oregon’s Workforce Board in Region 3 which serves Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, made a proposal to use $384,898 of Oregon’s total award in the following six ways; employer partnerships, in-demand occupations, regional planning strategies, program services, enhanced services to dislocated workers and in training and work-based training models.