Memorandum of Understanding – Rogue Valley Workforce Area

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This Memorandum of Understanding is between the Local Workforce Development Board Rogue Workforce Partnership (RWP), the Chief Elected Officials representing Jackson and Josephine Counties (CEOs), Higher Education Coordinating Council (HECC), Department of Human Services (DHS), the Oregon Employment Department (OED), and the other WIOA partners listed under section IV, relating to the operation of the WorkSource Rogue Valley (WSRV) one-stop service delivery system. This document ensures compliance with WIOA and its implementing regulations, and provides the framework to achieve our shared goal of providing a comprehensive, demand-driven, seamless customer-facing service delivery system.

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Governor Kate Brown Highlights Workforce Development Partnerships and Transportation Priorities in Southern Oregon

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Governor Kate Brown toured Medford recently, highlighting workforce development opportunities and transportation priorities in Southern Oregon.

The region is home to several higher education institutions, including Rogue Community College, Southern Oregon University, and Oregon Institute of Technology, which are partnering with Rogue Workforce Partnership, WorkSource Rogue Valley, and local employers to grow a skilled workforce and create pathways to careers.

Governor Brown toured Coding Zeal, a software company based in Medford that provides custom software and web services to companies around the world. With support from Business Oregon, the company has grown to serve as a community tech hub in Southern Oregon, providing coding curriculum and workforce training to local students.

“Business owners and employers across the state tell me that hiring a skilled workforce is one of their most significant challenges,” Governor Kate Brown said. “By leveraging partnerships with employers and integrating training and development into school curricula, Oregonians get the skills employers need to expand their businesses and grow our economy.”

Governor Brown then convened a discussion on transportation priorities in Southern Oregon at the construction site of the Oregon 62 Expressway Project. The two-year, four-lane Jobs and Transportation Act project will reduce congestion and improve safety throughout the region.

“We know mind-numbing traffic is only getting worse, and investments in transit and critical seismic and safety infrastructure improvements are needed.” Governor Brown said. “I’m committed to developing and presenting to the 2017 Legislature, a transportation package that meets the needs of every community to move Oregon forward.”

The Oregon 62 Expressway is a vital freight corridor, yet Mike Card, President of Combined Transport, explained Portland metro area congestion compounds congestion in Southern Oregon, impacting freight-dependant businesses across the entire state.

In addition to impacts to businesses, congestion and the transportation sector on whole account for 37% of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. Governor Brown heard from representatives of Rogue Disposal & Recycling on a recently completed compressed natural gas (CNG) facility providing a clean fuel alternative for heavy trucks and buses in the region. The CNG facility captures methane gas from the nearby Dry Creek Landfill to create a clean and resilient energy source now used in fleet vehicles operated by Rogue Disposal & Recycling and in the clean fuel mix of Rogue Valley Transit District‘s bus fleet.

Mobile labs will give Jackson County students hands-on jump on high-wage jobs

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Students throughout Southern Oregon will have ready access to state-of-the-art manufacturing and design equipment, including large-format 3-D printers, welders, laser cutters, plasma cutters, drones and more, thanks to a nearly $500,000 Career and Technical Education grant.
Of the 73 grant applications reviewed by a committee of educators and business, trade and industry leaders, 25 applicants were awarded grants totaling $9 million. Of that, Southern Oregon Education Service District, in collaboration with the Medford and Grants Pass school districts and ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, and the Malheur Education Service District in Eastern Oregon were awarded the largest share, $488,432 each…

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Powering Advanced Manufacturing

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There is no argument-developments in advanced manufacturing positively impact manufacturing in many ways such as cost efficiencies, quality, consistency, and speed to market to name of few. Manufacturing still helps drive economies and advanced manufacturing in making developments happen at a rapid pace to fuel strategic growth and competition. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, for every dollar spent in manufacturing another $1.37 is added to the U.S. national economy, the largest of any industry. Manufacturing in the U.S. contributes over $2 trillion to the economy, provides good jobs and fuels the middle class. However, our economy is not out of the woods from the recession…

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Who Benefits From College And Why

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For years the mantra has been: get a college degree if you possibly can. It’s true that the benefits of a college degree generally outweigh the costs, but given the price, many students and their families are taking a closer look. Authors of a new report from the Brookings Institution conclude that college may not be the best investment for certain schools, specific fields of study, occupations and individuals. Those who start but don’t finish college seem to pay a particularly high price. The value of a bachelor’s degree and its alternatives for the 21st century’s labor market.

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