In partnership with National Skills Coaltion, the Skills2Compete-Oregon campaign seeks to raise awareness of the need to train Oregon residents for middle-skill jobs, which require more than high school but less than a four-year degree. These jobs make up the largest portion of Oregon’s labor market. Prior to the recession, Oregon was already experiencing shortages of middle-skill workers in crucial industries. With high unemployment throughout the nation, this is precisely the time to ensure Oregon is training the middle-skill workforce that will be critical to economic recovery and long-term success.
Associated Oregon Industries
Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development
Manufacturing 21 Coalition
Mt. Hood Community College
National Skills Coalition
Oregon Business Council
Oregon Community College Association
Oregon Economic Development Association
Oregon Governor’s Office
Oregon Workforce Investment Board
Portland Community College
As part of National Skills Coalition’s Skills2Compete fly-in, representatives from S2C-OR met with members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation in Washington, DC, to discuss report findings in November 2009.
On March 12, 2009, the Skills2Compete-Oregon campaign testified before the Oregon House Committee on Business and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Development. Campaign advisors testified that the best way to meet the demand for middle-skill jobs in Oregon is to guarantee access to at least two years of education or training past high school. The following week, campaign advisors also testified before the Senate Commerce and Workforce Development Committee.
- View photos from the Oregon House and Senate hearings.
- Download testimony from the Oregon House and Senate hearings.
- Watch video coverage of the Oregon House hearing.
With National Skills Coalition, released Oregon's Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs, which generated widespread media attention.
Publications and Resources
Skills2Compete-Oregon Policy Platform
National Skills Coalition and S2C-Oregon Campaign
Oregon's Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs
National Skills Coalition and Oregon Community College Association
- Demand expected to grow for "middle skill" jobs | Blue Chip, 11.01.2010
- Training partnerships help with tough-to-fill jobs | Register Guard, 5.18.2009
- Where the jobs are | Register Guard, 4.19.2009
- Our future in 'middle jobs' | Democratic Herald, 3.26.2009
- Help wanted, skills needed | Mail Tribune, 3.18.2009
- Employment: It's all about education | The Gresham Outlook, 3.13.2009
- New Study: OR ignores 'middle-skill' jobs, training | Public News Service, 3.13.2009
- Middle skills jobs will be hot | 1101 KBND Radio, 3.13.2009