• Image of Strawberry Mountains in Grant County, Oregon, by Gary Halvorson of the Oregon State Archives and used on The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

    Grant County - Strawberry Mountains. Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

  • Image of Catherine Creek State Park in Union County, Oregon, by Gary Halvorson of the Oregon State Archives and used on The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

    Union County - Catherine Creek State Park. Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

  • Image of Kelly Prairie in Morrow County, Oregon, by Gary Halvorson of the Oregon State Archives and used on The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

    Morrow County - Kelly Prairie along the Blue Mountain Byway scenic road. Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

  • Image of grasses near Goose Lake in Lake County, Oregon, by Gary Halvorson of the Oregon State Archives and used on The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

    Lake County - Grasses at the edge of Goose Lake. Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

  • Image of The Three Sisters in Deschutes County, Oregon, by Gary Halvorson of the Oregon State Archives and used on The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

    Deschutes County - The Three Sisters in the Cascade Mountains. Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

  • Image of wind turbines and wildflowers in Sherman County, Oregon, by Gary Halvorson of the Oregon State Archives and used on The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

    Sherman County - Wind turbines and lupine wildflowers along Monkland Lane. Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

  • Image of Agate Beach, Port Orford in Curry County, Oregon, by Gary Halvorson of the Oregon State Archives and used on The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

    Curry County - Crashing waves at Agate Beach in Port Orford. Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

  • Image of Wolf Creek Falls in Douglas County, Oregon, by Gary Halvorson of the Oregon State Archives and used on The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

    Douglas County - Wolf Creek Falls in the Cascade Mountains. Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

  • Image of sunset at the beach near Oceanside in Tillamook County, Oregon, by Gary Halvorson of the Oregon State Archives and used on The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

    Tillamook County - Rocks and sunset at Oceanside. Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

TOC/OWA will be closing June 30, 2016

TOC/OWA has built a reliable workforce development system in Oregon. We have relied on the network of partners and contractors whom we have worked with for many years to help nurture the network and to ensure that workforce development services are provided to job seekers in a way that is responsive to the needs of workers, employers and communities.

Our mission was to Help Rural Oregon Work and collectively we have accomplished this by assuring that rural citizens, business and industry had the skills necessary, to compete in the global economy.

In PY 14 TOC/OWA (The Oregon Consortium and the Oregon Workforce Alliance) spent its last year as a local Workforce Investment Board in Oregon due to Governor Kitzhaber’s Executive Order to redesign Oregon’s workforce system and the Oregon’s state Workforce Investment Board (OWIB) recommendations to the Governor to realign workforce areas.

In July 2013, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber signed Executive Order No. 13-08, Chartering Partnerships for Job Growth and Talent Development, to re-charter Oregon’s State and Local Workforce Investment Boards in order to better align federal and state programs resulting in better services to Oregon jobseekers and businesses in today’s economy. By July 1, 2015 the Local Workforce Investment Boards were re-chartered to deliver the best possible workforce services. This re-chartering effort affected The Oregon Consortium (TOC) and The Oregon Workforce Alliance (OWA), which covered 24 counties in Oregon. The dissolution of TOC/OWA created four new Local Workforce Investment Boards. TOC/OWA is in the process of winding down operations with the support of the Governor’s Office, Local Elected Officials and state agency staff. TOC/OWA Administrative staff assisted in implementing a seamless transition for continued delivery of service to the new four local WIB’s. The transition of administrative oversight was completed by June 30, 2015, and the new four areas have taken on the role for Administrative oversight that begun on July, 1, 2015.

TOC/OWA will complete its final year of operations on June 30th, 2016. Administrative staff will transfer all files, records and assets over to the State of Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. The TOC/OWA Workforce Board will shut down all operations on June 30th 2016. TOC/OWA Administrative staff and the Board of Directors are grateful for their years of service and the difference they made in Oregon’s workforce development.

The TOC/OWA Board would like to thank everyone that has been part of this family for so many years and in allowing us to serve the needs of rural Oregon.

 

Sincerely,

Tim McGann

Chief Executive Officer

The Oregon Consortium & Oregon Workforce Alliance