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.
Chief Executive Officer
The Oregon Consortium & Oregon Workforce Alliance