The goal of the Career Skills Development Program is to increase the economic success of the Native community in Portland. To do this, our program provides opportunities for participants to gain the skills and experience needed to be successful in the workforce. Job readiness and career skills are developed through one-on-one coaching sessions that address personalized goals set by the client during individual intakes. Our intake and assessment process helps to identify areas to focus attention in order to help clients reach their personal career goals and track progress reaching those goals. Such activities include: resume and cover letter assistance, mock interviews, teaching methods of networking, identifying online resources to access employers, best practices when contacting an employer directly, encouraging dressing for success, addressing potential retraining and employable skill development, and facilitate access to training opportunities.
Clients may make an appointment by calling, emailing or through a referral to the Career Skills Development Coaches.
|Jen Matheson||(503) 288-8177, ext. 297||Career Skills Development Manager|
|Natalie Mitchell||(503) 288-8177, ext. 238||Career Skills Development Coach|
|Eron Riddle||(971) 673-2849||
|Mike Ball||(503) 872-5071||Career Skills Development Coach, Community Works|
|Monica Molina||(971) 673-2849||Career Skills Development Coach, Community Works|
|Nellie McConville||(503) 288-8177, ext. 326||Youth Career Skills Development Coach|
|Crystal Cox||(503) 288-8177, ext. 205||Youth Career Skills Development Coach|
The Community Works Project (CWP) is a partnership between the Department of Health Services (DHS) and six community-based organizations: the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Human Solutions, Catholic Charities/El Programa Hispano, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI), and Urban League. Participants in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program are referred to CWP for one-on-one assistance with their job search. The program also assists participants in skill building, work experience, and subsidized work. CWP offers classes on such topics as resume and cover letter writing to provide the community with a qualified workforce to pursue lasting careers.