Northwest Oregon Works (NOW) is the designated local workforce board for Benton, Columbia, Clatsop, Lincoln, and Tillamook Counties under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA). NOW receives federal and state funding to invest in aligning workforce, education, and economic development to meet the needs of individuals and businesses.

Adults & Dislocated Workers

Training Scholarships

Northwest Oregon Works invests federal funds in training scholarships for individuals. Targeted for growing and in-demand industries, individuals can access training scholarships through the WorkSource Oregon centers.

Oregon’s Dislocated Worker Program

Oregon’s Dislocated Worker Program offers help to both employers and workers before and during a layoff. If you’re a worker who has been laid off (or notified of an impending layoff) through no fault of your own, we offer free services that prepare you to find new work. If you’re an employer facing a business closure or layoff, we can help you proceed and provide on-site services for your workers. To access these services, you can reach out to NOW’s Dislocated Worker Liaison, your local WorkSource center or we will reach out to you if we are informed of your layoffs or closings.

On-The-Job Training

As an effective service through WorkSource Oregon, NOW invests federal and state funds into the on-the-job training (OJT) program. OJT training provides a service to both job seekers and employers. It provides individuals an opportunity to learn new skills while on the job while offering employers reimbursement for some of the training costs.

Youth Services

Through WorkSource Oregon, young adults can access the services in order to further their education and/or employment goals. These services include but aren’t limited to:

Preparation for GED Testing

Connections to Paid Work and Trainings

Payment for Testing and Identification

College Financial Aid Application Assistance


WorkSource Oregon

“WorkSource Oregon is a network of public and private partners who work together to effectively respond to workforce challenges through high-quality services to individuals and businesses, resulting in job attainment, retention and advancement.”

Sector Partnerships

Northwest Oregon Works is charged with leading the development of sector partnerships within the five-county area. Sector partnerships are partnerships of businesses, from the same industry and in a shared labor market region, who work with education, workforce, economic development, and community organizations to address the workforce and other competitiveness needs of the targeted industry. Currently, NOW is coordinating partnerships in the following industries:

  • Advanced Textile Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Maritime