Wasco County is part of the Mid-Columbia region, who's workforce flows freely in a five county area in Oregon and Washington. This area includes Klickitat and Skamania Counties in Washington and Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman Counties in Oregon. Sometimes Gilliam and Wheeler Counties are included in the area's workforce calculations. Up-to-date information on unemployment, job growth, and other labor and economic trends can be found at qualityinfo.org.
In general, the region's workforce faired better than most of rural Oregon through the recession, with lower unemployment and a continued upward trend in job growth. Partners in Wasco County work to support development of skilled workforce through partnerships with local, regional and state agencies.
|Columbia Gorge Community College provides opportunities for customized training in addition to its broader efforts to support workforce development in the Mid-Columbia region. For additional information on customized training contact Suzanne Burd at 541-506-6123 or visit their website. In addition to|
|Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG), a Certified WorkSource Center and One-Stop, is the sole administrator of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act services in the Columbia Gorge. MCCOG provides a variety of programs for both youth and adults to help them achieve their educational and employment goals. MCCOG also offers pre-employment training, on the job training, on-site transition services and an employer workforce training fund. For more details, visit their website.|
|The East Cascades Workforce Investment Board is plans for workforce investment and priorities throughout the Central Oregon corridor, which includes Wasco County. For more information on their activities, visit their website.|