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The funding from Future Ready Oregon is intended to support living-wage careers for much-needed workers in the pipeline - and created three new jobs at CCC.

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Clackamas Community College now has more tools to help pursue living-wage careers in the form of funding from Future Ready Oregon.Future Ready Oregon has awarded $980,919 to Clackamas Community College for career pathways funding, the educational institute announced July 26.

With the funding, the college expects to immediately hire three new staff positions.

"We are excited to help even more students be able to afford a college education and receive the training they need to get well-paying jobs," said Tim Cook, CCC president. "This is not only good for our students, but also for the community and the businesses that need a trained workforce."

According to CCC, the college is planning to use some of the Future Ready Oregon funding to hire several pivotal staff positions, including a director to engage with employers and faculty to assess certificates, making sure the college aligns with industry needs; an outreach coordinator to help connect with priority organizations and populations; as well as a career pathways coach, who will offer wraparound support services to students.

Future Ready Oregon, a state-led comprehensive $200 million investment package, is intended to support Oregonians to get the access, training and education needed to be employed in living-wage careers.

The program strategically targets investments for historically underserved communities focusing on advancement opportunities, and was led by Gov. Kate Brown before its approval during the 2022 legislature session.

Postsecondary career pathway training program grants and workforce ready grants are only part of what the Future Ready Oregon program supports. Further resources include credit for prior learning grants, industry consortia and workforce benefits navigator grants.

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