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TEC Offers a Program to Help Local Businesses Become More Competitive

The Training & Employment Consortium has dedicated $50,000 in funds to help companies in Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties. These funds are available to assist companies in retraining their current employees in order to address the unique needs of the business in order to remain competitive.

This could include training in new or advanced skills that enable an employee to multi task or be more productive. For the employee, simply to remain employable may require the attainment of new or advanced skills, certifications or credentials.

The purpose of the Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT) is to assist employers in training currently employed workers in an effort to keep businesses and workers competitive. Private sector employers located in the qualifying counties faced with changing skill requirements caused by new technology, retooling, new product lines, or other changing industry or occupational job requirements may be eligible for IWT assistance.

Priority for funding is given to applicants who demonstrate that the funding could assist the business in avoiding a layoff, downsizing or closure; or would provide retention opportunities by upgrading employee skills as a result of the training.

To learn more information on how your business can apply and qualify for Incumbent Worker Training funds, please see the contact information below.

Umatilla and Morrow Counties

Tara Bishop
408 SE 7th Street
Pendleton, OR 97801
541.267.9050 Ext. 235

Baker, Union, and Wallowa Counties

Lynn Trice
1901 Adams Ave, Suite 4
La Grande, OR 97850
541.963.7111 Ext. 233

Grant, Harney, and Malheur Counties

Lisa Norton
375 SW 2nd Avenue
Ontario, OR 97914
541.889.7864 Ext. 232

Business application for Incumbent Worker Training Funds: APPLICATION

Participant Application.