Starting July 30th, Bus Service from the Dalles and Hood River to Portland will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.
Another important part of MCCOG’s overall effort is focused on youth training. Students enrolled in the Youth Services Program are assigned to a workforce Advisor who works one-on-one with them to reach for academic success and a strong transition into the workforce. They are given real world views into area businesses so they can see “people at work” outside of the classroom setting and hopefully diffuse their fears of getting their first jobs. Continue reading
By Marilyn Richardson, MCCOG JOBS Developer
Clients participating in MCCOG’s JOBS Program are required to volunteer with an employer 20 hours per week. This program is designed to give clients experience and to help them get a job. The goal is to place clients in a work experience setting where they will receive training and gain relevant work experience to add to their resume, obtain a positive reference or recommendation. Clients are matched up with the type of work of their choice as often as possible. They volunteer at a worksite for a period of four to six months. When they are nearing the end of their work experience, I meet with them weekly to help them job search for paid employment. During the past 11 months, MCCOG has placed 49 clients. Forty-three percent (43%) or 21 of them have been hired either by the worksite or by another employer.
The Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT) program has been associated with MCCOG for the last 12 months. During that time, the program has experienced stronger success with increased donations over previous years. During the past year StRUT received almost 400,000 pounds of donated technology including computers, servers, server racks, copiers, printers, fax machines and much more. StRUT works with school districts throughout the state to reuse, refurbish or recycle donated equipment for the benefit of students in member schools. Over 600 computers were loaned to memberships during the 2012-2013 year. The schools will return the computers and other materials to StRUT for end-of-life recycling in the coming years. Continue reading
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) continues to move forward in a positive direction. On March 12th we learned that the State Unit on Aging awarded the AAA a $15,000 grant with the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). The grant letter stated, “I have heard good things about the SHIBA program at your agency and I would like to have the SMP represented in your counties.” Continue reading
We often hear the phrase “they sure don’t build them like they used to!” Meaning the quality of construction isn’t nearly what it used to be. My response to that is “Yeah, and I’m sure glad they don’t!” Here’s why: Continue reading
By Shirley Ludlow, Outreach Specialist AAA
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has partnered with Living Well With Chronic Conditions to provide a class developed by Stanford University, to motivate people and teach them how to take control of their health and their lives. Classes have been taught by trained volunteers in all five of our counties.
Success stories amass as the classes unfold! Continue reading
The Workforce Program at Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) plays many roles in the overall effort to prepare adults entering or reentering the workforce. One area in which our staff is involved is with the Oregon Food Stamp Employment Transition Program (OFSET). The Department of Human Services (DHS) renamed the food stamp portion of the program; it is now referred to as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Traditional food stamps have been replaced withan Electronic Benefits Transfer card (EBT) that is issued to clients. This is very similar to a bank debit card and allows clients to use their SNAP benefits discreetly. Continue reading