Holli FrancisMIS MAnager

Holli Francis
MIS Manager

MCCOG is the regional provider for the federally funded Workforce Investment Act Program (WIA) and WorkSource Oregon One-Stop. Our mission is simple, to help get disadvantaged and dislocated workers back into the workforce. This may include sending them to training to learn new skills or simply helping them update their resume and refresh their interviewing skills. Last year our offices in Hood River and The Dalles assisted over 16-hundred Adults and Dislocated Workers.

Here are highlights of some of the things we have been working on…

Workforce Development Program

On daily basis our well trained advisors offer a variety of classes that are open to anyone who wants to stop by! Classes offered include:
Resume Development Interviewing Skills Basic Computer Skills Basic Microsoft Word and Excel Training On-line Applications Instruction Career Exploration
For a complete list and schedule visit our website at www.mccog.com.
MCCOG Workforce Development is also on twitter!
Find out information about services as well as weather related closings/delays at

National Career Readiness Certificate

In partnership with The Oregon Employment Department and Columbia Gorge Community College, MCCOG is the regional provider for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is a nationally recognized assessment designed to demonstrate an individual’s work readiness in the area of math, reading and locating information. Assessments are awarded as bronze, silver, gold or platinum based on an individual’s scores in those three areas.
So far MCCOG has awarded 289 NCRC certificates in the Columbia Gorge. Our goal for this year is 225 certificates. All testing takes place at Columbia Gorge Community College.
For more information contact Mike Scroggs at mike.scroggs@mccog.com or 541-386-6300.

Oregon Green Tech Certificate

Since January of 2011, MCCOG Workforce staff has been implementing a training grant through the Oregon State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP). The Oregon Green Tech Certificate is a credential offered through a consortium of Oregon community colleges, including Columbia Gorge Community College locally. This nine-month program is conducted primarily online, with one weekend per term of labs at LBCC in Albany.
Students receive entry level skills in electricity, mechanics, building systems, hydraulics, and industrial maintenance — all with a focus on sustainable energy. The fifth and final cohort of the Oregon Green Tech program is slated to graduate in March of 2013. MCCOG has provided 14 local workers with full scholarships for this training through the SESP grant, which resulted from the 2009 Federal Stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).

Vocational Rehabilitation Job Club Service

Vocational Rehabilitation Job Club Services started at Mid-Columbia Council of Governments in March of 2012. Since that time a total of 19 Voc-Rehab clients participated in one (or more) of four 10-week cycles.
Each week, a different topic is addressed with the goal of increasing each participants’ job seeking skills. In an effort to increase participants’ problem solving and communication skills, group interaction is a vital component of each job club session. Networking and community resource awareness for job search are emphasized.
Guest speakers are frequently asked to present in Job Club. The utilization of various guest speakers exposes Job Club members to other community resources as well as local employers. Sixty-nine percent of Club participants were employed following program completion .

Youth Services

In addition to Adults and Dislocated Workers, MCCOG also works with youth between the ages of 14-21. Services include; work readiness training, on-the job work experiences and GED assistance. Youth enrolled in this program must be income eligible and have significant barriers to employment. Here is the story of one young man enrolled in the program last year.

“Chris was an 18 year old single parent and high school dropout. He wanted to be a cook but had no experience or education. Through WIA youth funds, we were able to pay for his preparation and GED testing and then and coach him through his GED. Advisors helped him develop a resume, taught him interviewing and work ethics skills, and set him up on a work experience in the kitchen at a local non-profit. As a direct result he was hired this summer as a pantry/food prep worker at a local restaurant.”