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JOBS Program

The Umpqua Community College Job Opportunity Basic Skills (JOBS) program is contracted by the Department of Human Services (DHS), to provide training and educational opportunities, for people who are eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Foodstamps. The purpose of the contract is to place clients in training and educational activities, so they can develop or enhance the necessary skills to find and maintain employment.

Work Experience

Oregon JobsThe objective of the work experience program is to provide meaningful work experience for TANF participants in the community. Currently, there are 214 sites that have been established in Douglas County. Participants benefit from hands-on training, networking, and sometimes employment. 


JOBS Plus is a subsidized program administered by DHS. Individuals receiving TANF can be placed with private or public employers and receive a subsidy for wages paid. Employers determine the wage rate and pay the worker directly. JOBS Plus workers receive a paycheck in lieu of public benefits. There is no requirement that the employer hire the worker at the end of the JOBS Plus subsidy. Employers are reimbursed by DHS at the Oregon minimum wage plus employer wage taxes and workers' compensation costs. Employers are reimbursed for a maximum of 26 weeks.

Job Search

The JOBS program provides weekly workshops for individuals receiving Oregon Food Stamp Employment and Training (OFSET) or TANF funds.  The clients receive coaching in seeking resolution to employment, provides attendance reports in accordance with Oregon’s work verification plan; councils clients on their employment search, posts Oregon Employment Department’s job information and other job information daily, makes recommendations to DHS case managers regarding client needs, provides customer service in One Stop Center (this is a public service), provides liaison services for clients to community resources, and provides work ethic counseling (timeliness, hygiene, appropriate dress, budgeting, relationships at work, etc.).

Links to local agencies and other sources

Worksource Oregon - A workforce partnership of public and private organizations striving to help people find employment, improve skills, develop careers; helping businesses find and retain quality employees.

Department of Human Services - administers a number of programs that help low-income families and individuals reach an maintain self-sufficiency. The division provides benefits and services including cash assistance, Food Stamps, case management and help finding employment. It also helps clients who have found work to keep their jobs and advance to better positions. In addition, DHS determines eligibility for the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).

Mental Health Services of Douglas County - 24-hour crisis services available by calling 541-440-3532or 1-800-866-9780.

Oregon Employment Department - Job listings and more!

Personnel and Management Services of Douglas County - Contains a list of current job openings available through Douglas County. 

Umpqua Training & Employment - Describe services available to becoming more competitive in the local labor market.

America's Job Bank - Career guidance & educational opportunities. Some job listings also.

Careerbuilder.com - Offers help with your resume, online job fairs, and job search feature, etc.

Monster.com - This site allows you to search a database of thousands of jobs, to get your resume online, and to receive career advice.

Job-hunt.org- A site that has received more than one award!

OSHA - Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

EEOC - Visit this site if you want to learn more about what is being done to eliminate racial and national origin discrimination in the workplace.

Job and Employment Resources - Information and tips to help you find a job today.

Bright.com - Job listings by area.

Job Training Place - Training provides job seekers and workers with the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills and qualifications. Keeping your skills up-to-date in a world where technology is rapidly changing and expanding will enhance your employment opportunities.


Sara Carson - Contact
JOBS Program Director
Phone: 541-440-7664