What is Umpqua Community College Job Opportunity Basic Skills?
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.
The 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.
The JOBS program provides two weeks of job search classes 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.).
The JOBS program also contracts with partnering agencies, so client referrals can be made to the following: Umpqua Valley disabilities Network, Wildlife Safari, Family Development Center, Douglas County Health Department, and Adapt.
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 has "personality", and allows you to search a database of may thousands of jobs, get your resume online, and receive career advice from their experts.
Job-hunt.org- A site that has received more than one award!
OSHA - The mission of OSHA is to protect the health.
EEOC - Visit this site if you want to learn more about what is being done to eliminate racial and national origin discrimination in the hiring process.
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.
For more information:
Sara Carson, Program Director