Work Connections Breakfast

Today was one of celebration as hundreds of local workforce development, education, business, electeds, and non-profit organizations gathered for the Work Connections Breakfast. I had the pleasure of bumping into Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann.

The event was presented by Portland OIC and Rosemary Anderson High School and held at the Multnomah Athletic Center.

Portland OIC is a non-profit education management organization, established for 42 years in North Portland, serving over 560 students and work trainees annually, across three programs: Rosemary Anderson High School, Rosemary Anderson Transitions, and Work Opportunities Training.

POIC reconnects alienated at-risk youth affected by poverty, family instability, and homelessness; with high school education through Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS), and with career training through POIC Work Opportunity Training programs (WOT).

They continue to mentor and support their graduates in post-secondary education until they reach the age of stable maturity at 25, through our Rosemary Anderson Transitions program (RATR)

Today’s program included the distribution of several awards:

  • Leader Award – New Seasons Market – For providing training and employment for POIC work trainees.
  • Advocate Award – The Oregon Zoo – For making a community-wide impact on youth development.

The C.A.R.E. Awards (Connected. Accountable. Responsible. Educated) went to Ana Felix, Anab Mohammad, and Precious-Jewell Stevens.

Congratulations to all of the awardees!

— Dennise M. Kowalczyk (Development Director)

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