ORS 660.353¹
Oregon Youth Employment Program
  • rules

(1) There is created in the Higher Education Coordinating Commission the Oregon Youth Employment Program. Subject to the availability of funding, the commission shall create and operate, and local workforce development boards shall manage, the program to provide meaningful work experience and workforce training for persons between the ages of 14 and 24.

(2) The program shall provide to participants in the program case management and support services that include, but are not limited to:

(a) Developing an individual development plan for the participant that outlines work readiness, career and educational goals;

(b) Work readiness instruction;

(c) At least 12 weeks of paid internships or other work experience; and

(d) Academic support for earning high school graduation credit, completion of approved high school equivalency programs such as the General Educational Development (GED) certificate program or earning college credit for work experience or internships provided through the program.

(3) The program:

(a) Plan, implementation procedures and evaluation criteria shall be described in the local plan developed by a local workforce development board under ORS 660.327 (Duties of local workforce development boards).

(b) May provide for public and private sector employment opportunities.

(4) Local workforce development boards responsible for managing the program shall ensure appropriate training and positive work experiences for participants.

(5) The commission shall collaborate with the local workforce development boards to collect data on youth work experience programs that identify successful work experiences and allow for the identification and dissemination of the most promising practices. The data collected shall also include the number of participants in the program, the number of participants that complete the program, the cost of internships and other work experiences provided, the academic credit earned by participants and the number of certificates for passing approved high school equivalency tests such as the General Educational Development (GED) test earned by participants.

(6) The commission shall adopt rules necessary for the implementation and operation of the program created under subsection (1) of this section. The rules shall include, but are not limited to, establishing eligibility criteria for persons participating in the program. [2011 c.702 §4; 2015 c.366 §67; 2017 c.66 §25; 2017 c.185 §39; 2017 c.297 §17]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 660—Apprenticeship and Training; Workforce Development, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors660.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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