Program Summary

Youth Career Connect is an impactful program that brings together Central Oregon High Schools, Local Businesses, COIC, and East Cascades Works to empower young individuals to kickstart their careers, while enabling local employers to train and build our future workforce. Through our online portal, The Talent Hub, we connect teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 21 to exciting local internships, offering them valuable work experience.

By participating in our program, employers benefit greatly from the energy, fresh perspectives, and innovative ideas that interns bring to their organizations. Interns provide a cost-effective and flexible solution for employers to fill short-term staffing needs, tackle special projects, and enhance productivity. They contribute unique insights, technological expertise, and a willingness to learn that can invigorate workplaces and drive business growth.

Moreover, hiring interns allows employers to develop a pool of potential future full-time employees. By nurturing and guiding interns, employers can identify talented individuals who align well with their organizational culture and values. Investing in the training and development of young talent during their internship can result in an increased likelihood of securing post-internship employment with the company.

In addition to connecting employers with talented interns, we also provide employability support services such as mentorship and training. This ensures interns receive the guidance they need to succeed and excel in their internships, benefiting both the interns and the employers alike.

We also offer support services to help navigate any barriers that may arise along the way.

Who To Contact

Sarah Cochran, Program Coordinator
La Pine Internship Specialist

Daniel Seddiqui
Redmond Internship Specialist

Greg Bender
Bend Internship Specialist

Madelyn Bell
Jefferson County Internship Specialist

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The Talent Hub is a dynamic platform led by East Cascades Works in collaboration with our esteemed partners. This platform serves as a bridge connecting employers across the East Cascades Region with motivated young talent eager to engage in internships, job shadows, and immersive on-the-job learning experiences.

Within the Talent Hub platform, East Cascades Works and our dedicated partners play a crucial role in directly supporting young talent. Through specialized programs and initiatives, our partners work diligently with these young individuals, equipping them with essential work-readiness skills in preparation for opportunities.

Employers leveraging the Talent Hub have the assurance of gaining access to enthusiastic young professionals who have been prepared by our partner organizations. Furthermore, they will have the added advantage of a support person, facilitated through our partnership network, ensuring a seamless and beneficial experience for both employers and the emerging talent they engage with.

Whether you’re a startup looking to expand, a growing enterprise, or a well-established corporation, the Talent Hub serves as your gateway to discovering and nurturing promising talent while receiving the necessary support to foster a thriving workforce.

Join East Cascades Works and our partners within the Talent Hub platform and become part of a community dedicated to empowering young talent, driving innovation, and fostering a collaborative environment that shapes the future of our workforce in the East Cascades Region. Experience the impact of mentorship, collaboration, and growth as employers connect with bright minds prepared for success by our partnering organizations.