The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is now accepting applications for the next round of Future Ready Oregon Workforce Ready Grants. The HECC will award a combined total of approximately $40 million to recruit and retain a diverse workforce in key sectors of Oregon’s economy—healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. Applications are due by July 31 and you can find the RFA for funding here.

The available funding includes approximately:

  • $18 million for healthcare projects—specifically, $9 million for projects that advance nursing career pathways and $9 million for projects that address community-identified healthcare workforce needs.
  • $12 million for manufacturing projects that focus on outreach, awareness, and career exploration, and/or on earn-and-learn education and training opportunities.
  • $10 million for technology projects that focus on upskilling and retraining incumbent workers (adult learners, dislocated workers, and individuals employed in high-tech and other industries), and/or on transferrable technology skills, training, and career awareness.