Western Oregon University bridges workforce gaps through innovative career development program

2024 Cohort

Written by Maureen Brakke

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University, in partnership with Uplift Oregon, and additional sponsoring state agencies, introduces the Career Mobility Accounting Program, which is a groundbreaking professional development initiative exclusively for employees working for the State of Oregon. Specifically, it provides professional development opportunities for state employees, allowing them to obtain industry-valued knowledge and skills for Accountant I & II and Tax Auditing positions within the state at no cost.

The program has been purposefully designed to tackle the issue of filling vacant and challenging-to-fill positions by leveraging the existing talent pool within the state. It provides individuals with opportunities to broaden their skills, empowering them to seamlessly align with the requirements of these positions.

“Career Mobility supports the needs of the state workforce and provides no-cost education and guided support for state employees to develop professional skills to advance their careers,” said Whitney Johnson, Career Mobility program manager with Uplift Oregon. 

Western has partnered with Uplift Oregon to offer the instruction for the program. The following agencies are sponsoring partners: Service Employees International Union Local 503, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, the Department of Revenue, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

“We are thrilled to extend this professional growth opportunity to our state agency partners while supporting the workforce needs in our region by nurturing much-needed skillsets, continuous development, and success,” said Western Oregon University Provost Jose Coll. 

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be qualified to apply for positions at the state within the accounting and tax fields and are encouraged to fulfill a minimum of two years of continued service. Participants will work with state agency HR associates to bolster their professional materials, explore open positions, and prepare for application and interview processes within their new desired fields of employment at various state agencies with vacancies.

There are approximately 30 participants in the 2024 cohort from a variety of state agencies. For more information about the Career Mobility Program visit the Uplift Oregon Website.




About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon’s oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.

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