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Consortium announces county's new job services provider

South Coast Business & Employment Corporation taking over for outgoing MTC


The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance on Wednesday announced South Coast Business & Employment Corporation would take over for exiting Management and Training Corporation, commonly called MTC, as the Columbia County job assistance provider.

South Coast Business & Employment Corporation is expected to take over the MTC responsibilities starting July 1.

“We are confident that SCBEC will bring to Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties the leadership, guidance and experience to continue WIA 1B, One-Stop and youth services in a way that addresses the requirements of these programs and the unique needs of the local communities, employer and workers of these counties,” stated a press release originating from the Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

MTC announced May 29 it was pulling out of its role as the provider of job assistance and employment skills in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties due to ongoing cuts in federal money that had supported the program.

The current MTC staff is expected to retain its positions and continue providing the services as it had for the past 23 years, and customers are expected to experience no disruption in service, according to the press release.

MTC is a private company with primarily a nationwide focus on Job Corps services and correctional facility management. Its MTC Works program in Columbia County had been an oddity in Oregon, where most job assistance programs are managed by nonprofits such as the South Coast Business & Employment Corporation, which is based out of Coos Bay. The nonprofit has been providing Workforce Investment Act services in Southern Oregon for more than 30 years.

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