The Workforce Investment Council, Worksystems Inc. and Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council will hold a WorkSource Portland Metro ProSTEP Connect symposium Friday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Designed specifically for job seekers looking for careers in software, information technology and high-tech manufacturing, the symposium will offer interactive sessions and panels featuring expertise from industry insiders, talent management professionals and job search experts.

The symposium is partially funded by the Professional Skills Training and Employment project (ProSTEP), a combination of three federal grants totaling nearly $11 million awarded to Worksystems and its area Workforce partners to train workers to support the region’s information technology and advanced manufacturing industries.

Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about ProSTEP-funded trainings that include everything from short-term skill upgrades, industry certifications, two-year degree programs, internships and on-the-job training.

Pre-registration for the symposium is required at

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