NextGen Youth Services

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The NextGen program provides a welcoming and supportive space for youth (ages 16–24) who are encountering barriers while trying to enter the workforce. Along with our community partners, we can provide support for work tools, books, fees, Trimet passes, and more! We provide career exploration activities that will help participants develop skills and gain work experience. Working together, we ensure our participants have a smooth transition to postsecondary education and a successful career. Here are some of our activities:

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  • Initial engagement and planning
    • Career coaching begins
    • Career mapping
    • Career exploration
    • activities
    • Assessments
  • Refining goals and deepening skills
    • New world of work
    • Financial literacy
    • Digital literacy
    • Leadership development
    • Support services
    • Post-secondary prep and/or job search begins
  • Internships, occupational skills training, and post-secondary education/employment
    • Healthcare
      • Medical Terminology
      • Patient Access Specialist
      • Phlebotomy
      • Entry-level positions
      • Continued post-secondary education
    • Manufacturing and other industries
      • Placement based on career goals and interests
      • Manufacturing Quick Start
      • CADD Operator certificate
      • And more
      • Post-secondary education and/or employment that meets individual career and educational goals
  • Follow-up services
  • Throughout the process
    • Other supports/referrals are available at any stage of participation: mentoring, ABE/GED, entrepreneurial training, MH/D&A, tutoring

Participate or learn more

If you have questions or need help completing the interest form below, contact our team at or 971-722-2722.

Ready to learn more? Completing our interest form is easy and takes around 2 minutes.

Fill out the NextGen interest form


The NextGen program is funded through Worksystems, the U.S. Department of Labor, Prosper Portland, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Portland Community College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution. Contact Accessible Ed & Disability Resources if you have a disability that requires services.