Occupational Skills Training

Vocational Consultants


Portland Community College's Occupational Skills Training is designed to provide occupational/career training for people who are out of work due to injury, disability, job displacement or other circumstances. Students have the opportunity to tailor a career path that is developed through an individualized plan to accommodate the student’s occupational goals, abilities, skills and interests. This is achieved through hands-on training and real life experience at a community-based site.

An Effective Partnership

The Occupational Skills Training coordinator works in partnership with you, the worker/student, and the training site supervisor. Each of these partners plays an important role in making the program a success.

Occupational Skills Training

The Occupational Skills Training staff get involved as soon as a student is referred. We take on the following responsibilities:

  • Review referral information to ensure the individual meets the criteria for Occupational Skills Training.
  • Meet with the training site supervisor, the student and the vocational consultant at the training site at the start of the program for registration and orientation.
  • Register the student in Occupational Skills Training.
  • Monitor progress of the training program, including monthly progress reports and time sheets, quarterly site visits to complete student evaluations and special accommodations to meet individual needs.
  • Maintain contact with the student, the training site and the consultant throughout the training.
  • Participate with other team members in resolving any issues which could affect the success of the training program.
Vocational Consultant

After you identify a client as a good candidate for Occupational Skills Training, take the following steps:

  1. Identify a training site suited to the student and develop an authorized training plan which includes a customized curriculum for the student. The Occupational Skills Training staff can help you with this process.
  2. Complete and submit an Occupational Skills Training Program referral form.
  3. Submit an authorization for payment of tuition and for a trainer's fee (if offered).

You will be asked to maintain regular contact with the student, the training site and the Occupational Skills Training staff throughout the program.


The Occupational Skills Training program has high expectations of its students. By meeting these expectations, you'll get the most out of your training:

  • You are responsible for actively participating in all aspects of the training program.
  • To maintain participation in the program, you need to comply with the rules and responsibilities identified by the funding agency, the consultant, the training plan and the training site.
  • Monthly records of your attendance and progress will be kept by your trainer and reviewed by your Occupational Skills Training coordinator.
  • You will be asked to send in a monthly or weekly report of your activities.
  • If you have problems or concerns which affect your training program, you should contact your consultant and the Occupational Skills Training office.
Training Site

The job sites at which students are trained also have important responsibilities in ensuring the program's success. Some of these responsibilities include:

  • Assist in developing curriculum for the student.
  • Provide instruction, feedback and supervision to the worker from a qualified staff member or trainer.
  • Complete monthly time sheets and trainers' report, determining if the student's performance is considered "pass" or "no pass."
  • Meet with the Occupational Skills Training coordinator on a quarterly basis to monitor student progress and review training objectives.
  • Notify the Occupational Skills coordinator and vocational consultant if problems or concerns arise which affect the training program.

A Proven Program that Gets Results

The largest program of its kind in the state, Occupational Skills Training has trained thousands of individuals since it began in 1981. Each year, about 70% of the individuals who complete the program find jobs in the field in which they trained.

Join Occupational Skills Training in helping your clients set goals, learn job skills and build bright futures.