Workforce & Refugee Services

Workforce Development Services

IRCO’s Workforce Programs provide career-based planning, career-based training, scholarships, career coaching, work experiences, and job placement with focused supports for immigrants, refugees, houseless, low-income, skilled/unskilled goal-oriented job seekers.

Service Area: Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, & Malheur Counties

IRCO manages the WorkSource Portland Metro (N/NE) Center where our team of workforce specialists and skill developers provide job seekers with work-readiness workshops and occupational training scholarships to achieve their career goals.

IRCO is the lead agency in the collaborative Community Works Project consortium that delivers job search, skills building and employment barrier removal services to TANF families in Multnomah County at the ODHS East County Family Service Center and at the ODHS Gresham Branch. You must be referred by your family coach.

Workforce Development programs are funded through Worksystems, Clackamas Workforce Partnership, ODHS, Metro, U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, City of Tigard, Business Oregon, Washington County, and more.


Our Programs

Employer Engagement Services & Job Placement

Are you an employer interested in hiring from our pool of diverse job seekers? Our employment services staff support employers by facilitating virtual employer spotlights, posting positions on our database, and matching our diverse clients to open positions based on skills, experience, and interests. We work with employers from all industries and have job seekers with a wide range of skills and experiences from entry level to professional degrees.

Youth Career Pathway & Work Experience

Are you a young person (17-24) interested in a career in Healthcare, Construction, IT Technology, or Manufacturing? Do you want guidance on how to complete your GED, finish High School, or gain job skills and work experiences to use in the real world toward your career goals? We have dedicated career coaches who provide who will support you along your career pathway!

Complete our interest form if you are eligible for this program.

Adult Career Pathway & Job Coaching

Do you want to start a new career or need help with job placement? Our programs serve individuals in the Portland Metro area including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties as well as some programs in Ontario, OR.

Our Career Coaches support clients with career mapping, planning, occupational training support, barrier reductions, and job placement assistance. You will leave our programs with renewed confidence in your abilities, new soft skills, and the tools you need to succeed in your career goals!

Complete our interest form if you are eligible for this program.

Partner Programs

CommunityWorks Project

Are you a TANF recipient looking for help preparing for or finding employment? CWP provides individualized support, including coaching, skill-building, barrier removals, and connections to employers. For this support, you must be referred directly by your ODHS family coach.

Career Boost - SNAP

Some of the Workforce Development Programs are funded through the state’s SNAP Employment & Training Program (STEP). If you are a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient, you may be eligible for enhanced services and opportunities through this programing. Ask your Career Coach about the SNAP* program and whether your program is eligible.  

 *SNAP funded programs are financed in whole or in part with funds provided through Worksystems and Clackamas Workforce Partnership from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Agriculture (USDA Nondiscrimination Statement)


Refugee Resettlement & Employment Services

Our refugee resettlement program offers basic new arrival refugee supports like immediate (short-term) housing, healthcare navigation, cultural orientation services, work readiness training, legal services referrals and job placement assistance as they make their new homes in the U.S.

We're always looking for volunteers! Learn more here.

Our refugee employment program prepares refugees for career success by providing Pre-Employment & Work-Readiness trainings, resume support, barrier reduction, and job placement services. We also work directly with employers to help match our clients to jobs that our business partners have available. Clients must be referred through ODHS family coaches.

Why hire refugees?

  • Refugees are highly motivated individuals with a range of skills and backgrounds.
  • Refugees are highly committed employees with high job retention rates and often stay with the company for many years.
  • Refugees require no additional work authorization.
  • Refugees have completed an extensive screening by US Department of Homeland Security, which includes medical, drug, security and background checks.
  • Refugees bring a range of perspectives, worldviews and diversity to your workplace. Diversity is good for growth and progress in your business.
  • Your business may qualify for federal tax credits through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).