Workforce & Education

What We Do

We offer an array of employment and educational programs for youth, young adults, adults and the whole family. We know each person and family is different, so we offer something that speaks to everyone so we can build a stronger community. While all of our education and employment programs can stand alone, we also weave programs together based on individual needs to provide wrap-around services that lead to long-term success.



WHO: Anyone receiving SNAP (food stamps) benefits
WHERE: Benton, Lincoln, Linn & Polk Counties

STEP, or the SNAP Training and Employment Program, is offered across the state and CSC is just one of many contractors. This flexible program offers support and assistance where you need it, including career readiness and exploration, skill and experience building, GED, degrees, certificates and more!

WHO: Job seekers and employers
WHERE: See Locations Below

Due to COVID-19, WorkSource offices are temporarily closed for in-person services.

We offer an array of programs and services to meet the needs of our community members that are looking for employment or wanting to expand their skills to widen their opportunities. We have staff satellite-located at the WorkSource centers below to assist with career coaching and exploration, educational goals, trade certificates and more. Stop by your local WorkSource center today to learn more!

WIOA Scholarships

WHO: All of working age
WHERE: Polk & Linn Counties

As part of our WorkSource partnership, we offer a vocational scholarship funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Award of these funds is based on availability and eligibility. The maximum for the award is $3000. Scholarship money can be used for tuition, fees, and required books and supplies.

Youth Build

Youth Build

WHO: Youth and young adults
WHERE: Linn & Benton Counties (primarily Linn)

Part of a nationwide program, CSC YouthBuild helps young adults that have experienced barriers in their educational and employment path work toward their GED or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable and sustainable housing in their communities and preparing for post-secondary success.

Youth Garden

WHO: Youth and Young Adults
WHERE: Benton County (in Corvallis)

As an extension of our Youth House programs, the Youth Garden engages youth and young adults in active market gardening, culinary demonstrations and food distribution. This paid work experience provides hands-on work skill development for future employment success!

Youth House

WHO: Youth and Young Adults
WHERE: Benton County (in Corvallis)

Attached to our Youth Garden, we offer a variety of youth programs out of the Youth House. Clients work closely with our staff to access resources and get help with career planning and exploration, educational goals and GED prep, learning life skills and so much more!

WHO: High school ages

As an accredited public charter high school, Career Tech is a student-centered, active learning environment offering small class sizes and tailored education programs to fit the unique needs of Lincoln County’s students and families. Career Tech engages students in relevant learning opportunities both inside and outside of the school with innovative programs and courses, preparing students for their future careers.

WHO: Youth and Young Adults
WHERE: Polk County

Specializing in hands-on training, the program engages youth and young adults in developing the skills for current jobs, as well as for advanced training and future careers. Participants may continue their education while getting paid to learn new skills with a local employer, or they may work in our outdoor programs or Makerspace. Learn to grow, prepare and distribute food from our gardens. Learn to create with 3D printers, laser cutters, embroidery machines and more!

Independent Living Program

WHO: Foster youth and young adults
WHERE: Benton, Lincoln & Linn Counties

This comprehensive program helps youth and young adults through the transition from care to independence. We work closely with our clients to support them through daily living, career planning, financial management and anything else they need to be successful while in and transitioning out of foster care.


WHO: Cohort of 40 enrolled families
WHERE: Benton, Lincoln & Linn Counties

Not currently enrolling new clients.

This unique program allows families to work together to achieve goals focused on safety, time management, routines, resources and more. Staff guide and encourage families through the program, but the goals and timelines determined by each family member.


WHO: TANF recipients
WHERE: Benton, Lincoln & Linn Counties

This program for TANF recipients offers support and assistance where you need it, including career readiness and exploration, housing and homeless prevention, GED, degrees/certificates and more. Clients work closely and often with their CSC Advocate to help set and achieve goals.

WHO: Anyone and everyone!
WHERE: located in Corvallis, but not limited by location

Due to COVID-19, this program is temporarily discontinued.

The CSC clothing swap is an opportunity for people from the community to socialize, share and receive. There are no requirements to participate, and you don’t have to bring anything to take anything home. In addition to clothing, you can also bring bags, toys, books, games and other household items, aside from furniture.

Unemployment insurance benefits are intended to replace part of your lost income. Unemployment can be filed online via the unemployment portal, or over the phone. Find your call center, here. You will use the same process to file your weekly claims, check the status of your claim, update your information, etc.

If you are unsure whether you will qualify for unemployment, it’s always best to just apply! Feel free to come into your local WorkSource Oregon center to have someone assist you with your unemployment, and let you know of all the resources available to support you.

Due to COVID-19, unemployment eligibility is broadened to provide assistance to as many people as possible. This means claims are at an all-time high, which has delayed processing times. Please continue to make weekly claims, and check the unemployment COVID-19 resource page for updates.

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Apply in Linn County

To apply for this scholarship in Linn County, download the questionnaire, and complete. Fax to (541) 967-2137, email to or deliver in person to
Maggie Underwood at 139 SE 4th Street Albany OR.

Apply in Polk County

To apply for this scholorship in Polk County, download the questionnaire, and complete. Fax to (503) 831-1983, email to or deliver in person to
Fred Pinsky at 580 Main Street, Suite B, Dallas OR.