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Apprenti Affiliate - Central Oregon
Greater Bend and surrounding areas
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Technology Association of Oregon: Teri Hockett

East Cascades Workforce Investment Board: Stefanie Siebold

A Thriving Tech Industry

Central Oregon is experiencing one of the fastest-growing job markets in the country. At the top of the list is the tech industry. Over 200 tech companies employing up to 1,400 employers, call the Greater Bend area home. These companies are projected to hire more than 400 additional tech employees in 2018. Tech salaries range from $46,000 to $110,000 depending on the industry occupation.

Bend is a warm, inviting mountain community with a cosmopolitan appeal. It’s surrounded by majestic, snow-capped peaks that adorn the high-desert skyline making for some of the best weather in Oregon. Sun-drenched days and cool nights create endless options for plenty of play time. Bend has been recognized nationally as a Top 10 up and coming tech city.

Central Oregon Apprenti Affiliate

To address Bend’s growing tech industry demand, East Cascades Workforce Investment Board has partnered with the Technology Association of Oregon and Apprenti™, the nation’s first registered tech apprenticeship program, to provide industry lead guidance on tech training and job placement for apprentices and businesses within the central sub-region (Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties).

East Cascades Workforce Investment Board (ECWIB) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designated by the Governor to convene, oversee and support the workforce development systems in their respective regions in Oregon. The ECWIB office is located in Bend, Oregon, but serves a 10 county area just east of the Cascade mountain range. The counties include: Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler.

The ECWIB partners with businesses, governmental entities, and educational institutions to support the talent needs of employers, and maximize and align investments in the career goals of individuals to fuel a thriving economy. For more information about ECWIB visit

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The Apprenti program, recruits, trains and places diverse talent into tech roles creating innovative ways to grow top talent in the industry. The Apprenti model allows our technology training programs to stay relevant in a fast-paced and fast-growing industry. Apprentices move quickly through their course training and then go directly to work on-the-job with companies like Kollective, Five Talent, and CBT Nuggets.

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