Improving The Readiness and Employability of Central Oregon's Future Workforce!

The Youth CareerConnect (YCC) initiative provides Internship opportunities for students from high school, college and alternative organizations. These opportunities offer real-world work experience from local employers. Whether you are a student looking to explorer a potential career or an employer wanting to help support the emerging workforce YCC can help. By supporting experimental learning opportunities throughout our community, YCC has simplified the process for education and industry to connect with career relevant opportunities. Youth CareerConnect aims to achieve a work-ready labor force through the successful placements of youth adults into internships. Reach out today to your local YCC Internship Coordinator to find out more details.


Are you trying to discover a career path, or do you have a career path mapped out, but can’t seem to get your foot in the door? Are you looking for an opportunity to gain valuable career related experience with a local business? See what some of the students are doing in the region and check out the available internships by clicking on Internships. If you need more information go to the student section to get started.
Redmond   07-02-2020

Congratulations to Forkenson Peters who landed a great opportunity at Smith Brothers Pushrods! Forkenson is a Senior at Redmond High School and will be a Production Associate. His team player mentality and infectious personality will be a good addition to an already well established company.

Madras   07-01-2020

Mayzie is the newest intern in Jefferson County working for Cove Electric in Madras.  As their Shop/Material Handler she is learning more about organization and time management while continuing to build her communication skills.  Congrats Mayzie on your first internship!





Do you have a current project or business opportunity that your current staff can’t find time for? Have you thought about hosting an intern but are not sure where to start? Consider YouthCareer Connect your internship “easy button.” We can help you launch, revitalize, revamp or grow your current internship program, and, thanks to collaboration with our local schools, community college and university, we can help find great local student candidates to fill these internship positions.
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What are people Saying!

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

EDCO was a great place to intern! I enjoyed all the hands on work that I was asked to do while being an intern. All the events were great, because of the people and the environment. So much goes into all the events and it shows! The people at EDCO are very caring and wanted the interns to be successful and helped us to do so. It was a great place to work and I learned a lot and met a lot of new people! 

Kali Davis - Intern
H.A. McCoy Engineering & Surveying

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the intern Youth Career Connect recommended to us.

Larry was really able to match our needs with the most qualified candidate.

In fact, she has been such an asset to our company, that we’ve offered her a permanent position.”

City of Redmond

I am so grateful for the time I spent as an Intern in the Community Development Department at Redmond City Hall. Over the span of 6 months, though my main role was scanning building plans, I learned a great amount about city planning and policies, and made unforgettable connections. I can honestly say that from this experience I feel more prepared for what is to come when I enter the work force after college, no matter what career I end up in. Through Career Connect, I was given the opportunity to connect with my community, and take part in a learning experience I would not have been able to find in a classroom.

Emily Osborne - Intern
High Desert ESD
"The graphic design intern that was placed with the Central Oregon STEM Hub through Youth Career Connect was such an asset to our team. Having young fresh eyes work on our branding and storytelling of the work we do has helped in broadening the understanding of our STEM work in the community and state. Mia was able to provide artwork and marketing materials that saved our organization time and effort to do and was also able to build on her own professional portfolio for future employment."
Angie Mason-Smith, Executive Director, Central Oregon STEM Hub
East Cascade Works
"Natalie Overbay has been a part of the EC Works team since November 27, working to amplify our social media presence. Natalie comes to us from Redmond Proficiency Academy where she has learned valuable skills in marketing that she is certainly putting to good use at EC Works. We are delighted to have such a young professional working with us and certainly hope that we are providing Natalie with learning that will aid her in her future jobs and in life."
Jessica Fitzpatrick - Director of Programs

Youth CareerConnect is an initiative of Better Together, working to advance the collective impact of educators, businesses, governments, and youth development organizations.

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