What is a career advancement?

    Career Advancement is the process of building skills and/or credentials in order to enhance or improve opportunities within the same career or industry. This is often in the form of a short-term occupational training or certificate program.

    What is a career training and advancement plan?

    A Career Training and Advancement Plan is an individualized, step-by-step guide for reaching the candidate’s career goals. Career Coaches provided at no cost as part of this program work with individuals and their employer to develop a plan based on skills and credentials required of the industry/business and trainings.

    Who decides which training is appropriate?

    An employer and an employee decide on the appropriate training that will prepare an employee for advancement with their current employer. The training must be approved by City of Tigard and IRCO staff in order to receive a grant.

    Am I guaranteed to be accepted to this program if I apply?

    Because funding for this program is limited, we may not be able to fund all applicants. Applications will be considered as long as funding is available.

    Does receiving a training scholarship mean I’ll get a promotion or new job?

    No. Career advancement is not guaranteed. This program simply helps reduce the financial costs of professional/career related training for an employer and employee.

    Does participating in this program mean an employer has to promote an employee or offer them a new job?

    No. Career advancement is not guaranteed. This program simply helps reduce the financial costs of professional/career related training for employees and employers.

    Who can apply for this career training grant?

    A resident of the city of Tigard working in Tigard with a business located in the city of Tigard is eligible to apply.

    How is the training provider paid when there are multiple contributors (Employer, Employee, City of Tigard)?

    After the employer/employee agree upon payment contributions and sign program agreement form, the typical process if for IRCO to invoice all parties, including City of Tigard, and make full payment to the training provider.

    Who do I call if I am interested in more details or have questions?

    Lloyd Purdy, Economic Development Manager, City of Tigard – 503-718-2425 / lloydp@tigard-or.gov.