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A skilled, educated, and qualified workforce is fundamental to a strong economy.

City, school, and business leaders within Springfield have an intersecting vision for invigorating the local economy, improving graduation rates, and creating a well-trained workforce. If you are committed to engaging, cultivating and developing a local pool of skilled, qualified and career-ready talent, you are in good company, and #WorkReady programs have your goals in mind.


Our three core #WorkReady programs, presented in partnership with the Springfield Public Schools and the City of Springfield, include Middle School Career Day, Career Exploration, and Career Connect. Each is an experience designed to impart purpose and motivation on students as they explore educational and career pathways ahead of them.

As an employer seeking qualified employees to grow your business, #WorkReady programs offer an opportunity to speak with students about those opportunities, and about the skills, education and training you are seeking to fill those jobs.

As a college, university, or training school recruiter, #WorkReady programs offer an opportunity to inform students about the multitude of programs, career placement services, and financial resources available to them.

As a student, #WorkReady programs are an opportunity to meet with respected and experienced members of your community. These business and community leaders have extensive experience, knowledge, and expertise. They are willing to invest their time in your success simply because they know the choices you make today will lead to educational opportunities, good paying jobs, exciting careers, and your ability to positively impact your community.


These in person student programs have been paused during the 2020-21 school year due to restrictions on in person gatherings. To find out more about how we're connecting students to industry during this time, reach out to Paige Sharpe at and ask about the education committee. 



Where can your organization have the most influence in shaping a student’s future career? Middle School may be the first time a student will encounter your company or even your industry. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Springfield Public Schools, presents the Middle School Career Day #WorkReady program to introduce students to the multiple career opportunities available to them moving forward.


Through Career Exploration, employers can impart enthusiasm and understanding of their industry, identify skills and training required to fill jobs in their business, and improve upon and cultivate a local pool of highly qualified talent. Select 9th and 10th grade high school students interested in pursuing CTE (Career Technical Education) will have the opportunity to tour a Lane Community College department of their choice. Students will then participate in candid round table discussions with knowledgeable business leaders to gain insight into the industry of their choosing.



Join the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Springfield Public Schools for Career Connect to test the work-readiness of your future employees. During Career Connect, students in 11th and 12th grade will interact with local businesses to strengthen their post-graduation pathway. Students come to Career Connect #WorkReady for your company. During the program, businesses will have the opportunity to talk to students about careers, internships, apprenticeships, and job shadow opportunities.


Join thousands of manufacturers across the nation as they open their doors to show the public modern manufacturing in action and inspire the next generation of skilled workers. This Fall, regional partners are coming together to offer over 200 students from around the county an opportunity to tour food production and wood products manufacturing companies. The tours will expose student from across Lane County to the production processes, machines, and people that make some of the area’s finest products. Students will be onsite and will learn firsthand about manufacturing in Lane County, career opportunities, and desired skills.

#WorkReady Sponsorship Opportunities

Program Sponsor Options:

$250 - Mention at event as a program supporter of the #WorkReady program of your choice.

$350 - Recognition at event, plus mention on marketing materials as a program supporter of the #WorkReady program of your choice.

Impact Investor Options:

$1000 - Recognition throughout Chamber communication channels as a Tier 3 Impact Investor, identified as a program supporter for all three core programs.

$2500 - Recognition throughout Chamber communication channels as a Tier 2 Impact Investor, identified as a program supporter for all three core programs.

$5000 - Recognition throughout Chamber communication channels as a Tier 1 Impact Investor, identified as a program supporter for all three core programs.

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For more information, please contact Paige Sharpe at or call 541-746-1651.

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