Work Opportunities Training

About Work Opportunities Training

@ POIC: Programs, Resources, ETC..

A member of the international OIC network, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) provided culturally relevant adult workforce training and placement to adults from 1968 throughout the 1970s.

In 1983, Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) was founded, and the organization shifted its focus to serve youth through the age of 25.

Together, POIC + RAHS offers comprehensive educational, workforce development, and family services that effectively meet the needs of underserved communities of color and those living in poverty.

In 2002, POIC began contracting with Worksystems, Inc. which invests in organizations that help young people become college and career ready.

If you are an employer/ business interested in hosting a POIC+RAHS youth intern, or if you are a youth interested in becoming an intern, please fill out one of our Internship Program forms and our Internship Facilitator will contact you.

For more information about the POIC Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program and a link to the application, please click here.

Contact Information

Lanya McClintock

Lanya McClintock - POIC + RAHS Director of Employment & Training

LANYA MCCLINTOCK was born in Japan and raised in New York, where she lived until she moved to California to attend graduate school. There she earned her Master’s in Social Work with a focus on administration. She then spent the next 16 years in Oakland and San Francisco, California working to develop afterschool programming and youth and adult workforce development and employment opportunities

Lanya moved to Portland and began working at POIC in 2011. She was initially hired to be the Mentor Program Coordinator and Curriculum Developer for Rosemary Anderson High School, but has played several roles at POIC + RAHS, including the Principal for the RAHS New Columbia campus. She is excited to be, once again, focusing her passions and expertise on youth employment and training as the Director of Employment and Training.

Lanya enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor activites.

Employment Connections

  • City of Portland
  • City of Greshman
  • Everett Street Auto Works
  • Multnomah County
  • PCC Structurals
  • Nike Outlet Stores
  • St. Johns Roasters
  • Lewis & Clark
  • ¿Por Que No? Taqueria
  • Mississippi Pizza
  • Providence Health
  • Spin Laundry Lounge
  • ReBuilding Center
  • SUN Community Schools
  • Portland Parks & Rec

Community Partner Opportunities

Boise Business Opportunity
Host an Intern, Enhance the Local Workforce with BBYUP

Help teens gain entry in the working world by committing to hosting an intern for 120 hours during the summer months (up to 20 hours per week). Your guidance and mentorship as an employer will help increase self-confidence while providing jobs.

Through your commitment, interns will gain valuable work skills — communications, teambuilding, punctuality, project management, time management, problem solving, critical thinking — that are transferable to all aspects of their lives.

Wages are paid by POIC though contributions from businesses and individuals. POIC will work directly with your business and will screen interview internship applicants and assist with supervision and training.

Check out the BBYUP program website for more information.

Join the Boise Business & Youth Unity Project (BBYUP)

Help us foster a stronger community through internships for teens.

Student Testimonials

Career Prep

Begin Your Pathway to Success

Planning for your future can seem challenging, especially if you don’t know where to start. Fortunately there is Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC). At POIC, you will have your own career coach to work one-on-one with you.

  • Career Coaches Offer Clients:
  • Resume building
  • Support with college applications and financial aid
  • Job search assistance
  • Interview preparation
  • Access to industry specific trainings
  • Connections to internships and employers
  • Career exploration opportunities


Boise Business & Youth Unity Project

Boise Business and Youth Unity Project (BBYUP pronounced Buy-Up) — connects business and youth in a positive way through summer internships.

The Boise neighborhood is a vibrant place to work, shop, and live thanks to the commitment of businesses and residents. In 2005, a handful of small business owners got together with the aim of fostering inclusivity and neighborhood livability by helping teenagers gain entry into the work world through internships and job shadowing experience. The project that was established.

Check out the BBYUP program website for more information.

Natural Resources Pathway Project


The Natural Resource Pathway (NRP) exposes young adults to their natural environment and careers in natural resources through academics, experiential education, including field trips and project based learning, volunteer opportunities, internships, and seasonal employment leading to a greater appreciation of the natural environment and for some, fulfilling employment in the field.



College Access & Trades

Get Your Education While You Work

About college access and support services/certifications

  • Earning increases as your education level increases. POIC connects clients with:
  • High school diploma
  • GED
  • Certifications required by employers
  • POIC Clients Work in Exciting Fields Including:
  • Natural Resources & Related Sciences
  • Technology/IT
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Food Service & Hospitality
  • Childcare
  • Warehousing
  • Law Enforcement & Firefighting
  • Automotive
  • Nonprofits

Summer Works

At POIC we recognize that our work does not end at high school graduation. As such, POIC is committed to serving our youth through the age of 25, providing ongoing employment services, post-secondary education and training opportunities, and a variety of social services supports. Whatever it takes to build a bridge to self-sufficiency. The Transitions Center is a drop-in space across the street from PCC Cascade where young adults come for support registering for classes, applying for financial aid, housing, or jobs, and accessing resources. The Transitions Center is staffed by a Jesuit Volunteer Corps member, two Multnomah County foster grandparents, and a Work Opportunities Training Career Coach, all of whom offer mentorship, encouragement, and a warm welcome to POIC youth.