A Utah-based organization that has overseen employment and skills development training across rural Oregon for the past 20 years will be replaced after its contract expired Sunday.

Management Training Corporation cited years of funding cuts as the reason the organization is allowing its contract that serves Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties to expire.

“This was a very difficult decision,”?said Scott Marquardt, the corporation’s president.

The company’s contract with the Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance, which trains rural Oregonians to prepare them for employment, will now be handled by South Coast Business and Employment Corporation, which has previously provided training services in Coos and Curry counties.

Though the alliance is switching providers, there will be no disruption of services for clients and the current staff will remain in place to ensure “a smooth and transparent switch of service providers,” according to agency officials.

No change

The organizational swap will not affect Astoria’s Tongue Point Jobs Corps Center, which the outgoing training company has overseen since 1990. The Tongue Point center provides at-risk youth with vocational and educational training.

“It means absolutely nothing for Tongue Point Job Corps Center,” said Tita Montero, the center’s business and community liaison.

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