WorkSource Seattle-King County Expands through New Sites & Partnerships

Free jobseeker and business services now available at forty-four locations throughout King County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 30, 2018

Seattle, Wash. – The public workforce system of services known as the American One-Stop Job Network and “WorkSource” throughout Washington State has expanded in Seattle-King County. WorkSource Seattle-King County has expanded to 44 locations under the oversight of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and partners. New sites and partnerships broaden the system’s geographical reach and make services more accessible to a wide range of youth, adults, and businesses. Tax dollars at work provide employment and training services free of charge—including résumé and interview support, access to technology, employer hiring events, and more.

WorkSource Seattle-King County now includes 2 Centers offering access to all services, 6 Affiliates offering access to most services, and 36 Connection Sites offering electronic access to many available services (See map and menu of services here). All WorkSource locations are chosen strategically based on demand, with many featuring specialized staff to assist the diverse needs of job seekers and businesses. During the last program year, WorkSource Seattle-King County provided 206,689 staff-assisted services to 31,079 jobseekers in King County.

“WorkSource Seattle-King County exists to weave access to career opportunities into the fabric of our communities, connecting in-demand business with talented individuals,” says Beth Blanchard, WorkSource System Director at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. 

The WorkSource system’s 36 Connection Sites are founded on interagency partnerships through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and provide access to WorkSource employment and training services in historically underserved communities. By partnering with a broad array of organizations typically serving niche populations with resources and services not exclusively related to employment or education—including housing, English language classes, disability resources, and mental health resources—WorkSource Seattle-King County expands and complements these opportunities to assist individuals working towards self-sufficiency.

“We are pleased to thank all of our local partners for their investment in our Seattle-King County system of WorkSource sites, and the creative, integrated thinking that continues to expand broad and diverse services for individuals at every stage of their career journey,” says Dot Fallihee, Interim CEO at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

LinkWorkSource Seattle-King County Map & Menu of Services

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Free Online Talent Pipeline Application Updated

Most recent labor market data available for jobseeker, career counselor, and business use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 15, 2018

Seattle, Wash. – The most recent labor market data for Seattle-King County can be accessed at any time via the free, online “Talent Pipeline Application,” a resource provided by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. This dynamic, interactive, open-access resource contributes to the decisions of jobseekers, career counselors, researchers, students, employers, educators, and the press when it comes to workforce preparedness. The application is a valuable and relevant tool, delivering a reliable snapshot of our regional economy.

http://www.seakingwdc.org/talent-pipeline-app/

Updated data sets powering the application include: occupation employment counts, short and long-term projections, industry job distributions, and education program data. Users can view regional supply and demand data and cross-reference information by wage, required education level, occupation, and industry.

“This exciting application has proven its value over the last year since its launch,” says Dot Fallihee, interim Chief Executive Officer. “With the latest data, businesses and educators as well as those seeking long-term, self-sufficient employment in Seattle-King County can benefit in their contributions to our thriving region.”

Attend one of two “Resource Showcase” webinars to learn more about how to use the application:
Monday, April 9  |  10:00-11:00am
Tuesday, April 10  | 2:00-3:00pm


To Register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resource-showcase-interactive-talent-pipeline-application-tickets-44205011379

 

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The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to creating career pathways for adults and youth through demand-driven workforce and training programs. Led by a majority private sector board representing industry and partner agencies, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is positioned to serve both industry and community members as partners and customers. Learn more at seakingwdc.org.

 

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Strategic Communications Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
hmello@seakingwdc.org |  206-448-0474 x 3014

Inslee Awards $6.4 Million to Create Apprenticeships, Career Connections for 29,000 Youth

$1.3 million to Career Connect Seattle-King County

Olympia, WA - Job shadowing, internships and apprenticeships are just a few of the career connections that will become available to 29,000 students thanks to $6.4 million in new Career Connect Washington grant funding.

The awardees expect to create 29,000 new career connected learning experiences in 11 communities from now through September 2019. These include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning experiences, job shadows at local employers, career planning, and over 4,800 new internships, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeships.

“A four-year degree isn’t the only path to a fulfilling career,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “Business leaders have told us they are looking for talent in everything from information technology to health care. And that’s what this initiative is all about: connecting students to great employers and high-quality job training.”

The initiative expands registered apprenticeship programs and puts a new focus on youth registered apprenticeships. The awardees expect to move over 1,400 young people, plus more than 400 adults, into new apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships in fields such as advanced manufacturing, health care, agricultural irrigation systems, building trades, IT and maritime manufacturing.

Read the rest of the story, including information about the $1.3 million awarded to Career Connect Seattle-King County, on the governor's Medium page.

Excerpt:

Career Connect Seattle-King County focuses on providing relevant experiences across the continuum of career awareness, exploration, preparation and training for all youth, with an emphasis on underrepresented populations. The proposal partners with Highline and Seattle Public Schools, along with Open Doors sites, while engaging business and expanding apprenticeship pathways for youth and adults across the aerospace, culinary, allied health and construction sectors.

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Strategic Communications Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
hmello@seakingwdc.org | 206.448.0474 x 3014

Congratulations to WorkSource Seattle-King County Award Winners

WorkSource Seattle-King County connects industry to people, as a proud partner of the American Job Center Network under Washington State’s WorkSource brand. The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County leads thirty-eight WorkSource Seattle-King County sites as an integrated, high-quality, service delivery system designed to meet the needs of businesses and job seekers. The system is built on the principles of universal access, integration, performance and accountability, customer choice, partnership, and continuous quality improvement.

This past month, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and its WorkSource Operator Team had the opportunity to honor three individuals that have provided an exceptional level of care and service to both industry and community member customers.

Below are these Program Year 2016 WorkSource Seattle-King County Excellence Award Winners.


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Monthell Woodson
YouthSource
Customer Service Excellence Award

Monthell is “customer focused in everything she does,” building relationships “based on honesty and integrity” and working across agencies to achieve the common goal of helping youth to find work experience.

She uses “a deep understanding” of both human services and the private sector to “develop strong relationships” between WorkSource and businesses that result in the creation of new and innovative youth programs, and ensures their success through integrity and excellent follow through.

Monthell has a “relatability to youth” that allows for “the building of trust in the young adults that she supports.” She is able to inspire confidence that she can help them navigate a path forward.

She is an excellent communicator across organizations within WorkSource and her consideration for the positions of others allows her to bridge differences in perspective in service of providing powerful opportunities for young people.


Jack Chapman
Pacific Associates
Leadership Excellence Award

Jack is a “champion and advocate for customers facing high barriers to success,” serving as a “model for other staff” when it comes to communicating with customers, focusing on data, representing the WorkSource system, ensuring accessibility, and providing opportunities for staff professional development.

He’s “a great listener with a wealth of knowledge,” and serves as “the point person” for Pacific Associates services in South Seattle, including WorkSource at South Seattle College and the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

A “mentor,” Jack has often been a “peacemaker” between students, students and staff, and even between staff members. He “goes out of his way to be accessible to clients,” and encourages staff to participate in trainings and conferences to improve their skills and better serve WorkSource clients.

Jack works across multiple agencies to ensure clients receive the wraparound services they need to reach their goals. He maintains consistent communication and holds clients and himself accountable through data, constant feedback, and setting goals for clients and the program.


Brianna Kiarie
Neighborhood House
Leadership Excellence Award

Brianna is a “great facilitator who makes sure that everyone’s voice can be heard.” She is “prepared to show data” at every meeting and helps the team to monitor progress on goals and pinpoint areas where improvements can be made.

In addition to providing “a vision of what and how a customer should feel” when receiving services, she also constantly reminds staff to consider “the perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences” of customers.

Brianna has proven herself to be an approachable person to handle a diverse array of customer concerns. She carries this willingness to help into her relationships with team members, encouraging career development through professional training that takes advantage of the tremendous community knowledge around case management and organization.

Brianna is forthright with her communications and adept at delegating tasks to meet the goals of both Neighborhood House and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. For her efforts, the team has continued to grow in its collective abilities and improved services for every client.

Over $300,000 to Assist Dislocated Boeing Workers in Seattle-King County


Collaboration between workforce investment boards in Seattle-King & Snohomish counties totaling $1.6 million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 28, 2017

Seattle, Wash. – The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has received a National Emergency Grant from the United States Department of Labor for $307,025 to fund reemployment and training services for workers laid off by Boeing in King County. Boeing, the largest employer in the Puget Sound region, has announced planned layoffs over the next 12 months. The grant expands Seattle-King County’s year-round dislocated worker program with specific funds for nearly 1,000 affected Boeing employees, in collaboration with Snohomish county’s Workforce Development Board receiving an award for individuals in their area.

“It’s always been our priority to provide the Seattle-King County workforce with opportunities along their career pathway--promoting sustainable economic growth where we have the biggest demand for talent,” says Dot Fallihee, Interim CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “This funding lets us expand our resources to individuals in a moment when they need that support the most.”

National Emergency Grants for Dislocated Workers fund workforce training and employment programs in rapid response to planned layoffs and/or large, unexpected changes in the economy that result in significant job losses. By providing relevant job market training, these grants allow Workforce Investment Boards to quickly reemploy dislocated workers and provide stability to local economies.

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The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a workforce grant-making organization that oversees employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce and employers in King County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident. The Workforce Development Council provides the region with talent pipeline studies, research and partnerships to aid in connecting talent with employers that need it most. Learn more: via www.seakingwdc.org or by calling (206) 448-0474.

 

 

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hmello@seakingwdc.org |  206-448-0474 x 3014

 

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