New Free, Open Access App for Work Opportunity Data

Interactive resource launched for industry and job market information

Seattle, Wash.- The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is pleased to release an interactive, open access resource for community members in Seattle-King County, including job seekers, career counselors, researchers, students or potential students, employers, educators, the press and more. The application can be accessed via seakingwdc.org/talent-pipeline-app.   

This new, web-based application offers easy to use dropdown queries that quickly result in providing clear data on industry-specific information related to job opportunities in Seattle-King County specifically. Users are able to cross reference information by wage, education level required, occupation, and industry. This new app will allow users to search for specific occupations in high demand, access wage data for those jobs. 

The application is self-serve, and can help users identify surpluses and shortages for occupations in a variety of industries and industry clusters. Career counselors will benefit from helping individuals walk through what opportunities exist and what education or training is required. A regional map shows where programs are located in local educational institutions like training providers, community colleges and more, so users can take the next step in their career pathway. Employers can see where talent is coming from regionally as well.

“We are confident this new tool will be valuable for employers, educators, and those seeking long-term, living-wage jobs in King County,” says Marléna Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. 

Attend one of two “Resource Showcase” virtual events on Tuesday, October 25 from 2:00-3:00pm or Wednesday, November 2 from 1:30-2:30pm. Register via Eventbrite, here

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Hannah Mello, Communications Program Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
hmello@seakingwdc.org  | (206) 448-0474

Job and Resource Fair Saturday at Rainier Community Center

Seattle-King County Resource Day and Job Fair to Connect Jobseekers with Opportunities

Seattle, Wash.Local job seekers are invited to meet employers and resource providers while networking with fellow jobseekers at the upcoming Seattle-King County Resource Day and Job Fair this Saturday, August 27 at 10:00am-2:00pm at the Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave, South, Seattle).

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and WorkSource Seattle-King County, in partnership with Seattle Housing Authority and King County Housing Authority, are excited to announce their largest job and resource fair to date, with nearly 1000 expected attendees.  

With over 35 employers and 70 resource providers participating, this one-day event combines job opportunities, one-on-one coaching, and other community services to King County residents. Employers, such as Sysco Seattle, CBRE, ResCare Homecare, Wells Fargo, and many others in construction, hospitality, healthcare, retail, and municipalities, will be present and ready to hire. 
Other community-wide services include: free back-to-school backpacks, credit and debt counseling, education and employment resources, financial planning, access to public benefits, credit reports, housing and homeownership counseling, legal assistance on bankruptcy and consumer rights, help with FAFSA applications, Veteran services, advice on building a growing a business and access to health care, childcare, and transportation.

“This Seattle-King County Resource Day provides job seekers with career opportunities and resources all in one place,” says Marléna Sessions, Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “We are thrilled to partner with the King County and Seattle Housing Authorities on this event, connecting local businesses with high quality talent.”

“Our partnership with the Workforce Development Council enables us to offer valuable employment opportunities and supportive resources for our tenants to improve their career or living situations,” says Andrew Lofton, Executive Director of Seattle Housing Authority.  

“We’re proud to co-host this event, helping our community to prosper and take advantage of the growing economy,” says Executive Director Stephen Norman of the King County Housing Authority.

Please contact Sharon Afforde at safforde@esd.wa.gov for more information. Jobseekers can RSVP on Eventbrite or email for assistance with registration.

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

Regional Efforts Bring New Opportunities to Veterans

Fourth Annual Boots2Work Career Fair at the Tacoma Dome

Seattle, Wash.- Join the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC), Workforce Central, employers, and job seekers for the Boots2Work Career Fair on June 21, 2016 at 9:00am-12:00pm at the Tacoma Dome (2727 East “D” Street, Tacoma, WA 98421).

The WDC, in partnership with Workforce Central, is excited to announce its largest anticipated Boots2Work Career Fair to date.

With 90 employers participating, this event is the part of a concerted effort on the part of local workforce development boards to implement cross-regional strategies that get veterans back to work and on a career path. Resources will include employer connections, resume assistance, interview help, and access to other WorkSource resources provided in King and Pierce Counties.

“Boots2Work is a wonderful example of what is possible when we collaborate to support our veterans,” says Marléna Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and board member of the National Association for Veteran Services Organizations (NAVSO). “Our partnership with Workforce Central has created the opportunity to support our veterans with access to high quality jobs, and connect our local businesses with high quality talent.”

“This strategic partnership between Pierce and King Counties allows us to create even more employment opportunities for our transitioning military service members, veterans, and their families,” says Linda Nguyen, chief executive officer of Workforce Central. “Boots2Work is pivotal in facilitating the connection between our regional talent and available high wage careers.”

Please contact Andrew Ang at AAng@ESD.WA.gov for more information. Job seekers can RSVP on Eventbrite or email Mr. Ang for assistance with registration. Though veterans are especially encouraged to attend, this event welcomes all job seekers.

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.

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Danielle Wallace, Project Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
dwallace@seakingwdc.org
206-448-0474

Workforce Development Council Recognized as National Pioneer

National Association of Workforce Boards chooses local workforce board as Trailblazer Award winner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 27, 2016

Seattle, Wash. – The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) has been selected to receive the first Trailblazer Award from the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). Out of the 550 Workforce Investment Boards nationwide, the WDC is being recognized for outstanding practice in planning for and implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The WDC will be honored at NAWB’s Annual Forum in Washington D.C. March 12-15, 2016 as the local board that has made the most progress in adopting the changes envisioned in WIOA and expanding its ability to develop comprehensive workforce solutions for its community.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the detailed research and extensive community participation in implementing WIOA locally,” says Marléna Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “Through sector panels, industry partnerships with local colleges, extensive labor market data, and innovation within the WorkSource Seattle-King County one-stop system, we can pull together all of the pieces necessary to drive the job economy in our area.”

In 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, passing with bipartisan support to create more jobs and increase the skilled labor force across the country from within regional economies. WIOA aims to drive workforce solutions from the local level, looking at business needs and connecting opportunities for worker skill development and providing accessible, one-stop resources to job seekers.

NAWB’s WIOA Trailblazer recognition is a new award focused on implementation of national workforce legislation measuring progress in eight areas: Strategic Planning, Integrated Planning, Sector Initiatives, Governance, One-Stop Services, Business Services, Career Pathways, and Integrated Program Delivery.

Among the many milestones achieved in the area of WIOA implementation, the WDC has hosted community forums to gather input on the WorkSource system; addressed its governance through board appointments that represent a cross section of private sector, labor, adult education, higher education, and economic development; and made strides in improving business services and defining career pathways.

“In preparation for implementing WIOA in Seattle-King County, the WDC hosted multiple community forums to gather community input addressing some of the opportunities presented by the Act,” says Tom Peterson, WDC board chair.  “Collaboration and participation from these key players helps the WDC bring employers, jobseekers, youth, educators, labor groups and other nonprofits together to find—and fund—solutions to workforce gaps in new ways.”

For more about the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) visit www.nawb.org, and read their official announcement of the Trailblazer Award winner online.

Information about WIOA in Seattle-King County, can be seen at www.seakingwdc.org/wioa. For more about the Workforce Development Council, job seeker programs and workforce initiatives, visit www.seakingwdc.org or call (206) 448-0474.

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a nonprofit 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.

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Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
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206-448-0474 x 3014

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The WDC is excited to support the Mayor’s Ready to Work Initiative

From the Mayor’s office, please see the Ready to Work Press Release below:

Mayor Murray Encourages Enrollment in Ready to Work June 17, 2015 by Kathryn Robertson During the final week to enroll in Ready to Work, Mayor Ed Murray encouraged eligible immigrants and refugees to take the opportunity to improve their English skills that will help them access quality jobs.

“One out of every five people in Seattle is foreign-born. Our economy is stronger when immigrants have the opportunity to overcome language and skills barriers,” said Murray. “Ready to Work will help open the door to a job with a livable wage and good working conditions.”

The Ready to Work model will offer tailored learning for each participant to access English as a Second Language, computer literacy and critical job skills training. The courses will be enhanced by hands-on skill training in computers and other workplace basics. Classes will meet four times a week in the summer and five times a week during the fall and spring. There is no cost to program participants.

“What excites me is the innovate approach to adult learning and employment,” says Jill Wakefield, Chancellor for Seattle Colleges. “Social and economic mobility is a big challenge for our community, especially for our immigrant population. Working with our partners to teach ELL with a specific outcome is special. We are doing more than helping them obtain jobs. We are building a foundation for further education, training, and career development—items I view as a key to individual growth and prosperity.”

Summer classes will be offered at Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) with an additional Southeast Seattle location to be offered in the fall. Seattle residents over 18 years of age who are looking for a job, or a better job, and have limited English proficiency are encouraged to apply by calling ACRS at (206) 695-7517 as soon as possible. The last day to apply for the program is June 22nd. The first class begins on June 29th.

“We are pleased to support the Mayor’s Ready to Work Initiative,” says Marléna Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “Ready to Work is a fantastic model for connecting immigrants and refugees with limited English proficiency to the skills and career navigation necessary to finding good jobs and meeting the workforce needs of local businesses.”

The partners engaged in Ready to Work include: the Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs; Seattle Human Services Department and Seattle Office of Economic Development; Seattle Housing Authority; Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services; Seattle Jobs Initiative; Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County; Port Jobs; Seattle Colleges; Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges; Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS); Seattle Goodwill; Neighborhood House; and One America.