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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Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
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Executive leads partnership to produce the next generation of highly skilled aerospace workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2015 

Executive leads partnership to produce the next generation of highly skilled aerospace workers – To help produce the next generation of highly skilled employees that King County’s aerospace industry needs to compete, Executive Dow Constantine and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County announced that $250,000 will be available for high-demand aerospace training.

 King County’s aerospace industry faces a shortage of skilled workers as the current generation prepares for retirement, and there’s a greater need for skill updates as technology in advanced manufacturing quickly advances. At a King County Aerospace Alliance meeting convened by Executive Constantine, local aerospace leaders and workforce developers discussed the new funding for training and other strategies to connect King County adults and youth with high-paying aerospace career opportunities.

 “We have thousands of high-paying, in-demand aerospace jobs that are going unfilled in King County,” said Executive Constantine. “That’s why I’m working with local business and education leaders to connect residents with opportunities and ensure that we have the highly skilled, talented workforce that our region’s aerospace industry must have to compete.”

Workforce development was the focus of this year’s fall meeting of the King County Aerospace Alliance, which Executive Constantine hosted at South Seattle College’s Georgetown campus. The alliance – which Executive Constantine created in 2012 – unites local jurisdictions, businesses and labor to support the local aerospace industry, which employs 56,000 King County residents and another 75,000 in related fields.

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is a nonprofit workforce think-tank and grant-making organization whose mission is to support a strong economy and the ability of each person to achieve self-sufficiency. Funded through federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act dollars, the WDC’s Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant uses sector strategies to create coordinated, demand-driven efforts to train and employ recently laid-off workers.

“The leadership exemplified by Executive Constantine and aerospace industry partners has been integral to our ability to identify workforce gaps and develop effective industry-driven solutions,” says Marléna Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

Interested organizations may apply electronically until 5:00pm on Friday, November 6, 2015. Please visit http://www.seakingwdc.org/careers-and-funding-opportunities/ for additional information about this fantastic opportunity.