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


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.


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.



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


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Policies Released for Public Comment, Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

Two policies of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), regarding Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) and Supportive Services, have been released for public comment. 

Please send comments to info@seakingwdc.org by Monday, December 5th.

Visit by clicking on the image, or via our "Policies & Guidelines" webpage, here.

Thank you!


Recording: Virtual "Resource Showcase," Talent Pipeline Application

Thanks to our over 30 attendees at the virtual "Resource Showcase" of our new Talent Pipeline Application. The app is at your fingertips via our website--for industry, education and training, job seeker, and research use. See below for the recorded event, and please spread the word! Here's the direct link as well. #seakingwdcapp

You might also want to check out... 
"5 Tips for Using the New Talent Pipeline Application," here
Contact our Communications Manager, Hannah Mello: hmello@seakingwdc.org // 206.448.0474 ext. 3014

Forging Career Pathways for Untapped Talent in Seattle-King County

New Unleashing the Power of Untapped Talent Program Launches

Seattle, Wash.- A creative new pilot has launched out of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County this fall—connecting adults and youth to career pathways. Partnerships throughout the local area make this project powerful, with three nonprofit service providers on the adult side—the Asian Counseling Referral Service, Pioneer Human Services, and the YWCA; as well as and three on the youth side—YouthCare, El Centro de la Raza, and IKRON.  The Workforce Development Council looks to achieve best practices to sustain this work. The lessons learned during the demonstration period will become the foundation for future work to lead a system change in serving youth and adults who deal with employment barriers, as well as inform how best to help transition individuals to self-sustainability.

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County was awarded the 2016 “Trailblazer Award” from the National Association of Workforce Boards because of innovative approaches to addressing local employer and jobseeker needs. The Unleashing the Power of Untapped Talent initiative is one such trailblazing program. Braiding and blending federal, state and private funds, the project gives adults and youth opportunities to connect to not just a job, but a career pathway toward self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. The program strategically addresses employer needs so participants are made ready for industry while providing integrated, wrap-around services so participants don’t just get the training and job readiness they need but are supported in the process. 

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

New Résumé Tool at WorkSource Locations, County-wide

Seattle-King County WorkSource Sites Equipped with New Resource, Free for Jobseekers

Seattle, Wash.- The Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Seattle-King County, is pleased to announce that WorkSource sites throughout Seattle-King County serving jobseekers and employers, are now using “Jobscan”—a powerful new tool that assists jobseekers in their résumé-building process. Seattle-based start-up, Jobscan, has extended their “no-cost” offer of 50 free résumé scans to all of WorkSource’s qualifying customers. Staff at all WorkSource locations across King County are able to provide free Jobscan support to customers free of charge as well.

Applying to a job online almost always means that résumé screening software stands between the job seeker and an interview. A candidate needs to rank highly in recruiter keyword searches within resume screening software, also known as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Jobscan's web tool helps job seekers' résumés rank higher in an ATS so that word choices do not stand between them and an opportunity to interview. Through Jobscan, jobseekers can also find out the number of times certain skills are mentioned so they can prioritize those skills on their résumé.

WorkSource is committed to helping jobseekers in their path to not just the next employment position, but on their journey towards a career they choose and are proud of. This new resource is all the more powerful in conversation with WorkSource employment specialists and job coaches.

Employment Specialist and Job Coach, Anne, comments: “As an employment specialist in the Seattle-King County WorkSource system, I reviewed countless resumes. My normal process was to manually underline or highlight keywords and compare those to the job description. It was very time consuming and heavily dependent on staff assistance. Jobscan takes away all the guess work, saves time for staff AND customers, allows a higher percentage of resumes to successfully pass through the ATS, and provides a more accurate result than a manual scan does.  In addition to the scan, I love that it gives job recommendations based on both your resume and the job description. I'm  a big fan of saving time. I'm a huge fan of Jobscan!”

Jobscan, based in Seattle, Washington, and is committed to building the best tools for job seekers. To learn more about Jobscan, please email marketing@jobscan.co for media contact. For more information about WorkSource sites and resources for both jobseekers and employers, visit www.worksourceskc.org.  

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