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

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.