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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WDC Announces Governor's YouthWorks Award

WDC awarded YouthWorks grant to serve King County young people

Seattle, Wash. – The Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Seattle-King County, is pleased is to announce a $418,003 award as part of the statewide YouthWorks grants that create internships and work experience for thousands of young people. The YouthWorks grant will provide internships and other work-based learning experiences for thousands of youth and help re-engage those who have dropped out or are at-risk of not graduating from high school.

“This grant will provide internships and other work-based learning experiences for thousands of youth,” says Marléna Sessions, Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “We’re excited to expand our efforts in re-engaging our region’s disconnected youth and setting them on career pathways to achieve self-sufficiency.”

Last Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee joined employers and youth at Seattle’s SRG Partnership to spotlight successful King County youth career readiness projects. Inslee also announced the winners of a new round of funding to help thousands of youth across Washington prepare for meaningful, living-wage careers, and the education opportunities necessary to attain them.

“It is inspiring to see these young people and their business mentors working together to create exciting new aspirations and futures,” Inslee said. “The numbers speak for themselves. This effort is successfully helping young people plan for their futures and get ready with top-quality job-skills and mentors.”

Since the program began in 2013, YouthWorks has doubled the number of young people doing internships at local employers, doubled the number of youth matched with employer mentors, and tripled the number of youth who designed a specific career plan at YouthWorks sites across Washington.

With the help of its partners, Highline Public Schools, Juma Ventures, YouthCare, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle, this WDC initiative will increase youth awareness and access to high-demand, high-wage careers by introducing youth to the world of work and career fields, developing skills, and strengthening personal networks.

For more information about the Workforce Development Council, job seeker programs and workforce initiatives, visit www.seakingwdc.org or call 206-448-0474.

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Danielle Wallace
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
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206-448-0474 x 3002

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