The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to creating career pathways for adults and youth through demand-driven workforce and training programs. The WDC forges relationships across industries and sectors in order to contribute to an inclusive and dynamic regional economy in which all residents and their families thrive in careers defined by growth and self-sufficiency.

The WDC is led by a majority private sector board representing Seattle-King County industry and partner agencies under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The WDC is positioned to serve all residents and businesses within the region, with a special focus on youth and adults that face obstacles to acquiring jobs and training along a viable and sustainable career pathway.

MISSION

To champion a workforce and learning system that allows our region to be a world leader in producing a vibrant economy, and lifelong employment and training opportunities for every resident.

VISION

Leadership toward an inclusive, dynamic regional economy.


OVERVIEW

We create a workforce system that:

  • Is collaborative with world-class results

  • Recognizes diversity and promotes opportunities for all residents to share in the wealth and success of our community

  • Utilizes the guidance of business and stakeholders to adapt to changing economic conditions

  • Prioritizes access to the system for specific segments of our population that suffer greater challenges in seeking self-sufficiency


FOCUS AREAS

All of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County's projects and grants align strategically within four focus areas.

Sector Strategies

Collaborating with diverse industry sectors to create demand-driven solutions for workforce challenges

WorkSource Seattle-King County

Connecting industry to people, as a proud partner of the American Job Center Network under Washington States’ “WorkSource” brand

Youth Education & Employment

Supporting 23,000+ young adults ages 16-24 in their journey forward

Research & Innovation

Bringing innovative, trailblazing programs and initiatives to individuals and communities