Map Your Career newspaper series reaches classrooms

The WDC’s Map Your Career series in the Seattle Times is reaching more than 800 classrooms of middle- and high-school students as a tool for exploring careers. The project gets the WDC’s career maps in six key sectors–health care, manufacturing, construction, IT, life sciences and maritime–into the hands of young people. Each Tuesday from Oct. 19 through Nov. 23, a...

WDC wins grant to boost health-care jobs with $11M over five years

Through a grant announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the WDC of Seattle-King County will receive more than $2.2 million a year for 5 years to provide job training in health care.  At least 970 people—economically disadvantaged adults and youth—will be trained and supported through a partnership of agencies that uses the most effective models and...

WDC a partner in new regional health-care training

The WDC is part of a health-care training project just funded with $4.8 million from a Community-Based Job Training Grant from the Department of Labor. The project—called Healthcare Education-to-Career Opportunities (HECO)—is headed by Everett Community College and will offer a range of training options including online courses. The role of the WDC and our local WorkSource system...

SVI honors WDC for partnership

Marlena Sessions, CEO of the WDC, accepted a special recognition for the WDC from Seattle Vocational Institute at SVI’s 2010 commencement ceremony at Benaroya Hall on Monday night. SVI Trustee Donald Root said when presenting the award: “SVI greatly values its partnership with the WDC for providing training and education opportunities for youthful and adult members of the...

WDC-funded cohorts graduate in June

WDC-funded cohorts graduate in June
Twenty-two LPN students at South Seattle Community College are among those graduating this month from the college cohorts purchased by the WDC last year using stimulus funds. See the press release or  learn more about cohorts… In addition to the college graduation ceremony, the LPN students at SSCC are hosting their own “pinning ceremony,” a tradition to...

WDC board meeting: New officers elected, national leader speaks, and honors shared

The WDC board elected new officers, celebrated the past year’s accomplishments and honored board members and staff during its annual meeting June 18. (Read the press release…) -With $300 million less in our workforce system than six years ago and at the same time a 250% increase in people needing employment help, we must work together with other systems, be more efficient and...

Youth@Work website relaunched!

Youth@Work website relaunched!
The WDC has relaunched its Youth@Work website for 2010 to raise awareness of the importance of youth employment and gather community support for summer jobs. Check it out at...

Senator Cantwell in Seattle to support small business

Senator Cantwell in Seattle to support small business
Senator Maria Cantwell visited Seattle on June 3 for a press conference focusing on the Senator’s support for small business lending legislation to get capital moving for businesses to spur growth and job creation. See the press release… Speakers also emphasized the importance of trades apprenticeships and other workforce development to ensure that small businesses can find the...

WDC seeks project manager

The WDC has opened a new position for a project manager.  This position contributes to the continued success of the WDC by p   lanning and coordinating workforce development services, as well as maintaining partnerships in the community and other opportunities for leadership. Read more on our Job Opportunities...

WDC CEO featured on local TV

WDC CEO featured on local TV
WDC CEO Marlena Sessions was interviewed as part of an hour-long special report on KCTS Channel 9 called Wanted: NW Jobs. Marlena was also featured in a Q13 Fox News  story about summer jobs for youth. The show highlights a young man named Anthony–who got a job as a result of the SoDo Inc. program partly funded by the WDC and the 2009 economic stimulus. Learn more about summer jobs...

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