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Apr 09, 2014

Press Release

Community Comes Together for Young Adults at JobFest 2014

JobFest 2014 kicks off on Tuesday, April 15 from 2 to 5pm at the STAR Center.  The largest job fair in Washington for young adults ages 16-24 has over 480 young job seekers pre-registered for the event!   More »
Mar 24, 2014

TPCWDC Releases Youth Service RFP

Under Workforce Investment Act Title I

Tacoma, WA – The Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council is soliciting proposals from organizations to provide education and employment services to youth in Pierce County.

The request for proposal, under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title I, is for delivery...   More »

Mar 20, 2014

Press Release

Inaugural young adult job fair kicks off at STAR Center

Tacoma, WA – JobFest, the largest young adult job fair in Washington for job seekers age 16 to 24, is
happening next month at the STAR Center in Tacoma and there is still time for Pierce County area
employers to...   More »
Mar 18, 2014

Tacoma Pierce County Workforce Development Youth Council

The WDC Youth Council release information related to the Youth Services RFP.  Youth Services RFP Timeline, Directions and Priorities are now available

  More »
Feb 12, 2014

Press Release

Nguyen Joins Comprehensive Life Resources Board

Tacoma, WA – Linda Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer for WorkForce Central, is appointed to the board of directors for Comprehensive Life Resources (CLR).  CLR (formerly Comprehensive Mental Health) has provided a...   More »

Jan 27, 2014

Nguyen Re-appointed to US Conference of Mayors Workforce Board

Tacoma, WA – Linda Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer for WorkForce Central, was re-appointed to the board of trustees for US Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council.  The Council, established in 1977, provides a forum for Mayors and their chief administrators...   More »

Dec 18, 2013

DOL Awards $5.5 Million for Transitioning Military at JBLM

Tacoma, WA – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of a $5,586,385 National Emergency Grant (NEG) to assist approximately 900 transitioning military personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The grant is awarded to the Pacific Mountain Workforce Consortium. ...   More »

Nov 25, 2013

Business Leaders Join Workforce Development Council

Tacoma, WA – WorkForce Central announced today that four business leaders were recently appointed to the Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council (WDC). The Tacoma-Pierce County WDC is one of 12 in Washington State, and joins a network of 600 nationwide....   More »
Nov 06, 2013

Students Discover Career Opportunities

Tacoma, WA – Pierce County Career Day is coming to the Washington State Fairgrounds on Thursday, November 14, 2013 beginning at 8:30am.  Over 2300 high school students from over 40 high schools in Washington are expected to descend upon the...   More »
Oct 18, 2013

WorkForce Central Cautious to Ramp Up Staffing

Still waiting for access to Federal WIA funding

Tacoma, WA – The US Department of Labor (DOL) notified Linda Nguyen, WorkForce Central’s CEO late Wednesday evening that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) formula funding for adult and dislocated workers would be retroactive to October 1, but did not...   More »
Oct 07, 2013

WorkForce Central Affected by Federal Shutdown

Tacoma, WA – Workforce Central (WFC) announced today that the organization is forced to reduce staff hours due to the Federal government shutdown.  As a recipient of federal funding, WorkForce Central, along with all Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) throughout the...   More »
Sep 03, 2013

WorkForce Central Council Member is 2013 Woman of Influence

Tacoma, WA – The Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Pierce County has a Woman of Influence.  April Gibson was named one of five Women of Influence by the Business Examiner Media Group.  Ms. Gibson, administrator at Puget Sound Orthopaedics, serves...   More »
Jul 25, 2013

WorkForce Central is on the Radio with Boots2Work Show

Tacoma, WA – A new radio show on Klay AM 1180 is geared towards helping active duty, retired military and their spouses look for their next career.  From 11am to noon on Saturday mornings, listeners learn how to connect with...   More »
Jul 19, 2013

Local Leaders Join Workforce Development Council

Tacoma, WA – At its Executive Board meeting on July 18, WorkForce Central announced three new appointments to the Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council (WDC).  The Pierce County WDC is one of 12 workforce development boards in Washington, which joins...   More »
Jul 18, 2013

Cash to Careers Gives Scholarships to Deserving Students

Tacoma, WA – By 2020, nearly two out of every three jobs will require some post-secondary education and training.* Unlike job seekers in the 1970’s where three-quarters of the middle-class workforce had only a high school diploma or less, those...   More »
Jul 02, 2013

Summer Youth Employment Pilot 2013

Tacoma, WA – The City of Tacoma, WorkForce Central (WFC), Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) and Resources for Education and Career Help (REACH) have partnered to implement a summer  youth employment program.  The pilot objectives are to increase youth success by...   More »
May 29, 2013

Local Leaders Join Workforce Development Council

The new WDC members are Jo Ann Baria, Vice President Workforce Education in Economic and Professional Development for Pierce College District;  Anne Goranson, Regional Director at Washington State Employment Security Department; Deb Shanafelt, Career and Technical Education Director at Clover...   More »
Apr 22, 2013

Save the Date! Boots2Work Military Career Fair August 28

Over 60 exhibitors will meet and potentially interview many of the 2000 transitioning military, spouses and veterans expected to attend.  The entire event is free to jobseekers but the first 500 attendees will also receive a free ticket for the...   More »
Apr 17, 2013

Community Rallies for RallyPoint/6 Veterans One-Stop Center

RallyPoint/6 is a new service delivery model that calls for better coordination and collaboration leveraging existing programs and resources, sharing best practices and reducing duplication of services in eight impact areas.

1) Community Reintegration             5)Behavioral Health              
2) Employment                                     6) Finance/Legal
3)...   More »
Mar 07, 2013

Public Comment for Pierce County's Local Integrated Workforce Plan

Public comment requested by April 8, 2013

The federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is a funding source for WorkForce Central and requires each local workforce investment board to develop an operations plan designed to detail local policies, procedures, and activities carried out in the local area. ...   More »
Mar 06, 2013

Grant to Assist Homeless Families

WorkForce Central Awarded $360K

The main training tool will be the successful Manufacturing Academy, a 10 week training program with a 95% completion rate and an 85% placement rate for graduating participants.  The program was developed by and for manufacturing employers needing access to...   More »
Mar 06, 2013

Opportunity for Business at Young Adult Job Fair

Business Invited to April 25 Hiring Event

“This is a great way for employers seeking hard-working and eager employees to find many all in one place,” stated Becky Plant, fair coordinator for REACH.  “It is a chance for employers to share information...   More »
Feb 26, 2013

Governor Inslee Visits Tacoma’s General Plastics to Promote Hiring Veterans

According to Governor Jay Inslee, “We need to point to General Plastics and others like you who have a culture to hire veterans to get our initiative to hire veterans off the ground. It is a personal goal of mine...   More »
Feb 06, 2013

WIA Youth Program RFI

WFC requests organizations, agencies, and businesses to provide information detailing their capabilities, past performance, and successes in working with youth ages 14-21 and especially those needing employment and training assistance.  This is a request for information and not a solicitation...   More »
Feb 02, 2013

Paving the Way to Employment for Homeless Families in Pierce County

New Partnership to provide Housing and Employment Navigator to families in need

Tacoma, Wash. – Building Changes and the Washington Families Fund today announced a new partnership with WorkForce Central, Pierce County’s workforce investment board, to provide employment services for families who have recently experienced homelessness.

“Getting on a path to employment is...   More »

Jan 15, 2013

Nguyen Appointed to WEDA Board of Directors

Tacoma, WA – Linda Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer for WorkForce Central, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA).  WEDA is a state-wide, non-profit association of private businesses, economic development councils, ports, governments...   More »

Dec 04, 2012

Pierce County Library System partners with WorkForce Central to help people get jobs

Pierce County Library System partners with WorkForce Central to help people get jobs

The partnership that began in 2010 between Pierce County Library System and WorkForce Central, Pierce County’s Workforce Investment Board has garnered attention from high level officials. The Governor...   More »
Oct 19, 2012

WorkForce Central Unveils New Look

Tacoma, WA – WorkForce Central unveiled a new logo on Friday and will continue with its branding upgrade through the rest of 2012.  The new look will also be reflected in a new website set to launch in late spring.

“The...   More »

Oct 08, 2012

WorkForce Central celebrates 30 years of success

Tacoma, WA – October 2012 is WorkForce Central month, declared by both Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy at the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration Friday.  Mayor Strickland went on to mention several of WorkForce Central’s accomplishments...   More »

Sep 26, 2012

Linda Nguyen Appointed to Geneva Board

Tacoma, WA – Linda Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer for WorkForce Central, was appointed to the board of directors for the Geneva Foundation.  The Geneva Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports and advances innovative medical research and excellence in education...   More »

Sep 26, 2012

Share of $11.8m DOL grant to help veterans in Pierce County

Tacoma, WA – WorkForce Central (WFC) is partnering with the Health e-Workforce Consortium that was recently awarded an $11.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  As Tacoma and Pierce County’s workforce investment board, WFC joins Clover Park Technical...   More »

Sep 05, 2012

Pierce County Career Day Looking for Exhibitors

Tacoma, WA – Pierce County Career Day is an excellent opportunity for construction, manufacturing, transportation and utility companies to show over 1500 students from Washington and Oregon the various aspects of a career in these industries.  The organizers of the...   More »

Jul 09, 2012

Tacoma Forum Focuses on Strategies to Help Washington Workers Thrive

The public is invited to comment on strategies aimed at helping Washington residents obtain the education and training needed to not only land jobs, but advance in them, as Washington’s economy grows more competitive and workplace expectations rise.

The forum is...   More »
Jun 22, 2012

WorkForce Central Awarded $6 Million to Help Homeless Families Prepare for In-demand Careers

Homeless families and unemployed workers in Pierce County got welcome news today as WorkForce Central announced it received a $6 million innovation grant. The grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, provides housing options, pays for...   More »
May 10, 2012

Nearly $300,000 in Scholarships Still Available for Pierce County Residents, Veterans

WorkForce Central has a good problem – the organization has nearly $300,000 in scholarships available for Pierce County residents close to graduating college.

“We don’t want money to be a barrier to students completing college and getting a job,” said...   More »

Mar 30, 2012

WorkForce Central Offering Scholarships for Pierce County College Students

$350,000 available for students studying in-demand fields

Almost ready to graduate but lack the funds to buy books? Is the only thing separating you and your college degree/certificate the money to pay rent for the next few months?

Thanks to an innovative and flexible grant offered by WorkForce...   More »
Mar 01, 2012

WorkForce Central CEO to Chair National Task Force

WorkForce Central CEO Linda Nguyen was recently appointed Chair of the newly formed Veterans Task Force for The United States Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council.

“I am honored to accept this position and eager to serve as a voice for...   More »
Feb 28, 2012

Message to Murray: Veterans Still Need Help From Feds

WorkForce Central organizes roundtable with Senator Murray

Tacoma, Wash. – Leveraging federal dollars to put veterans back to work pays big dividends. That was the message delivered to Senator Patty Murray last week during a roundtable discussion organized by Pierce County’s WorkForce Central.

The roundtable, which included...   More »
Sep 01, 2010

Watson Joins WorkForce Central Team

Chief Administration Officer position filled

Tacoma, Wash. – WorkForce Central is pleased to announce that Holly Watson has joined the organization as the new Chief Administration Officer.

Watson joins WorkForce Central with 32 years of workforce development experience. She has multiple years of managing employment and...   More »

Aug 15, 2010

International Nursing Program

Partnership forms to put international nurses in this community back to work

Tacoma, Wash. - A pilot program will launch this fall to put local resident immigrants who are skilled in nursing back to work in local hospitals and clinics.

Tacoma Community College, WorkForce Central and Franciscan Health System are collaborating to form...   More »

Jul 28, 2010

WorkForce Central Announces Workforce Development Council Chairs

New leadership for the WDC

Tacoma, Wash. – WorkForce Central is pleased to announce the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Workforce Development Council (WDC), and the Chair of the WDC Youth Council.

Eric Hahn, Vice President of Organizational Development at General Plastics Manufacturing, has been elected...   More »

Jun 28, 2010

WorkForce Central Continues Sustainable Economy Discussion

Engaging stakeholders, working together towards a sustainable Pierce County economy

Tacoma, Wash. – WorkForce Central is pleased to announce the Pierce County Sustainable Economy and Environment Study (SEES), which aims to support growth of a sustainable local economy.

SEES is organic in nature, and will be based off the direction of...   More »

May 24, 2010

VersaCold Hiring Event Attracts 300 people

Twenty-one people hired as a result

Tacoma, Wash. – Approximately 300 people attended a hiring event for VersaCold Logistics, one of the largest cold storage companies in the world, held at the WorkForce Central Business Connection’s Lakewood location on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22....   More »

Apr 21, 2010

Training Opportunity and New Jobs for Pierce County

Three organizations partner to bring a unique opportunity to the Pierce County community

Tacoma, Wash. – Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), WorkForce Central and Tacoma Community College are partnering to provide training and job opportunities to 60 Pierce County adults.

“This partnership will allow us to provide much needed jobs to east Pierce...   More »

Apr 21, 2010

MetLife Award Given to Recognize Brownfields Initiative Partnership

Brownfields Initiative recognized for promoting educational and economic advancement

Tacoma, Wash. – It was announced on Sunday, April 18, that Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) was one of three national winners to receive the prestigious 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award, for the Brownfields Initiative partnership. The award...   More »

Apr 20, 2010

Summer Youth Employment Program Helped Youth Get Jobs

Over 1,200 Pierce County Youth received paid work experience as a result of the program

Tacoma, Wash. – One thousand, two hundred and thirty six Pierce County youth received jobs as a result of the $2.3 million invested by WorkForce Central for the Summer Youth Employment Program. The program helped youth, ages 14-24, develop job...   More »

Apr 12, 2010

Learn to Earn

Three organizations partner to bring unique learning opportunity to Pierce County youth

Tacoma, Wash. – WorkForce Central, Resources for Education and Career Help (REACH) and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber present “Learn to Earn Day,” on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. REACH will host the event at the...   More »

Mar 22, 2010

WorkForce Central Hosts Sustainable Economy Discussion

WSU Extension Energy Program Research Associates lead the conversation

Tacoma, Wash. – On the heels of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s revelation that Washington state’s economy is getting greener based on a new report by the state’s Employment Security Department, WorkForce Central convened stakeholders March 18 to discuss a sustainable economy for...   More »

Mar 12, 2010

WorkForce Central Announces Funding Awardees

1321 employees to be trained with awarded funds

Tacoma, Wash. – WorkForce Central is pleased to announce the awardees of the $450,000 employee training fund, publicized last month. Out of 179 employers who submitted requests, 61 were chosen to receive funding. A total of 1,321 employees are to be...   More »

Mar 02, 2010

The Business Case for Sustainability

Opportunity for businesses to learn how sustainability saves money

Tacoma, Wash. – In a recovering economy, many businesses are still searching for ways to cut costs and stay within budget. In response to this need, TacomaACTS is partnering with WorkForce Central to present the Business Case for Sustainability event...   More »

Mar 01, 2010

Neal-Smith Joins WorkForce Central Team

New director for the Business Connection

Tacoma, Wash. – Jessica Neal-Smith has joined WorkForce Central, filling the position of Business Services Director for the Business Connection team. The Business Connection provides business consulting and staffing solutions to Pierce County’s employers.

As the new director of the business...   More »

Feb 01, 2010

$450,000 Available to Help Pierce County Businesses for Employee Training

WorkForce Central has funding to update employee skills and help businesses stay competitive

Tacoma, Wash. – WorkForce Central (WFC) is inviting Pierce County businesses to apply...   More »

Jan 21, 2010

Green Job Opportunities for Pierce County

WorkForce Central partnering with Clover Park Technical College to provide green industry training

Tacoma, Wash. – Pierce County will receive $320,000 to train approximately 40 Pierce County residents, according to Linda Nguyen, CEO of WorkForce Central (WFC). This is part of the larger grant...   More »

Dec 17, 2009

WorkForce Central Announces Rewarding Youth Internship Programs

Internships provide job experience, develop work readiness and award scholarships

Tacoma, Wash. — WorkForce Central announces two rewarding youth internship programs, Youth Empowered to Succeed and Youth In Demand, that will develop more...   More »

Dec 14, 2009

WorkForce Central Events Introduce Teens to In-Demand Careers

More than 1,500 Pierce County teens attend construction and health care career events

Tacoma, Wash. — More than 1,500 high school students from all areas of Pierce County attended WorkForce Central’s 2nd annual Construction Career Day...   More »

Dec 04, 2009

WorkForce Central Partnership Earns Gov. Gregoire’s

Collaboration of business, government and education leads to workforce and economic development

Tacoma, Wash.—Governor Gregoire has honored a WorkForce Central partnership with the 2009 Best Practice Award for Workforce and Economic Development. Workforce Central’s Business Connection division partnered with General Plastics Manufacturing Company...   More »

Dec 30, 0000

Businesses Must Look Outside Pierce County for Talent

Pierce County residents lack necessary job skills

Tacoma, Wash - Approximately 70 percent of Pierce County businesses find it necessary to seek talent outside of Pierce County to fill job openings, according to a recent survey done by WorkForce Central. Forty-seven percent of these businesses find it necessary to...   More »

Dec 20, 0000

WorkForce Central Invites Award Submissions

Tacoma, Wash. – Pierce County businesses are invited to submit an application for a Recognition of Excellence for Workforce Development award.

WorkForce Central has established the new annual award program to recognize businesses who invest significant time and resources in order...   More »

May 28, 0000

Alaska Commercial Company Settles in Pierce County

Supply company gets valuable help from the Business Connection

Tacoma, Wash. – Alaska Commercial Company, which operates 30 AC Value Centers, offering both food and non-food products to remote villages throughout Alaska, has successfully settled a warehouse location in Pierce County at the Port of Tacoma, with the assistance...   More »

May 07, 0000

Businesses Learn How to Build a D.A.M.

The WorkForce Central Business Connection puts on workshop for businesses and HR professionals

Tacoma, Wash. – Wednesday morning Pierce County businesses and HR professionals were treated to a workshop put on by the WorkForce Central Business Connection. The workshop, ‘How to Build a D.A.M.,’ or Dynamic Application Management process, provided practical information on...   More »

Mar 14, 0000

Now is Not the Time for Congress to Make Job-training Cuts

This is the worst time to consider federal cuts to job training and placement programs for people in need – people who increase the productivity and competitive-ness at local companies. When unemployment hovers more than 9 percent, investing in those...   More »

Jan 31, 0000

$4.8 Million Awarded to Pierce and Thurston Counties for Military Displacement

Military spouses and civilian defense workers to be assisted with funds

Tacoma, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that a National Emergency Grant of approximately $4.8 million has been awarded to help 825 displaced military spouses and civilian defense workers in Pierce and Thurston Counties gain skills and...   More »

Jan 27, 0000

Organizations Recognized for Investing in the Workforce

Tacoma, Wash. – Two Pierce County organizations were honored in January for their workforce development efforts, receiving WorkForce Central’s “Recognition of Excellence in Workforce Development” awards.

The Labor Management Cooperation Committee [LMCC] received the Skilling Up America’s 21st Century Workforce award...   More »

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Press Release: Community Comes Together for Young Adults at JobFest 2014
JobFest 2014 kicks off on Tuesday, April 15 from 2 to 5pm a the STAR Center.  Over 480 young job seekers have pre-registered for the event.

Press Release
JobFest, the largest young adult job fair in Washington for job seekers age 16 to 24, is happening next month at the STAR Center in Tacoma and there is still time for Pierce County area employers to sign-up to participate.

Tacoma Pierce County Workforce Development Youth Council
The WDC Youth Council release information related to the Youth Services RFP.  Youth Services RFP Timeline, Directions and Priorities are now available.

Tacoma Pierce County Workforce Development Youth Council
Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council (WDC) anticipates releasing a request for Proposals (RFP) for provision of Youth Services under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) specifications reinforced with county priorities this Spring

Workforce Investment Act 2013 Annual Report for WA
The new report from the WA Employment Security Department for WIA Program Year 2012

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Major Employers List shows local recovery from recession

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Trapped in Unemployment
CBS News' 60 Minutes piece on the long-term unemployed

Youth Internship Program Melds Work and School

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

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Sustainable Business Practice Report

Self Sufficiency Calculator
A unique resource for Pierce County residents

Millennials launch their careers later, while seniors delay retirement
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