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NEW New Olympic Workforce Development Council Director Appointed
The Olympic Consortium and the Olympic Workforce Development Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Court as the new director of the Olympic Workforce Development Council.  She will begin her new position August 25.  For the full press release, please click here.

The Olympic Consortium Youth Program
is recruiting for AmeriCorps volunteers to assist it’s efforts in Clallam County, click here and in Kitsap County, click here.

The AmeriCorps volunteer will assist the Youth Program Manager with a caseload in increasing youth work readiness, achieving secondary or post-secondary educational attainment, and job placement. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2016. Please read the position descriptions carefully and if you have any questions, email Bob Potter at bpotter@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Washington state continues to add jobs to the economy while keeping the unemployment rate at 5.8%. Most of the 10,600 additional jobs were in construction and the leisure and hospitality industry. For more information click here.

As many as 70 organizations representing 300 types of scholarships have listed their scholarships on www.theWashBoard.org, including more than $50 million in student aid. This free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington residents is also featured in the "Pay for School" section of www.CareerBridge.wa.gov.

The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment and the Washington State Business Leadership Network have honored seven public and private employers for their exemplary work recruiting, hiring, retaining, and promoting individuals with disabilities. View the winners and find out more at: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/governors-committee-honors-employers-who-hire-people-with-disabilities

Employing a diverse workforce easier with new direction, October 2015

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Here is the link to the state's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) resource webpage http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp. (Check out the shiny red-white-and-blue button, to learn more about the planning and process that's underway.

Here is a resource webpage for the new WIOA http://www.doleta.gov/wioa that President Obama signed into law July 22, 2014.  On the web page there is a copy of the Vice-President's report on Job-Driven Training which was just completed.  Please check out the FAQs.

Career Bridge Updated With Fresh Labor Market Information
Wondering how fast a particular occupation is growing in our state and how much you're likely to earn if you land a job in a certain field? Get the latest labor market data on starting and average wages, along with projected openings for hundreds of occupations in Washington, on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov
. The site, created and administered by the Workforce Board, was recently updated with fresh data from the state's Employment Security Department. Click on the View Job Trends section and see which occupations are hot, and which are not.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on WIOA
The U.S. Department of Labor is offering a high-level set of recommendations for states as they move toward implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). More at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=7353. View our state's progress in planning WIOA implementation at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

New Website Shows Earnings For WA Graduates Employed In Our State
A new website from the Education Research and Data Center displays earnings of students completing certificates and degrees from Washington's public schools and universities, and for those completing apprenticeship programs in Washington. The data is centered on those employed in Washington, work all four quarters in a calendar year, and whose annual earnings are at least $14,000, or roughly 75 percent of full-time hours at Washington's minimum wage. More at: http://www.erdcdata.wa.gov/esm.aspx

Legislative Pages Active As 2015 Session Moves Ahead
The Workforce Board regularly updates our legislative pages, posting legislation and committee activities of interest to the workforce development community. We also post presentations and TVW links of key meetings. http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

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RideshareOnline is an easy way to help commuters find out about free carpools, vanpools and bicycle ridematching services, along with SchoolPool carpooling programs for parents, and information about the benefits of teleworking from home. Employers can also use RideShareOnline to help manage their employee transportation programs which in turn lowers costs, increases productivity and distributes incentives online while protecting the environment. Go here to access RideshareOnline.

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Kitsap, Clallam and Jefferson Counties formed a consortium, the Olympic Consortium that plans and develops programs and administers contracts under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The Olympic Consortium Board works with the Olympic Workforce Development Council to provide policy guidance and oversight of local employment programs.   The Olympic Consortium Board and the Olympic Workforce Development Council share joint responsibility for policy and oversight of the consortium.
  • Job search help
  • Career skills assessment
  • Reading and math skills upgrading
  • Job placement assistance

Services are provided to over 700 economically disadvantaged teens and adults and dislocated workers each year in Kitsap County.

The program, which is entirely federally funded, administers approximately $2,000,000 under grant agreements from the state.

In addition to the above job services, Kitsap County residents who are age 55 and over may be eligible for the Title V Senior Employment Program. This program provides part-time paid community service training opportunities to older workers who are in economic and social need. Title V fosters individual economic self-sufficiency through subsidized training and subsequent placement into unsubsidized jobs.

The Olympic Consortium WorkSource is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to persons with disabilities.

Kitsap County Aging and Long Term Care currently contracts with WorkSource of Kitsap County to provide senior employment services. For more information please call (360) 337-4756.

  Attention Job Seekers!
For Washington State's site for Job Seekers, click here!

WorkSource Center
Serving Kitsap County
1300 Sylvan Way
Bremerton, WA 98310
Phone: (360) 337-4873
Contact: Bob Potter
E-mail: bpotter@co.kitsap.wa.us

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Education and Employment Services for Youth (ages 16-21)

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