GOVERNOR INSLEE PROVIDES $2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO UPSKILL
Inslee is making available some $2 million in grants to
be awarded to demonstration projects that help
Washington's current workforce and new hires create
pathways to gainful employment and higher wages,
especially those at the lowest income levels or with
other disadvantages. The Governor is deploying funds
through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity
Act (WIOA). It's part of a broader push to "upskill"
Washington's workforce and "jumpstart" the state's
workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All."
Deadline to apply is February 28. Gov. Inslee has also
earmarked an additional $1 million in federal workforce
funds to help a broad coalition of individuals and
organizations implement additional components of the
state's workforce plan. More info, including application
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current Human Services News.
Local WIOA Plan - Approved
To read the plan in its entirety, please click
HONORED FOR EXEMPLARY PRACTICES IN HIRING PEOPLE WITH
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:
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Here is the link to the state's Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) resource webpage
(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
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.
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
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.
New Website Shows Earnings For WA Graduates Employed In
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
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
here to access RideshareOnline.
The Olympic Workforce Development Council was formed pursuant to the
Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, Public Law 105-220.
The Council works in partnership with the nine county commissioners of
the Olympic Consortium Board to provide policy guidance and program
oversight for WIA activities within the service delivery area of Kitsap,
Clallam and Jefferson Counties. The Council develops strategic and
operational plans for the approval of the Olympic Consortium board and
The Council is composed of 30 members who
are appointed by the Olympic Consortium Board from the three-county
area. Members represent the business sector, organized labor, education,
rehabilitation agencies, economic development agencies, public welfare
agencies, community-based organizations, and public employment services.
Most members are appointed to a three year term.
The Council is assisted by a 14-member Youth Council.
Their duties include developing the youth-related portions of the local
plan, recommending eligible providers of youth activities, and
coordinating and overseeing youth activities offered through local