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King County Jobs Initiative

An employment assistance program for King County residents in need of a job and whom may have a recent criminal conviction. The focus is on providing job training in employment areas that have the most potential for wage growth.

Services

  • Assistance with job placement and support services such as transportation, interview clothes, and work tools
  • Employment Specialists will provide support for one year upon job placement
  • Clients who are enrolled in the federal basic food program may be entitled to additional support funding through the Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program, speak to one of the employment specialists listed below

Training opportunities

We enroll clients in a variety of training opportunities with different start dates and locations. Training time varies but typically lasts no more than 12 weeks. Areas of training include airport-related jobs, construction, electronic assembly, hazardous materials technician, manufacturing, office occupations and warehouse.

Eligibility

  • King County Resident, low-income, at least 21 years of age, be willing to participate in skills training and attend a 4-day job readiness training

How to access services

Clients with justice involvement/prior conviction, contact:

Anane Wako at anu@traccassoc.com or 206-574-0863, ext. 5.
Monday: Renton WorkSource, 500 SW 7th St., Suite 100, Renton, WA 98057
Tuesday-Friday: 545 Andover Park W, Suite 211, Tukwila, WA 98188


Clients with basic food (BFET) only, contact:

Abdirahman Hashi at Abdirahman.Hashi@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-7741
Renton WorkSource, 500 SW 7th St., Suite 100, Renton, WA 98057


For questions about the King County Jobs Initiative program, contact:

Stephanie Moyes, Project/Program Manager, at Stephanie.Moyes@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9064

Homeless Employment Project

Employment and education services are provided to homeless clients seeking employment. Assistance includes job readiness skills and training, and financial assistance as it relates to employment, including tuition, interview clothing, work tools, licenses, etc.

Services

  • Job readiness skills and training
  • Financial assistance relating to employment, tuition, interview clothing, work tools, licenses, etc.

Eligibility

  • Individuals who are unemployed and homeless
  • King County residents who are at least 18 years of age

How to access services

Contact one of the providers below:

Redmond

Gloria Baker, 425-861-3136
7735 178th Pl NE, Redmond, WA 98052


YWCA Opportunity Place

Theautrey Brown, 206-436-8601
2024 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121


Renton

Angie Burnside, 206-678-6097 500 SW 7th St, #100, Renton, WA 98057


North Seattle College

9600 College Way N, OCE&E Bldg, Seattle, WA 98103


South Seattle College

Roland Htwe, 206-430-8890
6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Seattle-King County WorkSource System

WorkSource is a one-stop employment and training center that helps people find jobs. It also helps employers recruit employees and keep them.

There is one WorkSource center (in Renton), six WorkSource affiliates and 22 connection sites in King County. The King County Employment and Education Resources WorkSource Operator Team works closely with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County in the support and oversight of operations of the seven-site WorkSource system.

Job search

  • Workshop topics include applications, resumes and interviewing
  • Job listings on www.worksourcewa.com
  • One on one assistance

Career and training services

  • Counseling
  • Training funding and program opportunities
  • Assessment tools
  • Labor market and wage information

Resource referrals

  • Housing, transportation, health care, food assistance and financial empowerment
  • Unemployment claims assistance
  • Veteran services

Technology

  • Computers, internet access and wi-fi
  • Copiers, printers, phones and faxes
  • ADA accessible technology

Employer services

  • Recruitment and hiring events
  • Wage and occupation information
  • Assistance during layoffs and closures

Events

  • Job fairs
  • Hiring events
  • Mock interviews
  • Employer panels
For a calendar of workshops and hiring events, click here.

To find a WorkSource center or affiliate site, see the map below or visit WorkSource Seattle-King County.

Communities of Opportunity

In partnership with the Communities of Opportunity (COO) initiative, we have staff dedicated to the economic and workforce health of COO communities. We integrate the Seattle-King County WorkSource System into these communities to connect youth and adult job seekers to effective, dynamic workforce opportunities. For more information, contact Dan Bernard.

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Contact Us

Phone 206-263-9010

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-5260