About Jobs for people. Profits for business. Innovation for growth.
Jobs for people. Profits for business. Innovation for growth.
Jobs for people. WorkForce Central puts job seekers on a path to employment by providing career guidance, preemployment workshops, training and educational support through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships.
Profits for business. WorkForce central is the single point of contact for Pierce County businesses, providing a customized approach to address their talent needs. With access to qualified and skilled employees, businesses are positioned to be globally competitive.
Innovation for growth. WorkForce Central develops and implements innovative training and business solutions to further the economic growth of Tacoma and Pierce County through strategic public and private partnerships that include government, education, business, labor, and community.
Role of WorkForce Central
- Implement Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) legislation
- Identify workforce development issues, needs and skill gaps
- Convene partners from business, education, labor, government and the community to develop strategies to address those issues, needs and gaps
- Pursue funding and resources to support local workforce development strategies
- Deliver direct services as the single point of contact for businesses seeking talent while putting job seekers on a path to employment.
- Champion the critical need for additional investment in workforce development
Examples of Local StrategiesVeteran specific training and support at local community and technical colleges
Veteran initiatives assisting transitional military and their spouses with job placement and training opportunities
Pierce County Youth Consortium to increase integration of youth services
Housing and Employment Navigator model, assisting homeless families to develop
Sector specific pre-apprenticeship academies, training job seekers for positions with career advancement possibilities
Regional resource development strategy with private and public partners, to ensure stable funding for Pierce County
Career coaching model, increasing incumbant worker skills to move up career ladder providing opportunities to backfill entry level positions
For every $1 of federal workforce investment
(WIA) funds received, at least $10 is matched with other public and
WorkForce Central is the most comprehensive connection to workforce information and solutions. We are supported by an expansive network of stakeholders in the areas of government, business, education and community organizations. A few include:
- Businesses & employers: General Plastics Manufacturing Company, Rushforth Construction, REI, Absher Construction, Boeing, Streich Brothers, Franciscan Health System, Multicare Health System, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
- Community: Washington State Women’s Employment and Education representing the Pierce County Human Services Coalition
- Education: K – 12 school districts, Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Tacoma Community College, Pierce College District
- Organized labor: Pierce County Labor Council and Pierce County Building and Construction Trades Council
- Government: Washington State Employment Security Department, Department of Social Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
The size, capability and backing for WorkForce Central are surprising.
Meet the WorkForce Central Executive Board
WorkForce Central has had the privilege of working with many organizations,
groups and companies in the South Sound.
what they have to say
"WorkForce Central is all about partnerships and making connections that lead to economic success. We help thousands of job seekers toward a path to employment and training and thousands of businesses find talent for their jobs, training for their workers and additional resources to address their overall workforce needs." Linda Nguyen, CEO
Tacoma Pierce County Employment and Training Consortium (TPCETC) “Doing Business As WorkForce Central”, 3650 South Cedar Street, Tacoma, WA 98409 is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a governmental unit. Charitable contributions to governmental units are tax deductible under section 170(c) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code if made for a public purpose.