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Veterans Initiatives

Washington State is home to over 670,000 veterans and Pierce County ranks third in counties with the largest veteran population nationally. Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) and the Washington National Guard are both headquartered in Pierce County, with JBLM transitioning over 100 service members out of the military per week. WorkForce Central is committed to veterans and military families, investing in training and employment opportunities while partnering with the community on innovative initiatives.

Veteran and Spouse Transition Workshop

Veterans, transitioning military and their spouses have a new tool to complete their journey from military to civilian life.

This workshop helps to:

...Journey into the civilian world
...Core values and competencies
...Commitment to your new mission

The workshop consists of 2 days of training, 30 days apart.  During the break between classes, mentoring and coaching from skilled trainers is available.

At the completion of the training, the participants receive a White Belt in Lean Sigma Six.  A $600 value for FREE if you qualify.


Shellie Willis, Military Workforce Development Manager
Phone:  253.208.6979 


Register Online

Veterans in Transition Flyer 


Increase Training Capacity

These programs include wraparound services for high-demand occupations.  We are currently recruiting veterans and military spouses for the following training opportunities:

will provide a single, central place where our nation's heroes can connect with the full range of resources and mentoring needed to ensure their successful reintegration into the Pierce and Thurston county civilian communities.  WorkForce Central joins this partnership of government, business and community philanthropic organizations in meeting the immense need of transitioning veterans, active military, and their families within Puget Sound.

Partner with ACAP Program on Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) to help with transitioning military and to develop early connections to the WorkSource service delivery system.

Camo2Commerce, a partnership with Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to obtain additional resources ($4.8 million) to provide training and employment with case management services to transitioning service members and spouses.

Work with JBLM Stone Education Center to become a certified affiliate site as part of the WorkSource service delivery system.

Boots2Work Military Career Fair - This annual event will be held on August 27, 2014.  Last year, it was held on August 28, 2013 at Cheney Stadium and more than 600 pre-screened, transitioning and retired military personnel and spouses connected with 57 military-friendly businesses.  A partnership of Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Club and WorkForce Central.

Boots2Work Radio show on KLAY 1180 AM - Aired Saturdays from 11am - noon, from July 13 - August 31, 2013.  A show for active duty, retired military, and their spouses looking for their next career. Listeners learned how to connect with businesses with open jobs in a variety of industries including manufacturing, trade transportation logistics, financial services, healthcare, information technology, government, and retail. Host Mic Stump discussed resumes, interview techniques, personal marketing, completing online applications, and more for military personel in support of their transition to the world of civilian employment.  Archives of the programs are available upon request.  Please contact Freda at via email, or 253.330.8250.

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Due May 9, 2014

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