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TACOMA, Wash. – The Economic Development Board (EDB) for Tacoma-Pierce County recognized the creation of the WorkSource site at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) as one of its “Excellent 10” award recipients during its annual meeting on Thursday at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.
The EDB’s annual Excellent 10 awards seek to recognize 10 economic development projects that made a positive impact on the local economy and were either worked on or completed between January and December of the previous year.
Located at the Hawk Transition Center, the WorkSource JBLM site – an affiliate site within the WorkSource Pierce network – opened in July as the most comprehensive American Job Center site on a military base in the United States. A partnership between WorkForce Central, the Pacific Mountain (PacMtn) Workforce Development Council (serving Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason and Pacific counties), JBLM and other stakeholders led to the site’s creation.
“Workforce development and economic development must go hand-in-hand if we want to cultivate a thriving economy in Pierce County,” said Linda Nguyen, CEO of WorkForce Central. “We are thrilled to work closely with an Economic Development Board that recognizes not only the importance of this project and our military community, but the importance of workforce development and the WorkSource Pierce system to the health of our economy.”
WorkSource JBLM is home to the highly successful Camo2Commerce program, offered via a partnership between PacMtn and WorkForce Central. Since its inception, Camo2Commerce – which offers services such as career counseling, on-the-job training opportunities, civilian career skills programs and more to transitioning military personnel and their families – has placed more than 1,200 participants into jobs. This is important not only for the jobseekers who are entering new careers, but for local Pierce County businesses who rely on the WorkSource Pierce system to help find the talent they need.
Camo2Commerce has declared 2018 the “Year of the Spouse,” with a focus on expanding services to spouses of military servicemembers. Read more about those efforts here.
WorkSource JBLM is one of eight WorkSource affiliate sites in Pierce County, in addition to the comprehensive One-Stop WorkSource Pierce Job Center. Click here for a complete listing of each site.
WorkForce Central strengthens the Pierce County economy by identifying skill gaps between jobseekers and employment opportunities, fostering data-driven decision making, and connecting workforce development partners into a cohesive, collaborative and effective network.