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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: CANDICE RUUD, 253.213.2960

TACOMA, WA – The Pierce County Workforce Development Council (WDC) has unveiled its latest workforce strategic plan draft for the region, and is holding community forums in November and December in Parkland and Puyallup to share our plan for preparing local people for local jobs.

We want to hear from Pierce County community members.

Click here to read the WDC’s strategic plan draft.

Through federal legislation, the WDC is charged with leading and overseeing the local workforce development system in Pierce County, called WorkSource. This means that the WDC must ensure that the workforce development system provides exceptional services that include providing workers and job seekers with training and resources to help them find meaningful work, and helping Pierce County businesses recruit, screen and hire local talent to fit their needs.

There are individuals in Pierce County who historically have not been served as effectively or served at all by the workforce development system. The WDC has identified two important groups:

  1. Young adults who are not working and are not in school
  2. Adults without a high school diploma or equivalent

Our goal is to effectively address the challenges these individuals face in accessing education and training and finding meaningful work at a living wage.

You can help: Join us for community conversations on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 to learn about the strategic plan draft, ask questions and offer feedback.

WHO: Pierce County community members

WHAT: A discussion about the WDC’s strategic plan draft

WHERE: Puyallup and Parkland:

  • Nov. 29: Parkland/Spanaway Library (13718 Pacific Ave. S, Tacoma)
  • Dec. 6: Puyallup Public Library (324 S. Meridian)

WHEN: Sessions on:

  • Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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.

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