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Transportation Partnership to Assist Job Seekers Access Workforce Development Services

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY                                                                                                    CONTACT: Linda Nguyen

SENT: September 1, 2016                                                                                                          Voice: 253.254.7607

                                                                                                                                              Mobile: 253.495.8515

Transportation Partnership to Assist Job Seekers Access Workforce Development Services

 Tacoma, WA – WorkForce Central (WFC) has partnered with United Way of Pierce County (UWPC) and Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) to help Pierce County job seekers access employment, education and training services at the WorkSource Pierce County Job Center, located at 3650 South Cedar Street.  A significant number of Pierce County residents do not have access to public or private transportation in order to take advantage of services that can help them prepare for and obtain family wage jobs.  This barrier not only exists for residents living in rural areas but for those who are not serviced by public transportation.

 

In this partnership, UWPC South Sound 2-1-1 service is the single point of contact for all transportation assistance calls and helps callers access the most appropriate transportation mode in order to get to the WorkSource Pierce County Job Center.  PSESD administers a free Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training program that provides volunteer drivers. These volunteer drivers transport residents while working toward a Class B CDL.  WFC’s role is to assist in the recruitment of individuals who are interested in the CDL training program and inform the workforce development system of this available service.  “This partnership addresses a significant barrier for many of our residents in an efficient and innovative way.  Having a centralized intake point reduces frustration of those needing help and maximizes the use of available transportation resources; providing free CDL skill training with the expectation of providing 120 hours transporting job seekers is a win-win design,” says Linda Nguyen, WFC CEO. 

 

“With 34% of Pierce County’s families struggling daily to meet basic needs, United Way is happy to be part of this partnership focused on increasing the number of families accessing services that will help them gain family wage careers,” says Dona Ponepinto, President/CEO of UWPC.  South Sound 2-1-1 makes it easy for individuals seeking help not just with transportation but other basic needs.  Jacque Mann, PSESD Director of Transportation/Facilities/Operations says, “Upon completion of our CDL training program, graduates are hired by PSESD, school districts, or private companies, earning good wages and benefits.  We are pleased to offer such training free of charge to increase the pipeline of skilled CDL drivers in our community.”

 

If you need transportation assistance, call UWPC South Sound 2-1-1.  If you are interested in the CDL training program, contact Samantha Jolin at 253-778-7958 or sjolin@psesd.org

 

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