The Next Generation of Pierce County’s Workforce

Young adults, ages 16-24, are the future and next generation of workers. As Generation Z continues to enter the workforce, our aim is to inspire, motivate, and provide the resources they need to start their career pathway to quality employment.


Pierce County’s workforce development system tailors services specifically for young adults to explore their skills and interests while providing guidance into education and training or entering directly into the working world.

The traditional college route doesn’t always fit every lifestyle. The workforce development system matches young adults with career training programs and entry-level positions that offer room to grow and experience to take on the next step in their career pathway. Where basic skills and credentials are needed, certified counselors craft personalized plans that fit each young adult’s interests and goals.

WorkSource Pierce Young Adult Services

Through the WorkSource Pierce network of providers, young adults can receive an array of services including job readiness and exploration, education, workshops & skill building, and support services. WorkSource’s free programs will build life skills and kickstart the pathway to a quality career. 

Pre-Apprenticeship & Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships provide a structured pathway for young adults to master an art, trade, or job that results in long-term, quality employment. Pre-apprenticeship programs are designed to prepare individuals for entry and success into formal Apprenticeship programs. There are a variety of Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs available throughout Pierce County.

GED & High School Equivalency

It’s never too late to graduate! Programs are available to guide young adults on their path to earning a GED or High School Equivalency. Our BEdA Navigator helps individuals find the right program specific to their needs and goals.

Featured Events for Young Adults

Discover hiring events, virtual resources, and other events to help you!

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REACH Center

The REACH Center in Tacoma focuses on equipping and emboldening young people to succeed in education and employment. Its Resource Room is available to anyone aged 16 to 24 who needs computer access, mentoring and help reaching their college and career goals.  

Pre-Employment Transition Services

Pre-Employment Transition Services are available to young adults with a documented disability who are currently enrolled in school.


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WorkForce Central hosts programs and events to connect young adults directly with local employers. Learn more about:

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