WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA)

The Chief Local Elected Officials and the Workforce Development Council are guided by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed into law in 2014. WIOA replaced the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and builds upon the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Partnership

In 2021, the Pierce County Workforce Development Council and Chief Local Elected Officials entered into a Memorandum of Understanding between several local agencies to establish a united, local framework for the implementation of services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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Bates Technical College enriches our diverse communities by inspiring student learning, challenging greater achievement, and educating for employment.

With Bates as your educational partner, you can transform yourself.

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Career Team provides employment and training support to adults experiencing barriers to the workforce through funds made available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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Clover Park General Education Degree (GED) instructors are co-located within WorkSource Pierce to provide training and assistance with post-secondary pathways.

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The Department of Labor and Industries (LNI) works with businesses to meet health and safety standards, as well as individuals who have experienced workplace injury.

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Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides training, counseling, and support to help Washington residents of all ages, who are blind or visually impaired, pursue employment, education, and independent living. Our goal is “Inclusion, Independence, and Economic Vitality for People with Visual Disabilities.”

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - Washington State Department of Social & Health Services

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The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides employment training and rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities.

Puyallup Office

Tacoma Office

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Provides support to individuals and families by providing basic needs services and supplemental benefits.

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Employment Security Department provides our communities with inclusive workforce solutions that promote economic resilience and prosperity.

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To achieve our vision, we are committed to dismantling racism and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion so we can help people reach their fullest potential through education, job placement, and career pathway services.
We do our work with great gratitude for the community donations, purchases, and partnerships that make our mission possible.

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Invista Performance Solutions (IPS) is a collaboration of four Pierce County Community and Technical Colleges: Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, and Tacoma Community College. Our mission is to provide customized solutions to meet organizations’ training and development needs. Our vision is to be a valued asset to organizations in our community, empowering their workforce to achieve its potential. We help companies gain a competitive advantage in the global economy by increasing the skills of their workforce through education, training, and consulting support.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Resume Building, Resume Reviews, Career Guidance, Mock Interviews, Labor Market Information, Salary Negotiation, and Warm hand-offs to other states.

Korean Womens Association (KWA)

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The Korean Women’s Association (KWA) is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, providing employment and training support, social services, domestic violence assisstance, community and behavioral health, in-home care, senior support, affordable housing, and learning center.

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Northwest Education Access, formerly known as Seattle Education Access, has provided the individualized guidance, connections to resources, and financial support low-income young people need to earn higher education degrees. We specialize in serving students facing profound barriers to higher education such as unstable housing, parenting, being an immigrant or refugees, or not having completed high school.

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Palmer Scholars provides culturally responsive wraparound services to underrepresented young adults of color throughout Pierce County who are 18 years and older.

Pierce College

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Pierce College creates quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

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The Pierce County Library System’s 19 libraries bring people together, enrich lives and provide children and adults with opportunities to learn.

Sound Outreach

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Sound Outreach helps Pierce County residents experiencing low and/or fixed-incomes build financial security through financial coaching, job training, and other connected services. Our Financial and Employment Coaches provide guidance and tools focused on increasing household income, attaining relief from predatory loans, improving credit scores, achieving high-wage jobs, and realizing long-term financial goals. Our services are always free; it is our mission to stabilize, elevate, and motivate our clients to greater heights.

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We are a premier community college where all students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcomed, appreciated, and valued.
We engage students where they are, leading to equitable opportunities for success in learning, life and work.
We foster vibrant, productive partnerships that benefit our students and strengthen our community.

Tacoma Community House

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SERVING THE HURTING & HOMELESS FOR OVER 100 YEARS – The Tacoma Rescue Mission is proud to have served Tacoma and Pierce County since 1912. For over 100 years we have continued to serve in the name of Christ, while emphasizing the dignity of each person who enters our doors. We value the needs of our immediate community, and continually adapt to the changing needs of those who come to us for help.

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Established in 1940, Tacoma Housing Authority provides high-quality, stable and sustainable housing and supportive services to people in need. It does this in ways that help them prosper and help our communities develop equitably.

THA develops and manages real estate and provides rental housing. In partnership with thousands of private landlords, it helps families pay the rent in the private rental market. It delivers supportive services to help families succeed as “tenants, parents, students, wage earners and builders of assets who can live without assistance.”

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Since 1912, the Mission has been offering God’s Help, Hope and Healing to the most impoverished members of our community.

United Way of Pierce County

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United Way of Pierce County has served our community since 1921. Our history is rooted in partnerships—bringing people from different walks of life together to improve conditions for children, families and individuals. While that will never change, our role as a community fundraiser has shifted as the United Way movement has sharpened our focus to solve key community issues that are preventing people from meeting their full potential. Today we are leading change by breaking the cycle of poverty in Pierce County.

Valeo Vocation

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To combat poverty and homelessness in Pierce County by offering quick access to income, combined with wrap-around support, to help participants create a well-defined path towards permanent employment and housing.

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WorkSource Pierce is a member of the nationwide system of American Job Centers. As a One-Stop Job Center, WorkSource Pierce houses multiple state and local partners who serve the community to meet the complex needs of job seekers and businesses. WorkSource Pierce offers employment re-entry services, employment and training for job seekers, and job search assistance. Established in 2014, under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) WorkSource services are aligned and integrated to meet the needs of businesses and job seekers alike.  

Learn more about WIOA

To learn more about WIOA, connect with us below or visit the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration website.

For Questions about WIOA

To learn more or request a personalized information session about WIOA, connect with us through our contact form.

To Connect to WIOA Services

To learn more or connect to WIOA services, visit the WorkSource Pierce website.

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