The WorkSource Pierce system offers personalized help for job seekers and businesses.
WorkSource Pierce connects people with training programs and jobs to help them succeed at any stage in life. Resources are available to job seekers from all backgrounds, regardless of past work history or educational attainment. Whether new to the job market or ready to seek fresh opportunities, WorkSource Pierce is here to help.
WorkSource Pierce sites come in different varieties, all certified by the Workforce Development Council:
- Full-service job centers: Co-located facilities where comprehensive job seeker (WIOA) services are offered.
- Partner affiliate sites: Spaces where, at a minimum, basic career services are offered.
- Connection satellite sites: Spaces where technology is available for job seekers to access online workforce development system resources.
- Emerging partner affiliate sites: These sites are in a 12-month trial period of partnership in the MOU.
WorkForce Central oversees the WorkSource Pierce system.
An inter-local agreement between the City of Tacoma and Pierce County provides the foundation for workforce development initiatives across Pierce County. Elected officials from the City of Tacoma and Pierce County, as well as a representative of business, form our governing body, the Executive Board, which works closely with and appoints members to the Pierce County Workforce Development Council.
WorkForce Central carries out the vision of the Executive Board and the Pierce County Workforce Development Council by coordinating, administering and advancing the work of the workforce development system, known as WorkSource Pierce.
WorkSource Service Providers
Services are provided through funding from federal grants.
WorkForce Central’s service providers receive pass-through funds to carry out workforce development services at the WorkSource Pierce One-Stop Center and other community locations. WorkForce Central monitors these subrecipients to ensure grant funds are used for authorized purposes and works closely with service providers to coordinate robust workforce programs that meet the needs of the Pierce County community.
Career TEAM provides services to adults in Pierce County who are seeking assistance with obtaining the skills necessary to compete in the local job market. Services are individualized and tailored to each job seeker. Services are offered virtually, at the WorkSource Pierce One-Stop Center, at the Hawk Transition Center located at JBLM, and other community locations throughout Pierce County.
Equus Workforce Solutions
Equus Workforce Solutions provides services to young adults (ages 16-24) in Pierce County connecting them to training programs and entry-level positions to build sustainable, lifelong careers. Services are offered virtually, at the WorkSource Pierce One-Stop Center, and other community locations throughout Pierce County. Offered services include career mentoring, job search skills, scholarship information, work experience opportunities, and training.
WorkForce Central provides direct services to businesses and employers in Pierce County to help retain their workforce, avoid layoffs, and find new employees. Services are customized to the needs of each business and include job posting, hiring fairs, workshops, candidate searching, candidate screening, layoff aversion, and layoff assistance. Services are provided virtually and at the WorkSource Pierce One-Stop Center.
The One-Stop Operator provides oversight and functional leadership at the WorkSource Pierce One-Stop Center.
Career TEAM will serve as the WorkSource Pierce One-Stop Operator (OSO) starting in July 2021. The OSO works collaboratively with WorkForce Central and One-Stop Center partners to create a harmonious and productive space where excellent customer experience is the focus and center of all activity. They provide operational oversight and functional leadership with a commitment to equity and access, partnership orientation, diplomacy, unbiased approach with all stakeholders, and knowledge of local needs and resources.