The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $5,586,385 National Emergency Grant to assist approximately 900 transitioning military personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 

The grant was awarded to the Pacific Mountain Workforce Consortium. It will be managed by the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council that is partnering with WorkForce Central of Pierce County to deliver the services at JBLM.

The grant will support separating service members from one year before and up to six months after transitioning from service. 

With the four current tracks available at JBLM for transitioning service members, the grant will primarily serve those who want to transition directly to employment.

 “Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the largest military installation west of the Rockies and Pierce County has the third largest veteran population nationally. Eight hundred active service members are leaving JBLM monthly and need our support for a smooth transition to civilian life,” stated Linda Nguyen, CEO of WorkForce Central. “WorkForce Central is honored to work with Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to ensure our heroes are well prepared for careers that fully utilize their knowledge and experience.”

Each organization will have staff working jointly at the Stone Education Center on JBLM to assist those transitioning service members into civilian careers.