Hundreds of out-of-school and in-school youth and young adults in Pierce County will participate in career-connected learning experiences over the next two years, thanks to grant funding from Career Connect Washington. This is an initiative launched in May to connect more students with career-based learning opportunities and prepare them for high-demand jobs.

The Career Connect Tacoma-Pierce County partnership was awarded $852,910 to fund its career-connected learning project. Eleven partnerships from communities across the state of Washington were awarded a total of $6.4 million in grant funding through the CCW initiative.

Business leaders have said they are looking for talent in everything from information technology to health care. And that’s what this initiative is all about: connecting students to great employers and high-quality job training.

The partnership will focus on creating new career-connected learning experiences such as apprenticeships, paid internships, work-readiness cohorts, facilitated workshops, navigation support for high-school completion or enrollment in postsecondary programs, and more.

Career Connect Tacoma-Pierce County – a partnership facilitated in part by WorkForce Central – represents collaboration between the following organizations:

  • WorkForce Central on behalf of the Pierce County Workforce Development Council
  • ResCare Workforce Services
  • Bates and Clover Park Technical Colleges
  • Tacoma STEAM Network
  • Western Washington Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
  • Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Associated General Contractors Educational Foundation
  • Construction Center of Excellence