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Washington's Workforce Development System

Our state's workforce system helps Washington residents find jobs, re-enter the workforce, or move ahead in their careers.The programs begin with high school and reach through apprenticeships, certificate programs and college, but stop short of a four-year degree.

How are these programs performing? - Workforce Training Results
At the state level, the Workforce Board coordinates 16 programs administered by seven agencies. Every four years, the Workforce Board develops a state strategic plan to address state needs. The Board reports to the Legislature every year on the progress of this plan. At the local level, Washington's 12 Workforce Development Councils direct WIA Title I-B activities, provide employer outreach, and oversee the state's WorkSource employment centers. Each council develops a local strategic plan assessing local employment to coordinate workforce activities throughout their area.

Taken together, the state-defined workforce development system manages over $842 million a year in state and federal funding.

Workforce Development Directory

Organization Program Funding

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Postsecondary Professional Technical Education

Adult Basic Education

Worker Retraining Program

Job Skills Program

Customized Training Program

$ 182,178,517

$ 94,390,736

$39,759,100

$ 2,275,000

$ 331,470

  Subtotal for State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
$318,934,823

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Secondary Career and Technical Education

 

$393,898,001

Employment Security Department

WIA, Title I-B Dislocated Worker Program

WIA, Title I-B Adult Training Programs

WIA, Title I-B Youth Activities Programs

Training Benefits Program

Wagner-Peyser

$15,570,044

$ 14,580,134

$ 15,539,354

Varies

$ 14,676,520

  Subtotal for Employment Security Department
$60,366,052

Department of Social and Health Services

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

$ 55,192,685

Department of Services for the Blind

Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind

$11,507,665

  Subtotal for DVR and DSB
$66,700,350

Department of Labor and Industries

Apprenticeship

 $ 1,627,409

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Carl D. Perkins Technical Education

Private Vocational Schools Act

$ 631,885

$ 255,566

  Subtotal for Workforce Board
$887,451

Total Public Funds

$842,414,085

These figures are generally for 2012-13.

 

 

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