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Workfirst: Education And Training

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Telephone: (360) 704-4400

State Website: https://www.sbctc.edu/colleges-staff/programs-services/workfirst/default.aspx

Participation: 6,739 participants were served by WorkFirst Training programs administered by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Who is served: The program serves parents who are current Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients.

Program Description: WorkFirst Delivery Agreement applications are accepted from any of Washington’s community or technical colleges and current WorkFirst training providers including private career schools and community-based organizations and they may use the block grant funds in one or more of the following activities:

  • Vocational education.
  • Work-based learning/WorkFirst work study.
  • WorkFirst financial aid/tuition assistance.
  • Other basic skills and/or job skills training
  • Customized job skills training.

Program History: The program was established in 1997 as Washington’s response to federally mandated welfare reform. There have been significant changes to the program resulting from the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), signed in February 2006, which reauthorized TANF through 2010. In FY 2011-12, with the direction of both the Governor and Legislature, the program began implementing a significant redesign. Among the many elements of the redesign is a focus on leveraging resources and engaging participants with activities that matter and that lead to self-sufficiency.

Planning Cycle: Annual.

Outcome Measures: The WorkFirst program is measured by:

Funding base: Funding for FY15 determined by enrollment data, four quarters of employment, and student achievement data.


  • WorkFirst Student Achievement Momentum points.

Funding and Regional Division: Community and technical colleges and WorkFirst training providers at community-based organizations and private career colleges are awarded funds after submitting a WorkFirst Service Delivery Agreement application.

State Expenditures: none

Federal Expenditures: $13,590,000 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015).

Statutory Authority: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, WorkFirst Reinvestment Funds, and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) budget. Administered by SBCTC.

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