City Name and Name of Workforce Area:
Mayors of Arlington, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett (member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors), Goldbar, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville (member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors), Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Stanwood, Sultan, Woodway
The Blueprint is a strategic partnership of stakeholders that are invested in Snohomish County’s economic vitality. Leaders from local government, educational institutions, and economic and workforce development organizations created the Blueprint as a way to share and communicate important economic indicators. It is our belief that shared data-driven knowledge of the economy will guide informed decision-making, and will provide opportunities to realize a shared vision, strengthen partnerships and create an economically vibrant future.
Business-led Roundtables are a unique opportunity for industry to further our understanding of their workforce needs and challenges. We are then able to convene community partners and interested stakeholders, such as training providers and educational institutions, to hear the industry-specific workforce issues identified and prioritized through these Roundtables. This gives our partners the insight needed to begin finding solutions and aligning community resources to help employers address their needs.
The Youth Center is a drop-in job search center, including a fully-equipped computer lab, fax machine, and a phone. The staff assists youth (ages 16-24) build resumes and cover letters, sort through job openings, complete online job applications, and practice interview techniques. The Youth Center offers an array of educational attainment and job readiness workshops to build employability skills.
Initiative that Address Barriers to Employment
Workforce Snohomish has developed employment and education navigation services that underpin the success of many of our grant contracts. As a strategy Navigation allows Workforce Snohomish to effect system change through innovations implemented on a smaller scale which engage those who are the most likely to fall through systemic cracks. Interventions practiced within Navigation grants inform the whole system. Navigators provide individualized employment services to program participants including assessments, career planning, job search and placement assistance. Navigators further link program participants with existing service providers such as housing support and the healthcare system to overcome barriers to success. Navigators coordinate outreach activities to inform, engage, and support employers to ensure participants are trained to meet existing industry needs. They provide ongoing service coordination and support as needed. Through communication and ongoing connection Navigation creates cross system collaboration and identifies unintended barriers which may limit customers from fully benefiting from services provided in the mainstream system.
Opioid Crisis: Employment Response Team (ERT)
Workforce Snohomish and a host of partners are working to combat the economic and workforce impacts associated with the opioid health crisis in Snohomish County. This project will serve those most closely affected by the opioid crisis to effectively move them to economic self sufficiency; additionally, individuals served under this grant will be encouraged to enter professions that could assist with crisis recovery. A key component of the work is the use of a transitional jobs model that allows people with employment gaps to gain credible work history and a sense of success to move beyond addiction into the employment market.
Individuals with Disabilities
Disability Employment Initiative
Workforce Snohomish administers the Disability Employment Initiative for Snohomish County in Washington State.
The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) seeks to improve education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. DEI projects improve collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels, including the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program, and build effective partnerships that leverage resources to better serve individuals with disabilities.
The Serve Center provides a wide array of local and national services tailored to meet the unique needs of our veteran community. Although the primary focus on helping our ex-military population find employment, it is designed to help veterans navigate all aspects of the civilian world. Critical veteran service organizations such as Volunteers of America and the Wounded Warrior Project are co-located at the center.