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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 $818 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

Basic Education for Adults

Worker Retraining Program

Job Skills Program

Customized Training Program

$ 201,819,723

$ 104,215,045

$ 39,759,100

$ 5,450,000

$ 331,470

  Subtotal for State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
$ 351,575,338

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Secondary Career and Technical Education


$ 420,782,395

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


$ 12,686,792

$ 13,893,769

$ 14,882,420

$ 22,077,465

$ 13,756,839

  Subtotal for Employment Security Department
$ 77,297,285

Department of Social and Health Services

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

$ 61,128,000

Department of Services for the Blind

Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind

$ 12,937,000

  Subtotal for DVR and DSB
$ 74,065,000

Department of Labor and Industries


 $ 1,627,409

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Carl D. Perkins Technical Education

Private Vocational Schools Act

$ 631,885

$ 268,000

  Subtotal for Workforce Board
$ 896,180

Total Public Funds

$ 818,508,108


These figures are generally for 2013-14.




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