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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 the 12 largest of these programs performing?

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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 WIOA 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.


Together, the state-defined workforce development system manages just over $1 billion a year in state and federal expenditures.


Organization Program Public Funding: Federal and State

Employment Security Department

WIOA, Title I-B Dislocated Worker Program

WIOA, Title I-B Adult Training Programs

WIOA, Title I-B Youth Activities Program

Trade Adjustment Assistance

Training Benefits Program








Subtotal for Employment Security Department

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Postsecondary Professional Technical Education

Basic Education for Adults

Worker Retraining Program

Job Skills Program

Customized Training Program







Subtotal for State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Secondary Career and Technical Education



Department of Social and Health Services

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


Department of Services for the Blind

Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Blind


Department of Labor and Industries



Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board Private Career Schools

The major public investment is financial aid for students, outside the scope of this chart.

Total Public Funds



These figures are for 2016-17.

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