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Public forums held for state's workforce plan


In the fall of 2015, the public was invited to participate in a series of  public forums to provide input on Washington state's workforce development plan. Their participation and input helped shape policies and activities that will lead to a highly skilled workforce that supports local and regional businesses and provides pathways to economic success for Washington's workers.

Public forums offered opportunity for feedback
Public forums were held this fall in locations throughout the state, including:

  • Vancouver--Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Educational Service District 112, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver, WA, 98661

  • Spokane--Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Spokane Falls Community College, Falls Gateway, Bldg 30, Large Conference Room, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224

  • Everett--Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m. to noon, WorkSource Everett (Everett Station), Weyerhaeuser Room, 4th Floor, 3201 Smith Ave., Everett, WA 98201

  • Mount Vernon--Sept. 23, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., WorkSource Skagit, 2005 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

  • Seattle--Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., South Seattle College-Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98108 (Room C-122)
  • Port Orchard--Oct. 13, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Kitsap County Commissioners Meeting Chambers, Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

  • Moses Lake--Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to noon, WorkSource Central Basin, 309 E. 5th Ave., Moses Lake, WA 98837

  • Yakima--Oct. 27, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center, 1120 S. 18th Street, Yakima, WA 98901
    Call-in number: 1-866-339-6644
    Meeting Number: *9563025*

The format

Participants heard a brief introduction to the current draft outline and received an overview of our state's economy, current workforce trends, and the state's performance system.

Opportunity to share perspectives, comments

Our team reached out, sharing core themes and asking participants if there were additional themes we should consider. Which strategies, we asked, should we use to reach our goals? Are there promising practices within these themes that can be adapted statewide?

Draft strategies focus on four areas

  • Business engagement
  • Integrated service delivery
  • Accessibility and technology
  • Performance accountability

The final plan was expected to be submitted to the Governor and Legislature in January 2016.

Find out more about the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a key component of the state's workforce plan.


Meeting Accessibility
The Workforce Board is committed to providing employees and the public, including individuals with disabilities, access to its information and services. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in a forum, please contact Amanda Dell at (360) 709-4640 or Amanda.Dell@wtb.wa.gov.



View plan details and give feedback

View the draft state workforce plan Powerpoint.

View draft Table of Contents/ plan outline

Get more info about the plan here.







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