Workforce Snohomish invests government and private funding to continuously increase the global competitiveness and prosperity of our businesses and workforce, to fill current and emerging jobs, and to provide full employment.
Our investments are made through effective business, labor, educational, community-based, and service provider organizations for the opportunity, economic well-being, and benefit of our entire community.
Workforce Snohomish is the local Workforce Investment Board responsible for oversight of the workforce investment system in Snohomish County. It has been the administrative entity for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA, previously Workforce Investment Act) funding since its inception in 2000 and has been Snohomish County's fiscal agent designee since 2002.
What are the WorkSource Centers and Affiliate Sites?
The WorkSource Centers (American Job Centers) and affiliate sites have replaced the Employment Security Department Job Service Centers and provide points of access for all services provided to both job seekers and employers throughout Snohomish County. WorkSource Centers provide the physical infrastructure for a system of service delivery by consolidating access to a wide variety of employment and training services and creating a "one-stop shopping" environment.
This network of sites use a statewide job listing database to match job seekers with potential employers. The centers are staffed with a variety of partnering entities, including State and Community-Based Organizations that offer a wide array of resources to both business and job seekers.
Currently there are three comprehensive WorkSource Centers in Snohomish County: WorkSource Everett, which houses both the Youth Center and the Veteran-focused SERVE Center; WorkSource Lynnwood, which houses the Workforce Re-employment Center. In addition to the full service sites, there are 24 connection sites throughout the county that provide limited services.
Workforce Snohomish sets standards for these Centers and affiliates, selects the agencies that operate them and establishes monitoring procedures to ensure that they meet customer needs.
Who will compose Workforce Snohomish?
51% of the local Board is comprised of representatives of the local business community. Also represented are labor, education, community based organizations, economic development agencies, State government agencies and other organizations as determined appropriate by the County Executive and the Council.
Workforce Snohomish will be supported by a staff. This staff will consist of a President and an appropriate number of staff positions to support the work of the Council. Staffing levels will be determined by Workforce Snohomish.
Since this will be a relatively large Board, much of the actual work of the Council will be done by a series of smaller sub-committees. Each sub-committee will be developed by the Council and supported by Council staff.
Sub-committees currently operating include:
How much time will the Board members need to commit each month?
Board members will be expected to attend monthly Board meetings. These meetings are generally scheduled for the first two hours of the work day. Each Board member will also be expected to serve on a sub-committee. These meetings are usually bi-monthly but may meet more frequently depending on the urgency of the specific task or matter at hand. There will be briefing materials which Board members will be required to review and be familiar with for participation in committee discussions. Board members may request information from the staff in preparation for meetings or other Board related activities or to familiarize themselves with any aspect of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation or the overall workforce development system.
Workforce Snohomish and WorkSource Washington are committed to providing equal opportunity in accordance with the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provision of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. For more information in English click here, in Spanish (Español) click here. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to persons with disability. Washington Relay Service: 711