WorkSource Partners

WorkSource is a partnership of business, government agencies, colleges and nonprofits. It is the cornerstone for improving access to employment and training services via career one-stop centers in the state.

The Northwest Workforce Council (NWC) is a 27 member board responsible for governance and oversight of the workforce development system in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties. NWC is dedicated to addressing the full spectrum of workforce needs through an outcome and customer based model that addresses the needs of both employers and job seekers.  NWC provides financial resources to qualified individuals for occupational or technical education programs and customized training in high demand occupations.

Washington State Employment Security Department provides our communities with inclusive workforce solutions that promote economic resilience and prosperity. Roughly 1,632 employees working for the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) across the state help workers and employers succeed in the global economy by delivering superior employment services, timely benefits and a fair and stable unemployment insurance system.

DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides services to individuals who want to work but need assistance due to a physical, sensory, cognitive or mental disability. A DVR counselor works with each individual one-on-one to design a customized, step-by-step plan to achieve the desired job goal. DVR believes everyone should have the opportunity to pursue meaningful work, and that employment further improves a person’s ability to live independently, make informed choices, and contribute to one’s community.

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety, health, and security of Washington’s 3.3 million workers. We help employers meet safety and health standards, and we inspect workplaces when alerted to hazards.

Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years. The program helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment.

Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) is the elected governing body of the Lummi Nation, upholding the tribes inherent rights since time immemorial. Lummi Nation is a nationally recognized leader in tribal self-governance and education. We understand the challenge of respecting our traditions while making progress in a modern world – to listen to the wisdom of our ancestors, to care for our lands and waterways, to educate our children, to provide family services and to strengthen our ties with the outside community.

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides services for people of all ages who are blind or have low vision in the state of Washington. The agency provides services to more than 2,800 Washington State Residents to help them gain or retain employment. Washington State’s Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides “one front door” for people of all ages who are blind or have low vision in Washington state.

DSHS Community Services Offices (CSO) provide many DSHS services. The Community Services Division provides direct client services to the public through a network of 52 local Community Services Offices – 38 full service offices and 14 branch offices. Services are also provided through a variety of out stationed staff in different communities, two Mobile Community Services Offices and a single statewide Customer Service Contact Center. Your local CSO can provide you with details about these services and how to apply for them.

Community Action of Skagit County’s vision is that everyone in Skagit County has the opportunity to be safe, healthy, and successful. Community Action is not merely a nonprofit social service agency. While many of our programs meet basic needs of people struggling to make ends meet, our purpose is to alleviate poverty and help people attain a level of self-sufficiency. As some would say, we are a trampoline, not just a safety net.

Northwest Indian College is the only accredited tribal college serving the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Through education, Northwest Indian College promotes Indigenous self-determination and knowledge. We are committed to our students, the Tribes we serve, and advancing Tribal sovereignty for the protection and enhancement of our homelands and future generations.

Bellingham Technical College (BTC) is a leading educational institution, and the only technical college, in northwest Washington State. BTC students prepare for careers in many fields, from advanced manufacturing to accounting; process technology to pastry; registered nursing to radiologic technology. Our approach is high-tech, hands-on, and student-centered. At every step, you’ll know that BTC faculty and staff are here to support you in pursuit of your goals.

Whatcom Community College (WCC) is a regionally and nationally accredited college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, WCC offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. The college is regularly recognized as one of the nation’s top community colleges based on student success.

Skagit Valley College (SVC) is a public community college in Mount Vernon, Washington. It serves students in Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties in northwest Washington state. Established in 1926, SVC grants academic transfer pathways, professional/technical degrees, and certificates. The academic transfer degree and several professional/technical degrees can be completed online. SVC also offers Basic Education for Adults and Community Education courses.

AARP Foundation serves vulnerable people 50 and older by creating and advancing effective solutions that help them secure the essentials. For more than 60 years, we’ve helped older adults with low income increase their economic opportunity. As AARP’s charitable affiliate, we serve AARP members and nonmembers alike.

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Washington is a non-profit organization providing community services through federal, state, and local funding sources. Headquartered in Yakima, locations include Moses Lake, Pasco, Sunnyside, and Wenatchee. The Mission is to help in the elimination of unemployment, poverty, illiteracy, and racism so all people can live with greater human dignity.