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Workforce Snohomish Joins Governor Inslee in Recognizing Retail Careers Month

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Media Contact: Kathleen Lefcourt, Director of Communications   425-921-3482

EVERETT - Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed September 2018 Careers in Retail month to recognize the employment opportunities and the economic impact retail creates in Washington State. Retail is a vital industry in Snohomish County; in 2017 there were approximately 36,500 retail jobs countywide, accounting for a total industry earnings, including wages, salaries, supplements, and proprietor, of $1.5 billion. The number of retail jobs in the county is expected to grow to almost 40,000 by 2023. 
Governor Inslee announced the industry spotlight in conjunction with Washington’s retail hiring projections for the 2018 holiday season. Washington retailers are expected to hire more than 10,900 workers this fall, with 4,800 of those in King and Snohomish Counties.
“With the holiday hiring outlook strong, it’s a great time for job seekers to consider joining the industry,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “Best of all, retailers increasingly offer programs to encourage their best employees to build long-range, satisfying careers in retail.”
Workforce Snohomish will be holding events throughout the month to celebrate the retail industry:

Seattle Premium Outlet Hiring Event 
Saturday, September 15, 2018 
9am – noon  
10600 Quil Ceda Blvd.
Tulalip, WA 98271
bring a resume for onsite interviews and possible on-the-spot hiring
FREE professional portraits
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Retail Employer Roundtable 
September 26, 2018 
11:30am - 1:30pm 
808 134th St SW
Everett, WA 98204
Registration here:
The Roundtable is a great opportunity for industry business owners, operational managers, human resources directors, and executive management to discuss the needs and challenges of workforce development in the industry. 

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Workforce Snohomish Receives $2.4 million to Build Pathways from Opioid Crisis to Employment

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A PDF version of this press release is available here.

Media Contact: Kathleen Lefcourt, Director of Communications  425-921-3482

EVERETT - Recognizing the impact that the Opioid Crisis is having across the State, Washington State Employment Security Department, Workforce Snohomish, and Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council have received a grant of $4.89 million from the Department of Labor to aid in Opioid Epidemic Recovery. The 3-year grant will provide a multi-disciplinary approach offering career and support services to individuals affected by the opioid crisis.

Workforce Snohomish’s portion of the grant is $2.4 million. Workforce Snohomish and Snohomish County partners have organized around an Emergency Management framework to collaborate and develop an opioid education and employment strategy. Grant funding will secure Employment Navigators to provide intake assessments; individual employment plan development; individualized career services; training coordination; career pathway counseling; job coaching; job placement; and other follow-up career services.  An important component will be developing Transitional Job opportunities. Services will primarily take place at two sites – WorkSource Everett and the future Carnegie Resource Center located on the Snohomish County Human Services/Law and Justice Complex. Anyone affected by opioid use, not necessarily an opioid user, is eligible for services through this grant.

“Opioid usage is not only a health crisis,” stated Erin Monroe, CEO of Workforce Snohomish. “Opioids have affected the number of people available to fill open positions across our county.” A recent report by a Princeton Economist indicates that two-thirds of prime age men who are not in the labor force are taking prescription pain medication on a daily basis. “Opioids have destroyed lives in our community and this funding will bring the necessary workforce and training programs to support these individuals and those around them as they re-engage with the workforce.”

“The opioid crisis impacts almost every aspect of our community,” said Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive. “We have worked hard over the last year to provide more people the opportunity to move from dependence to independence. When I partially activated our emergency management system in 2017, it was with the intention to improve coordination and effectiveness of all our efforts. This grant is a perfect example. These funds will help us give those suffering from addiction vital pieces of their lives back: their sense of self-worth and productivity. We thank the U.S. Department of Labor, Washington Employment Security Department, and Workforce Snohomish for their partnership.”

Workforce Snohomish is excited to collaborate with partners across the workforce system and Snohomish County; the State of Washington, and Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council on this state-wide initiative.


Snohomish County has been disproportionately impacted by the opioid crisis:
The total admissions related to opioids for publicly funded outpatient treatment in Snohomish County has increased by 1,181.8% between 2002 and 2015 (165 total admissions compared to 2,115). In 2005, 12.5% of total admissions into publicly funded detox were related to opioids compared to 73.2% in 2016.  In terms of the rate of opioid-related deaths per 100,000, it has increased by 49.4% in comparing the timeframe of 2000-2004 to the 2012 to 2016 periods. 
From 2012 to 2016, Snohomish County experienced 14.5 percent of all opioid-related deaths in Washington State. When just examining deaths related to heroin, Snohomish County accounted for 16.7% of all deaths in Washington State.  In 2016 alone, 1 in every 6 heroin deaths (17 percent) occurred in Snohomish County while the County comprises only 10 percent of the State’s overall population. 
Beyond the mortality data, Snohomish County also has a higher rate of opioid prescriptions dispensed per 100 persons than both the state and national rates.  In 2016, there were enough opioid prescriptions dispensed in Snohomish County for seven out of ten residents to have a prescription.   In any given week there are between 135 and 147 individuals in the Snohomish County Jail on a detoxification withdrawal watch for opioids.

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Workforce Snohomish Awarded $283,142 Grant for Second Year of Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program

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Media Contact:

Kathleen Lefcourt, Director of Communications, Workforce Snohomish


Tel: 425-921-3482

EVERETT – After helping over 100 homeless veterans stabilize in its first year, Workforce Snohomish has been awarded $283,142 to continue the Snohomish County Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) for a second year. HVRP provides homeless Snohomish County veterans job training and wrap-around services to assist their reintegration into the American workforce.

Funded through the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service program, HVRP includes two veteran-focused Employment Navigators located in the Serve Center at the Everett WorkSource Center. These navigators provide in-depth employment assessments, identify appropriate workforce services, and create individualized employment plans. Funds are also available for education, training, and the support services necessary to assist homeless veterans in overcoming their barriers to success.

In addition to the direct services available through this funding, Workforce Snohomish is also able to hold a one-day Stand Down event that provides “one-stop” access to various community social services specific to homeless veterans. At the Stand Down held in June 2018, over 75 veterans were able to connect with much needed services such as haircuts, dental screenings, clothing and gear, housing information, meals, employment resources, and legal services through the Stand Down event.

“We are honored to be able to continue this program for our homeless veteran population,” stated Erin Monroe, CEO of Workforce Snohomish. “This is an unparalleled opportunity to continue bringing veterans out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency.”

A PDF version of this press release is available here.

Governor Jay Inslee Proclaims May 2018 as Hospitality Month

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Everett, April 30, 2018 - Hospitality is Key to Snohomish County Economy

Snohomish County’s third largest industry sector, Tourism and Hospitality, supports nearly 11,000 jobs and a $307.5 million payroll which is a 4.3% increase over the previous year. With exciting projects underway across the county including the opening of the passenger terminal at Paine Field, The Tulalip Tribe’s replacement of Quil Ceda Creek Casino, and an influx of hotel properties, Snohomish County is poised to attract tourists and visitors in record numbers.

With his proclamation, Governor Inslee stated, “Hospitality jobs are key to Washington’s economy, paying more than $7 billion in wages, providing important training and serving as a vital path to prosperity for families in every part of our state.”

Snohomish County Executive, Dave Somers, also recognizes the importance of the industry to our local economy and recently introduced Executive Order 18-03, to create “a transformative strategy for tourism and outdoor recreation to ensure this sector is properly recognized as contributing to the economy, creating and sustaining jobs, and improving the quality of life of our residents.”

In honor of Hospitality Month, Workforce Snohomish is partnering with Washington Hospitality Association, Snohomish County Tourism, Washington Employment Security Department, Washington State University Everett, and WorkSource Snohomish County to host a Business Panel Discussion and Hospitality Event on Thursday, May 3rd. Senator John McCoy (38th District) will open the event at 10:00am.

Panelists include:
Brett Smith, CEO, Propeller Airports
Tracy Banfield, Director of Sales & Hotel Operations, Tulalip Casino Resort
Tammy Dunn, Sports Development Director, Snohomish County Sports Commission
Susana Kim, Human Resources Manager, Delta Marriott (Everett)
Diane Symms, President/CEO, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants

Hospitality Industry Panel Hiring Event
Thursday, May 3, 2018
WSU Everett
915 N. Broadway
Everett, WA 98201
Business Panel: 10-11am
Hiring Event: 11am-2pm
Register here:

Other dignitaries expected to attend are: Senator Guy Palumbo (1st District); Senator Keith Wagoner (39th District); and Representative Carol Eslick (39th District); Anthony Axton, CEO, Washington Hospitality Association; and Tom Teigen, Director of Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

We are thrilled to support this important industry,” stated Erin Monroe, CEO of Workforce Snohomish. “It’s an exciting time for our community to have so many great hospitality and tourism projects coming together. With the unemployment rate hovering around 4% businesses are in need of a talented workforce and we are working with our workforce development partners; colleges and universities; and local school districts to provide onramps to the great opportunities in hospitality and tourism.”

Businesses participating in the hiring event include: Lynnwood Convention Center, Delta Hotels by Marriott, Emory’s on Silver Lake, Hampton Inn & Suites, 360 Hotel Group, Spectra Food Services at Angels of the Wind ARENA, Tulalip Resort Casino, La Quinta Inn Everett, Silver Cloud Inns & Hotels, Evergreen Speedway, Alexa’s Catering, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants, Washington Gold Casinos, Angel of the Winds Casino Resort, Europe Express, and Blazing Onion Burger.

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As high school seniors enrolled in the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center culinary program, Kaia and Emily wanted to practice their kitchen skills in a real-world setting. Through a partnership between Workforce Snohomish, Lombard's Italian Restaurant, and the Skills Center, Kaia and Emily were able realize their goal. Culinary internships were developed at the Lombard's Italian Restaurant under the guidance of Corporate Chef Andy Hilliard; this experience allowed the young women to begin careers in a field that they are passionate about.

Chef Hilliard stated that both Kaia and Emily have fantastic kitchen skills, great attitudes, and are valuable members of the kitchen staff; the six week internship led to job offers for both young women. Kaia and Emily plan to build upon their culinary passion and newly gained experience through post-secondary educational opportunities.

Kaia is a senior at Mountlake Terrace High School and an Edmonds Community College (EdCC) Running Start student. After graduation, she plans on continuing her culinary program studies at EdCC with a concentration in either food science or education. Kaia anticipates staying with, and learning from, Lombardi's for a long time; she appreciates the kitchen’s teamwork approach and the chance to build on her prep skills. When not busy with work or school, Kaia enjoys making her favorite macaroni and cheese for her family.

Currently a Glacier Peak High School senior, Emily plans on studying Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colorado; she is excited about developing her skills at Lombard's until she leaves for college this fall. During her internship, Emily also worked as a prep cook assisting with both typical restaurant fare and large catering events. She is impressed with how well the kitchen staff work cohesively. Although her favorite Lombard's offerings are the pizza and desserts, at home Emily enjoys making egg rolls!

Kaia and Emily credit the great instructors at Sno-Isle for the easy transition from student to kitchen staff. “We are so proud of the level of professionalism our students demonstrate, and are honored that Lombardi’s chose to work with Sno-Isle Tech,” remarked Maggie Bagwell, Sno Isle Tech Director.

The internships were paid for through the "ReImagine Retail" grant funded by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and Walmart Foundation. The ReImagine Retail initiative is focused on providing access to careers in retail and adjacent sectors while changing perceptions of the retail industry.

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January 31, 2018

Erin Monroe, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Snohomish

Everett, Wash.—Today, Workforce Snohomish announced that they will be recruiting new board members to help lead their efforts to train and place workers in Snohomish County. Workforce Snohomish is currently seeking board members representing the business community from the following industries:

  • Manufacturing/Aerospace
  • Clean Tech/Energy & Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Trade/Business Development/Retail
  • Arts/Film/Culture

Being a board member for Workforce Snohomish not only allows local leaders to contribute to the economic vitality of the region but also provides a strategic perspective on job training and workforce development, one of the most important tools for economic development.

“Board members for Workforce Snohomish play an important role in keeping our economy dynamic and responsive,” said Erin Monroe, President and CEOP of Workforce Snohomish. “These leaders will provide critical perspectives on their industry and workforce needs. Their strategic guidance will ensure Workforce Snohomish is ready for the opportunities and challenges of the next few years. We encourage business leaders to be part of this effort to prepare for a more adaptive and innovative workforce.”

Workforce Snohomish Board Members will have the opportunity to:

  • Take a leadership role in forging a strong and vital partnership between business and the Workforce development community, resulting in an entrepreneurial, market-driven, accountable, and exceptional workforce investment system.
  • Contribute specific industry expertise and perspectives on evolving industry needs that are critical to aligning our workforce with the jobs of the 21st Century.
  • Establish and promote workforce development policies that improve the social and economic life of our community.
  • Forge collaborations between businesses, local elected officials, government, and local groups to create greater economic resilience for the community and its citizens.
  • Promote the Council and workforce initiatives through collaboration and relationship-building with other businesses, organizations, and groups.
  • Create and oversee a three-year strategic plan.

Leaders from both large (over 50 employees) and small businesses are welcome to apply. Applicants must hold a Senior-Level Management position at their organization and participate in five Board meetings (third Tuesday 7:30am – 9:00am) plus at least one Board Committee (Executive, Strategic Oversight, Workforce Solutions, Access & Inclusion, or Finance/Audit).

For more information, please contact Erin Monroe, President/CEO at and visit our website at


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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.

Since its inception in 2000, Workforce Snohomish has worked to underpin the county's economic foundation by strengthening local business, supporting workers, and assisting unemployed residents find gainful employment. We ensure people have the opportunity to thrive and engage in a vibrant community.

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Workforce Snohomish Awarded $277,511 Grant for Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program

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June 19, 2017

Media Contact:
Erin Monroe, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Snohomish
425-921-3442 office, 425-280-8180 cell

EVERETT – Workforce Snohomish has received $277,511 to provide homeless Snohomish County veterans job training and support services to assist their reintegration into the American workforce. The Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), funded through the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service program, provides outreach and services to homeless veterans countywide. A comprehensive referral and support network has been established comprised of housing providers, local veterans groups, faith-based organizations, libraries, community colleges, and other community organizations.

The Snohomish County HVRP initiative includes two veteran-focused Employment Navigators located in the Serve Center at WorkSource Snohomish County in Everett. These navigators provide in-depth employment assessments, identify appropriate workforce services, and create individualized employment plans. Homeless veterans who may need additional time or resources to re-engage in the workforce may participate in on-the-job training, specialized placements, or part-time jobs. Funds are also available for education, training, support services, and a one-day Stand Down event that provides “one-stop” access to various community social services specific to veterans.
Workforce Snohomish was the recipient of a successful three year HVRP grant that is slated to end June 30, 2017. “We are thrilled that we are able to continue this program for our homeless veteran population,” stated Erin Monroe, CEO of Workforce Snohomish. “This is an unparalleled opportunity to continue bringing veterans out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency.” The new funding also includes specialized outreach to incarcerated veterans.

“Workforce Snohomish has given hundreds of homeless veterans a path towards economic prosperity. I was proud to support Workforce Snohomish’s grant to target, recruit, and assist even more veterans to help them overcome complex barriers to housing and economic stability,” said Senator Maria Cantwell. Senator Patty Murray, Representative Rick Larsen, Representative Suzan DelBene and Senator Cantwell all supported the application from Workforce Snohomish.

Workforce Snohomish invests government and private funding to continuously increase the global competiveness and prosperity of our businesses and workforce, to fill current and emerging jobs, and to provide full employment.

Investments are made through effective business, labor, educational, community based, and service provider organizations for the opportunity, economic well-being, and benefit, and benefit of our entire community.

$2 Million Awarded to Workforce Snohomish to Assist Dislocated Workers

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June 9, 2017

Media Contact:
Erin Monroe, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Snohomish
425-921-3442 office, 425-280-8180 cell


Workforce Snohomish received $2 million in federal and state funding to help dislocated workers facing job losses. The funding includes a $1.6 million Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grant and a $400,000 Washington State Employment Security Department Rapid Response grant.  These funds along with existing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Funds will greatly help assist an individual transition into another employment opportunity in the community.

“Workforce Snohomish recognized the need for this additional funding to ensure that dislocated workers and their families have access to job seeking and retraining services,” stated Erin Monroe, Workforce Snohomish Chief Executive Officer. “The grants will build capacity in our existing WorkSource system to aid those job seekers in transition utilizing our services. This funding ensures that we have the space and resources needed to accommodate affected workers and their families while still providing quality services to the community overall.”

The funding will provide effective and efficient wrap-around services designed to steer affected workers into meaningful and gainful employment. Many impacted workers may also be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance which provides a variety of reemployment services including education and job training. Workforce Snohomish is leading the effort and is collaborating with the Seattle King County Workforce Development Council to provide services to impacted employees in King County.

Workforce Snohomish oversees the Snohomish County WorkSource system with offices in Everett, Lynnwood, and Monroe. WorkSource centers provide job seekers with comprehensive job search services; the centers also assist employers with finding qualified candidates. Studies have shown that people who use WorkSource job-search services tend to find work faster and earn more money than those who don’t.

Workforce Snohomish invests government and private funding to continuously increase the global competiveness and prosperity of our businesses and workforce, to fill current and emerging jobs, and to provide full employment. Investments are made through effective business, labor, educational, community based, and service provider organizations for the opportunity, economic well-being, and benefit, and benefit of our entire community.

Workforce Snohomish Receives $314,000 Grant to Strengthen Retail Industry Career Services in Snohomish County

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September 7, 2016

Media Contact:
Kathleen Lefcourt,

Funding is part of a $10.9 million grant awarded to The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership from the Walmart Foundation

Everett, Washington, Sept. 7, 2016 – Today, the Walmart Foundation announced that Workforce Snohomish has been selected to receive a $314,000 grant from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) as part of an effort to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in Snohomish County and around the U.S.

Workforce Snohomish is one of 10 Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) selected across the country to collectively form and implement new models of career services specific to retail – models that will serve as best practices for the approximately 550 WDBs in the U.S. that already provide career services, such as career coaching, soft skills training, specialized skills training and referrals to other resources. The funding is part of a $10.9 million grant the Walmart Foundation made to The Partnership in March 2016.

“Our collaborative effort with The Partnership, Snohomish County business leaders and government officials, and the nine other selected WDBs will allow us to foster workforce training innovation in a sector where WDBs have not traditionally focused,” said Erin Monroe, Chief Executive Officer. “With the retail industry supporting one in four American jobs, this grant presents a tremendous potential for impact, from entry-level to middle skills jobs. The goal of this grant is to create clear career pathways in retail for hundreds of workers, providing skills training and new approaches to accelerate career advancement.”

The funding provided to Workforce Snohomish from The Partnership will provide a variety of services to job seekers, including:

  • Job readiness training customized to the retail sector, including helping jobseekers acquire the "soft skills" that are critical for workplace success such as teamwork, leadership, communication and conflict resolution.
  • Job placement assistance, resume writing help and interviewing skills workshops.
  • Post placement services to promote job retention.

Among the services Workforce Snohomish will offer employers are:

  • Serving as a point of contact for retail employers in the area for recruiting and training opportunities, including career tracks such as sales, customer service, logistics, merchandising/buying and management.
  • Customized recruiting and screening and assistance in writing job descriptions for new positions.
  • Employee retention assistance and improving the supply of qualified job candidates.

Approximately 200 people across Snohomish County will benefit from The Partnership grant during the first year.

Workforce Snohomish is partnering with Everett Community College to provide a Retail Management Certificate program that will culminate in an industry recognized credential. Students can earn the Retail Management Certificate in 3 quarters, and can opt to continue to their education towards an Associate of Technical Arts degree in Business Administration that is transferrable to 4-year universities. Retailers have indicated they are very willing to accommodate students’ schedules to allow them to work and participate in the Retail Management program.

Workforce Snohomish has also formed a Retail Advisory Board made up of local retailers including Fred Meyer, Costco, Everett Mall, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Walgreens, Nike Factory Store, PCC Natural Markets, CVS Pharmacy, Coach Outlet, and Bartell Drugs to ensure that local employers are providing input into the program. Retail career fairs and employer panels are also planned.

Snohomish County has over 2,000 retailers resulting in $6.3 billion in taxable retail sales in 2015. The 2015 Washington State Employment Security Department Gap Analysis indicated a significant gap in the supply of appropriate candidates to fill open positions. Employers are especially concerned about recruiting qualified applicants to fill critical upcoming holiday positions.

“As one of the largest provider of jobs for the American workforce, the retail industry presents many opportunities for workers to grow and thrive,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. "Through our work with The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, we are helping ensure that retail workers have the skills, training and education needed to build long-lasting careers."

In February 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $100 million over five years to strengthen the skills of the broader U.S. workforce by funding programs to create career paths in retail and related industries and train thousands of workers outside of Walmart. The two-year grant to The Partnership is the largest investment to date as part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s Opportunity initiative, which aims to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors by working with nonprofits, educational institutions and government agencies to make it easier for frontline workers to move faster into middle skills roles.

Workforce Snohomish is a business-led governing group charged with preparing, supporting, and growing the current and future workforce of Snohomish County. The objective of the Workforce Snohomish board is to inform, align, and advance education, government, business, labor, industry, and community services to work collaboratively to address workforce needs.

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WorkSource Lynnwood hosts open house at new location

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June 1, 2016

Media Contacts:

Curtis Takahashi,
Janelle Guthrie, 360-902-9289 or

LYNNWOOD – WorkSource Lynnwood welcomes local businesses, job seekers and others in the community to a ribbon-cutting and open house at its new location on June 6.

Staff will serve light refreshments and provide a tour of the new location, then showcase:

  •— the state’s new job match website powered by
  • Free resources for job seekers and employers
  • Classes and group meetings designed to help job seekers and employers meet their goals

When: 1:30 to 4 p.m. on June 6, 2016

Where: WorkSource Lynnwood, 18009 Hwy 99, Suite A, Lynnwood, WA 98037

Guest speakers include:

  • Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers
  • Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smit
  • Employment Security Department Commissioner Dale Peinecke
  • Workforce Snohomish CEO Erin Monroe

"It is important for us to maintain a strong presence in our south county region,” said Workforce Snohomish CEO Erin Monroe. “We are very pleased with the location and accessibility of our new WorkSource."

“In addition to a newly remodeled space, WorkSource Lynnwood provides job seekers and employers with conveniences including a central location and Wi-Fi access,” said WorkSource Lynnwood Administrator Mike Schulte. “Instead of queuing at a reception desk, customers will be greeted as they enter by staff carrying tablets.”

Individuals who have been laid off from a job, are rethinking their career or are just starting out can go to WorkSource for help searching for work, assessing and building skills, exploring careers and connecting with employers that are hiring. Studies have shown that people who use WorkSource job-search services tend to find work faster and earn more money than those who don’t.

Services for business include candidate recruiting and screening, job fairs and hiring events, training and skills acquisition for existing workers and labor market data.

Trade UP AND Touch-A-Truck events seeks to inspire future careers in the trades

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May 26, 2016
Contact: Emily Wicks, Marysville School District
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
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Marysville, WA – Marysville Career & Technical Education (CTE) Juniors and Seniors and Marysville Middle School eighth grade CTE students will receive hands-on education in the engineering, construction, and manufacturing trades on June 2 at the Trade UP AND Touch-A- Truck event at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

The event, made possible through a partnership between Workforce Snohomish, the Snohomish County Labor Council, United Way Snohomish County, and the Marysville School District Career & Technical Education Department allows participating students to spend the day with professionals from more than 10 different industries. Students will have an opportunity to run various types of machinery, operate simulators, and even put on a harness and climb a power pole. Participants will also learn about salaries, benefits, and work expectations in these high demand career fields, and will be required to wear safety gear, complete a time card, and listen to job preparedness criteria. The Snohomish County Labor Council will also be on hand providing information on apprenticeships and training programs available through organized labor.

“Event exhibitors will teach transferable skills to Marysville’s youth in a real-life work environment,” said Workforce Snohomish Chief Executive Officer, Erin Monroe. “The experience of driving a truck or using an engineering simulator can help steer a student toward a career in the growing field of construction and manufacturing.”

The original idea for the program is the vision of Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelley, who met with Erin Monroe, Executive Director of Workforce Snohomish, earlier this year. Mayor Kelley is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Snohomish County Labor Council and is connected with many Union skills training programs with people who are willing to share extensive knowledge with teens who will be entering into the workforce. "The idea came from bits and pieces I'd heard all over, from the state legislature to Economic Alliance of Snohomish County," Kelley said. "As our county grows, so too does the demand for these types of jobs. Especially since college is not for everybody, we need to show kids how they can live a decent life working in the trades."

A recent analysis of manufacturing activity in the United States using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Snohomish County has the largest increase in manufacturing jobs when compared to other major urban manufacturing communities in the U.S. From 1967 to 2014, Snohomish County manufacturing jobs increased by 276 percent, and the county maintains the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs of any county in the state of Washington.

“The Trade UP AND Touch-a- Truck event is all about getting our students interested, excited, and motivated to pursue a career they love and want to master,” said Marysville School District Career and Technical Education Director, Donneta Oremus. “We are pleased to partner in this effort to provide our students early access to all of the growing career options available to them.”

Participation is limited to 70 high school CTE students from Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, and Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), and 50 eighth grade Marysville Middle School students. The event will take place at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Campus on the Fast Pitch Softball 4-plex paved area, gymnasium parking lot, and inside the Jim Linden Fieldhouse. For more information, visit


About the Marysville School District
The Marysville School District seeks to engage our community, inspire our students, and prepare our graduates. We provide not just an adequate education for our children, but an excellent one. It is our belief that every child in our community deserves the very best educational experience possible, and every child has the potential to achieve success in life if given the right tools to do so. Learn more at

About United Way Snohomish County
United Way advances the common good through transforming our community and improving the lives of people in Snohomish County. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity for a good life, so we focus on breaking the cycle of poverty, and creating long-lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of problems. Learn more at

About Snohomish County Labor Council
The Snohomish County Labor Council is a federation of 63 unions in Snohomish County. Those unions represent 42,000 working families for the purpose of bargaining wages/salaries and working conditions with their employers. The Labor Council and its member unions are dedicated to helping workers organize their workplaces so that they are ensured economic justice and dignity. Learn more at

Trade UP Helps Teens Construct Their Futures 2-day program introduces teens to the construction trades

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September 15, 2015 (Everett, WA) — Workforce Snohomish, Snohomish County Labor Council, other local organizations have developed Trade UP, a FREE two-day experience to connect teens with area employers and apprenticeship programs. This program will provide youth, 16-18 years old, the opportunity to explore various careers within the growing construction industry. The program participants will also be exposed to the soft skills of employment such as time keeping and work polices.

“Being able to have a real-life, hands-on experience with driving a truck or using an engineering simulator could put a teen onto a potential career path in the growing fields of construction and manufacturing,” explains Erin Monroe, Executive Director of Workforce Snohomish.

Exhibitors to include: The International Union of Operating Engineers, Arlington Fire Department, Stanwood Ready Mix, and others. Additional partners include the City of Arlington Municipal Airport, United Way of Snohomish County, Washington Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Team (WALECET).

Online registration can be found at Participants will also receive up to $75 and certificates of completion. Training will take place at the Arlington Airport located at 18204 59th Drive NE Arlington on September 26 & 27 from 9am-3:30pm.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering or donating to this or future programs should contact Curtis Takahashi – 425-921-3435.

Workforce Snohomish
Workforce Snohomish invests government and private funding to continuously increase the global competitiveness and prosperity of county workforce and businesses, fill current and emerging jobs, and provide full employment. Investments are made through effective business, labor, community-based, educational, and service provider organizations for the opportunity, economic well-being, and benefit of our entire community.

Workforce Snohomish Receives Ladders of Opportunity Grant From The Federal Transit Administration

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Everett, WA (August 25, 2015) – Workforce Snohomish is pleased to announce it has received a $476,776 grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development program for the Puget Sound Region Ladders of Opportunity Initiative.

The Ladders to Opportunity Initiative brings together eight regional organizations in Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties to develop comprehensive career training, including mechanical and technical skills, and resume building. Targeted outreach to groups such as women, minorities, and native tribes will improve access to apprenticeships, social services, and job placement programs, allowing those underserved communities to participate in the massive growth of transit-related construction in the Puget Sound region.

“This program is designed to create a pipeline of skilled workers ready to enter the construction and transit industries,” explained Erin Monroe, CEO of Workforce Snohomish. “We are very excited about this regional partnership.”

Program partners include Sound Transit, Tulalip Tribes TERO program, City of Tacoma, Apprenticeships and Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW), Seattle Vocational Institute, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Bates Technical College.

About Workforce Snohomish 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.

About the Federal Transit Administration The FTA’s workforce development project grants will develop or expand strategic partnerships with transit agencies, labor unions, nonprofits, and academic institutions, and some will also support small businesses in the transit sector owned by women and minorities. In addition, several projects will serve as scalable models that can be applied to future projects throughout the United States.