What services does WorkFirst provide?
WorkFirst is Washington State’s welfare reform program that provides to individuals who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) from DSHS:
- “Jump start” funding to pay tuition, fees, and required textbooks when pursuing approved professional-technical training.
- High-touch educational advising and planning, including the development of an education plan that lists the courses required each quarter to obtain the training goal in the most efficient manner.
- Advising to address barriers to academic/personal success.
- Assistance in navigating college resources and services.
- Referrals to Link to Opportunities (LTO) Employment Specialist or BC Career Center
- Referrals to community partners.
How are they provided?
Students are assigned to a Program Manager who:
- Does a thorough intake to assess training goals.
- Address barriers to academic/personal success.
- Develops a list of next steps for the individual to take.
The list of next steps may include:
- Applying for admissions to the college.
- Taking an assessment test of English and math skills.
- Meeting with our Employment Specialist to research viable training options.
- Registering for classes.
- Referrals to college and/or community resources and/or services.
Why are they provided?
The goal of WorkFirst is to help students gain the skills and/or earn credential necessary for higher wages, better jobs, and further advancement.
Who provides them?
The WorkFirst Team at BC consist of:
- WorkFirst Director
- WorkFirst Program Manager
- Employment Specialist