WorkFirst

 

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

 

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