What services does WorkFirst provide?
WorkFirst is Washington State’s welfare reform program that provides support to individuals who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from DSHS.
- Potential funding for tuition, course-related 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.
- Employment assistance.
- Referrals to community partners.
How are these services provided?
Students are assigned to a Program Manager who:
- Does a thorough intake to assess training goals.
- Addresses 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 an Employment Specialist to research viable training options.
- Registering for classes.
- Referrals to college and/or community resources.
Why are they provided?
The goal of WorkFirst is to help students gain the skills and/or earn a credential necessary for higher wages, better jobs, and further advancement.
Last Updated March 5, 2021