Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County Abstract

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Workforce Development Council of Seattle — King County

Healthcare Workforce for the Future

Location: King County (including Seattle), WA


Six-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2021*

Annual Award Amount: $1,880,039

Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than Institution of Higher Education)

Service Area: King County in Washington

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, low-income individuals, and youth


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 625

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 206

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 250

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 175

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 560

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 400

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 315


The King County Healthcare Workforce for the Future (HWF) project targets individuals who are unemployed or remain under-/unstably employed; incumbent workers in need of support for wage and career progression; and youth. Program goals aim to meet the needs of healthcare employers in the King County area for skilled talent, build the infrastructure necessary to ensure a robust pipeline for the future healthcare workforce needed in King County, and support real progress toward economic self-sufficiency for low-income residents.

Targeted occupations include: Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Medical Assistant, Medical Secretary, Phlebotomist, Medical Lab Technician, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Pharmacy Technician, Cardiovascular Technician, Surgical Technologist, Occupational Therapy Aide/Assistant, Physical Therapist Aide/Assistant, Respiratory Therapist, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Interpreter/Translator, Health Educator, Social and Human Services Assistant, Community Health Worker, EMT/Paramedic, and Massage Therapist. Supportive services include assistance with childcare and transportation, and emergency assistance. HWF Navigators and Business Service team members also provide direct employment support, including career counseling, job search, job placement, and job retention services. The Workforce Development Council (WDC) is the local workforce board for King County, and with TANF partners, is also joined by the state workforce board and apprenticeship partners on the HWF Steering Committee. The WDC works closely with apprenticeship partners across the county and state, including Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries. The department oversees apprenticeship across Washington, and WDC staff attend quarterly Apprenticeship Councils and speak regularly with staff. The WDC continues to support apprenticeship programs in healthcare through strong partnerships with an industry association, the Washington Association for Community Health, and the Healthcare Apprenticeship Consortium.

*This second round of grant awards has been extended an additional 12 months, ending September 29, 2021.

HPOG Workforce Development Council of Seattle — King County Abstract (PDF)

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