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Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County Abstract

Published: June 2, 2020
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Grantee Abstracts

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Workforce Development Council of Seattle – King County

Healthcare Workforce for the Future

Location: King County (including Seattle), WA


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $1,880,039

Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501C3 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, despite the improving economy; incumbent workers in need of support for wage and career progression; and youth. Program goals aim to meet the skilled talent needs of healthcare employers in the King County area, 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. The HWF project builds on lessons learned and best practices from the extensive experience of the Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Seattle–King County and its partners in the healthcare sector. 

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, and Community Health Worker, EMT/Paramedic, and Massage Therapist. Supportive services include assistance with childcare, transportation, and emergency assistance. HWF Navigators and Business Service team members also provide direct employment support, including job search, job placement, and job retention services. Project partners include: TANF agencies, various King County colleges, housing authorities, Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, state apprenticeship partners, Puget Sound Welcome Back Center, Allied Health Center of Excellence, Western Washington Area Health Education Center, and various industry partners and employers. The state apprenticeship agency serves on the HWF Steering Committee. In addition, the WDC maintains a partnership with an industry association, the Washington Association for Community Health, to further support apprenticeship development in healthcare. 

Last Reviewed: June 2, 2020