The Workforce Development Council of Seattle King-County Receives Grant

Posted by Thao Nelson - On January 17, 2011 (EST)

Editor's Note:  Our guest blogger this week is Judith Morel, Project Manager Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.  She shares information about their grant program along with their outreach strategies.

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle King-County received a POP grant that focuses on weatherization, de-construction and green manufacturing. The PUMA areas for the POP grant in Seattle include highly diverse populations and immigrants from regions such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Eretria, Somalia, Mexico and Central America. The WDC has contracted with twelve local partners who are responsible for case management, training, and job placement.

An outreach event was conducted on Nov 12th 2010 at a local YWCA with the goal to recruit potential participants for the grant, inform them of the eligibility requirements, and discuss the training and employment options available. More than 80 participants, including many family members and their children, attended the two-hour neighborhood event. The agenda included African music, opening remarks by the director of the CBO host partner, Got Green, and presentations by four of the five training providers. We heard from several attendees that they appreciated the face time to ask questions of the case managers and the training providers.

The outreach fliers were distributed door-to-door, as well as posted at several CBOs in the area. They were translated into 6 languages. In addition, translators were available at the event to simultaneously translate for participants who wore headsets. It was a bit noisy, but no one seemed to mind, since the event was also a social opportunity. Former graduates of some of the earlier training programs also spoke about what to expect and explained that the POP grant provided incredible training opportunities as well as a chance at employment in a good-paying job.

Copies of the outreach flyer have been uploaded as resources on the CoP.  Translations are in Vietnamese, Spanish, Amharic, Khmer, Somali, and Tigrinya, as well as in English.

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