Employment and Training Programs
for Youth

We provide youth and adult work-readiness training programs that offer opportunities to gain the necessary skills that lead to self-sufficiency, including the Yakima County GED online program and WorkSource Toppenish assistance. Youth and adult employment and training programs serve over 500 members in the Kittitas and Yakima Counties.

Youth Programs


Program Overview

WIOA affirms the commitment to providing high quality services for youth and young adults beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education.

16-24 year olds (out of school youth)

What You Need to Know

Service Area       Kittitas and Yakima Counties

Services: tutoring; alternative secondary school services; paid and unpaid work experiences, which include: summer and year round employment opportunities, pre-apprenticeship programs, internships and job shadowing, and on-the-job training; occupational skill training; education offered concurrently with workforce preparation and training; leadership development opportunities; supportive services; mentoring; follow-up services; comprehensive guidance and counseling; financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills training; services that provide labor market and employment information; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.


Participants must also meet one of the following conditions: the need to learn basic skills such as reading or writing above an eighth grade level, an English language learner, pregnant or parenting, homeless, runaway, in or have aged out of the Foster Care system, pregnant or parenting, an individual with a disability, in the juvenile or adult justice system (although not currently incarcerated) or a low-income person who requires additional assistance in completing an educational program or to secure and hold employment.


Program Overview

YouthBuild programs in the United States and across the globe, assist low-income young people learn construction skills to help build affordable housing and other community assets such as community centers and schools. The Construction Plus component assist low-income youth learn medical training skills.

16-24 year olds (75% Out of School 25% In-School)

What You Need to Know

Service Area Mid and Lower Yakima County

The Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program supports these efforts through significant education, occupational skills training, and leadership development to youth ages 16-24. YouthBuild provides services to more than 6,000 youth annually. This is accomplished by re-engaging them in innovative alternative education programs that provide individualized and project-based instruction as they work towards earning either a high school diploma or state-recognized equivalent and industry-recognized credentials in construction or other in-demand industries.
YouthBuild programs make explicit links between what is being done at the work site and what is being taught in the classroom through project-based and contextualized learning. The Act particularly has a focus on out-of-school youth, a priority population of the YouthBuild program.

Integrating Education and Skills Training with Community Commitment

YouthBuild participants have increased the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals and low-income families in their communities. Building and renovating housing for low- income and homeless families also provides a sense of purpose and transformation for youth participants while it teaches important soft skills, such as team work, personal accountability, and problem solving. The work site experience, coupled with earning an industry-recognized certificate, increases opportunities for post-program employment. YouthBuild addresses the challenges faced by unemployed, high school dropouts by providing them with an opportunity to gain both the education and occupational skills that will prepare them for good jobs with good wages. In addition, many of these youth, buoyed by their academic success in the YouthBuild program, continue on to post- secondary education.


Construction Plus

This component integrates the training and work experience of construction fields with other in-demand industries. These occupations include health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other occupations that are high-growth fields locally with strong career pathways and industry-recognized credentials. The Construction Plus component provides access to broader training opportunities to align youth interests and aptitudes with employer needs.


The intent of this FOA is to fund projects that provide education/training services to any individual that is between the ages of 16 and 24 on the date of enrollment; and is a member of a low-income family, a youth in foster care (including youth aging out of foster care), an offender, a youth who is an individual with a disability, a child of an incarcerated parent, a homeless youth, a migrant youth; and is a school dropout, or an individual who was a school dropout and has subsequently re-enrolled (as provided in WIOA 171(e)(1) Eligible Participants)