Employment and Training Programs
for Adults

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.

Adult Programs

WorkFirst

Program Overview

WorkFirst is Washington’s welfare reform program designed to help Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants get what they need to prepare for and go to work. The program was initiated in August 1997 to help low-income families become self-sufficient through employment services, training, child care, and other support activities. It is based on the belief that everyone has abilities needed in today’s workforce.

What You Need to Know

Service Area         Yakima County

WorkFirst is Washington State’s temporary cash assistance program. The goals of the WorkFirst Program is to help low-income families stabilize their lives, so they can go to work and take better care of their families.

Eligibility

We partner with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) through local Community Service Office (CSO) and the State Department of Commerce to provide our WorkFirst services. If you are interested in any of these services, talk to your DSHS Case Manager about which service may be right for you.

RISE

Program Overview

RISE offers assistance in obtaining employment at a livable wage; through services providing case management, job experience, and employment and training assistance. Although Washington’s Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) are effective, there is a gap in the success participants who face multiple barriers. RISE proposes to fill the gap by offering enhanced services using random assignment to assign participants to either RISE services or to be part of the control group.

What You Need to Know

Service Area         Yakima County

RISE proposes to fill the gap by offering enhanced services using random assignment to assign participants to either RISE services or to be part of a control group.

Eligibility

  • RISE target population includes work-registrants who meet the following criteria:
    • Homeless
    • Veteran
    • limited English proficiency (LEP)
    • Long-Term Unemployed (unemployed for 12 consecutive months or more)
    • Non-Custodial Parents (NCP) owing arrears
  • The pilot participants will live in one of the four counties: King, Pierce, Spokane, and Yakima and must be a Basic Food recipients.
    • One critical barrier
    • Mental/physical health
    • Domestic violence
    • Chemical dependency
    • Child Welfare
    • Criminal history affecting employability
  • Three or more stand-alone barriers
    • Housing
    • Resource Deficiencies (i.e. transportation, childcare, etc)
    • Skill Deficiencies
    • Learning disability
    • Special Needs Child
    • Required Employment Verification (ID, birth certificate, driver’s license, etc.)
    • Negative or lack of employment history
    • High School Equivalency/Diploma
    • Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
    • Learning Disability
    • Child Support Arrears
    • Veterans Discharge Status