WHO WE ARE
To lead dynamic regional workforce development that enhances economic success.
PacMtn is a recognized leader providing workforce solutions in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston Counties.
The Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council values are…
- Customer emphasis that puts the public at the center of every decision and action
- Regional efforts that span the five-county area, so that all counties are achieving economic success for the benefit of the region
- Innovation and creativity as the backbone of progress and support of day-to-day activities
- Diversity of thoughts, ideas and solutions achieved by honoring diverse perspectives
- Integrity, honesty, openness, personal excellence, constructive self-assessment, continual self-improvement, and mutual respect as an organization and as individuals
WHAT WE DO
Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn) is the recognized convener of the region’s workforce development efforts. The PacMtn Board of Directors, PacMtn Elected Official Consortium, and all staff are dedicated to a workforce system that supports businesses, regional industry sectors, and all level of employers and job seekers. We are developing a fully integrated system of services that is efficient at meeting the community and economic needs of the region.
PacMtn oversees the local network of American Job Centers, called WorkSource. WorkSource is a demand-driven and integrated system of partners who share common goals. Our WorkSource Centers are a focal point for developing community prosperity, one job seeker and one employer at a time. Each WorkSource is committed to being a community resource and providing excellent customer service.
LABOR MARKET AND BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT NEEDS
PacMtn is a hub for gathering and disseminating information about the area’s labor market and business employment needs. We convene groups of businesses and partners to guide collaborations with training providers and fund innovative solutions for today’s workforce challenges.
By building strategic alliances and designing innovative workforce solutions, we are creating a pipeline of skilled and talented workers prepared to meet the needs of local employers and the industries of tomorrow. Targeted employment services help job seekers explore career pathways, update skills, and gain work-related training – increasing employability, retention, and long-term earning potential. All of these efforts culminate into an integrated system that supports regional employers by supplying them with the skilled workers.
REGIONAL WIOA ADMINISTRATOR
In 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law as the first major reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. This law creates a more streamlined workforce training and employment delivery system that seeks to increase business prosperity by supplying highly-skilled workers. The focus on business, industry, and the health of our local economy will promote economic success for individuals and our communities. At the local level, PacMtn directs program activities driven by WIOA funding.
SERVICES TAILORED TO YOU
Each county’s WorkSource office can provide you with excellent resources to find a job or career that gives you a great sense of accomplishment. Staffs that are knowledgeable about their communities, local employers, and jobs can guide you to jobs that are currently in-demand and fields that are emerging, such as green occupations. Many of the services and programs offered are free to the public. We encourage you to visit your local WorkSource for these free services:
- Free use of computers, copiers, phones, faxes and other career resources
- Information on the fastest growing jobs and wages
- Free internet access to jobs and labor market information
- Access to Unemployment Insurance
- Classes on how to get and keep a job
- Job referrals and placement support
- Referrals to community resources
- Job search workshops
- Other services are specifically tailored to each job seeker’s situation and connecting with the WorkSource system may open up specialized resources and services depending on who you are and what you are experiencing as a job seeker.
PREPARATION FOR REENTRY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
The PREP (Preparation for Reentry Employment Program) provides employment preparation classes within the Thurston County Jail and employment support service during a transition in Work Release. This program serves a specific population of incarcerated individuals with case management services. Participants are referred to the program by the court system while incarcerated through the CDP (Chemical Dependency Program) in jail.
Employment classes are five weeks while in General Population at Thurston County Jail. The PREP Classes consist of:
- Master Application
- Resume Worksheet
- Cover letter Worksheet
- 60 Second Commercial
- Disclosing Background Speech
- Thank You Letter, Interview Preparation
- Job Search Techniques, Maintaining Employment, ABC’s of Altering Negative Thought Process, SMART GOAL Setting, and a Transition Plan.
Once a participant is in Work Release, supportive employment services are provided to remove barriers to employment as well as provide job search assistance and sometimes co-enrollment into WIOA Adult or Youth Programs. Referrals for other community services are also provided including:
- Transitional/ Clean and Sober Housing
- Clothing Banks, Therapeutic Services
- Support groups
- Child Support Enforcement and Transportation
The PREP Program is not open to the general public
Commerce Programs are for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and consist of three employment opportunities for TANF recipients. Anyone receiving TANF may ask the Department of Social Services (DSHS) Case Manager for a referral to one of the following training programs:
- Community Jobs - A full-time program designed to enhance work skills, provide training, create a bridge to career, and connect to employment opportunities.
- On-the-Job Career Jump – Try out Employment available to profit and non-profit business with a job opening. No cost for an employer during specified training time. Possible Tax incentives and Bonding.
- Community Works - Is designed to provide work experience from 5 hrs. minimum weekly, while a participant is in transition and wants to build work skills.