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Job Seeker Services for Adults

PacMtn programs deliver innovative workforce solutions designed to be in-demand, appropriate, and effective for our diverse region. Partnering with local businesses, citizens, and community organizations, PacMtn works to strategically prepare our workforce to be successful both now and in the future.

PacMtn services include assessment of skill needs and capabilities, basic literacy skills training, job-specific training (including on-the-job and site-based training), and skills upgrades for existing employees. The culmination of these efforts is our goal of successfully matching the right job seeker with the right skills to the right job.

Resources and Services you can find below include:

  • Reentry Rapid Response Project
  • Preparation for Reentry Employment Program
  • WorkSource Services
  • Commerce Program
  • Additional Resources

Reentry Rapid Response Project

The Reentry Rapid Response Project provides reentry triage services to justice-involved individuals transitioning in the community in the Pacific Mountain’s five county region; Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston County through March 5, 2021.

Our services assess the barriers individuals experience in transitioning to the community and provide referrals to resources such as transportation, housing, behavior health, food, clothing, and healthcare. Our goal is to get you connected to the resources you need for transition to sustainable employment.

Why Contact Reentry Rapid Response Project ?

Reentry Rapid Response provides triage services to assess reentry goals and connect individuals to services releasing from corrections facilities and/or experiencing justice involvement in the community.


  • Triage assessment of your reentry goals and barriers
  • Referrals to connect you to additional services and resources
  • Barrier Removal or other needs identified in assessment to assist in transitioning to the community

How Do I Contact Reentry Rapid Response Project ?

There are two ways of connecting with someone for this project:

Additional Information

Because of COVID -19, there has been a rapid increase of justice-involved individuals releasing from correctional facilities on a county and state level. Governor Inslee issued on April 15, 2020 an emergency commutation to allow for the release of incarnated individuals from state prisons.  An additional factor is the lack of resources and services available to people releasing from correctional facilities due COVID-19 closures.

The Reentry Rapid Response Project provides services to justice- involved individuals facing re-entry barriers to employment prior to and during COVID-19. In addition to triaging customers, this project is the “missing link” that currently exist for this population. The population identified to serve includes those within the Pacific Mountain WDC Region; Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific County. This will also include Thurston and Lewis County Jail in General Population, those in Work Release and those who have been released from incarceration within the past year and/or with justice involvement in the past needing workforce development pre-employment services. In adherence to current COVID-19 restrictions with social distancing, a majority of services will be provided remotely through phone, email or postal delivery. Participants will receive triage services upon initial contact to identify barriers to accessing resources including connecting to essential employment services and gain knowledge of WorkSource Services for current employment needs and career planning.

The objective of this project is to triage, connect and remove barriers to accessing services, resources and employment for justice- involved individuals. The goal is to expand access to employment and financial resources during COVID- 19 for the purpose of employment preparation, barrier identification and removal, resulting in decreased unemployment time and quicker pathways to self-sufficiency.

  • Over 200 justice involved individuals from Pacific, Grays Harbor, Thurston, Lewis and Mason counties referred to the Reentry Rapid Response Project
  • Over 50% of all referrals have completed services: secured full time employment, met reentry goals, or connected to resources
  • Over 140 individualized support services provided, as well as direct resource connection in the Pacific Mountain five county region

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.

Please Note: The PREP Program is not open to the general public.

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, ABCs 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


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Services Tailored To You

WorkSource Services

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. Staff members who 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.

Commerce Programs

Commerce Programs are for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and consist of three employment opportunities for TANF recipients. Anyone receiving TANF may ask their 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.
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Additional Resources

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