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.
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. 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.
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, 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
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 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.