WORKFORCE RESOURCES

Universities

Pierce County has three outstanding four-year institutions that offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Community & Technical Colleges

Pierce County has four excellent community and technical colleges that provide classes, contract training, and other resources to local employers.

WorkForce Central Business Services

WorkForce Central offers free core services such as employee recruitment and prescreening of applicants. Their other fee based services include computerized job matching and referral of quality applicants, electronic job posting and resume banks, help with recruitment and layoffs, customized training packages to upgrade worker skills, information on wages, occupations, and business trends, and access to tax incentive and help with childcare and transportation.

Dan Grisham  |  253-254-7670  |  www.workforce-central.org

Job Skills Program

The Job Skills Program is training customized to meet employers’ needs. JSP funds are awarded to licensed educational institutions to cover half of the training cost (the other half must be provided by the employer). Funds can be used for customized training, cross-training, basic skills training, continuous improvement, train-the-trainer programs, and new employee services.

Anna Nikolaeva, program administrator  |  360-704-4342  |  www.sbctc.edu

Customized Training Program

Under the Customized Training Program, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) pays the costs up front for customized training. After training is completed the business repays the costs to the SBCTC interest free. Upon completion of training 25 percent of the full amount is due, and the remaining 75 percent due is spread over 18 months. After a business makes the initial payment of 25 percent to the SBCTC, they may take a state B&O tax credit equal to half of that amount. As the business pays off the remainder over the 18 month period, the business may continue to take tax credits equal to 50 percent of each repayment amount. Thus, the total tax credit is equal to 50 percent of the cost of the training program.

Anna Nikolaeva, program administrator  |  360-704-4342  |  www.sbctc.edu