Education & Employment
MDC - Educational Opportunity Center
Phone: (253) 572-5960
714 S. 27th St, Tacoma, WA 98402
WorkSource Pierce County
1305 Tacoma Ave S., Tacoma, WA 98402
Hours: M-Th: 8:00 am-5:00 pm; F: 8:00 am-1:00 pm
Provides free educational support to adults in the following areas: educational planning, career advising, assistance with financial aid forms and college applications, and student loan default advocacy. MDC also helps people learn about different careers, choose a college, and apply for financial aid, get training for high demand jobs.
Pathways Education Training
1122 Market St. Suite B, Tacoma WA, 98402
Phone: (253) 627-2443
Provides livable wage job training to assist disadvantaged workers secure and maintain employment through an intensive curriculum that includes Environmental Training, Computer Literacy, Resume Writing, Mock Interviews, and Financial literacy.
REACH Employment Center
714 S. 27th St. 1st Floor, Tacoma WA, 98408
Phone: (253) 572-6590
REACH (Resources for Education and Career Help) is a partnership of more than a dozen agencies providing career education, personal and professional development services for young adults, ages 16-24. Sound. Provides ages 16-24 years old, self-paced, no-cost, multi-level GED program - Free breakfast, lunch, and transportation services for enrolled students.
Tacoma Community House (BEFT)
1314 S. L St., Tacoma WA, 98405
Phone: (253) 383-3951
Helps individuals gain the skills they need to transition out of poverty, navigate a new culture, and find personal and professional success
WorkSource - Pierce County
1305 Tacoma Ave S, Ste #201, Tacoma, WA 98402
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: (253) 593-7300
WorkSource offers employment re-entry services, employment and training for job seekers, and job search assistance. WorkSource also hosts monthly “Employer of the Day” events where local companies that are hiring will come into the Court Resource Center to hire employees, often offering same-day interviews. Job readiness skills, including resume, cover letter, and job application assistance.
1701 Elm St., Sumner WA, 98390
Hours: M-F; 8:00am - 4:30pm
Phone: (253) 863-2040
Vadis provides a variety of services designed to meet your unique employment goals. Supported Employment helps people with developmental disabilities define their career goals. Offers a variety of services including job preparation, job referral, and job coaching in both group and individual settings. Pathways serve young adults ages 17-21 with documented disabilities in building their career paths. Careers provide adults with a wide variety of disabilities assistance in obtaining and retaining employment.
Pierce County District Court Resource Center
901 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma WA, 98402
Hours: M-F; 8:30am-11:30 am, 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Phone: (253) 798-7631
Provides access to a variety of social services and programs to justice-involved individuals and those in need in one centralized location. Provides connections to the following services: Chemical Dependency Evaluations, Mental Health Services, Just Threads Clothing Bank, Housing, Navigation, License Reinstatement Assistance, ID Card Vouchers, Employment Training and Education, Jail Transition Services, Homelessness Prevention, Resource Navigation, Medicaid Enrollment and Navigation, Public Assistance Enrollment, Social Security (SSI) Enrollment and Navigation, Case Management, Child Support Payment Planning.
Cares of Washington
1833 N 105th Street, Ste 201, Seattle WA 98133
Phone: (206) 938-1253
Pierce County direct contact: Linda Mendiola - (253) 414-7635; Email: [email protected]
Hours: M-F 9:00am-5:00pm
Cares of WA offers services designed to help you prepare for, get and keep a job. The services you receive are tailored to your individual needs and unique circumstances and are designed to help you succeed. Services include Vocational Counseling, job readiness training, resume writing, interview skills, application completion using the internet and other job search resources, skills assessment, job placement assistance, follow-up support, resource materials, job accommodation advice, education counseling, independent living.
714 S. 27th Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: (253) 573-6500
Provides a wide variety of job training and placement services. Community employment services, comprehensive vocational evaluation services, job skills training, and special needs programs are available through REACH, located on the 1st floor of the Milgard Work Opportunity Center. Ages 18+ GED program. Free breakfast, lunch, and transportation support for enrolled students. Provides a high school completion program for students ages 21 years and older.
Tacoma Community College-Fresh Start
6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma WA
Phone: (253) 566-5086
High school completion and college credit-earning program for 16 - 21-year-old credit deficient students. Quarterly program enrolling new students in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.
The WIOA provides employment services, workforce development, basic education for adults, and vocational rehabilitation activities for people with disabilities. Apply for unemployment.
Phone: (360) 515-8903
Helps eligible DSHS clients secure employment.
Career Paths Services
5712 Main St. SW., Suite 100, Lakewood WA, 98499
Phone: (253) 512-4455
Helps low income and dislocated workers find jobs. Offers one–on-one help identifying meaningful career opportunities and developing plans to achieve them. Training/retraining opportunities include formal classes, certification programs, temporary, part-time, paid work, and on-the-job training. Highly effective job search training and techniques for marketing your skills and value to prospective employers, inspiration and ideas to effectively overcome obstacles and focus on success, job retention, and wage progression.