The WorkFirst program serves families receiving TANF through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), helping them start, continue or finish their education and training leading to employment and self-sufficiency.
To get started, please contact the WorkFirst Office at 253-589-5503 or visit Building 16, Room 118.
Effective July 6, the WorkFirst/Worker Retraining Office will have reduced office hours through summer quarter:
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
We will resume the Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule beginning September 8.
The WorkFirst program at CPTC provides the following options for eligible participants:
- High School Equivalency Exam prep
- High-school completion
- Vocational education in any of CPTC’s full- or part-time programs as well as Continuing Education
- High-wage, high-demand career training
The WorkFirst program at CPTC offers the following support for WorkFirst students:
- Tuition, book, and admission expenses for eligible participants (as funding allows)
- High School Equivalency Exam testing fee assistance (as funding allows)
- WorkFirst work-study for those that qualify (paid employment)
- Access to a Workforce Navigator who is able to provide 1:1 career coaching and job readiness resources, including resume and cover letter development and job placement assistance and other services. Sign up for Workforce Navigator Services here.
- Free educational assessment testing
- Educational planning, including transition, graduation and transfer assistance provided by a dedicated WorkFirst advisor
- Compliance tracking for DSHS
- Exclusive use of the WorkFirst Learning Center, including computer use and free printing
- Laptop loan program for eligible students
- Crisis counseling as needed
- Advocacy — WorkFirst staff are dedicated to student success and can provide resource assistance, referrals, barrier removal, and assistance navigating WorkFirst program requirements