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Workfirst Services

A Job, A Better Job, and A Better Life. 

We offer tuition assistance and short-term, intensive training programs for eligible parents.

WorkFirst programs help parents receive training to improve their skills and increase their earning potential. WorkFirst Tuition Assistance provides money for tuition, fees, and books for parents to take credit or non-credit classes to upgrade their skills. Customized Job Skills Training and Integrated Basic Skills programs are full-time, short-term training linked to employment opportunities in the community.

To be eligible for WorkFirst Education, Training and WorkFirst Financial Aid you must:

  • Currently be receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) assistance from DSHS and working at least 20 hours per week
  • Be a parent working in a low-wage job and meet the income guidelines listed below.

Gross Income Guidelines for July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009

Family Size Annual Gross Income Monthly Gross Income
1 $18,200 $1,517
2 $24,500 $2,042
3 $30,800 $2,567
4 $37,100 $3,092
5 $43,400 $3,617
6 $49,700 $4,142

WorkFirst financial aid provides assistance for eligible parents to participate in Associate of Technical Arts Degree and Certificates of Completion programs through South Puget Sound Community College. Specified, contracted courses for only WorkFirst participants are available in the Job Skills Training, Customized Job Skills Training, and other training and education.

Associate of Technical Arts Degrees and Certificates

Job Skills Training

  • Phlebotomy
  • Flagger Training

Customized Job Skills Training (12 to 22 week training)

  • Nurse Assistant
  • Office Careers
  • Driving Careers
  • Welder's Helper

Other Training & Education

  • GED/Basic Skills
  • Upgrade your English, Reading and Math skills
  • High School Completion
  • WorkFirst Skills Lab

Call or drop by the WorkFirst Office in Building 22-201B. The number is 596-5403. You will be given an appointment time for your individual orientation.


WorkFirst Services
Fax: (360) 596-5710

Barbara Loney, Director
Building 34, Room 108
Phone: 596-5504

Tonya Huffines, WorkFirst Coordinator
Building 23, Room 130
Phone: 596-5401