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Awardee:

Snohomish County Workforce Development Council

917 134th Street SW, Suite B-3

Everett, Washington 98204

 

Contact: William Bell, Project Director, ACCESS Initiative

Phone: (425) 921-3421

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Snohomish County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: This project, Access Initiative, aims to provide seamless services to staff, the disability community, and employers. First, a Disability Program Navigator will be added to the staff of the planned WorkSource Transition Center, to be housed within the WorkSource Everett site, which will help the Snohomish County system to meet all three Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program goals. Second, by enhancing staff and employers knowledge and the existing infrastructure, this project will improve access to existing Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Investment Act funded services. This effort will be coordinated with the Washington Workforce Associations Work Incentive Grant, awarded in 2002.

Partnerships: Washington State Employment Security Department, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and its Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Additional members of Access Initiative are Center for Career Alternatives, Edmonds, Everett, and Skagit Valley Community Colleges, Refugee and Immigrant Forum, Service Alternatives, Snohomish County Housing Authority, Sunrise Services, TRAC Associates, Volunteers of America, Work Opportunities, and the YWCA of Seattle-King County and Snohomish County.