Recently the WA State Employment Security Department and other local economic development organizations, was awarded a sizeable National Emergency Grant in the amount of $4.8 million dollars though the Department of Labor, which made the grant available as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure action which began in 2005.

The majority of the grant will help 825 displaced military spouses who relocated to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with their husbands or wives to find work and start new careers in Pierce and Thurston Counties. 

Provided services will include career coaching, job training, support services and employment linkage. A portion of the funds will also be utilized to assist in identifying skill gaps in new and emerging industries critical to the economic growth of both counties surrounding the base.

The program, which will be run on a local level by WorkForce Central, the workforce investment board for Pierce County, and the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and the workforce investment board for Thurston County, is on track to enroll 825 individuals over the summer.

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