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WorkFirst

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Job training for people receiving public assistance.

The WorkFirst program assists parents who receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

How does WorkFirst Work?

First, eligible students are referred by their DSHS case manager. Second, TCC will assess your current skills, strengths and interests and begin career planning. Finally, you'll begin training that will prepare you to enter the workforce in wage progression positions.

Some of the advantages to the WorkFirst program at TCC are:

  • WorkFirst tuition assistance/financial aid (tuition, books, fees)
  • WorkFirst work-study (paid work experience)
  • Free educational assessment testing
  • Student services including educational planning, resume assistance, job search assistance

Contact Sabra Murray

Referral to TCC: Call the WorkFirst program specialist at the Department of Social and Health Services for referral to TCC.

For program specific questions: Call the TCC WorkFirst information line at 253.460.3803.

WorkFirst Services

Adult Basic Education ServicesCASAS Assessment; GED Testing; Assessment of Learning Challenges; GED/ABE Classes
College Placement AssessmentIf a student has graduated high school or completed a GED, student's will be given a college placement assessment
Work Experience Training (WEX)Workplace Skills; Volunteer Positions; On-the-Job Experience
Job PlacementA collaborative service between TCC's WorkFirst Program and Career Center and Tacoma Community House

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