NW Workforce Council – The Council is a 27-member board responsible for governance and oversight of the workforce development system in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties. The Council convenes private and public sectors to address workforce development issues. The Council identifies current and future workforce trends, needs and priorities, and works with stakeholders and constituencies to execute priority initiatives.
Worksource Whatcom – Worksource is the state’s official career and employment site. It functions similarly to an “unemployment” office in other states while providing training opportunities. Their services are free of charge and everyone is welcome.
Training programs include: writing resumes & cover letters, interviewing techniques, effective job searches, Microsoft IT Academy, Key Train, GCFLearnFree.org. They also offer apprenticeships and worker retraining and education programs for dislocated workers.
Goodwill – Goodwill offers programs for youth, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other special needs. They offer occupational skills training, job readiness programs, e-learning, on-the-job training, access to transportation, childcare and English language training.
An Employment Solution – An Employment Solution is a staffing firm which works in partnership with employers to offer free employee assessment and placement in the office, professional, electronics, light industrial and skilled trade job markets.
Bayside USA – Bayside USA is a professional recruiting & employment service which offers contract assignments, direct positions & temporary placement in the areas of engineering, design and drafting, and other technically oriented tasks.