Stimulus helps fund youth jobs

More than 1,000 low-income youngsters in Pierce County will be put to work this summer thanks to federal stimulus money.

More than 1,000 low-income youngsters in Pierce County will be put to work this summer thanks to federal stimulus money.

Workforce Central, a joint workforce development enterprise between Pierce County and the City of Tacoma, is poised to invest $2.1 million in youth and young adults through a countywide summer employment training program.

Funding for the 2009 Youth Employment Program comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Congress and President Obama approved to stimulate the economy.

Workforce Central and its youth partners will assist 1,000 to 1,200 low-income people between the ages of 14 and 24.

Youth who meet income eligibility requirements and are selected for the program will gain work readiness, career exposure and skills in a variety of jobs in public, private and nonprofit sectors.

The program covers the cost of their $8.55-an-hour wage and related costs for six to eight weeks.

“Given the state of the economy, opportunities for youth and young adults have declined, and that makes it even tougher for people from low-income families who already face tough socio-economic barriers,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, one of five members of Workforce Central’s executive board. “I am urging my department directors to look for opportunities to participate in this program and hire these folks.”

Applications can be downloaded at or obtained by calling 253-591-5450. Selected youth will be contacted in May and June and invited to attend an orientation before beginning their paid work experience in July.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Employment and Training Consortium, doing business as Workforce Central, was formed in 1982 to be the county’s workforce development entity.

The organization coordinates federal, state and local resources to ensure the development of a sufficient supply of skilled workers that meet the community’s needs.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Melissa Holt, recreation programmer at the Senior Activity Center, answers voicemails Tuesday morning from people hoping to get vaccinated on Sunday. Photo by Alex Bruell
Senior Center, St. Elizbeth partner up to administer vaccines to Plateau residents

Additionally, the Kent and Auburn vaccine sites have opened up to those 65 and older.

Here is my second stock photo attempt, just in time for tax season.  This one didn't require any expensive props either  but I did have to use my son's glue stick to hold the sheets together. Feel free to use this image, just link to www.SeniorLiving.Org
Large property tax hikes seen in Enumclaw, Buckley areas

Both cities saw a double-digit percentage jump in taxes.

Most of the council met in person on Feb. 22, with applicants for the two open seats on the council interviewing for those positions virtually. Pictured on the screen is Julie Johnson. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Enumclaw council interviews 17 candidates for two open seats

The council will deliberate on their choices during the March 8 meeting.

Washington State Supreme Court Justices (back row, L-R) Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, G. Helen Whitener, (front row, L-R) Susan Owens, Charles W. Johnson, Steven C. Gonzalez, Barbara A. Madsen and Debra L. Stephens.
Justices strike down Washington state drug possession law

Police must stop arresting people for simple possession.

Enumclaw city hall
Mayor reviews 2020, looks to Enumclaw’s future

A recap of last week’s “State of the City” address.

In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo
Inslee: All of Washington to stay in Phase 2 for a few weeks

The governor issued a weekslong pause on regions moving backward, but has yet to outline a Phase 3.

Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo
King County libraries will reopen in some cities for in-person services

Fall City, Kent libraries among six selected for partial reopening.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

gavel and sounding block on desk
Renton man involved in Drainage District 5 scheme sentenced

Darrel N. Winston was given probation, home detention, and community service for his part in helping two Enumclaw residents allegedly steal $460,000 in local taxpayer dollars.

Most Read