Native Workforce Services Program (NWSP)
A skilled workforce is critical to the future of our Native communities.
NWSP supports comprehensive employment and training activities while helping clients get the trainings and certifications needed to build a sustainable career, including:
- Job counseling
- Academic counseling and assistance
- Referrals and placement
- Support with applications to government benefit programs, such as unemployment and SNAP
- Employment-related training
Native Infrastructure Careers & Education (NICE) Project
The Native Infrastructure Careers & Education (NICE) Project has a goal of increasing Native workers in mid-to-high skilled occupations in the transportation sector.
NICE is fully funded for 5 years by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Program. This accounts for 49% of the total Native Workforce Services Program budget.
• A resident of King, Snohomish, or Pierce County
• Over 18 years of age
• A member of a federally recognized tribe (Native American, Alaska Natives and Pacific Islanders)
• Unemployed or underemployed
• Meeting U.S. Department of Labor income guidelines
Washington State Employment Security Department
Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Scholarship and Tuition Resources
Scholarships & Tuition Resources
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is an employment and training adult program that is funded through Department of Labor to serve federally enrolled American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) that lives in King County by increasing their education and employment skills and assisting them in earning recognized credentials to secure a living wage.
Office of Labor Standards (OLS)
Office of Labor Standards outreach specialist Sharlene Wong helps educate our Seattle Native American workers on minimum wage, wage theft and secure scheduling. We assist our Seattle workers to be confident in understanding the Seattle Ordinances from OLS.