Workforce Development Council seeks proposals on Pierce County youth education and employment

High school graduation rates dip and youth unemployment treads water at a steady 19 percent.

Seeking answers to the problem, the Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council is looking for organizations with ideas on how to provide education and employment services to youth hereabouts.

Hence a Request for Proposals, with the proposals outlining delivery of services to Pierce County youth, either in or out of school, from ages 16 to 21.

The RFP, according to a release from the WDC on Monday, “seeks service providers that demonstrate a commitment and history of serving youth who have dropped out of school; those who are basic-skills deficient and/or have significant barriers to employment.”

The RFP packet is posted at the WFC website. For more information visit

Interested organizations, according to the RFP outline, may include governmental organizations, community and technical colleges, local education agencies, faith-based organizations or private for-profit or nonprofit organizations.

The work will be performed under the Workforce Investment Act Title 1. To learn more about the requirements of the act, introductory educational sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and Monday, Sept. 15, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at WorkForce Central, 3650 S. Cedar St. in Tacoma.

Two bidders’ conferences concerning the WIA proposal will be held Thursday from 10:30 to noon, and Monday from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., also at WorkForce Central.

Bidders need attend only one session.