In early 2022, WSW will launch a new pilot to improve access to workforce system services for individuals and businesses along the Fourth Plain corridor. Also known as the International District, Fourth Plain is Vancouver’s most diverse community. More than 30 languages are spoken, and more than 30 percent of residents are communities of color. The corridor is home to over 150 mostly small, locally-owned businesses.

Funds from KeyBank and the City of Vancouver will support a part-time workforce navigator. This individual will build and deepen connections between the public workforce system and the Fourth Plain community, assisting with access to workforce training, education and employment. The navigator will also aid corridor businesses with employee recruitment.

So that a greater number of people can access services, the navigator will split time at several locations including the Fourth Plain Forward office, and City of Vancouver and/or Fourth Plain Coalition sites, and the Vancouver WorkSource center.

To learn more contact Sr. Program Manager Benton Waterous at bwaterous@workforcesw.org.

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