About Us

About Us

Meet Our Organization

We’re a 501(c)3 non-profit, powered by both private and public funding, including Title 1 of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA). Our blend of funding sources gives us the ability to invest in a wide range of innovative projects.

We advise and fund the WorkSource system in Spokane, which consists of two career centers and 19 affiliated sites across Spokane county. 

Practically speaking, we provide leadership and guidance for more than 100 workforce professionals from a variety of agencies, all working together toward the common goal of helping workers find good jobs, and helping businesses find the right talent.

Our Mission

We elevate local workforce efforts with critical insights, researched guidance, innovative funding, and strategic partnership— so that we can cultivate a flourishing Spokane economy and job market together.

Our Staff

We employ a lean team of talented professionals who are passionate about our mission and work.

Our Board

We rely on the insights and wisdom of a business-led board that represents broad experience across Spokane's diverse industries.
Awards & Recognition
Champion of Youth Award
Our system has been recognized twice by the Chase Youth Commission with the Champion of Youth Award. In 2016 it was presented to Machelle Johnson, member of our board and then-chair of the Youth Employment Readiness Network. In 2015 it was awarded to the Next Generation Zone.
Governor's Best Practice Award
SWC has received a Governor's Best Practice Award twice, in 2011 for the Work Ready Spokane initiative; and once in 2007 for the Pizza, Pop and Power Tools event.
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CareerExplore Northwest
2021: KSPS received a Public Media Award for Educational Resources for the Community for CareerExplore NW, awarded by the National Educational Telecommunications Association. We are a proud partner of the CareerExplore Northwest project.
WIOA Trailblazer Award
2020: Award Winner

2019: Nominee

2016: Nominee
Spokane Resource Center receives national recognition
2019: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson visited the Spokane Resource Center and declared it a national model for HUD EnVision Centers.
Champion of Youth Award from the Chase Youth Commission
2016: Awarded to Machelle Johnson, SWC board member

2015: Awarded to the Next Generation Zone
Governor's Best Practice Award
SWC awarded twice, once in 2011 for the Work Ready Spokane initiative; and once in 2007 for the Pizza, Pop and Power Tools event.
We are thankful to our supporters

There are many businesses, foundations, and philanthropic entities that support program operations, capacity building, and special projects that have contributed to the success of the Spokane Workforce Council.

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