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Education & Employment Resources

AARP/Senior Employment

509-325-7712
222 W. Mission Ave #124
Spokane, WA 99202

Work-training program that provides subsidized, part-time, temporary assignments and placement assistance to low-income seniors.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Programs

509-533-4600
2310 N. Monroe
Spokane, WA 99205
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. - noon.

Tuition $25 per quarter. The Adult Basic Education Division of the Community Colleges of Spokane, offers open-enrollment, classes and special services at 22 sites throughout the six county service areas. The program offers English as a Second Language, math, reading, writing, family literacy, and computer skills in an employment-focused, flexible learning environment. The program also provides high school completion and GED classes. Services include: ABE (Pre-GED); GED; HSC (adult high school completion); ESL (English as a Second Language); Reading Lab; Families that Work, Read Right, Work Place Basics, and PACE (People Accessing Careers and Education) programming which provides employment and independent living classes and support activities.

Adult Education Center

509-533-4600
2310 N. Monroe
Spokane, WA 99205
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday by appointment.

Tuition $25 per quarter. Provides adult basic educational classes to anyone 19 years of age or older. Students between the ages of 16 and 18 years may enroll, if the client has a high school release. Programs include GED, Adult Basic Education, High School completion, Reading Lab, English as a Second Language (ESL), Families That Work, and Read Right. Provides basic instruction in mathematics, language arts, reading, and employability skills. Also see listings under ABE, ESL & GED.  

Career Connections

509-928-0423
421 N. Mullan
Spokane, WA 99206

Program provides job training and placement to disabled individuals and disadvantaged adults in the Spokane area.

Career & Student Employment Center  

509-533-8007, Spokane Community College (SCC)
509-533-3521, Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Appointments are scheduled: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).  

Must be enrolled in college.

Career Path Services

509-326-7520
10 N Post St #200
Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Free. Specializing in workforce development. Provides employment, training, and basic education to economically disadvantaged adults, dislocated workers, and youth. Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services include GED and High School Re-entry, Paid Work Experience, Skills Training, On-The-Job Training, and Support Services. WorkFirst service providers for TANF recipients include Paid Community Jobs, Basic Education, GED, High School Re-entry, Skills Training, Job Retention, and Support Services. Services to people with disabilities and people with developmental disabilities, including DVR services and Individual Supported Employment are available. Also, a WorkSource affiliate site offering services to both employers and job seekers. Orientations held weekly, call for times.

Christ Kitchen

509-325-4343
2410 N Monroe St
Spokane, WA 99205
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 – 5 p.m.

Christ Kitchen in a Christ-centered ministry providing work, job training, and fellowship for women in poverty in Spokane through production and sales of gift baskets and fried food products. This ministry enables women to learn to work, to become employable and to eventually support themselves and their families without reliance on government programs or destructive relationships.

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS)

509-533-7000, Spokane Community College (SCC)
509-533-3500, Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC)
509-533-4600, Adult Basic Ed
SFCC 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., ABE M-Th 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

The phone numbers listed above are for the main switchboard of each college. They can direct you to the appropriate phone number for financial aid, registration, testing, career planning, new classes, and student support services.

Continuing Education through CCS

509-533-8010, Spokane Community College (SCC)
509-533-8860, SCC Professional/Technical
509-533-7000, SCC Liberal Arts
509-533-8110, SCC Distance Learning
509-533-3522, Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC)
509-533-3516, SFCC Credit Classes
509-533-3216, SFCC Distance Learning
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Fees vary for credit and non-credit classes. Call the above listed numbers to register for non-credit classes. Classes are available days, nights, and weekends throughout a six-county region in Eastern Washington. Registration may be done by phone. Some tuition waivers are available.

Contract Based Education

509-891-5052
115 S University
Spokane, WA 99206
Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Free. An alternative high school program for students under age 21. Students attend school for approximately 2-4 hours per week. A personal appointment is made with a teacher to receive assignments and instruction to complete all courses needed for graduation. The student then takes the materials home and completes the assignments.

Curlew Job Corps

509-779-0547
3 Campus St
Curlew, WA 99118
24 hours a day/7 days a week. 

Federally funded - free to qualifiers. Residential vocational training program for men and women 16-24 years of age. Accredited high school/GED program. Free basic health and dental care, recreation and placement.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

509-363-4700 or 1-800-548-0941
(TTY 509-329-3719 or 1-888-468-9763

DVR helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, and retain employment. Vocational rehabilitation programs are custom-designed for each individual.  They work in partnership with the community and business to develop employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Educational Service District 101 (ESD 101) “Youthbuild Spokane”

509-789-3703

“Youthbuild Spokane” is a HUD program for youth’s aged 18-24 who are high school dropouts or who are educationally “at risk” and economically disadvantaged.  They work in construction crews to build housing for low-income residents of Spokane County while attending high school classes to complete their diploma or GED certificate.  Life skills training and post-program transition follow-up is provided to all who finish to move them into apprenticeship training, employment, or post-secondary education.  Construction technology training resulting in employment and/or apprenticeship training is a primary goal of participation.  A $2,362.50 AmeriCorps education award is provided to “Youth-build Spokane” members who complete their term of service.

Employment Services

509-344-0163
130 E. 3rd Ave
Spokane, WA 99202
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free. Goodwill offers formal and work site assessments, career exploration, career readiness, counseling (vocational as well as individual/family/marital), job placement, job coaching, work site evaluation and training for individuals with barriers to employment. WorkSource Affiliate site that provides information and Internet access for individuals seeking employment. Referrals accepted from Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Developmental Disabilities, WorkSource, Labor and Industries, Department of Social and Health Services and other agencies. Also provides employment services for ex-offenders with a recent felony conviction. Assists employers with Washington State bonding program and Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Express Personnel Services

509-747-6011
331 W. Main Ave.
Spokane, WA

If you're a job seeker, Express will assess your skills and work with you to find a job that fits your needs and abilities. Applicants never pay a fee at Express, and you'll have the opportunity to earn benefits such as medical insurance, holiday pay, vacation pay, referral bonuses and much more.
 

H.O.M.E. (Helping Ourselves Means Education)

509-359-4237
Cheney, WA 99004
Monday - Friday, hours vary. 

Free. Provides advocacy, networking, and referrals for parents and returning students. Maintains a database for basic needs such as housing, childcare, and community social services in addition to campus resources and services. Offers a number of child care scholarships annually. Sponsors the Giving Tree, a holiday gift giving campaign for the children of low-income EWU students. Offers the Family Groove, a parent/child interactive group.  

Job Corps

509-340-7813
901 E 2nd Ave #100
Spokane, WA 99202
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

A residential education and career training program designed for unemployed and under-educated women and men ages 16 to 24. It provides total support: basic education and career classes, dental, medical and eye care, work clothing, social and recreational programs, counseling and student leadership activities. Provides guaranteed placement assistance for all enrollees. Must have a good health history, no current legal issues, be low-income and a legal U.S. resident. Ability and desire to participate are a must. Provides assistance to runaways. If runaways are 18 or younger, they must have parent/guardian approval. Participants can complete their GED or High School Diploma while enrolled.

Labor Ready

509-747-3071
504 E. North Foothills Dr.
Spokane, WA

Each year, Labor Ready dispatches approximately 600,000 temporary employees to jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality services, landscaping, warehousing, retail and more. More than 300,000 businesses of all sizes throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico use Labor Ready when they need a dependable source of labor. By fueling both individual and business growth, Labor Ready delivers a win-win: temporary employment gives customers the flexibility to quickly add reliable help on short notice and provides an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work to dependable employees seeking income.

Manpower

509-838-8531
720 W. Boone, Suite 100
Spokane, WA 99201
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Free. Manpower supplies temporary assignments and permanent positions in office, marketing, technical, and industrial settings. No fee charged while working temporary, or when hired permanently. A variety of training options are provided, free of charge, via Global Listening Center to qualified applicants. Applications are taken by appointment. Must be at least 18 years old.

Medical Pros Staffing Services

509-323-3223
Northpark Building, 420 W. Dean Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Medical field job placement agency. Provisional is a specialized recruiting and staffing firm in the Inland Northwest, exclusively serving the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho marketplace. In business for over 15 years they have been placing professionals with great companies in temporary, contract-to-hire and direct-hire positions.

Micro-Enterprise Development Program

509-232-2816
212 S. Wall
Spokane, WA 99201
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon & 1 - 4 p.m.

Assists low-income individuals to realistically and successfully enter into or expand a small or home-based business. Achieves this through business training, comprehensive technical assistance, long term support, and small loans.

Neighborhood Assets

509-456-7174
212 S. Wall
Spokane, WA 99201
Monday & Thursday, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., or by appointment.

Free. This program offers financial counseling and credit union services for people who need help managing their money, people who are using high cost financial services, and those who need and want a bank account.

PACE Services (People Accessing Careers & Education)

509-279-6033
The Lodge, 3305 W. Fort George Write Drive
Spokane, WA 99207
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fees vary. PACE Services assists people with significant barriers to employment or community inclusion in achieving their life goals through education, resource coordination and vocational support. The program serves individuals who are learning disabled, developmentally impaired, brain injured, blind, and deaf as well as individuals who experience mental illness, or qualify for unemployment benefits. The program offers assessments, vocational exploration, employment preparation, job coaching, job placement and extended support services.

The READY program is a one quarter vocational training program, offered to individuals who want to learn basic workplace skills, accompanied by a specific employment training program (auto maintenance, child care and hospitality are the current offerings). Career development, job preparation, computer work skill building, functional reading, money management, and physical conditioning are a sampling of classes offered. PACE serves individuals who are eligible for "Pathways to Employment," Division of Developmental Disabilities, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, high school transition, and Worker Retraining.

SCC Community, Career, and Employment Services

509-533-7249
1810 N. Greene, Bldg #6
Spokane, WA 99217
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free, The Community, Career, and Employment Services department includes state agencies such as the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Security Department in addition to the college's career planning services, job referral assistance and campus tours. There is also Veteran Services, WorkFirst and Worker Retraining. Software applications are available for resume development and career interest inventories as well as Internet access.

SCORE Spokane

509-353-2821
801 W. Riverside Ave., #444
Spokane, WA 99201 

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE has 389 chapters in locations throughout the United States and its territories, with 10,500 volunteers nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors. SCORE was founded in 1964. SCORE's 10,500 volunteer counselors have more than 600 business skills. Volunteers are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders who share their wisdom and lessons learned in business.

Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) Career Center

509-533-3540
3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Non-student computer use fee is $7; CCS students free. The Career Center offers computerized career guidance, scholarship information and internet resources. Reference materials include career information files (which contain over 300 careers), college catalogs, transfer guides, vocational biographies, periodicals, books and a video library. Transfer Advisors from EWU, WSU, Whitworth, and Gonzaga are available, by appointment in the Center, to talk with students preparing to transfer to a four-year college. Student employment opportunities are available at the center.

Skils’kin

509-326-6760
4004 E. Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99202
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fees vary. Provides people with disabilities and other disadvantages with training, employment programs, payee and residential services. Employment positions are available in structured and competitive jobs. Job opportunity orientation every Wednesday at 1 p.m. to learn about job openings. Strives to make choice and employment a reality.

SL Start Employment Services

509-328-2740
5709 W Sunset Hwy, Suite100
Spokane, WA 99205
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

DVR Referral Provides people with disabilities who are signed up and eligible at the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the opportunity to overcome barriers, learn job seeking and interviewing skills and find meaningful employment. Providing assistance toward returning to work after an injury, seeking retraining and matching a skill set to a specific job is what makes SL Start Employment Services a diverse and effective employment program.

Small Business Development Center

509-358-7765
1235 North Post Place
Spokane, WA 99202
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Class fees vary, free individual business counseling. In cooperation with the Community Colleges of Spokane and Washington State University, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) works to stimulate small business growth in Spokane County. Counseling on business management. Low-cost classes are offered in business start-up, management marketing, record keeping and taxes.

Spokane County Human Resources

509-477-5750
1229 W. Mallon
Spokane, WA 99260  

Persons wishing to apply for a specific position are encouraged to pick up the applicable recruitment posting at the Human Resources office or on the County website. Individual postings provide a detailed description of the position duties and requirement, as well as listing the required application materials.

Veteran Affairs / Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service

800-827-1000
509-434-7000, Spokane VA Hospital

This program offers a variety of employment services as a means to obtain suitable employment, such as assistance in finding employment, job seeking skills training, on-the-job training apprenticeships, job development, self-employment services based on eligibility, vocational training, one-year certification programs, two-year diploma programs, and two- and four-year postsecondary training programs. They are located in Seattle; however, you can call this the toll-free number above. 

WorkFirst/Worker Retraining

509-533-3599
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Free if criteria are met. There are several programs and services to assist people who are low income, unemployed, receiving unemployment benefits, have exhausted their unemployment benefits, or who are employees who've received written notice of future job loss. There are funds available for professional/technical courses for retraining or upgrading job skills.

This resource directory has been put together by MOSAIC - Center of Culture, Inclusion, and Community. With further questions or requests for updates or addition to any of these listings, please contact us at
509-533-4331