What sets WorkFirst apart from other reform initiatives is a commitment to go beyond simply mandating participants to find work.
WorkFirst has three main goals:
- Reduce poverty by helping people find and keep jobs.
- Sustain independence by helping people keep and improve jobs.
- Protect children and other vulnerable residents by providing for childcare and stopgap funding for emergency situations.
WorkFirst helps participants gain skills necessary for better jobs, higher wages and further advancement. As this goal is achieved, savings from reduced caseloads have been reinvested in targeted supports to help participants be more employable and move up the wage ladder.
WorkFirst Delivery Agreement(WFDA)
College staff use the electronic Jobs Automated System (eJAS) — pronounced eJazz — to create employment-focused service plans, track work-based learning, document case notes, run reports and more.
Access to eJAS
College representatives must complete and submit the DSHS Non-Disclosure Form.
Please submit by email to Dylan Jilek, assistant to the director, SBCTC Workforce Education,
eJAS password reset
Please provide your User ID when requesting a password reset.
eJAS technical assistance
Washington State Perkins V Plan
Find information about Perkins V (the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act) is being implemented in Washington. Information and resources are available for community and technical colleges at Perkins V.
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