Breaking down barriers with Supported Employment  

King County’s Supported Employment Program matches job seekers with developmental disabilities to jobs by identifying efficiencies and unmet needs throughout King County government.     King County is celebrating Disability Awareness Month in October and recognizing the work that County employees do to serve and support people with disabilities in our community, including the Supported Employment Program. Many divisions have partnered…

Historic labor agreement delivers on our employee-focused priorities

King County and the Coalition of Unions have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year Master Labor Agreement (MLA) that will, once ratified, help the County advance towards its goal to be a workplace where every employee has the tools, knowledge and support to innovate, achieve their career goals and deliver equitable, high quality service to our…

Supporting Disability Awareness Month through Annual Giving Drive

Each year King County employees help hundreds of nonprofit organizations do vital work in our community and around the world by donating to the Annual Giving Drive, and this year’s Giving Drive is now underway. The start of this year’s Giving Drive coincides with Disability Awareness Month, which King County celebrates each October. The following are four participating…

Disability Awareness Month – a history of Metro’s Accessible Transit Services 

Crossposted from Bytes and Boxes Today an industry leader in public transit, Metro has been shaped by citizen involvement since its establishment by the voters of King County 60 years ago. One significant area of Metro leadership and citizen engagement has been the development of accessible transit services for people with disabilities.  The Municipality of…

KCDOT works with local consulates to reach Spanish-speaking customers

Crossposted from Inside Transportation  As part of our commitment to delivering accessible service to all residents of King County, regardless of their place of origin, KCDOT leadership recently met with the local consuls of five Latin American nations to help us improve our communications with Spanish-speaking customers.  Nearly one of every 10 King County residents is…

Increasing diversity in applicants, King County Sheriff’s Office

Blending in at recruitment events is one of the few changes that King County Sheriff’s Office has made to represent the County’s welcoming atmosphere and boost recruitment for females into commissioned officer positions. Court Protection Unit Sergeant Loi Dawkins trades in her full officer uniform for a polo shirt and cargo pants to attend recruitment events, a…

Metro Transit’s Nathan Vass is committed to the challenging Route 7

Crossposted from The Seattle Times He is known among passengers, co-workers and friends as a charismatic storyteller who can defuse tough situations that come with a nighttime bus route traversing Seattle’s urban core. LeRoy Haigler first rode Metro Transit’s No. 7 bus after a one-way train ride from his home in Philadelphia to start over in Seattle.…

Learning Center Seattle helps 24 students earn GED 

King County is helping students get their GED and begin a pathway to higher education through a program called Learning Center Seattle (LCS). A partnership between King County, Seattle Central College, Seattle Education Access, United Way of King County and the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council, LCS helps some of Seattle’s most vulnerable youth finish high school, earn a college degree and…

All Home Director Mark Putnam featured in blog about changing homelessness narrative

All Home Director Mark Putnam recently contributed a guest blog to the Seattle Foundation called “It’s time to change the narrative on homelessness.” “Changing the way we think about homelessness, which is deeply embedded in our internal and cultural biases, is critical to our ability to meaningfully address the crisis we are faced with today,” Putnam writes in…

Rev Up For Retirement Seminar

With increased concern over the future of Social Security and the stability of retirement plans, it’s never too early to prepare! Bring a sack lunch and hear what the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors and the Social Security Administration have to say about retirement planning, PERS, Medicare, and Social…