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Workforce Development Programs

The City of Tacoma's Workforce Development 

The City of Tacoma wants to increase employment for City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities Service Area residents by educating and training its current and future workforce. Tacoma takes pride in their support of schools, community, and programs that help our residents find sustainable living wage jobs. The links below provide resources for elementary school programs, youth, young adult, and beyond. 


Workforce Resources


Palmer Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Palmer Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Program has openings for three to four students in their pre-apprenticeship class. This free program serves serves young adults between the ages of 18-26 who are disconnected from higher education or gainful employment and have an interest in pursuing a career in the trades. You will receive 345 hours of training, mentoring, six certifications, connections to industry professionals, and ongoing support services to pre-apprentices. Follow link above for more information.


EnviroChallenger (2nd-8th Grade Students)

The EnviroChallenger program teaches free environmental lessons with a mix of science, social responsibility and fun in Tacoma's second through eighth grade classrooms and for home-schooled students. All the lessons include supplies and support state standardized test objectives. When you need engaging, high-quality environmental science lessons, bring in the EnviroChallengers!


Learn more about the EnviroChallenger Program

Summer Jobs 253 (High School Incoming Juniors and Seniors)

Summer Jobs 253 offers Tacoma Public Schools' incoming juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn high school credit for graduation and the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience.


Learn more about Summer Jobs 253

Internships (High School and Above)

The City of Tacoma offers many internships throughout the year, including one through Tacoma Power for Electrical Engineers. Please refer to the City's Job Hub web page for available internships.


Electrical Engineering Internship

City of Tacoma's Job Hub

Apprenticeships (18+)

Tacoma Public Utilities has several apprenticeship tracks through Tacoma Power and Tacoma Water. 


Tacoma Power and Water Apprenticeships


Tacoma Training and Employment Program (TTEP)