To operate as a “Work Force Development Center” that promotes the personal growth and economic independence of high school students and adults living with disabilities and/or employment barriers by providing training programs and employment opportunities.
To ensure that all at-risk students in the Puget Sound region graduate from high school with the skills and confidence to succeed in life.
WFDC seeks to develop the fullest potential of our students. Through our partnership with three dozen high schools throughout the north Puget Sound region, we concentrate our efforts on students identified by partner school counselors as being at high risk for school dropout and future chronic socioeconomic challenges. Our students come from all backgrounds, abilities, and social, developmental, or physical difficulties. The WFDC team mentors, teaches, and inspires our students to become productive, contributing members of society by focusing on the potential abilities and capabilities of each student, rather than on any limiting problems or disabilities. Our in-depth vocational training and apprenticeship program instills a vital combination of life and work skills, knowledge, values, and attitudes with particular emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, self-management, communication, and interpersonal skills. Graduates leave the program prepared with both marketable skills and the self-esteem necessary for a successful transition to adulthood.
WFDC commits itself to continuous quality improvement, while at the same time developing the fullest potential of our students—to achieve enhanced educational, physical, social, and employment related skills and abilities. We pledge to focus on the potential abilities and capabilities of each of our students, rather than on their disabilities. As a company and as individuals, we adhere to the following values:
- Having integrity and honesty;
- Pursuing self-improvement and excellence;
- Having pride in the quality of our workmanship;
- Raising the social standards of our society; and
- Being accountable for our commitments to our customers, employees, and community.