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WorkFirst is Washington state's welfare reform program that helps people in low-income families find jobs, keep their jobs, find better jobs and become self-sufficient.

WorkFirst Goals

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)

WFDA application, plan and fiscal guidelines for providers.


Erin Frasier
Policy Associate, Workforce Education

Deana Rader
Program Administrator, Workfirst

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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, Education Program Coordinator.

eJAS password reset

Contact Dylan JilekEducation Program Coordinator, by email or call 360-704-1027.

Please provide your User ID when requesting a password reset.

eJAS technical assistance

For technical assistance other than password resets, please email Deana Rader or call them at 360-704-1837.

SUE is a secure site for colleges to upload confidential information.

For assistance, contact Heather Stock, education program coordinator, by email or 360-704-4337.

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.

WorkFirst eList

Get involved in conversations with your peers at other colleges. Join the WorkFirst eList.

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Last Modified: 2/26/20 11:49 AM

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