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Steps to Success (TANF services)

The following programs are available only for individuals currently receiving TANF assistance. See December and January calendars for schedules and options. Family Coaches see referral form to refer.

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Plug In (employment assessment) 1 hour by appointment

Not required to participate in other services, but highly recommended as a starting point.

Coffee and Connection

Pick out your favorite coffee or tea and join us virtually to meet new people, practice your networking skills, learn and laugh


Individualized assessment and eLearning plan development and goal setting.  Ongoing support includes technical troubleshooting, coaching, and progress monitoring. Options include building basic computer literacy as well as soft skills, life skills, and technical skill-building.

Job search coaching

Individualized assessment and job search plan development. Regular check-in with a coach to review progress and update strategies, materials, and goals. Can also include career mapping and career plan development.

Job search workshops

Rotating topics will include resume writing, virtual interviewing, virtual job search, interviewing skills, telework etiquette, and interpersonal skills. New topics added regularly.

Jobs Plus

Through one-on-one coaching, guidance, and job development, the program provides comprehensive employment readiness and placement services. The paid experience offers ongoing support. See current open positions!

Training exploration

Individualized coaching and guidance for individuals interested in training and continuing education to obtain higher-wage jobs, credentials, and certifications in support of achieving career goals. Includes program and career exploration, assistance applying for educational programs and scholarships, including WorkSource, and other funding.

Vocational training

Provides individuals with up to 18 months access to specific vocational education training leading to the workplace or educational credentials, job offer, and/or career.

World of Work program
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Participant profile: Age 16-24, TANF recipient or living in TANF household.

Develop job readiness skills, earn a workplace credential, and get paid to participate in eLearning activities to strengthen workplace, communication, and employment skills.