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Make construction career connections with Sound Transit in Tacoma by Sound Transit October 10, 2018

Sound Transit depends on a skilled regional workforce to build your regional transit system.

Approximately 25 percent of the construction workforce on our projects across the region comes from Pierce County, where we will extend Tacoma Link light rail to the Hilltop neighborhood by 2022 and bring regional light rail from Federal Way to the Tacoma Dome by 2030.

If you are interested in construction career opportunities, Sound Transit is hosting a free job fair Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. The event will feature prime contractors, union representatives and pre-apprenticeship program representatives.

“Sound Transit is doing all we can to break down barriers to employment and help small and disadvantaged businesses be successful,” said Leslie Jones, Sound Transit’s Executive Director of Small Business Development and Labor Compliance.

On Pierce County projects, prime contractors working for Sound Transit awarded $46 million in contracts to disadvantaged and small business enterprises on four local projects: the Tacoma Trestle, Sounder Yard Expansion, Tacoma Link and the Point Defiance Bypass.

As Sound Transit invests billions in Pierce County over the next 25 years, that means 25 years of construction-related job opportunities across Central Puget Sound.

Face-to-face connections with prime contractors can lead to great opportunities.

That’s what happened to Dion Thomas, a lifelong Tacoma resident.

After learning construction skills and graduating from the Bates TOOL Center, he was admitted into the Carpenter's Apprenticeship Program.

Later while attending a Tacoma Town Hall with Sound Transit, Thomas spoke up during Q&A and ended up interviewing and accepting a job with Walsh Construction Co. II, LLC working on the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension.

Through this job fair and other outreach opportunities, Sound Transit hopes to create more stories like Dion’s.

Translation services will be available at this event. Evergreen State College is located at 1210 6th Avenue, Tacoma, Wash

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Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 - 3:00 pm