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Community Pathways to Grocery Careers

The Community Pathways to Grocery Careers Program is here!

CPGC is a paid pre-employment program for English Language Learners from immigrant and refugee communities. This two-week program will prepare participants to enter the retail grocery industry in union-represented positions with good wages, benefits and pathways to career advancement.

CPGC is a partnership between WeTrain Washington, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Partner in Employment, and United Food and Commercial Workers union Local 3000.

Use the button below to register for an information session! 

Participation in an Info Session is Required to Apply!

Have Questions? Please Contact: 

Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) – Getu Hunde, 206-805-8950

Partner in Employment (PIE) – Mohamed Abdirahman, 206-429-3824

WeTrain Washington – Sarah Laslett, 206-383-1276

What is included in the Community Pathways to Grocery Careers Program?

  • ​Best practices in customer service

  • Grocery store departments and products

  • Store jobs and career pathways

  • Food and workplace safety

  • Union contract benefits

  • Grocery store field trip

  • Interview skills & resume workshop

  • Job Fair with multiple grocery store employers with current openings

            Where is the program?

In-Person Classes

Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Sept. 11 – Sept. 22, 2023

King County

Seattle Labor Temple

5030 1st Ave South

Seattle, WA 98134

*Job Fair will be on the last day of class

Important Dates

Tuesday, August 8th 

ACRS - 3639 Martin Luther King Jr Way South Seattle, WA 98144

Information Session #1


In Person 

Wednesday, August 9th

PIE - 19530 International Blvd. Suite #108 SeaTac,

WA 98188

Information Session #2


In Person


Monday, August 14th

Information Session #3




Sunday, August 27th

Applications Deadline


Program Schedule

September 11th - September 22nd

What will you get from participation?

  • 40 hours of in-person training (20 hours per week for two weeks)

  • Stipend of $50 per class; $500 maximum for full participation

  • Certificate of Completion from WeTrain

  • Expert instruction from an experienced ELL workforce development trainer

  • Food handler’s permit

  • Support from ACRS or PIE

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Register for an Information Session!
Information Sessions start typically run 45-60 minutes in length. They provide comprehensive information regarding the program with plenty of time to answer your questions.
Participation in an Information Session is required to apply!

Tuesday, August 8th - In Person
Wednesday, August 9th - In Person
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