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Lives Changed.

For over 30 years, our program graduates have gone on to establish rewarding careers in manufacturing and other industries, as well as enroll in post-secondary education.


From day 1, the mission of the Pathfinder Student Learning Program has been to ensure that all at-risk and vulnerable students in the Puget Sound region graduate from high school with the skills and confidence to achieve success in life. We help our students discover and live up to their highest potential, instilling a combination of life and work skills, strong values and ethics, and employment experience, with particular emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, self-management, and communication skills.

For over 30 years, our program graduates have gone on to establish rewarding careers in manufacturing and other industries, as well as enroll in post-secondary education.

We are proud of each and every one of them.


Margie T (Arlington HS)

March 2018 Trainee of the Month

First I would like to thanks Mrs. Mose for recommending this program to me. When I first heard about WFDC, I thought it was for boys because most of the students were boys. At first, I was kind of nervous to apply because I didn’t think I would make the interview but Mrs. Mose had us study for weeks for the interview.  It really help me a lot. During my interview, I thought I did terrible because I thought I looked really nervous and not prepared but since I am here, I guess I did pretty good. The reason I wanted to go in this field was because I thought it would be a good experience and education for me to have and also give me tons of opportunities for my future. I would say my overall experience has been pretty amazing. WFDC is a wonderful program to get in.  It helped me a lot. Getting a paycheck really helped around the holidays too. The years of not being able to get my family and friends anything was sad but when I got into this program, I was able to get everybody something that they would love. I just love that I got to start working for Work Force which will get me into a career before I even graduate. It made the future so much easier for me.

Skye Joe (Kamiak High School)

I first heard about Work Force Development Center from my older brother who attended WFDC. The way he talked about WFDC, it was good things like earning credits, building up a resume and getting paid! So I signed up and pretty fast I was told we would do an interview. I was so nervous about coming here, but everyone made me feel very welcome. To surprise, my teacher told me “looks like you got into WFDC.” From day one of WFDC, being through six weeks of class, a Boeing tour, and WFDC graduation, this program has shown me how to interpret aerospace drawing, mechanical skills, working in team, etc. I’m truly thankful being a part of WFDC.

Sean Justice (Scriber Lake High School)

I had the fortunate chance of finding out about Work Force Development Center through my teacher and with some hard work, I managed to get a position in the program. I came to WFDC is because I was at a very tough spot in my life. I was making poor choices. Work Force gave me a chance – the program gave me hope that I can change. While I am still developing as a young man and member of society, I know that with the family I’ve made from WFDC, I am taking the right steps into a bright and successful future.

Chris Tabor (Stanwood High School)

Since coming to WFDC, I’ve gone through six weeks of class, a Boeing tour, company Thanksgiving Feast, WFDC graduation and end of the summer barbecue. All of which has been great and just as priceless as the skills and life lessons taught by the amazing employees. Out of all twelve departments, it would be a lie if I said “I walked away without learning something new.” The experience is great and I’m glad to have WFDC as part of my journey through the end of my high school years.

Tera F (Edmonds Woodway HS)

I heard about WFDC through school, I was told that they were willing to help students of all sorts, even deaf ones like me. I was told at WFDC I would learn approximately every department while earning school credits and earn a paycheck for my work. All of which interested me, but nothing more than how they help you find a job in aerospace after you graduate. I enjoyed working there as a student, and I enjoy it still as a current full time employee.

Ariana S (Marysville-Getchell HS)

August 2017 Trainee of the Month

I originally applied to Work Force Development Center because one of my best friends at the time told me she was going to try to get into the program. She didn’t wind up following through with it, but I’m so glad I did. Work Force has opened my eyes to 100+ opportunities I never knew existed.  I am so excited to say that coming here was one of the best decisions I could have ever made for my future.   In the time I’ve worked at WFDC, I’ve learned how to read Boeing drawings, make/inspect quality parts, along with experiencing what it’s like to have a real job outside of high school life.  WFDC has opened up so many doors I had never been exposed to before. They’ve helped me learn important skills I need to better prepare for future jobs and careers to come.

Matthew W (Shorewood HS)

Thank you for giving me an opportunity for pursuing my dream job. I’m having a great time at Work Force and learning so many good things about aerospace and you trained me very well before I got out onto the work floor. This experience has been a lot of fun. I enjoy working with  the other trainees and employees. Being at Work Force has made me a better worker on being focused and being a great listener and always being on time for work.  My time at Work Force has been so much fun and I love the people there. They are great helpers and always giving great advice. They always answer my questions when I have them. They are very supportive. I will continue to work hard and keep improving my skills that I have learned. I think people would love being in Work Force because it’s a great experience to have and if you’re a person that likes using your hands, Work Force is a great thing to do.

Brandon B. (Scriber Lake HS)

January 2018 Trainee of the Month

First of all, I want to thank Mrs. Bowers for recommending me to Work Force, and I want to thank Work Force for hiring me because I have no clue where I would be right now. Before I got the job at Work Force, I had been looking for work but no one would hire me. I wanted to work to get a job to help my mom out and my family going through tough times. When I got the job, I knew that it would be a long time before I got my first paycheck, but when I did, I was able to buy the food for dinner, which was my goal – to help out at home. Work Force helped me with that. I don’t see Work Force as a job anymore. I see Work Force as a big family helping anyone in need and I recommend it to anyone.

Jonathan Q-T (Sultan HS)

I have to thank Work Force Development Center for giving me this opportunity because if it weren’t for this program, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I have to thank my teacher at Sultan HS, Ms. Nunn for helping me prepare for my WFDC interview and helping me on my way to WFDC. Work Force Development Center has taught me machining and assembly and other jobs I never thought I would or could do. Work Force has encouraged me to focus on school so we can graduate. I started WFDC in February of 2017 and so far, I have worked in 8 different areas of the shop and hope to continue and work in all of them. I have received Trainee of the Month for November. Work Force also gave all the trainees a Boeing Tour. It was an amazing experience. While I was on the Boeing Tour, I said to myself, “This is where I want to work in the future.

Tristin F. (Edmonds-Woodway HS)

Work Force has helped me so much this past year. In my junior year I became a mom . I didn’t want to go to college but I knew that I wasn’t going to find a job right after high school unless I had something good to write on my resume. I had gone through so much throughout my high school that Work Force was the best thing I did for myself and my daughter. Work Force made me understand what to expect for my future as a worker. As I became a mom, I was having a hard time relating to anybody at my school. But at Work Force, I felt like I belonged and everyone is so nice and friendly. I had heard about this program back in my freshman year but I didn’t care too much about it and finally in my senior year, I decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did. Carmela is the sweetest person you will ever meet. Work Force truly cares about every single person that gets into this building and makes sure that it is a safe workplace for everyone. Thank you Work Force for helping me succeed in my future.

Cody J (Kamiak High School)

I came to WFDC because it was an opportunity to take advantage of. Joining WFDC was an amazing thing that happened to me because I am learning new things every day and meeting new people. The employees are nice and care about each other and teamwork. I never thought I would be doing stuff like this – it’s not just for work – it’s also helping me to get credits for school. This experience has been phenomenal – I like to be at WFDC every day and seeing the people I work with. I am really thankful for everything. I wouldn’t have done it without the help and support to take advantage of this program. It will lead to something more – to graduate high school first and then unlock many doors.

Tim D. (Stanwood High School)

I joined WFDC to gain the knowledge, skills and benefits of having a career in the aerospace industry. This program has delivered that opportunity to me to learn the knowledge and skills I need to succeed. It has been a pleasure learning from the kind instructors at WFDC. It’s given me the opportunity to learn from and work with some amazing people.

Becca S (Marysville Getchell HS)

WFDC has given me the confidence and experience I needed to be successful. It prepared me for life out of high school and how to be prepared for the real world. I’m truly grateful for WFDC for helping me better myself.

Tanner S. (Arlington High School)

I am ready for the future and excited about what it has for me. I have lots more skills and knowledge that I have gotten from WFDC and I am ready to carry it on to my future.

Alysha B. (Stanwood High School)

The highest reward that this world gives us is the ability to do better work. The only ways to do great work is to get good training and to love what you do! Work Force has been a great place to be. I love how much I have learned and how much more I am going to learn in the future!

George M. (Everett High School)

WFDC is a great opportunity to get to experience a job and make airplane parts and learn to read blueprints. The rotation helped me learn more about the Boeing experience. This will help me find a job in the future.

Alana C. (Monroe High School)

WFDC is so amazing! I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to learn how to make airplane parts. Being here has really taught me a lot and I am so happy to have made new friends here. I want to say thank you to the CEO Dave for being my mentor for my senior project!

Keenan S. (Arlington High School)

WFDC is an amazing opportunity. It has helped me to build my future in aerospace and further my education. Thanks to WFDC I have achieved my dreams in aerospace and am on my way to Boeing

Aushinaee W. (Shorewood High School)

WFDC has been a wonderful opportunity(sic) for me! I am very thankful for WFDC! I took chances to do new things and I now know what I love to do. I am beyond thankful for Work Force. Everyone is so polite and welcoming. WFDC has been so amazing for me.

Daniel L (Mountain View High School)

I appreciate WFDC because I have learned how to speak the language of aerospace and know how to do the work.  I can connect with people more outside of work now because I can talk about aerospace.

Justin P (Weston High School)

WFDC has been a lot more than just some job for me. It is like a second chance because it didnt only give me a job, it brightened my future.

Erminio M. (Mountlake Terrace High School)

The first time I walked into WFDC, I knew this will be a great job. Every day I learned new things and I still do. What we build today will fly tomorrow.

Zach N. (Shorewood High School)

Work Force has been a great work experience. It has helped me learn many skills and gain new friends. Work Force is the best place that I have ever worked at. You feel welcomed. Everyone is friendly, kind, polite and couteous. Everyone here has a great sense of humor. Working here has taught me how to interact with others and has been a wonderful delight. You also feel safe and secure when working here. This has been a great and awesome overall time and experience.

Nick “Anmol” A. (Mountlake Terrace High School)

At WFDC, they really care about student success and every help is there for students. They teach great essential skills so that every student is successful. I personally love WFDC and hope that they can help may other students like they have with me. My teacher and Dave Trader are a huge part of my success at WFDC. I hope and pray that WFDC continues to spend lots of goodness and hope for the future of kids in Aerospace.

Ryan K (Meadowdale High School)

Your future is what you make it at WFDC – its your opportunity to achieve your dreams!

Josh C. (Monroe High School)

WFDC put me on a positive track for my future.

Yoshua “Yoshi” A. (Edmonds-Woodway High School)

WFDC is the best place to work as a high school student. Its a great place to work – the employees are helpful and always laughing.

Erik K. (Edmonds Woodway High School)

I like WFDC because it gave me a good opportunity.

Dakota B. (Marysville Pilchuk High School)

Work Force is an amazing place to further your education into aerospace and do hands-on training and get paid for it.  I urge anyone who loves planes to work here.

Clint (Arlington High School)

WFDC got me great job experience.  I went through many trials and triumphs.

Aidan (Edmonds Woodway High School)

I like WFDC because it gave me the opportunity to experience things that other places cant offer. WFDC made me become more responsible.

Jordan B. (Stanwood High School)

Work Force is a great program to get experience in a thriving field before you are even out of high school. It has helped me to gain confidence in doing this type of work and was a huge kick start to helping me in my career in aerospace.

Carole Lewis (Scriber Lake High School)

The majority of our students who attend WFDC love the program, the staff, and are proud of their work. In turn, they improve here at SLHS. The students who are successful at WFDC have good school attendance. They know that in order to maintain their place at WFDC they have to good attendance at both. Very satisfied with the program at WFDC and the staff! The staff is very supportive of our students and everyone works well with our kids. We enjoy our relationship, too, with each member of the staff.

Nancy Forsberg (Edmonds Woodway High School)

Students have better attendance which has a direct correlation with better grades. It is because they want to go to WFDC. One of my students now has a career goal and is hoping to work for Boeing some day. He is very excited and motivated.

Nathan (Sultan High School)

What I think about Work Force is that it’s a program for students that need this as a job and for knowledge to use in the future for their career job to make more money and more goals, also an opportunity to other teens that need this.

Mike Woogerd (Mobile Tool Management)

WFDC has never let me down. When I need help, the always provide excellent service. No job is too large or too small. For the services they offer, they are very good.

Deena (Edmonds Woodway High School)

Student’s attitudes change as a result of attending WFDC. They feel successful at what they are doing; they earn money and in general their attitudes are wonderful. For some, the reason to come to school is the anticipation of attending WFDC. Students see a relevant purpose for them to be in school.

Anthony S (Everett High School)

I really like it here at Work Force Development Center. The instructors are very cool and nice and I hope that I am able to come back next year to be able to learn more.

Heather Hollingsworth (Snohomish High School)

I have noticed deeper critical thought and a new perspective from which to place ideas and concepts.

Ryan (Arlington High School)

Dear WFDC, I believe that the program that you run is helping many teens get their lives together. I want to say thank you for letting me have this job and I look forward to working here for the summer.

James (Granite Falls High School)

I like the flexible hours and the friendly workers.

Bryan (Lynnwood High School)

I like this program in the aspect that you get to learn a trade. I also like that you get paid.

Jason (Shorewood High School)

I like this job, it gives me good experience.

Anthony (Arlington High School)

I think that the Work Force is a very great place for getting hands on experience. The people here are nice and willing to help you when needed. Before this job came up I was going to go into construction and now seeing some of the stuff we do here I might want to try working for Boeing.

Calvin (Edmonds-Woodway High School)

I love to work here because it will help my future. The program is a good thing because I want to have experience before I apply at Boeing. I just love being here to work and learn something new

Alex (Monroe High School and Employee)

As a graduate of the program in 2006, Work Force Development Center has become more than a place to just get paid and earn credit for school. I felt I would be working at Safeway for the rest of my life. Having successfully completed the program then being hired as a full-time instructor has changed that. I have a great job, working full-time and having a great time doing it.

Gabriella (Arlington High School)

This program taught me how to be responsible and how work works. It also taught me how to work hard and change mistake that can be made. It helped me finish my school credits so now I can finish school and move on.

Cheryl Berg (Granite Falls School District)

The students do not want to lose the opportunity to go to WFDC by not passing classes at the high school. Some students have a definite attitude improvement, feel more confident and see a possible future in the work world. This is the only program of its kind that I have seen and it is a wonderful opportunity for students! The staff is very patient and caring. It takes special people to be able to help these students and give them the positive reinforcement that will make a difference in their lives and the WFDC staff does this on a daily basis.

Gabriel P (Mountlake Terrace High School)

September 2020 Trainee of the Month

I found out about WFDC when Carmela (Director of Student Services) came to visit my school. She told us about the program, what students could do there. I decided to apply so I could learn something that was interesting. I wanted to learn something hands on, something real and new. I feel that the three…

Dominique G (Meadowdale High School)

November 2020 Trainee of the Month

I found out about Work Force Development Center when my teacher Ms. Burns asked me if I was interested in the WFDC program and I said yes so she signed me in. I chose to apply because I thought it will be pretty cool to make airplane parts and work for Boeing. Also, we would…

Kaleb S (Open Doors Marysville)

October 2020 Trainee of the Month

I found out about Work Force Development Center through my Counselor, Mr. Trace Prael of Legacy High School. I wanted to apply to WFDC because it was a chance to better myself for the Machining and Fabrication Fields that I feel will put me in the right direction in life. The three most important things…