The Mission of Puget Sound Training Center is to provide training and employment services to individuals with limited skills, education, and English comprehension; and who are unemployed or under-employed in the Puget Sound Region.

PSTC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is funded by grants and private contracts.


PSTC trains individuals who are clients of Washington State Labor and Industry (L&I) and Department of Rehabilitation (DVR). PSTC also partners with CBOs (Community Based Organizations) to provide customized skilled training.

PSTC presently has a contract with the Refugee Federation Service Center (RFSC) to provide training for a contract with the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA), a Division of Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).


CARFIn 2012 & 2015, PSTC received the highest level of accreditation by CARF (Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities).

In 1995, Puget Sound Opportunities Industrialization Center (PSOIC) was started as a branch of the Yakima Valley OIC from Yakima, WA. Initially PSOIC was located in Rainier Job Service Center until 1998.

In 1998, under the leadership and direction of Joseph P. Drake, PSOIC expanded into a new facility in Renton. PSOIC’s primary emphasis is career training programs for the warehouse/distribution industry.

In 2002, the PSOIC relationship with Yakima Valley OIC was dissolved, and it began operating [dba] as Puget Sound Training Center (PSTC)

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ESL student Learning English is a good opportunity that allows you to get a better job and a better life. Our teacher and everyone that works here is very nice. This program is helping me a lot. - Fortino Victorio

Quick Facts

founded: 1995
employees: 9
affiliations: Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), State Refugee Advisory Council, Renton Chamber of Commerce, Refugee Forum, Refugee Planning Committee

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