Cohort Training Model

Our traditional training strategy invested funds through the use of Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) to cover the costs of training one participant at a time at existing educational programs offered by our training providers. 

The SAWDC has been developing a new training strategy that utilizes Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to support market-driven cohort training classes.  WIOA allows local boards to invest training funds that prepare larger numbers of individuals via training cohorts so that labor market needs can more quickly be met. This allows us to respond with short term, customized solutions that meet employers’ needs and not be constrained by the regularly-scheduled offerings available at various schools in the area.  

To begin this new method of delivering training, the SAWDC released two Requests for Proposals in late 2017: one for Class A CDL driver training, and one for project management/lean training. The Community Colleges of Spokane was awarded the project management/lean training bid, offering the class in December 2017. Drive509 was awarded the Class A CDL driver training bid, and the class began in late January 2018. Shortly thereafter we opened bids for life insurance/casualty training and IT training. 

Throughout 2018 we will continue offering cohort-based trainings on various subjects as needs arise in the local economy. To see open bids, please visit our Funding Opportunities page.

This page will be updated with outcomes and other information as the project progresses. If you would like to receive notification when we release RFP's for cohort trainings, please email


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