About Us

A small but
mighty team
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Diana Hamilton

Adult & Dislocated Worker

Program Manager

DeAnn Bock

Fiscal Manager

Cynthia Garcia

Youth Program Manager

& EO Officer

Jamilet Nerell

Community Programs Manager

Jessie Cardwell

Programs Coordinator 

What is the

Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council (BFWDC)?


The Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council (BFWDC) is the convener of regional workforce development efforts, powered by $5.28 million in grants, including Title I of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). The BFWDC is responsible for funding, coordinating, and overseeing the activities and programs of the local One-Stop Center, WorkSource Columbia Basin, as well as services to Youth and Young Adults at TC Futures.

The Benton-Franklin Workforce Consortium (BFWC) is comprised of Career Path Services (WIOA Title 1), Columbia Basin College (WIOA Title 2), Employment Security Department (WIOA Title 3), and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (WIOA Title 4), and provides leadership of the One-Stop Center as our One-Stop Operator. Together, BFWC and the BFWDC Board and Staff are committed to creating a workforce system that excels in providing support to local businesses, workers and job seekers, and continuously drives community prosperity.  

With a network of regional partnerships with businesses and other organizations, the BFWDC acts as a hub for gathering and disseminating information regarding business and employment needs and opportunities, local labor market data, and workforce trends. BFWDC has been successful in continuing to engage with the community in 2020 during COVID-19 via phone, web, and social media, and have secured an addition $2.7 million in grants during the pandemic to further aid local job seekers and businesses.