Warehouse, Transportation & Logistics Career Program

This training is a  college level training and certification program preparing workers for jobs in warehousing and distribution.  It is a comprehensive, specialized training program taught via live videoconference by Tacoma Community College, at local Goodwill Work Opportunity Centers.  Eight weeks long, the program provides daily courses and support to give participants the most current, up-to-date entry-level and job advancement skills needed to work in the steady field of transportation, warehouse, & logistics.

The eight week course, approved by local employers, provides all the entry-level and career advancement skills for the manufacturing, warehouse, transportation and logistics field. With hands-on support in the classroom, classes are kept small and participants can earn up to 12 college credits with Tacoma Community College.  The course includes basic computer skills, customer service, work readiness, a general warehouse clerk certificate, forklift certification, and on-the-job unpaid internship before placement assistance.

How it works…

A FREE college level course and certification training to prepare WIA Eligible Older Youth/Low Income Adults for jobs in warehousing and distribution.  Students who successfully complete the program earn:

  • 12 college credits
  • Customer Service Certification
  • Work Readiness Credential
  • General Warehouse Clerk Certificate
  • Forklift Certification
  • Option for national Certification as a Logistics Associate (CLA)

Each quarter, Goodwill provides open recruitment and orientation sessions to qualify 18 year olds and older, based on income and motivation. Once enrolled, students attend daily classes taught by college instructors using interactive video technology connecting students at all three Goodwill Work Opportunity centers in Tacoma, Yakima and Longview.


There are no fees: Low income (WIA eligible) older youth (18+) and adults who qualify, receive these college level courses and all related training free.

Class Hours and Location

Most classes are offered daily 9:30 to 4pm at the Goodwill Opportunity Centers in Tacoma, Longview & Yakima, but the class times may vary slightly each session.

A forklift training is offered off site for a one day class

The on the job work experience/internship is completed at an employer’s location and may vary from 3 to 6 weeks long

The warehouse training program classes are repeated approximately every 13 weeks.

For more information, contact:
Tacoma Goodwill Work Opportunity Center
Garuba Akinniyi
Distance Education Manager
714 S. 27th street
Tacoma, WA 98901


Monday-Thursday: 9-5:30 Friday: 9-4:00

714 South 27th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
The corner of Tacoma Ave & Center St.

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