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Puget Sound Welcome Back Center at Highline College

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We provide support for internationally educated professionals entering the job market in their field of study.

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Welcome to the Puget Sound Welcome Back Center

The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center will provide counseling and educational services to help prepare you to practice your profession in Washington state.

Brain waste occurs when a high-skilled individual is either unemployed or employed as a low-skilled worker because their skills, qualifications, or education is not recognized. According to a 2013 publication, 23% of foreign-born college educated new Americans in Washington State are affected by brain waste.*

The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center works with individuals, employers, city and state agencies, and educational institutions to minimize brain waste in Washington State.

*Migration Policy Institute, State Immigration Profiles, 2013 in our community.

Welcome Back Center Hours

Case Manager is only available by appointment.

DayRegular Hours
Monday9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mission Statement

The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center builds bridges between the pool of internationally trained professionals living in Washington and the need for linguistically and culturally competent professional services. Its goal is to assist these professionals to make the best use of their professional skills through respectful, innovative, and individualized career counseling and educational services.

Contact Information

Phone: (206) 592-3345

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Welcome Back Center
Building 19, Room 103A

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Highline College
Welcome Back Center M/S 19-2

P.O. Box 98000
Des Moines, WA 98198-9800

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