Employment Services & Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy

We offer FREE financial literacy education to clients and community members to help increase money management skills. Courses include:

  • Financial Literacy and Renters Education (F.L.A.R.E.) is a series of classes designed to increase adults’ knowledge and skills in budgeting, credit, debt, landlord/tenant law and savings.

Click here for the FLARE online registration form

  • $wellness (Island County Only): A new approach to financial wellness. During the course, participants interact and complete activities that explore their culture and relationship with money. Topics include money culture, income, savings and spending, consumer financial protection, credit and credit reports, renter/landlord laws, and renting vs. buying.

$Wellness online registration form

  • Economic Security for All (EcSA) helps Whatcom and Island County families achieve financial success by paving a path to build a meaningful career and create confidence through financial literacy. Families with children who receive SNAP benefits and are searching for employment or on the job training are eligible to enroll! Contact us today to see if your family qualifies.
    e-mail: ecsa@nulloppco.org
    phone: (360) 734-8396 Ext. 1381 (Whatcom County)
    e-mail: ecsaic@nulloppco.org
    phone: (360) 679-6577 Ext. 2137 (Island County)

Economic Security for All – Opportunity Council and Northwest Workforce Council are funded in part Federal WIOA funds. The Opportunity Council and the Northwest Workforce Council are equal opportunity employers/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay Service: 711

  • Whatcom County
    (360) 734-5121 ext. 1223

  • Island County
    (360) 679-6577 ext. 2137

Whatcom Asset Building Coalition

Opportunity Council is the lead agency for a community collaboration that supports financial self-sufficiency through education and advocacy.

Job Seekers

Are you looking for employment? Do you want to make a career change? We have programs available to help you confidently prepare for and obtain employment of your choice! Our Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program offers services to job seekers who are eligible for, or receiving Basic Food Assistance (SNAP). Our Foundational Community Support (FCS) Program offers services to job seekers who are on Medicaid. Programs can include the following assistance:

  • One-on-one support and collaboration with an employment specialist
  • Assistance in resume creation, cover letters, job search, job applications and interview preparation
  • Contact employers on behalf of job seekers
  • Education and Career planning
  • Guidance with SSI/SSDI benefit counseling and how employment might affect this income

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Employer Services

Are you looking for qualified candidates to join your team? Are you looking for a way to give back and get involved in your community? We can help you with all of this and more! Engagement with our employment team helps you with the following:

  • Customized retention services and reduced employee turnover
  • Free recruiting and resources for your workforce
  • WOTC tax break resources & information
  • Reach workplace diversity goals
  • Offer industry expertise

ASL Services

A current list of Opportunity Council programs and services is available in American Sign Language