Take Root Employment Cooperative

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TREC employs professionals who deliver needed services to students in school districts.

About TREC

What is TREC?

The Take Root Employment Cooperative (TREC) is an Educational Service District 112 program that finds professionals for member school districts.

TREC was created to address critical shortages of qualified education professionals who are needed in our school districts. Education professionals may include:

  • Physical Therapists & Assistants
  • School Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists & Assistants
  • Audiologists
  • School Nurses
  • Sign Language Interpreters

TREC Provides:

  • Job match to a rewarding career in an educational setting within the TREC service area
  • Full-time or part-time employment
  • Education Awards (for eligible enrolled students)
  • Competitive Starting Salary
  • Medical Benefits through Regence Blue Cross or Kaiser
  • Guardian Dental
  • Washington State Retirement System (WSRS)
  • Vacation, sick and emergency leave
  • Life and disability Insurance
  • Public Loan Forgiveness
  • Access to quality benefits such as healthcare and retirement
  • Assistance with Washington State certification process
  • On-going professional development and training
  • New teacher mentoring program
  • Plus, Board-certified teachers earn an additional $5,090 per year-or up to $10,090 if placed in high needs schools.

In addition, TREC collaborates with university partners to develop a pool of candidates for special education and its related fields.

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District Services

Our Services

We’ll do the recruitment legwork for your district.

We help Washington school districts find needed specialists while avoiding costly contracts and recruiting efforts. School districts who participate in TREC receive:

  • On-site College/University recruitment
  • Active participation and attendance in select career recruitment events
  • Partnerships with Universities to promote internships and practicum
  • Educational award opportunities for potential candidates who commit to work in TREC districts
  • Opportunities to employ or share hard-to-find specialists

Our Partners

TREC collaborates with university partners to develop a pool of candidates for the ESD and its member districts. Our higher education partners include:

  • Central Washington University
  • George Fox University
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Mt. Hood Community College
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Portland State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington

District Fees

School districts can choose whether to join the Take Root Employment Cooperative or participate as a non-member. Both options allow districts an unlimited number of specialists recruited by TREC and the option to employ candidates directly or have ESD 112 as the employer.

Contact us for more information about fees:

Marlene Gonzalez


Phone: 360-952-3421

Email: marlene.gonzalez@esd112.org

Service Area

Service Area

Our TREC program works to place employees in 54 districts throughout the state of Washington.

TREC map of service area

One of nine Educational Service Districts statewide, ESD 112 Primarily serves the six counties of Southwest Washington, where we have been a key partner in creating and delivering educational programs for the past four decades. Through partnerships, cooperatives, state and federal grants, and fee-for-service work, ESD 112 helps districts leverage their resources to make programs more efficient and save money. Our innovated strategies have been replicated across the country.

TREC Application

Apply for the TREC Program

In order to participate in the TREC program, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited college or university*
  • Submit a complete application packet for admission to TREC
  • Successfully complete a personal interview with TREC representatives

* Candidates who have already completed their degree program should contact Marlene Gonzalez for potential job placement opportunities.

Download a fillable education award application packet

Submit your application to:

Marlene Gonzalez

Program Director


Phone: 360-952-3421

Email: marlene.gonzalez@esd112.org



All new applicants will be directed to our NEOGOV Online Application system to apply for our open positions. For more information or questions on the system, review the following links:

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