“Gov. Jay Inslee included $110 million in his budget for career-connected learning, — from K-12 through higher education and incumbent worker training. This kind of investment will allow younger children to learn about and explore the different jobs there are in the world; as they get older, they get more opportunities to spend time in work settings, helping them understand what kind of learning and preparation they need to achieve their own goals.

The budget investments will support school districts, businesses, community colleges and others who are working to help our young people get hands-on experience. Experts estimate that about 70 percent of the jobs that will open in the next five years will need qualifications beyond a high school diploma. We can help all our students be ready for these high-skill, high-paying jobs by giving them the chance to start their learning early.”

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