“In his 2019 State of the State address, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was one of several governors to stress the importance of state and community investment in workforce development — and particularly, improving access to postsecondary education and other training that would lead to better-qualified candidates for jobs in high-demand, technical fields.

“From there, the Legislature took on Inslee’s charge, ultimately passing the Workforce Education Investment Act, which includes:

  • The new Washington College Grant
  • Expansion of Career Connect Washington
  • Expansion of the Guided Pathways program.”

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