In May 2017, Governor Jay Inslee launched the Career Connected Learning initiative at STEM summit, with the goal of connecting 100,000 Washington youth during the next five years with career-connected learning opportunities that prepare them for high-demand, high wage jobs.
The Career Connect Washington Task Force met from May 2017 to February 18. (The task force work is now complete but information can still be found on the state’s website.)
Over the course of the next two years, Career Connect Washington built upon the task force recommendations and led regional team discussions to explore the needs and opportunities for career connected learning.
In 2018, that research evolved into the design of a statewide system of career connected learning. Throughout the process, CCW leaders continued to meet with key stakeholder groups, conduct focus groups with parents and students, and present at conferences and meetings around the state.
On October 25, 2018, Career Connect Washington released a plan that maps the vision, the framework and the strategic approach to meeting the needs of our young people on a statewide scale. The Governor included funding for the Career Connect Washington Plan in his budget, and in May 2019, the Legislature passed HB 2158, making Career Connect Washington a reality.
The Workforce Education Investment Act is one of the most progressive higher education investments in the country. The act guarantees financial aid for more than 110,000 qualified students in Washington to attend college for free or at a discounted rate. The law also establishes and funds the Career Connect Washington framework.
Read more on the Governor’s Medium page here.