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Introduction
Career-Connected Learning in Action

What does career-connected learning look like?

Everyone learns in different ways. Career connected learning programs are a great way to expose students to a variety of careers and real-world skills, and those programs have different levels of intensity and preparation. Some of these activities can start before high school; others continue through early adulthood. Our state already has some programs and opportunities, but the time has come to scale up and ensure that all Washington students have a chance to access them.

These general categories reflect different levels of intensity and commitment. Click on the link to learn more about each category.

Career Awareness and Exploration

Good support in school helps students gain awareness about jobs and careers that are outside their regular field of vision, and moves them from awareness to action by putting them in direct contact with professionals in the field. These activities can be part of the school experience starting in elementary school, as students explore jobs and industries that match their skills and interests.

  • Career fairs
  • Worksite tours
  • Career presentations
  • Work-based problem solving
  • Job shadowing / preparation events
  • Networking events

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Career Preparation

These programs give students more hands-on experience in a particular business, career track or industry, and can help them prepare for being in a professional setting and making decisions about the next steps in their education and training.

  • Comprehensive internship
  • Pre-apprenticeship
  • Instructional worksite learning
  • Cooperative worksite learning
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentrators
  • Community and Technical Colleges (CTC programs without required work-based learning)
  • Other career preparation

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Career Launch

The most intensive type of career connected learning program, Career Launch programs combine paid, meaningful work experiences with aligned classroom learning so students can receive a credential and become a competitive job candidate. This includes registered apprenticeships and Career Launch programs in the K-12, CTC, and 4-year systems. We aim to ensure that 60% of young adults beginning in the class of 2030 will participate in a Career Launch program.

  • Registered apprenticeships
  • CTC programs with required work-based learning
  • CTE that meets credential and work-based learning requirements
  • 4-year program with required work-based learning
  • Other career launch programs

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Please use the form below to contact us. You do not need to submit a message; however, please do fill in the “Subject” field to give us a better idea of your interest in Career Connect Washington. Thank you!