Thanks to all of your hard work and support, we were successful in passing the Career Connect Washington legislation – HB 2158 makes the Career Connect Washington plan a reality! This legislation is a bold move forward for higher education overall, and specifically for CCW.
This achievement is a huge win for students and families in Washington state. The CCW legislation will help us:
- Grow registered apprenticeships and amazing programs that already exist AND build new ones
- Connect and build on our Community & Technical College programs and our Career and Technical Education programs in our K-12 system
- Fund programs and outreach at a REGIONAL level, to ensure we create programs that serve students right where they live, in all areas of the state and that students have the support to help them be successful
- Ensure students and families know about the opportunities
Also included in HB 2158 are key complementary efforts to help students participate in more CCL experiences. The Washington College Grant program provides scholarship aid to low-income students to pursue postsecondary degrees including Career Launch programs. Funding was also provided for dual-enrollment scholarships, equipment for K-12, skills centers, and CTCs, CorePlus, IT apprenticeships, healthcare apprenticeships, regional pre-apprenticeship pathways in Marysville, controls apprenticeship in Kitsap, and biotech manufacturing equipment in Bothell training facility. A summary of budget details can be found here.
This is only the beginning. Now we’ll begin the work together of creating and scaling the programs to give every student in our state high quality career connected learning opportunities.
Governor Inslee stepped forward today with strong support of the Career Connect Washington Plan. His budget for the biennium provides $110 million over the 2019-21 biennium to fund expanded career connected learning opportunities for Washington students, reflecting a full implementation of all aspects of the Career Connect Washington Plan. This includes:
- $22 million for increasing enrollment in K-12 and Community and Technical College programs associated with Career Launch programs. This includes registered youth and adult apprenticeship programs.
- $2 million for coordinators in the Community and Technical Colleges and in public universities who will interface with industry on career connected learning programs.
- $26 million in grant funding for program intermediaries who will work with industry and educators to develop curriculum and scale career connected learning programs, including youth and adult registered apprenticeship programs.
- $7 million for regional support including grants for regional networks.
- $18 million for capital funding grants for equipment in K-12 schools and Community & Technical Colleges.
- $6 million for equity supports to underserved student populations.
- $6 million for data and marketing support.
- $7 million for system implementation, innovation in equivalency and credentialing, and portability and transferability of credits and credentials.
- $16 million for incumbent worker training, and specific funding for CCW related programs in health care, information technology, aerospace and the construction trades.
For a more detailed description of the investments in the Governor’s budget, please click here.
On October 25, 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. This puts Washington state on a path to expanding ways for students to start learning about careers earlier and get more real-world experiences in high school and beyond as Gov. Jay Inslee and a broad coalition rolls out a plan to integrate more career connected learning into Washington schools.
“We’re projected to see 740,000 new jobs in Washington state in the next five years. The good news is these are high-skilled, high-pay jobs; the challenge is that 70 percent of them will need workers with a credential and right now, only 40 of our high school graduates are getting there,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “We need to engage students in more meaningful ways, from earlier ages, so that as they finish high school and start to make adult decisions about advanced education and training, they’ll be doing it from a place of experience.”
Gov. Inslee and other leaders join together in review of CareerConnectWA’s successes and speak in support of its future importance in educational outreach.
If you would like to see a video of the meeting and the press event, please visit our Resources page.
In October 2018, Career Connect Washington introduced the strategic plan for building a statewide-system of career connected learning. Important documents about the plan and the benefits to Washington families are below. Throughout the process, we’ve held regular meetings with key stakeholder groups, presented monthly webinars, conducted focus groups with parents and students, and presented at conferences and meetings around the state.
The “System Design” phase is work that came out of the task force recommendations. This work is led by Maud Daudon and the Business / Philanthropy Leadership Committee and engages leaders in a variety of industries such as:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Information Technology
- Life Sciences