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Pandemic flips CTE models, but not without challenges

When schools suddenly skidded to a halt this spring due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, career and technology educators had to come up with innovative ideas fast.

Much of the curriculum in districts nationwide shifted to a distance learning format, but while online videos can demonstrate proper welding techniques, for example, they are no substitute for handling a welding torch and practicing techniques in real time. Construction, cosmetology, healthcare and culinary arts are no different.

Hands-on professions require in-person practice….

So instead of students going to the companies, CareerConnect@Home in Washington state is bringing the employees of those companies to students through daily webinars.

The opportunity, which runs through June 12, is sponsored by Career Connect and developed by Kinetic West, a social impact consulting firm.

Challenge Seattle typically sponsors field trips that bring classes of students to work sites in the Seattle area, where they meet with employers and try a skill, such as making a latte at Starbucks.

“We typically have about 90 [trips] a year,” said Andy Ferrera, Kinetic West consulting manager. “We got through 10 and the rest were canceled.”

Rather than let the whole plan drop, the firm worked with those companies to create career-information webinars. The group focused on uncovering the “invisible” careers.

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CCW Regional Network RFP Announcement

We are excited to let you know that we’re announcing a new RFP that will provide support for more targeted work in the CCW Regional Networks that serve as hubs for Career Connect Washington. No two networks are alike: some serve a disproportionate number of students in densely-populated urban areas, other are responsible for covering expansive geographic regions and providing services in remote parts of the state. The barriers commonly experienced by students are further exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

In order to supplement the existing resources in regions that are serving disproportionate number of students and those providing services in rural areas of the state, we’re issuing a request for proposals from the CCW Regional Networks. Proposals may focus on addressing immediate interventions in response to COVID-19, such as virtualization of programming, or recovery strategies that include increased outreach, focus on specific industries that are resilient to the crisis, and supports to vulnerable participants. However, proposals are not limited to COVID-19 response and may include strategies to address barriers unrelated to COVID-19.

A total of $300,000 is available for this RFP, and we anticipate making multiple awards: one award of up to $100,000 for CCW Regional Networks serving a high percentage of the state’s students, and multiple awards of up to $50,000 each for CCW Regional Networks providing services in rural counties.

Bidders’ proposal are due via WEBS (Washington Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS), Reference #2020-09) on June 12, 2020. All questions regarding this solicitation need to be addressed to Tracee Thornburg, RFP Coordinator, at esdgpbids@esd.wa.gov.

CCW Round 4 Intermediary RFP announced

Career Connect Washington is happy to announce that Round 4 of Career Connect Washington Intermediary Funding Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available via Washington Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS), Reference 2020-08. Applicants need to be registered in WEBS to view the solicitation.

Please inform any potential applicants who would be interested and qualified to develop these programs to apply.

The Bidders Conference will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. PST on Wednesday, May 20 (email annie@careerconnectwa.org for call-in information). If you are unable to join the conference, it will be recorded and posted on the website for you to review at your convenience.

If, after the conference, you still have unanswered questions or would like any additional clarifications, you’ll have the opportunity to submit them until 2:00 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020. Please direct all questions regarding this RFP to:

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on June 12, 2020. Please note that Solicitation End Date displayed on WEBS is NOT the application submission deadline.

Third round of CCW intermediary grantees selected

We’re excited to announce the third round of Career Connect Washington program intermediary grantees, which bridge the connection between industry and educators to create and scale Career Launch, Career Prep, and Career Explore programs. Thank you to all applicants for their submissions and the hard work they put forward to develop application materials.

To receive updates on future rounds of funding and important Career Connect Washington announcements, visit our sign-up page here.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the applicants who were selected in Round 3 to develop career connected learning programs:

  • Computing for All – Career Launch in IT (Yakima County)
  • Independent Automotive Technicians Apprenticeship Committee – Career Launch in Automotive (Benton, Thurston, Yakima, Grays Harbor, King, Pierce, Spokane, and Kitsap Counties)
  • Shoreline Community College – Career Launch in Biotechnology and Biotechnology Manufacturing (Snohomish and King Counties)
  • Seattle Colleges – Career Launch in Software/Web Development and Video, Film, and Graphic Design (King County)
  • Seattle Jobs Initiative – Career Prep in Heavy Equipment Mechanics (King County)
  • Thurston Chamber Foundation – Career Prep in Manufacturing (Thurston County)
  • Washington Alliance for Better Schools – Career Launch in Real Estate Strategy and Operations, Ambulatory Care, and Home Health Care (King County)

We look forward to working with these organizations to reach the goal of 60% of students in the class of 2030 completing Career Launch and 100% of students completing career connected learning programs.

Inslee and Reykdal announce CareerConnect@Home to provide students with Career Connected Learning opportunities

CareerConnect@Home will bring daily learning opportunities to students across the state. Now, every school day at 3:30 PM, students can hear from real people doing real jobs in Washington.

While school buildings are closed, students are still learning from home and career connected learning is an essential part of a student’s education. Through a secure link, students can log on to participate in conversations with real professionals about their job and the future of their industries. These programs will help students explore a range of education and career pathways.

“We launched Career Connect Washington to help provide students with pathways to job training and higher education right here in our state,” Inslee said. “CareerConnect @ Home is a way for students to explore those pathways during this ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ period. It’s more important than ever for students and parents to be looking toward the future and this is a great opportunity to do that.”

“School buildings may be closed, but student learning is continuing,” Reykdal said. “CareerConnect @ Home is a great partnership with industry leaders and professionals to provide students across Washington with information about real jobs in our state. I hope students will utilize this opportunity to explore options for their future.”

Themes for the month-long CareerConnect@Home program include:

  • Week 1 (May 4 – May 8): Technology and Innovation Week: Technology and Information with representatives from Zillow, Amazon Web Services, Uber, Seven2 and Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Week 2 (May 11 – May 15): Building Washington Week: Manufacturing, Construction, Energy with SEH America, Avista, NW Carpenters’ Institute, Independent Technicians Automotive Committee and the Puget Sound Electrical Apprenticeship Program
  • Week 3 (May 18 – May 22): Be a Boss Week: Entrepreneurship and Start-ups with Armoire, Madrona Venture Group, MOD Pizza, MOZ and Chef Eduardo Jourdan of JuneBaby and Salar
  • Week 4 (May 25 – May 29): Lead Your Community Week: Education, Health Care, Government, Non-profits (note: no session on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25) with the team from KUOW radio, Committee for Children, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay & Pasco City Councilmember Zahra Roach and the Healthcare Industry Leadership Table

Read the whole release here.

Governor Inslee highlights CCW in 2020 State of the State address

During the 2020 State of the State address by Governor Jay Inslee, Career Connect Washington and our partners were honored to be featured for our ongoing work on behalf of students. The governor was a catalyst for the Career Connect Washington movement from the beginning, and his support is unwavering. The work that is being done to connect Washington residents to career opportunities featured significantly in the speech.

I want to tell you a story about how we all achieved one of our greatest successes and how that charts a course as we look to tackle another big challenge. That success story is about Washington’s nation-leading, innovative, inclusive and life-changing Career Connect Learning initiative...

This involves business, labor, community colleges, universities, K-12, philanthropy, and local and state governments. It took each and every partnership to build a system of registered apprenticeships, job certifications and classroom education.

Like us, the governor is inspired by the stories of real Washington students who are launching great careers.

Ironworkers Local 86 is one of the many apprenticeship programs that expanded pathways to entry and attracted more students — and more diverse students — through Career Connect. One of these students is apprentice Robert Arce, who moved to Washington to make a better life for himself and his fiancée, leaving a gang environment behind. He was homeless for a time — at least six months — sleeping in his car. Robert received boots, tools, hands-on knowledge and experience that set him up for success. This experience, he said, has been everything to him and his family. Before the program, he had never used a drill or a hammer. Today, he’s two years into a four-year apprenticeship in Tukwila and looks forward to a better future for himself and his growing family. Thank you, Robert, for being here and sharing your story.

Another story comes out of Spokane. Olivia Perkins joined the Production and Manufacturing Academy to get exposure to hands-on welding. She wanted to create and sell her own metal artwork. Greater Spokane Incorporated paired with the academy to make this career-connected opportunity a reality. Olivia took an hour-and-a-half bus ride — each way — and then walked a mile and a half — each way — just to attend class. Because of her efforts, she received a full scholarship to Spokane Community College and will become a professional welder because of her academy experience. Congratulations to Olivia, who is also here with us today.

Stories like these show how targeted career launch programs provide opportunity to diverse populations who may not have had a chance before…. Our goal is nothing short of meaningful career training for anyone who wants it. We want to be able to welcome all people to the prosperity of Washington.

You can read the whole speech here, and you can learn more about Governor Inslee’s budget request including funding for Career Connect Washington here. Finally, don’t miss this great video about the work of Career Connect Washington and the need for skilled employees in every part of our economy.

This bipartisan, statewide partnership is making great careers available to people across Washington, and we are so grateful for the continued commitment to this work.

Second round of intermediary grantees selected

Career Connect Washington, January 2020

We’re excited to announce the second round of Career Connect Washington program intermediaries, which bridge the connection between industry and educators to create and scale Career Launch, Career Prep, and Career Explore programs.

We would like to thank all applicants for their submissions and the hard work they put forward to develop application materials. All are welcome to sign up to “Get Updates” on our website and receive updates on future rounds of funding.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the applicants who were selected in Round 2 to develop Career Explore and Career Launch programs in the industries named:

  • Washington State University – Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (Health Science)
  • Wenatchee Valley College (Engineering)
  • Elements of Education Partners (Healthcare)
  • Washington Commission on Hispanic Affairs (Technology/Healthcare)

We look forward to working with these organizations to reach the goal of 60% of students in the class of 2030 completing Career Launch and 100% of students completing career connected learning programs. We were excited to see the range of applications across various regions and industries, and we will continue to engage new partners in this work.

Governor’s budget provides strong support for Career Connect Washington

Career Connect Washington, December 2019

As Governor Jay Inslee released his supplemental budget proposal this week, we were very pleased to see the commitment to continue building the Career Connect Washington system. This statewide career connected learning system is vital to helping young people explore and prepare for high-skill, high-wage jobs in our state.

We’ve already made significant progress since the last legislative session. The establishment of our nine Regional Networks and ten intermediaries, as well as the Career Connected Learning Coordinators who support connections to the K-12 system, was an essential first step in turning a statewide vision into a regional reality. The funding the Governor proposes will strengthen the statewide system to ensure success, accountability and equity. The Governor’s budget funds:

  • Grants to support the program intermediary organizations as they develop more curricula and ensure students are truly prepared to step into their careers ($875,000);
  • A tribal liaison dedicated to increasing access to career-connected learning opportunities for tribal students at all levels (Career Explore, Prep and Launch – $150,000);
  • An online program directory of all the career connected learning programs in the state, and a marketing program to ensure students and families know about their options ($1.1 million);
  • Data reports to understand student demand and guide future program investments ($286,000).

We look forward to continuing our work with the Governor and legislators to increase career connected learning opportunities for students in all parts of Washington state.

Career Launch Endorsed Programs

Career Connect Washington, November 2019

We’re announcing the newest set of endorsed Career Launch programs. These programs join the robust set of registered apprenticeships in Washington to increase the number of Career Launch programs statewide:

  • Clark College / SEH America: Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing (Mechatronics Technology) Program
  • Clover Park Technical College / Washington State Association of U.A. of Plumbing and Pipefitting of the United States and Canada: Heating and Air Conditioning Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technician Program
  • Spokane Community College / Toyota Corporation: Automotive Toyota T-Ten Program

First group of regional network and intermediary grantees selected

Career Connect Washington, September 2019

In mid-September, we announced the selection of our regional partners who will be continuing the work of Career Connect Washington. After a rigorous application process, a cohort of regional networks and intermediary organizations have been named to expand career-connected learning programs across Washington.

Regional Networks are the key to scaling career connected learning statewide and will play an integral role in convening and managing regional, cross-industry partnerships that will lead to expansion of opportunities for Washington youth.

Career Connect intermediaries bridge connections between industry and educators to create and scale Career Launch, Preparation, and Awareness/Exploration programs. We received applications for twice as much grant funding as available so applicants who were not selected in Round 1 will be able to revise and re-submit their proposals in Round 2.

We look forward to working with these organizations in reaching the goal of 60% of students in the class of 2030 completing Career Launch and 100% of students completing Career Preparations, Awareness and Exploration.

See the full list of grantees

Summer camp provides job experience and industry insight

KXLY, Spokane, July 31, 2019

“Digging gas lines and installing transformers may not sound like the most glamorous way to spend your summer vacation, but a dozen of Inland Northwest students signed up to do just that this month. …

“The biggest lesson they’re digging up? It’s never too late to try something new, because you never know what it might bring you. Take soon-to-be senior Riley Olmstead for example.

” ‘I actually was not familiar at all with engineering, I haven’t taken any high school classes that relate to it at all, so this has just been kind of an eye opener,” said Riley. “If you want to try something, they like encourage that and push you in that direction so that you can know what you love to do.’ ”

Read the whole story

In WA, State Leaders and the Business Community Work Together to Develop the Workforce

Education Commission of the States, July 29, 2019

“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.”

Read the whole story

Op-Ed: Steer our students to the many paths for productive lives

Career Connect Washington, May 2019

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.

We made it! Career Connect Washington legislation passed by legislature, signed by Governor Inslee

by Lisa Wellman and Vandana Slatter
Seattle Times, July 17, 2019

“Last month, we joined dozens of students, community leaders and lawmakers to celebrate Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing of legislation that will help our education system evolve to provide our kids with sound pathways to economic self-sufficiency in a 21st-century economy. …

“Regional networks will coordinate among school districts, employers, colleges and other community partners. This is where we expect to see the most innovation, as every region aligns pathway opportunities with the real jobs in the local economy. They will work on curriculum building for new programs, transferring and scaling existing strong programs, and evaluating and bringing forward “Career Launch” programs for endorsement that are already effective, providing a “quality seal of approval” that families can count on.

“No one is wasting a moment, and it’s been thrilling to see so many partners already at work.”

Read the whole story

Funding for Regional Networks Now Available

Strong regional networks are essential for connecting schools, students and employers in meaningful ways.

These networks will convene and manage cross-industry, cross-sector partnerships in order to develop and expand the career connected learning opportunities that are needed in that region. That work includes serving as primary point-of-contact for career connected learning within their region. They will also gather regional data and share important learnings with the Career Connect Washington Work Group (a full list of responsibilities is included in the RFP).

We have now begun an request for proposals (RFP) process to provide this funding.

More information on the RFP

July 16 Update: Bidders’ Conference webinar recording and slides

Funding for Program Intermediaries Now Available

Developing a strong approach to career connected learning in Washington depends upon a network of program intermediaries who help connect employers, educators, employers, and others.

Intermediaries bridge connections between industry and educators to help create and scale programs. They work with industry and educators to develop curricula and expand access to career connected learning programs, such as youth- and adult- registered apprenticeship programs. They also work to inform young adults and families of available programs, and to generally align the needs of both employers and young people.

Program intermediaries must form partnerships with employers and education institutions and apply jointly (a full list of responsibilities is included in the RFP).

We have now begun an request for proposals (RFP) process to provide this funding.

More information about the RFP

July 16 Update: Bidders’ Conference webinar recording and slides.

Inslee signs package of education bills, ushers in one of the most progressive education investments nationwide

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a major education bill Tuesday that establishes one of the most progressive higher education investments in the country. The Workforce Education Investment Act is a comprehensive package of major proposals that include two governor-priority policies.

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 expands the governor’s Career Connect Washington Initiative. It establishes a study-and-work approach so students can get real life work experience and high school or college credit at the same time.

Read more on the Governor’s Medium page

Career Connect Washington team speaks at Western Pathways Conference

Maud Daudon spoke about Career Connect Washington at this year’s Western Pathways Conference. With her was:

  • Eric LeVine
  • Jiquanda Nelson, Sr. Manager, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity and Workforce Development, Kaiser Permanente Washington
  • Ben Bagherpour, VP of Site Services and Government Affairs, SEH America
  • Ted Feller, Regional Network Leader/ SW Washington STEM leader
  • Jeff Snell, Superintendent, Camas School District

The Conference focuses on identifying and highlighting innovative and effective solutions to one of the most pressing challenges in our society…how to develop a better education and workforce development system, one that adequately prepares young adults for careers leading to economic independence. Great job, team!

State must make changes to connect students with jobs of the future

The Olympian, April 26, 2019

“Career and Technical Education, or CTE … has been a welcome but slow-moving adaptation to the contemporary job market, where about 75 percent of jobs require training and education beyond high school.

“Now our state is poised to take another, hopefully bigger, step forward with the advent of Career Connected Learning, an initiative of Gov. Jay Inslee’s, led by an alliance of educators, employers, unions, nonprofits and government agencies.”

Full article

Maud Daudon: Expand career connected learning across the state

The Seattle Times, April 3, 2019

“If you’re a Washington business owner or manager wondering where to find skilled workers, you’re not alone. And if you’re a Washington parent or high school student, wondering how to get from school to a great job, you’re not alone either.

“You may also be the solution to each other’s problem.

“Last summer, the Career Connect Washington initiative convened groups of parents to discuss education and career preparation in Washington state. As part of a 10-year effort, we are learning how to better help students connect to both jobs and advanced education so they will be well positioned to step into the state’s job market. Business, labor and education organizations are all stepping up; we need the Legislature to act as well.”

Full article

Todd Mielke: Career Connected Learning strengthens employer-educator partnerships

The Spokesman Review, March 22, 2019

“It’s no secret that talent is a main driver in growing and retaining business in our region. However, preparing students to meet the needs of Washington employers is a challenge when, in the next five years, approximately 225,500 family-sustaining-wage jobs will require credentials, certificates or two- and four-year degrees in STEM fields.

“Part of the answer? Career Connect Washington, a system of programs that enables businesses to partner with education in developing a talent pipeline that provides awareness of, exploration in and preparation for the real business world.”

Full article

Voters agree the state should do more to expand career-connected learning opportunities

Tacoma Daily Index, March 21, 2019

“Ninety-four percent of Washington state voters agree students at every level should have access to career-connected learning opportunities like internships and youth apprenticeships and 90 percent say every child should have access to high-quality STEM education, according to a new statewide survey.

” ‘Washington voters embrace a comprehensive approach to preparing our students in STEM, from career-connected learning to early education,’ said Caroline King, chief executive officer at Washington STEM. ‘With leadership from Governor Inslee and bipartisan lawmakers, the legislature has the historic chance to take action this session to ensure all Washington state students, especially those furthest from opportunity, are prepared for the economic opportunities in our state.’ ”

Full article

Soapbox: Combining career and classroom learning is the path to go

The Yakima Herald, March 1, 2019

“As business leaders and teachers, we know that people learn differently and work differently. And just as businesses need a diversity of skill sets, students need more than one career pathway after high school. In a recent public survey, 75 percent of Washington residents believe students need more exposure to on-the-job learning opportunities.

“Students and families are eager to combine classroom learning with work-based experiences that will help them explore their options for life after high school. Students who are provided the opportunity to “test drive” multiple careers are better able to identify the path that fits them.”

Full article

In Our View: Start today building workforce of tomorrow

The (Vancouver) Columbian, February 28, 2019

“That represents a changing reality of education in the United States. There is strong evidence that a college degree, on average, results in lifelong financial benefits. And there is strong evidence that a post-secondary degree is particularly essential in this state’s competitive job market. Seattle recently was acknowledged as the most educated of all big cities in the United States — and 8 of 10 newcomers have a college degree.

“But it is essential to note that there are various methods for receiving the necessary education. The traditional path of leaving high school for a four-year college and sitting in class while working toward a degree does not work for everybody. Neither does beginning an entry-level job while hoping to eventually work your way up in a burgeoning industry.”

Full article

Preparing for Workforce of Tomorrow by linking education, business

The (Vancouver) Columbian, February 15, 2019

“The manufacturing technician ‘Career Launch’ pilot … offers a $12- to $14-an-hour paid apprenticeship at SEH of 25 to 28 hours a week and Clark College tuition covered by the company en route to a technician certification.

“If the apprentice successfully completes the program, a likely position awaits as a full-time SEH technician with median pay of $27 an hour. The company also offers a tuition reimbursement program for an associate degree and other post-secondary education pursuits.

“This is the type of corporate and education behavior that would be encouraged and rewarded under legislation being considered in Olympia and backed by Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration. Called “career-connected learning,” the legislation would offer financial incentives for schools to increase enrollment in career launch programs, create career-connected learning programs and hire people who would work as coordinators between companies and community colleges to ensure students are leaving with job-ready skills.”

Full article

Scott Morris and Mike Brown: How do you get there from here? Career Connect Washington

The Spokesman Review, February 3, 2019

“It’s sometimes hard to remember how hard the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question is. The follow-up question is even harder: “How are you going to get there?”

“We know that young people don’t always have the answers, but they are curious and eager to explore their options. They want to learn about different careers and what mix of experience and classroom learning is needed to do those jobs. They are excited about their next steps, but also cautious about challenges like educational debt.

“We’ve spent time getting to know the young people in our community, while they spent time getting to know Avista and what it takes to keep the lights on.”

Full article

Student Perspective: Career-connected learning: Finding a path to the future without fear

Wenatchee World, January 25, 2019

“The Career & Technical Education (CTE) clubs that incorporate career-connected learning have given me a picture of what I need to do to get where I want to be and connected me with people in the community that can help me meet my goals….

“I’m interested in pursuing a career in corporate law and connecting with college admissions representatives and ambassadors helped me to understand the undergrad degree I should seek.

“Career-connected learning has given me the opportunity to explore both business and legal fields. The Wenatchee High School Mock Trial team has linked me to members of the legal community. Being surrounded by fellow driven students that value their futures and career possibilities is another benefit of career-connected learning.”

Kody Richards is a sophomore at Wenatchee High School and has a passion for Career and Technical Education and related student leadership organizations.

Full article

Education: Future needs, lingering gaps open 2019 session

The Lens, January 23, 2019

“More than 70 percent of jobs created by businesses in Washington require post-secondary credentials of all kinds, yet only 40 percent of Washington students go on to receive post-secondary credentials.

“‘We have a mismatch going on,” said Maud Daudon, project leader for Career Connect Washington, in the Early Learning and K-12 Committee on Wednesday. “We have people who need opportunity … and somehow we need to bring this together.'”

Full article

Vocational education is worth Inslee’s $110 million request

Tri-City Herald, January 18, 2019

“Gov. Jay Inslee and state education officials are trying to help by designating $110 million to promote vocational and technical education.

The money is worth it, and lawmakers should not hesitate to support this part of Inslee’s proposed state budget.

It will fund programs designed to connect students of all ages to careers they probably don’t know exist. The money will help boost apprenticeship programs at the high school level, and give students a chance to gain experience in a technical field before they graduate.

We’re talking hands-on experience with employers who are looking to fill jobs.”

Full article

Career-connected learning programs help students prepare for their futures

Wenatchee World, January 18, 2019

“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.”

Full article

Governor features Career Connect Washington in State of the State

Columbia Basin Herald, January 16, 2019

“The Career Connect Washington initiative’s goal is to help connect students to a variety of pathways, including apprenticeships, certificates and degrees, and is a key part of Inslee’s education plan. ”

Full article

Editorial: How to fill 740,000 job openings in the state

Everett Herald, December 16, 2018

“Dwarfed by bigger-ticket items in Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed $54.4 billion budget for the 2019-21 biennium released last week — including K-12 education, mental health services and environmental work — it would be easy to overlook some $110 million in spending.

“But that $110 million represents an investment that is key to the state’s continued strong economy, an investment that can help connect the state’s young adults in high school and after with the education, training and experience needed for fulfilling and well-paid careers.”

Full article

Inslee visits LWTech students in Kirkland to learn how Career Connect Washington has supported students

Kirkland Reporter, December 7, 2018

“Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Lake Washington Institute of Technology … to meet with students and faculty and learn how Career Connect Washington has supported the school and students.

“Career Connect Washington is an initiative started by the governor to create a 10-year vision and strategic plan for a nation-leading career connected learning and apprenticeship system.”

Full article

‘Yes, it’s possible’: The time is now for the Legislature to better fund higher education

Seattle Times, November 30, 2018

“Recently, Gov. Jay Inslee’s Career Connect Washington Task Force unveiled a plan to expand work-based learning opportunities so students get real-world experience before graduating. This makes the case for higher-education funding even stronger.”

Full article

Washington voters don’t think schools prepare kids for careers. The state is trying to change that.

Seattle Times, October 31, 2018

“Four out of five voters say Washington state’s high schools and colleges are failing to teach students real-world skills, or truly prepare them for the workplace, according to a recent state poll.

“To try to better connect students with jobs, the state launched a public-private initiative in March called Career Connect Washington that aims to link high-school and college classes to jobs. One of the ideas: Allowing more high-school students to leave campus for paid internships at local businesses and in exchange, receive high-school credit.”

Full article

Apprenticeship program helps high schoolers learn vital skills for high-paying jobs

Marysville Globe, August 10, 2018

“Schools are finally listening to what local employers have been saying for years.

“That they need workers.

“Acro Machining Inc. of Marysville is working with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, or AJAC, to provide those workers.”

Full article

Avista provides Energy Pathways for students to explore career in energy industry

KXLY, July 17, 2018

“Eighteen Spokane area high school juniors and seniors are spending July discovering if a career in the energy field could be their pathway to a successful future. Through Avista’s inaugural Energy Pathways student career experience, the students are in classroom sessions with Avista experts from various technical and skilled trade fields, then the students are putting their learning into practice with hands-on activities including designing, planning and performing actual utility tasks.

“Part of the month long experience includes the students identifying positions of interest to them within Avista for job shadowing in the fields of alternative and emerging energy including wind, solar and battery technologies; energy efficiency and sustainability; engineering; and maintenance and operations of the energy system.”

Full article

Task force outlines next steps for bolstering apprenticeships, career-connected learning in Washington

WA Governor’s Office – Medium, February 20, 2018

“The task force’s recommendations come at a pivotal time for the Career Connect Washington initiative, a public-private partnership Inslee launched with the five-year goal of connecting 100,000 young people with employer internships, registered apprenticeships and other learning opportunities …”

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Inslee awards $6 million to create apprenticeship and career connections for 29,000 youth in 11 communities

WA Governor’s Office – Medium, December 8, 2017

“Job shadowing, internships and apprenticeships are just a few of the career connections that will become available to 29,000 students thanks to $6.4 million in new Career Connect Washington grant funding…”

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Governor Inslee announces new Career Connect Washington Task Force

Eastside Business Journal, June 3, 2017

“The first ever Governor’s Summit on Career Connected Learning in Redmond drew over 1,200 participants Wednesday as business, industry, education, and community leaders came together to discuss next steps to help more Washington young people prepare for high-demand careers…”

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