COVID 19 UPDATE: The CCW COVID-19 Stabilization and Recovery Proposal outlines the role that Career Connected Learning can play in Washington state’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. These initiatives have not yet been funded or activated; rather, this is a proposal that the Career Connect WA team is sharing with partners.


Career Connect Washington leaders spent several years engaging people from across the state to develop an approach that will work for Washington state (go to About Us for a description of the process). After talking with employers, labor leaders, educators, state agencies and lawmakers, we developed a strategic plan for building a career connected system in our state.

Students can’t take advantage of career connected learning opportunities unless those opportunities are close to home. That’s why this plan relies on regional networks and intermediaries who are in the best position to connect young people and opportunities.

In 2019, the Legislature passed, and Governor Inslee signed, the Workforce Education Investment Act. This established 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 and also establishes the Career Connect Washington system.

Washington’s Path to a Strong, Statewide System

2020 Career Connect Washington Progress Report to Governor Inslee and the Legislature (September 2020)
The Career Connect Washington Progress Report is submitted to Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature.

Now more than ever, young people need career connected learning programs that connect them to real careers and set them up for success. CCW is addressing critical, immediate needs of students in our new reality with COVID-19 and helping programs and students adapt moving forward. Despite the immense challenges posed by COVID-19, momentum is still growing to build a connected system for career connected learning that delivers high quality programs for students.

We are pleased to submit the following report showcasing the progress our state has made toward a comprehensive state-wide system for career connected learning that ensures every young adult in Washington will have multiple pathways toward economic self-sufficiency and fulfilment.

CCW Overview and Update (February 2020)
This slide deck maps out the challenge, the opportunities, the solution and the path forward. It also illustrates the many different kinds of opportunities that are available to students, from basic exploratory activities to a total career launch.

Career Connect Washington Report to the Legislature (September 2019)
Career Connect Washington is committed to reporting our progress to the Legislature on an annual basis. Read this document for information about progress made in 2019.

Career Connect Washington Strategic Plan — Detailed Materials (January 16, 2019)
This longer document also contains additional information about stakeholders, organizational structures, industry examples, the approach to equity and initial policy recommendations.