Today’s jobs require some kind of training or education beyond high school. However, too many students are leaving high school without ever getting the chance to learn about, or prepare for, real jobs. Even throughout their 20s, too many young people don’t know what jobs are “out there” or how to prepare for them. This is true whether they go straight to a 4-year college or not.
At the same time, many Washington employers are hiring people from outside our state because they can’t find local residents with the right training or qualifications. The state expects 740,000 job openings over the next five years – almost three quarters of which require a credential beyond high school.
COVID -19 has a huge impact on young people though school disruption, job losses particularly in the service sector, and a recession for those just entering the job market. In Washington, work-based learning models result in higher earnings and significant returns on taxpayer dollars. The speed and strength of our state’s recovery is dependent on maintaining and growing our state’s pipeline of skilled labor.
Career Connect Washington exists to close these gaps by helping local young people get the knowledge and the skills to step into those in-demand, high-potential careers.