Career Connect Washington Sector Leaders

In 2021, CCW conducted extensive employer engagement including individual interviews with employers and associations, group conversations, and research into CCW’s current penetration across industries. CCW heard from industry leaders that employers are still facing an acute need to support their workforce development and there is an area of opportunity for collaborating more with other employers within their sectors to meet shared workforce needs.

CCW released specific grants to sector leaders, like industry associations, Centers of Excellence, sector-focused workforce development organizations and community-based organizations, and consultants, to foster improved collaboration and coherency amongst employers within a sector to scale their work-based learning programs and create equitable opportunities for students.

The following entities were selected as CCW’s Sector Leaders in ten high-demand sectors:

Advanced Manufacturing & Aerospace

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Clean Technology & Energy





Information Technology & Cybersecurity

Life Science


Please note: sector strategies may contain specific recommendations for public investments in program development activities. Such recommendations reflect the voice of industry in Washington’s high-demand sectors. However, State law requires that such investments be made by competitive procurements administered by the Employment Security Department. Therefore, we strongly encourage prospective applicants to CCW procurements to consider sector strategy recommendations and work closely with Sector Leaders when developing applications. More information about CCW procurements can be found here.