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Education and business leaders are participating in meetings across the state to better help students explore their future careers. This meeting in Spokane included local business leaders and utility leaders.

Throughout the strategic planning process, we engaged with stakeholders across the state, including business leaders, industry associations, philanthropy, labor, state agencies, legislators, K-12 and higher education systems, educators, students, and parents. In addition, we engaged with national experts to learn from other places across the country. We know that achieving our vision of a comprehensive state-wide system for career connected learning requires partnership and collaboration among all these stakeholders.

We are now preparing for implementation.

Connecting students with jobs means intensive work on the local level. Regional networks will connect and support local schools, teachers, employers, colleges, industry groups and others to develop regional strategies and programs. They will be our lead on recruiting local employers to help develop high-quality programs that truly prepare students for employment.

We will also build on the success of current career-connected programs by expanding their capacity and using them as models for new ones. This will be especially important at the Career Launch level, as those programs lead students on a direct path to a credential and employment.

Engaging students and families in this new approach is essential, and with networks and programs ramping up, so will communication with families. We’ll be working to ensure that families know about the available programs in their region and that the programs meet the state’s quality standard. We will be developing a review and endorsement process to give families that confidence.

If you would like to learn how you can be involved, please email info@careerconnectwa.org.


Stakeholder Groups

Below are just some of the organizations who contributed to the planning process.

Aerospace Futures Alliance
Alaska Airlines
America Achieves
American Federation of Teachers
Associated General Contractors of Washington
Association of Washington Business
Ballmer Group
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Council of Presidents
Independent Colleges of Washington
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood of Machinists 751
The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation
Jobs for the Future
Kaiser Permanente
Lakeside Industries
Life Science Washington
Matson Fruit
Microsoft Philanthropies
New America
Northwest Workforce Council
Pacific Northwest Ironworkers 86
Pierce Co Building and Construction Trades
Professional Educators Standards Board
Results Washington
SEH America Inc
Siemens Foundation
Service Employees International Union 1199NW
Snohomish STEM
United Food and Commercial Workers 21
Washington Apprenticeship Council
Washington Building Trades
Washington Education Association
Washington Roundtable (Partnership for Learning)
Washington School Counselor Association
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Washington State Board of Education
Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council
Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Washington State Employment Security Department
Washington State Hospital Association
Washington State Labor Council
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Washington State Rehabilitation Council
Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Washington State Tree Fruit Association
Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Washington STEM
Washington Student Achievement Council
Washington Technology Industry Association
West Sound STEM
Workforce Snohomish

This work is the continuation of Gov. Inslee’s Career Connect Washington Task Force. The task force work is now complete but information can still be found on the state’s website.

Please use the form below to contact us. You do not need to submit a message; however, please do fill in the “Subject” field to give us a better idea of your interest in Career Connect Washington. Thank you!

Please use the form below to contact us. You do not need to submit a message; however, please do fill in the “Subject” field to give us a better idea of your interest in Career Connect Washington. Thank you!