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NEW "TAP" LANDING PAGE LAUNCHES ON WORKFORCE BOARD WEBSITE
The Workforce Board has launched a new landing page focused on the state's workforce plan as implementation committees begin the hard work of putting "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP) into action. The new web page includes a central calendar featuring TAP committee dates and times, links to all implementation committees and their supporting documents, and links to both the complete state workforce plan as well as access to local workforce plans being implemented by the state's 12 regional Workforce Development Councils. Tap into all this handy information and find out more about workforce planning efforts at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp

WORKFORCE SNOHOMISH RECEIVES GRANT TO STRENGTHEN RETAIL INDUSTRY MOBILITY

Workforce Snohomish was one of 10 workforce development boards from across the country selected to receive a grant to help increase economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors. Workforce Snohomish received a $314,000 grant from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as part of a collective effort to form and implement new models of career services specific to retail. These models are intended to serve as best practices for the approximately 550 workforce development boards that provide career services nationally. More: http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/

NEW SURVEY WILL HELP IDENTIFY WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAMS IN WASHINGTON
Do you oversee or staff a program with a work-based learning component? You're encouraged to take a survey designed to create an "asset map" of all available programs in the state. Results of the survey will help shape recommendations to policymakers and others on how to expand these types of programs. The survey was created as part of a National Governors Association Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning led by the Workforce Board and Governor's Office. Take the survey: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp

SEPTEMBER IS K-12 ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH
During the 2014-15 school year, one out of every six students in Washington was absent at least 18 days, harming their ability to stay on track with their classes and weakening their connection to school. A nationwide effort is tackling this problem, with events slated in 40 states, including Washington. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction supports the effort to combat chronic absenteeism and has a webpage with resources, including workshops, handouts for educators and parents, and more. http://www.k12.wa.us/attendance/default.aspx

WORKFORCE BOARD HIRING FISCAL ANALYST
The Workforce Board has an opening for a Fiscal Analyst 5. This position reports to the agency's Chief Financial Officer and supports the agency's mission by serving as the accounting expert and primary advisor to the CFO. This position is central to the development of contracts, the payment of bills, the reconciliation of 1099 reporting, the preparation of invoices for accounts receivable, and more. Get more details at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

EARLY BIRD RATES AVAILABLE FOR WASHINGTON WORKFORCE CONFERENCE
The Washington Workforce Association is hosting a conference Nov. 9-10 that focuses on key areas of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and emphasizes the importance of partnerships in meeting customers' needs, both jobseekers and employers. The Washington Workforce Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in SeaTac. Get early bird rates until Oct. 5. Register at: http://bit.ly/2dhYaa2

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS NEXT WEEK IN YAKIMA
The Workforce Board is meeting Sept. 6-7 in Yakima and will tour aircraft manufacturer Cub Crafters on Tuesday afternoon. Cub Crafters' employees participate in the "Make it in Washington" education grant administered by the Workforce Board. The grant focuses on rural, mid-sized manufacturers in 31 WA counties. The Board will also meet on Wednesday to discuss career readiness and implementation of the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." Get more details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/September6-7Yakima.asp
 
STUDENT DATA PORTAL OPENS TODAY
The Workforce Board's Student Data Portal opened today. Private career schools are encouraged to submit their data as soon as possible through this secure, online portal. The portal will be open through Oct. 28. All private vocational schools licensed by the Workforce Board and other schools with programs on the state's Eligible Training Provider List are required to submit student data. The data is used to evaluate education programs, including whether participants got jobs and how much they earned. This information is shared with the public on the CareerBridge.wa.gov site. Details: http://wtb.wa.gov/PCS_AnnualReport.asp
 
NEW OLYMPIC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL DIRECTOR APPOINTED
Elizabeth Court has been tapped to be the new director of the Olympic Workforce Development Council, which includes Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties. Court began her new role on Aug. 25. Her professional background includes positions as a labor economist for the state's Employment Security Department, assistant director for the University of Washington Educational Outreach, and, earlier in her career, serving as a "radioman" in the U.S. Coast Guard. Read more at: http://www.kitsapgov.com/press/2016/NR16-074.htm
 
CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT HOSTS HIDDEN WORKFORCE FORUM
Washington's Correctional Industries is hosting an employer forum Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. The forum showcases how area employers are tapping the talents of formerly incarcerated Washingtonians, sometimes referred to as a "hidden workforce." At the forum, Correctional Industries Community Employment Services will share more details about linking skilled workers with employers. Get more details and register at: http://www.washingtonci.com/about-ci/news-events/news-archive/ces-forum.html
 
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 10th ANNUAL GEAR UP WEST CONFERENCE
The 10th annual GEAR UP West Conference is being held in Spokane Oct. 16-18. GEAR UP is a federal grant program aimed at education and community partnerships to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in education after high school. The conference will bring together about 600 educators, counselors, and administrators from a dozen Western states to learn more about developments in student support, financial aid, family engagement and more. http://gearup.wa.gov/about/what-we-do/gear-west

 

 

REGISTER FOR UPCOMING WORKFORCE BOARD STUDENT DATA REPORTING WEBINARS
The Workforce Board is holding two webinars to help schools learn to more quickly and efficiently upload data to the agency's online Student Data Portal, which officially opens September 1. The first webinar is next Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. The second is slated for August 31. All private vocational schools licensed by the Workforce Board and schools with certain programs on the state's Eligible Training Provider List are required to submit student data. Get more details and register at http://wtb.wa.gov/PCS_AnnualReport.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD AWARDED U.S.D.A. RURAL ENTERPRISE GRANT
The Workforce Board was recently awarded an $80,000, one-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to survey agriculture-related manufacturers, processors, and packagers in 10 rural Washington counties. Ag-related firms will be asked whether they have access to sufficient educational resources for their employees, and what types of skills-training and classes they would like to see offered in their area. More details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/RuralEnterpriseGrant.asp
 
WORKFORCE CENTRAL AWARDS $2.7 MILLION TOCAREER PATH SERVICES 
Workforce Central, the Workforce Development Council that serves Pierce County, has contractedwith Career Path Services to provide comprehensiveworkforce services to Pierce County jobseekers. Career Path Services, a private nonprofit headquartered in Spokane, will provide career coaching and employment search, among other services, in partnership with WorkSource partners. More at: http://www.workforce-central.org/Home/Components/News/News/216/18?backlist=%2
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SEATTLE JOBS INITIATIVE TO HOST "MYTH BUSTING" CONFERENCE FOCUSED ON POVERTY
The Seattle Jobs Initiative is hosting a conference Oct. 13 at the Hotel Deca in Seattle aimed at shattering poverty myths and improving program design. Gain insight into the realities of those living in poverty to help design more relevant, effective, and human-centered programs. Learn more about the conference and register at: http://www.seattlejobsinitiative.com/news/conference/
 
SAVE THE DATE FOR WASHINGTON WORKFORCE CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 9-10
This new conference, headed up by the Washington Workforce Association, will focus on business solutions, job seeker strategies, youth engagement, and system administration, and strengthens connections to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the state's strategic workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." The event will be held at the SeaTac Doubletree. Registration begins Sept. 6. More details coming soon!

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR TAP IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES
The Workforce Board is working with partner agencies and other stakeholders to recruit representatives to participate in six committees working on implementation of the state's workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP). The deadline to join the committees has been extended to AUGUST 8. However, meetings are being scheduled now, so don't delay! More: http://wtb.wa.gov/TAPcommittees.asp.
 
WORKFORCE BOARD HOLDS RETREAT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Members of the Workforce Board will gather in Leavenworth over the next two days (July 28-29) for the Board's annual retreat. Among the topics of discussion: How to ensure the board achieves its goal of high performance, especially as it leads implementation of the "Talent and Prosperity for All" state workforce plan. Meeting materials http://wtb.wa.gov/July28-29BoardRetreat.asp.
 
HEALTH SENTINEL NETWORK RECRUITMENT DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1
The Sentinel Network is currently recruiting volunteer healthcare employers for a project that will help track Washington's rapidly changing health workforce. Employers have until Monday, August 1 to participate in the first data collection period. Already, 175 health care facilities have responded--from a physician's office to large health care centers, in both rural and urban areas. But we want your feedback, too! The network is led by the Workforce Board in collaboration with the state's Health Care Authority and the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies. The project will collect key data at regular intervals from sentinel healthcare industry sites and provide rapid turnaround of information about emerging issues. More at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthSentinel/
 
GOVERNOR'S COMMITTEE RECRUITING MEMBERS TO ADVOCATE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is recruiting new members to identify issues and concerns pertaining to the rights and needs of people with disabilities. The committee advises the Governor, Legislature, state agencies, the business community, organized labor, and other groups. Members make policy recommendations with an emphasis on increasing opportunities for independence and employment. The deadline to apply is August 31. Find out more: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/GCDE/member

 

 


WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON LOCAL WORKFORCE PLANS AT FRIDAY MEETING
The Workforce Board will hold a special phone-in meeting Friday (July 22) to review and take action on local workforce plans. These plans have been revised by local Workforce Development Councils to align with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Washington's 12 workforce areas each have local plans intended to boost the skill levels of the local workforce, increase employment and earnings, and raise customer satisfaction for both jobseekers and businesses who rely on a skilled workforce. Meeting details: http://wtb.wa.gov/July22specialmeeting.asp
 
STATE WORKFORCE PLAN "SUBSTANTIALLY APPROVED" BY FEDERAL AGENCIES
Washington's workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All," was substantially approved recently by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. Like other states, Washington was waiting for a federal response to its plan, in particular to how the plan addressed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The federal response letter congratulated Washington on its work and laid out areas for improvement. Read the letter at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD SCHEDULES JULY RETREAT
Members of the Workforce Board will gather in Leavenworth July 28 and July 29 for the Board's annual retreat. Among the topics of discussion: How to ensure the board achieves its goal of high performance, especially as it leads implementation of the "Talent and Prosperity for All" state workforce plan. Meeting materials coming soon at www.wtb.wa.gov.
 
HEALTH SENTINEL NETWORK CURRENTLY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS
The Sentinel Network is currently recruiting volunteer healthcare employers for a project that will help track Washington's rapidly changing health workforce. Employers have until July 31 to participate in the first data collection period. The network is led by the Workforce Board in collaboration with the state's Health Care Authority and the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies. The project will collect key data at regular intervals from sentinel healthcare industry sites and provide rapid turnaround of information about emerging issues affecting employers, educators, training institutions, and other stakeholders. More at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthSentinel/
 
REGISTER NOW FOR WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE IN SPOKANE
It's almost time for the annual Washington Association for Career and Technical Education Aug. 7-10 conference in Spokane. The Workforce Board is among the sponsors of this multi-day conference aimed at CTE teachers from around the state. http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE "CAREER READY" AT SPECIAL JULY 6 MEETING
The Workforce Board will review state and national career readiness initiatives at a special meeting, July 6, in Olympia. The Board will then discuss how to collaborate with the State Board of Education to define career readiness standards for Washington students, align state policy to the definition, and integrate career readiness measures into the state's education accountability system. More meeting details: http://wtb.wa.gov/July6meeting.asp
 
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION'S COMMUNITY FORUM IN SPOKANE INCLUDES CAREER READINESS
The State Board of Education will hold a community forum on closing the achievement gap, and career and college readiness, at Spokane's Ferris High School Commons, Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. This is a public meeting. Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecp8hc8vc25d3170&llr=ix6o7mcab
 
NEW LABOR MARKET INFO ON ESD.WA.GOV
Washington's Employment Security Department now features labor market information on its website, ESD.WA.GOV. Previously this information was located on a separate website. The new webpages use Tableau technology and a dashboard format to make the information more accessible and reader friendly. Check out the state's monthly employment report, local unemployment statistics, county profiles, and more: https://www.esd.wa.gov/labormarketinfo.
 
WORKFORCE COUNCIL CHANGES NAME TO WORKFORCE SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council will begin doing business as Workforce Southwest Washington starting July 1. (That's tomorrow!). In addition to the new name, the nonprofit workforce development board, which serves Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties, expects to launch a new website, www.WorkforceSW.org in mid July. Changes from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) spurred an update to the organization's strategic plan and led to the adoption of the new name and brand.
 
OSPI ADDS REGIONAL FORUMS FOR EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is hosting a series of forums across the state to provide an overview of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. New forums were recently added in August. There's likely one near you. http://www.k12.wa.us/esea/essa/forums.aspx

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON LOCAL WORKFORCE PLANS AT WEDNESDAY MEETING
The Workforce Board will hold a special phone-in meeting Wednesday (June 22) at 1:30 p.m. to review and take action on workforce plans for eight out of 12 local areas. These regional plans have been revised by local Workforce Development Councils to better align with the state's new workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." Learn more about the review process and view the plans at http://wtb.wa.gov/LocalWorkforcePlans.asp. More about the board meeting at: http://wtb.wa.gov/June22agenda.asp

 
WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS REPRESENTATIVES TO SIT ON TAP IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES
The Workforce Board is working with partner agencies and other stakeholders to recruit representatives to participate in six committees working on implementation of the state's workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP). The preliminary deadline to join one of these committees is July 15. More information at: http://wtb.wa.gov/TAPcommittees.asp
 
WA TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT PROVIDES PRE-APPRENTICESHIP AWARDS
The Washington State Department of Transportation's Office of Equal Opportunity has awarded nearly $360,000 to organizations that provide outreach, training, and support services to boost apprenticeship participation by women, minorities and socially and economically disadvantaged Washington residents. Recipients include ANEW (King County), Perry Tech (Yakima County), Spokane Community College (Spokane County), Cooper Zietz/Akana (Southwest WA). Read more about this award and other WSDOT pre-apprenticeship financial support, along with a pilot program focused on immigrants, and a statewide support services program for first-year apprentices at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/pass (Click 2015-17 PASS Grant Announcement of Awards).
 
L&I RECEIVES $200,000 FEDERAL GRANT TO EXPAND APPRENTICESHIPS
The state's Department of Labor & Industries will expand apprenticeship opportunities in Washington thanks to a $200,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant. The grant is part of a larger effort to grow apprenticeships nationwide. In Washington, those who completed an apprenticeship earned more than $67,000 per year, within six to nine months after exiting, according to the Workforce Board's 2015 Workforce Training Results. L&I will use its funding to increase the number of employers using apprenticeships to train their workforce, and to ease apprenticeship tracking and reporting requirements for employers on public works projects, such as roads and schools. Read more: http://lni.wa.gov/News/2016/pr160613a.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PAPADAKIS TO FACILITATE PANEL AT JUNE 30 REACH HIGHER CONFERENCE
Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis will facilitate a panel at the upcoming Reach Higher conference in Olympia. This national initiative from First Lady Michelle Obama encourages students to complete their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, community or technical college, or four-year college or university. The Olympia conference is focused on the role of K-12 school counselors in driving both career and college readiness.

 



WORKFORCE BOARD TO EVALUATE PROJECTED SHORTAGES IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Governor Jay Inslee today announced that the Workforce Board, in partnership with the Health Workforce Council, will evaluate current and projected shortages of behavioral health professionals. Behavioral health encompasses mental health as well as behaviors such as drug and alcohol use. The assessment will also address ongoing efforts to integrate primary care and behavioral health to ensure that treatment is better coordinated and that conditions are caught earlier and treated, or even prevented. It's not clear currently how many Washington health care professionals offer behavioral health services and if they are adequate in number to meet demand. http://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-takes-action-address-challenges-behavioral-health-care-workforce
 
WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY TO DISCUSS INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT
The Workforce Board will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Highline College in Des Moines to discuss business engagement strategies emphasized in the recently adopted Talent and Prosperity for All plan. The Board will also hear a report from the state's chief economist Steve Lerch, receive an update on organizational change at the Employment Security Department, and take action on the Workforce Board's 2017 agency operating budget, among other items. More meeting details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/June8agenda.asp
 
TWELVE FEDERAL AGENCIES SIGN JOINT LETTER TO STRENGTHEN CAREER PATHWAYS
Twelve federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, have signed a joint letter announcing a historic cross-agency collaboration on career pathways to bring them to scale on a national level. Career pathways help guide young people and adults in acquiring marketable skills and industry-recognized credentials by aligning education, training and employment, and human and social services among public agencies, and with employers. More info at: http://www.ncpn.info/downloads/transforming-career-technical-education-summary.pdf
 
WA BUSINESS WEEK SUMMER REGISTRATION OPENS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Registration is now open for Washington Business Week, a weeklong summer program that offers high school students the chance to immerse themselves in a variety of industries, face real-world challenges, build their leadership skills, network with working professionals, and explore future careers. The program is held in June, July, and August on four Washington college campuses. Business Week is also looking for volunteer mentors from the business community, and judges to help score team projects. Maybe that's you? Find out more at http://wbw.org/Students_How.aspx.
 
WASHINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HOLDS SUMMER CONFERENCE TOMORROW
Legislative leaders, policy stakeholders, and economic development professionals from across the state will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Moses Lake as part of the 2016 WEDA Summer Conference. More details at: http://www.wedaonline.org/conference/2016summer.asp

 

 

HEALTH WORKFORCE COUNCIL TO DISCUSS SENTINEL NETWORK NEXT WEEK IN RENTON
The Health Workforce Council will meet Tuesday, May 17 at Renton Technical College from 1 to 4 p.m. to discuss, among other things, the implementation of Washington's Health Workforce Sentinel Network. Set to launch this summer, the network will offer healthcare providers the chance to weigh in on their workforce needs at regular intervals to help the state's education and training programs move quickly to fill skill gaps and expand programs. The Council is staffed by the Workforce Board. More meeting details: http://wtb.wa.gov/HCTFmeetingslist.asp
 
ESD LAUNCHES NEW JOB MATCH SITE: WORKSOURCEWA.COM
A new-and-improved website serving the state's WorkSource one-stop career centers launched earlier this month, replacing go2worksource.com. The new site offers unlimited job postings and new technology to find qualified candidates faster. Jobseekers have access to thousands of jobs, a new resume builder to help them stand out, and advanced job-search tools to find jobs more easily. An official kick-off for the site is scheduled for late June to give staff and customers time to fully transition to the new site. But you can check it out now at: www.WorkSourceWa.com
 
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HIRED FOR "JOBS FOR WASHINGTON'S GRADUATES" FOUNDATION
Leslie Schmitz has been hired as the new executive director of the Jobs for Washington's Graduates (JWG) Foundation. Schmitz has over 20 years experience in corporate, government, academic and not-for-profit areas. JWG is the Washington affiliate of Jobs for America's Graduates, which focuses on helping at-risk youth stay in school, graduate, continue their education, and achieve careers. The program currently operates in 40 middle schools, high schools, and Skills Centers in Washington. The Foundation hopes to double the number of JWG school-based sites. Schmitz succeeds former Executive Director Kim Browne. http://www.jag.org/node/437
 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SUMMER INSTITUTE AND REACH HIGHER WA
School counselors are encouraged to attend a day-long technical assistance summer institute June 29 in Olympia. The day after, on June 30, Reach Higher will convene a college and career readiness event. You can register for either event at the Washington School Counselor Association site under meetings and events at http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org/  Learn more about Reach Higher at https://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher.
 
SNOHOMISH TEENS GET HANDS ON EXPERIENCE AS PART OF "TRADE UP"
Snohomish County teens got a taste of the trades and what it's like to drive a truck, test a wire, operate a jack hammer, and more as part of "Trade Up!" Workforce Snohomish partnered with the Snohomish County Labor Council and United Way of Snohomish County to bring the event to Arlington Municipal Airport and Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center. Catch the video of what they got to see and do at: http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/advance/tradeup/ (Scroll down the page to see the video.)

 

 

NEW WEB PORTAL OPEN FOR COMMENTING ON LOCAL WORKFORCE PLANS
Washington's 12 Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) are developing draft regional workforce plans for public review and comment. The plans focus on boosting the skill levels of the local workforce, increasing employment and earnings, and raising customer satisfaction for both jobseekers and businesses, among other goals. The Workforce Board created a webpage with links to local plans, local plan guidelines, contact info for each WDC, and a timeline about the planning process including public comment dates at http://wtb.wa.gov/LocalWorkforcePlans.asp.
 
AEROSPACE SURVEY ASKS FOR FEEDBACK ON EXPANDING SUPPLY OF SKILLED WORKERS
The Workforce Board, working with several partners, including the Aerospace Futures Alliance, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, has launched a 2016 Aerospace Skills Survey. The survey, now in its fourth year, invites input from aerospace and advanced manufacturing employers on hiring trends, skill gaps, demand for selected occupations, and education and training needs. Take the survey and read previous survey results: http://wtb.wa.gov/aerospace.asp.
 
OSPI SECURES GRANT TO IMPROVE CAREER PREP FOR YOUTH
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction was awarded a $100,000 "New Skills for Youth" grant earlier this month with the ultimate goal of increasing career pathway opportunities for all students, especially those from underrepresented populations. The grant will help the state create a detailed career readiness plan with a focus on hands-on experiences. The grant's first phase will assess Washington's career preparation system and develop an action plan. More: http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/pressreleases2016/Grant-ImproveCareerPrep.aspx
 
COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES CAN APPLY FOR STACKABLE CREDENTIAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
The U.S. Department of Education and several other education-focused agencies have launched a new initiative dubbed "Mapping Upward." Over the course of a year, selected networks made up of two to four colleges, will receive customized virtual and face-to-face technical assistance to advance efforts in stackable credential design, including employer engagement, industry certification alignment, credit transfer agreements, and more. An informational webinar is slated for May 3 and applications are due May 18. More: http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/community-college-stackable-credentials
 
REGISTER FOR 11th ANNUAL CONSTRUCTION BEST PRACTICES SUMMIT IN TACOMA
The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, a Centralia College partnership, and the Construction Center of Excellence, housed at Renton Technical College, are hosting a summit May 18-19 at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. More info on the summit and how to register: http://cleanenergyexcellence.org/register-now-11th-annual-energy-construction-best-practices-summit/

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS NEXT WEEK AT SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE
The Workforce Board will meet at the Seattle Film Institute on Wednesday, April 20 to discuss implementing the state's new strategic plan for workforce development, "Talent and Prosperity for All," also known as TAP. Also on the agenda is a policy discussion centered on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Get more details: http://wtb.wa.gov/April20agenda.asp
 
NORTHWEST WORKFORCE COUNCIL HOSTS PUBLIC FORUM IN MOUNT VERNON ON FRIDAY
The Northwest Workforce Council is gathering input for local workforce planning that supports local and regional businesses and provides pathways to economic success for workers. The council is hosting a public forum this Friday, April 15, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at WorkSource Skagit in Mount Vernon. Local workforce plans are expected to be approved by the Governor and ready for implementation in July. Get more info at http://www.nwboard.org/.
 
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY EXPO CONNECTS TECH AND STUDENTS
The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will bring together business, technology, and 500 students from area schools at a Digital Technology Expo, April 28, at the downtown Vancouver Hilton. The event includes a demonstration stage for business owners and others to learn about and try out technologies. Marketing experts with the Portland Trailblazers are among featured speakers at a luncheon panel discussion on how to better engage the community with digital technology. More at: http://www.vancouverusa.com/digital-technology-expo-luncheon 
 
SCREENING OF AWARD-WINNING FILM PART OF APRIL 22 EVERGREEN PRESIDENT'S INAUGURATION
An award-winning documentary that explores the roots of the U.S. education system and offers an alternative to rote learning and bell schedules will be shown April 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on The Evergreen State College campus in Olympia. It's open to the public. The film, "Most Likely to Succeed," focuses on High Tech High in San Diego, and project-based, collaborative learning that connects students to today's workplaces. The film's executive producer Ted Dintersmith will be part of a panel discussion following the film at 8 p.m. It's one event at Evergreen's inauguration ceremony and formal installation of new president George Bridges. More at: http://www.evergreen.edu/events/inauguration/

 


WASHINGTON'S WORK-BASED LEARNING POSTER WINS CONTEST
A poster highlighting employment challenges faced by Washington youth, along with proposed solutions, won first place at a National Governors Association conference last week. The Workforce Board is co-leading the effort with the Governor's Office to create a policy framework to increase work-based learning for youth ages 16-29, particularly in STEM fields. View the winning poster and find out more about the policy academy at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp

MATTKE ELECTED TO U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR FIFTH TERM
Spokane Area Workforce Development Council CEO Mark Mattke was elected for a fifth term to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council. Board membership provides a platform to guide program and policy development at the national level. Mattke is also a member of the Workforce Board. http://www.uscmwdc.org/
 
WASHINGTON DOT OFFERS HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIPS
Washington's Department of Transportation encourages women, minorities, and socially and economically disadvantaged people interested in the trades to apply for scholarships that help cover the cost of training. Eligible trades include: carpenter, electrician, cement mason, painter, truck driver, iron worker, heavy equipment operator, pile driver, laborer, and heavy equipment mechanic. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis until July 1, or until funds run out. More: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/Training/ScholarshipProgram.htm.
 
SAVE THE DATE: WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE SET FOR AUGUST 7-10
The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education will hold its summer conference at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane. Registration is coming soon. http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS COMMENT ON WIOA PERFORMANCE TARGETS
The Workforce Board is seeking comments on draft performance targets for core programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Performance targets include participant employment and earnings outcomes, among other criteria. Deadline to submit comments has been extended to March 21 at 5 p.m. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOAPerformanceTargets.asp

OSPI PRESENTS CAREER GUIDANCE AWARD TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS
Some 34 Washington middle and high schools recently received a Career Guidance Award of Excellence from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. These schools are home to exemplary career and college readiness programs. View the list of award winning schools at: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/CGAwards.aspx

MORE THAN $50 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE ON THEWASHBOARD.ORG
As many as 70 organizations representing 300 types of scholarships have listed their scholarships on www.theWashBoard.org, including more than $50 million in student aid. This free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington residents is also featured in the "Pay for School" section of www.CareerBridge.wa.gov.  
 
REGISTER FOR 11th ANNUAL ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION BEST PRACTICES SUMMIT
Learn more about initiatives underway in Washington and at the federal level, including the EPA Clean Power Plan and the state Clean Air Rule, at the 11th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit, May 18-19 at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. The summit is the work of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, a Centralia College partnership, and the Construction Center for Excellence, housed at Renton Technical College. More info about the summit at http://cleanenergyexcellence.org/ More about the state's Centers of Excellence at: https://www.coewa.com/.

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN TOMORROW
The Workforce Board meets tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey campus. The Board is expected to take action on approving the state's workforce plan, titled "Talent and Prosperity for All." Also on the agenda is a policy discussion on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and a presentation on business engagement metrics. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/February24agenda.asp

JEANNE BENNETT OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WDC TO CHAIR WWA
Jeanne Bennett, CEO of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, has been elected chair of the Washington Workforce Association for a two-year term that began January 2016. WWA is a nonprofit association of Washington's 12 Workforce Development Council chief executive officers. As chair, Bennett will work closely with other workforce board executives to coordinate the state's workforce system, which includes multiple state agencies, community and technical colleges, public schools, community-based organizations, businesses and labor unions. http://www.washingtonworkforce.org/

GOVERNOR INSLEE SPOTLIGHTS WASHINGTON'S EDUCATION INITIATIVES AT NGA MEETING
At the recent National Governors Association winter quarterly meeting in Washington, D.C., Governor Inslee spoke about Washington's education initiatives, such as reduced class sizes, increasing investment in K-12 education, and lowering college tuition. The meeting was focused on the new Every Student Succeeds Act. Inslee chairs the NGA's Education and Workforce Committee. View the meeting here: http://www.c-span.org/video/?404618-2/nga-forum-education-policy

OSPI ANNOUNCES AWARD-WINNING CTE STUDENTS
The Career and College Readiness department at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has announced students selected as Washington Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the winners of the Washington CTE Student Success Award. More than 45 students across the state were nominated for these awards. View the winning students at: http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/pressreleases2016/AwardWinningCTEStudents.aspx

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF TO PRESENT AT SCHOOL COUNSELOR CONFERENCE
Workforce Board Communications Director Marina Parr will give a presentation on exploring careers and connecting students with education pathways at the upcoming March 2-4 Washington School Counselor Association Conference in SeaTac. More info about the conference at: http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?contentid=165

 

NEW WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE NOW
The Workforce Board's popular workforce system poster is freshly updated and ready to hang on a wall or cubicle. Make sure to order copies of this handy overview of Washington's workforce training system, including participant employment rates and earnings, federal and state funding totals, and a listing of administering agencies and providers. The poster is free! http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceDevelopmentDirectory.asp
 
NGA STAFF TO HIGHLIGHT WORK-BASED LEARNING AT HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Staff from the National Governors Association (NGA) are visiting Olympia this week and will provide an overview of the NGA's national efforts to expand work-based learning practices during a House Education Committee meeting Thursday morning. Washington is one of six states selected to participate in a grant-funded policy academy to scale up work-based learning opportunities for young people ages 16-29, with a focus on middle-skill, STEM careers. The Workforce Board was awarded a $100,000 Policy Academy grant from the NGA to help lead this effort in Washington. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp
 
WDC OF SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WINS WIOA TRAILBLAZER AWARD
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has been awarded the WIOA Trailblazer Award from the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). The award is focused on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). NAWB established the award to honor the board that has made the most progress in adopting changes envisioned in this far-reaching federal act. More: http://www.nawb.org/nawb/forum/awards_wioa_trailblazer_results.asp
 
WORKFORCE CENTRAL AND TACOMA STAR CENTER TO HOST SPRING JOBFEST
Workforce Central is partnering with the STAR Center in Tacoma to host the third annual JobFest on April 13. It's the largest youth fair in Washington and targets jobseekers between the ages of 16 and 24. Find out more or register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/jobfest-2016-young-adult-job-seeker-registration-ages-16-24-tickets-19883550234

 

 

WORKFORCE LEGISLATIVE PAGES GO LIVE AS 2016 SESSION MOVES AHEAD
The Workforce Board regularly updates our legislative pages, posting legislation and committee activities of interest to the workforce development community. We also post presentations and TVW links of key meetings. http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp
 
WIOA STEERING COMMITTEE MEETS FEBRUARY 9
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Steering Committee will meet Feb. 9 at the Association of Washington Business in Olympia to discuss policy issues, performance negotiations, and a statewide professional development plan, among other items. The agenda will be finalized soon. http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOAsteeringcommittee.asp
 
AIR WASHINGTON CONSORTIUM SHOWS HOW SECTOR STRATEGIES, NAVIGATORS HELPED TRAIN AEROSPACE WORKERS
A new brief from the Office of Community College Research and Leadership describes how an 11-member consortium led by Spokane Community College worked together to build industry relationships, develop new courses, and add navigators at participating community and technical colleges to train more aerospace workers. The consortium, dubbed Air Washington, far exceeded original benchmarks identified in the $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant ran from 2011 through September 2015. Read more: http://occrl.illinois.edu/all-publications/
 
DEADLINE NEARS TO APPLY FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is looking for schools with outstanding high standards for developing college and career readiness. Every year, the Career Guidance Award of Excellence recognizes exemplary public middle and high schools. Don't wait! The deadline to apply is Friday, January 29. http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/CGAwards.aspx
 
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH STEM INTERESTS
Do you work with students interested in pursuing a degree in the high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or health care? Encourage them apply for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship to receive up to $22,500 in funding and additional professional development support. Applications are due February 29. For more information, visit: https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/New-Applicants/Overview

 

 

TIME TO WEIGH IN ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN
The state's plan for workforce development, newly named "Talent and Prosperity for All," is open for public comment through February 9. The Workforce Board approved the draft plan at its January 6 meeting. Workforce practitioners, educators, policymakers, and the public are invited to provide feedback on both the strategic and operational portions of the plan. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD INVITES PARTICIPATION IN WORK-BASED LEARNING POLICY ACADEMY
Washington was one of six states recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Governors Association to create a policy framework to increase work-based learning for youth ages 16-29, particularly in STEM fields. The Workforce Board is leading this effort and will co-chair a "Core Team" with the Governor's Office. Core Team members include key stakeholders from business, labor, and government. A "Home Team" is also being created to serve as an advisory board. More information on this new opportunity at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp.
 
ESD COMMISSIONER PEINECKE ASSUMES NATIONAL WORKFORCE ROLE
Employment Security Department Commissioner and Workforce Board member Dale Peinecke became president of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) earlier this month, a year ahead of schedule, after the previous president resigned part way through his term. Peinecke was elected the association's president-elect in October 2015. He has served as commissioner of ESD since January 2013. Prior to that, he spent more than 37 years in the aerospace and materials industries in a variety of executive positions. https://www.esd.wa.gov/newsroom/news-releases
 
FINANCIAL AID SEASON IN FULL SWING: GET RESOURCES NOW!
Looking for resources to help students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? Get tools to help students and families complete this key financial aid form, as well as the Washington Application for State Financial Aid, (WASFA). College Goal Washington is holding events throughout the state in January and February. More: http://readysetgrad.org/educators/grad/college-goal-washington
 
ANNUAL CARL PERKINS CAREER EDUCATION REPORT NOW ONLINE
The Workforce Board oversees funds from the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act--a multi-million dollar grant that helps educators better prepare students for jobs requiring technical skills. View the latest report on how this money is put to use in Washington. The report was compiled with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and covers 2014-15, http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp.

 

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN ON WEDNESDAY 
The Workforce Board will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the American Lake Conference Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to take action on the state's draft workforce plan, newly named "Talent and Prosperity for All." The Board will hear a series of panel presentations on the plan, which will undergo a 45-day public comment period before being submitted to the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor in March. More about the meeting and how to access the military base at: http://wtb.wa.gov/January6agenda.asp
 
NEW YEAR, NEW LABOR MARKET INFORMATION ON CAREER BRIDGE
We're ushering in 2016 on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov with new information on how much jobs pay, how fast they are growing, and the projected openings per year in Washington through 2018. This update from the state's Employment Security Department provides fresh data about hundreds of jobs. Click "View Job Trends" on the site and see for yourself! 
 
PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM OFFERED AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES OF SPOKANE
Community Colleges of Spokane is partnering with WorkSource Spokane to offer a pre-apprenticeship class called Skilled Trades Preparation starting today, January 4. The 11-week course will provide students with the basic knowledge and certifications they need to prepare for a trade-related apprenticeship. Students will also meet with representatives from 14 different construction trades. Those who complete the class will receive certifications in OSHA-10 Construction Safety, First Aid/CPR, Flagger, and Forklift Operator. http://www.wdcspokane.com/news/newsletters/construction-industry-pre-apprenticeship-program-spokane-homebuilders-as/

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SEEKS FIRMS FOR ENGINEERING WEEK
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council in Vancouver is seeking engineering firms and companies with STEM-related jobs, including industrial engineers, structural analysts, test engineers, and more, as part of Engineering Week, Feb. 22-26. Participating businesses are asked to provide company tours and hands-on activities, and to discuss types of jobs available, including education and training requirements, salary ranges, and opportunities at their company for job shadowing, summer employment, internships and mentoring. Deadline to apply is January 21. Contact Justin McDaniels at jmcdaniels@swwdc.org or  http://www.business-after-school.org/.

 

 


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