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WIOA BUTTON: CLICK IT OR TICKET!
Ok, we're not really going to write you a ticket if you don't click our newly revamped Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) button. But we really want you to click it to get all the info about the new act and the planning process that's underway. Check out the shiny red-white-and-blue button on the Workforce Board's home page at www.wtb.wa.gov

CAREER BRIDGE UPDATED WITH FRESH LABOR MARKET INFO
Wondering how fast a particular occupation is growing in our state and how much you're likely to earn if you land a job in a certain field? Get the latest labor market data on starting and average wages, along with projected openings for hundreds of occupations in Washington, on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov. The site, created and administered by the Workforce Board, was recently updated with fresh data from the state's Employment Security Department. Click on the View Job Trends section and see which occupations are hot, and which are not.

NEW VIDEO SHOWS HOW VETERANS GET HELP TRANSITIONING TO CIVILIAN JOBS
A new video shows how the Camo2Commerce program is helping transitioning military service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord land civilian jobs. The program, funded by a National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is a joint project of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and Workforce Central. This program provides one-on-one career counseling, business outreach, and a range of other services as the base downsizes over the next few years. See the video and get more details at: http://www.pacmtn.org/camo-2-commerce/

WORKSHOPS SHOW YOU HOW TO BECOME A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
The Washington State School Directors' Association is holding a series of workshops throughout the state to encourage citizens to learn about and consider school board service, ahead of the May 12 filing week. The free two-hour workshops provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a school board member and how to file to become a candidate. http://wssda.org/Events/Workshops.aspx

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE SEEKS CANDIDATES FROM WIDE RANGE OF BACKGROUNDS FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

The Governor's Office is actively seeking citizens with talent, skills and experience, especially those from diverse backgrounds, to serve on boards and commissions throughout the state. (See School Boards item above.) There are openings and upcoming vacancies on a wide range of boards and commissions. View "Upcoming Appointments-2015" on the Boards and Commission webpage: http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards-commissions/board-and-commissions/apply-serve-board-or-commission-0 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS MARCH 12 TO DISCUSS PROGRESS ON WIOA
TheWorkforce Board will hear an update on March 12 about progress made in planning for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which updates the Workforce Investment Act and brings greater accountability and coordination among a wide range of workforce and education programs. Also on the agenda is a presentation on Washington's Eligible Training Provider List, which requires eligible training programs to meet employment, earnings, and completion rate thresholds determined by the Board. More details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/March2015agenda.asp

SPEAKING OF WIOA...NEW FLOW CHART HELPS ILLUSTRATE PROCESS
A new graphic on the Workforce Board's main Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act web page gives a good overview of the committee structure and planning process currently underway. Take a peek at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

UNTAPPED TALENT: THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED
Marlena Sessions, CEO of the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council, wrote in the U.S. Department of Labor Blog about the need to address the large number of people who continue to be jobless even as the economy recovers from the Great Recession. Sessions writes about a new job club model in the Seattle King-County region called Back2WorkNow that helps repackage the skill sets of the long-term unemployed and connects them to career counseling, resume assistance and job interview practice. https://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/20/untapped-talent-the-long-term-unemployed/

APPLICATION DEADLINE NEARS FOR GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARSHIP FOR FOSTER YOUTH
Foster youth are encouraged to apply for a scholarship that helps pay for their college education at a Washington public or independent college or university. The deadline is Monday, March 9. Award amounts range from $2,000 to $4,000 and can be accessed for up to five years. Apply at https://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/wa/students/governors-application

UW NURSING CAMP REACHES OUT TO UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The University of Washington School of Nursing and UW Medical Center are recruiting minority and underrepresented high school sophomores and juniors to attend a free, weeklong day camp this summer. The camp runs from July 20-24. Students receive CPR training, spend a few days in actual clinical experiences, and also attend specialized sessions and workshops to prepare them for college and the nursing profession. Deadline to apply is April 15. Find out more at http://nursing.uw.edu/about/uw-nurse-camp

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ON WIOA
The U.S. Department of Labor is offering a high-level set of recommendations for states as they move toward implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). More at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=7353. View our state's progress in planning WIOA implementation at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

COLLEGE SPARK WASHINGTON INVESTS $12 MILLION IN MATH INITIATIVE
College Spark Washington is investing in a new College-Ready Math Initiative to help low-income students graduate high school with strong math skills and avoid remediation in college. The $12 million investment, spread over seven years, is designed to help 11th grade students improve their scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which measures Common Core State Standards. Grants are also helping students successfully complete Algebra I. View grant recipients at: http://www.collegespark.org/page/133/2015+AYD+and+IA+Grantees

STATE PROGRAM HELPS BUSINESS OWNERS HIRE AND PAY FOR TRAINEES
Employment Security Department staff are promoting the On-The-Job Training Program through WorkSource, the state's one-stop career center system. Employers can connect with motivated job candidates and be partially reimbursed for wages, if they agree to hire and teach workers the necessary skills to do the job. Reimbursements depend on the type of job and the extent of training needed. WorkSource staff are available for ongoing consultation during the training period.
More at: http://www.lni.wa.gov/Main/SmallBusiness/News/2015-02.asp#story3 

NEW WEBSITE SHOWS EARNINGS FOR WA GRADUATES EMPLOYED IN OUR STATE
A new website from the Education Research and Data Center displays earnings of students completing certificates and degrees from Washington's public schools and universities, and for those completing apprenticeship programs in Washington. The data is centered on those employed in Washington, work all four quarters in a calendar year, and whose annual earnings are at least $14,000, or roughly 75 percent of full-time hours at Washington's minimum wage. More at: http://www.erdcdata.wa.gov/esm.aspx

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFERS WEBINAR ON AID FOR REGISTERED APPRENTICES

A March 3 webinar from the U.S. Department of Education explains how federal Pell Grants, Work Study and the Job Location and Development Program can be used to support apprentices. Register at https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001503655421369544/info

NEW LOGO HELPS CONNECT STAKEHOLDERS TO WIOA PLANNING PROCESS
The Workforce Board's home page is sporting a new logo aimed at helping those interested in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act get more information about this historic, bipartisan act. Be sure to check out the red-white-and-blue WIOA Washington logo on the left side of our home page. Click on the logo and you'll be connected to our WIOA Washington web pages, where you'll find meeting information, summaries of the act, and other resources. http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

NEW WORKFORCE EDUCATION DIRECTOR JOINS STATE BOARD
Nancy Dick is the new director of workforce education for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Previously, Dick worked at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, where she served as a faculty member, program director and instructional dean. She developed and taught programs in multimedia and digital design, including the college's first applied bachelor's degree program. Dick succeeds Jim Crabbe who spent 15 years with the agency. 

LEGISLATIVE PAGES ACTIVE AS 2015 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

 

OSPI ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF CAREER GUIDANCE WA AWARDS
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has awarded a select group of Washington middle and high schools a Career Guidance Award of Excellence for demonstrating outstanding high standards in school-wide career-and-college readiness, using Career Guidance WA as part of their program. See: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/CGAwards.aspx

 

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF TRANSITIONS
New with the Workforce Board staff: Eric Wolf, Workforce Program and Policy Analyst. Previously, Wolf advised members of the Washington State Senate's education committees as nonpartisan legal counsel, and has a background in workforce training, K-12, private career schools, and military veteran student issues. He is helping organize committee meetings for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, overseen by the Workforce Board. He is also helping with legislative work during the 2015 session. Wolf is assisting Nova Gattman, who was recently promoted to the role of Legislative Director. Also new to the Workforce Board is Kamala Andrews, who serves as front receptionist and provides administrative support to the Private Career School/Consumer Protection Unit.

WORKFORCE BOARD YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT OUTLINES RISKS TO NEW GENERATION
A new report from the Workforce Board on the high rates of unemployment among Washington youth shows that despite an improving economy, young people need direction in choosing, pursuing, and preparing for high-wage, high-demand careers or risk a lifetime of lower earnings and a higher likelihood of joblessness. http://wtb.wa.gov/Documents/YouthEmploymentReport2014.pdf

NEW CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION REPORT NOW ONLINE
The new Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) that provides details on how Washington's secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs were implemented and assessed under the federal Carl D. Perkins Act is now available. The Workforce Board oversees funding received through the Act, an annual multimillion dollar grant that helps educators better prepare students for the workplace. The Workforce Board compiles the annual report with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp

 WORKSOURCE SEEKS TESTERS FOR NEW JOB MATCH SYSTEM POWERED BY MONSTER
The WorkSource Integrated Technology team is looking for 50 to 75 WorkSource professionals to test a new job matching and workforce program reporting system as it's being built, and again prior to implentation. It's part of a nine-month project to replace the WorkSource website (Go2WorkSource.com) and case management system (SKIES). The new system will need several user test periods throughout the project. It's being developed by Monster.com, which operates employment websites in the U.S. and internationally. More at: http://go2worksourcenews.com/

 

YOUTH APPS CHALLENGE OPEN TO WASHINGTON STUDENTS
The Technology Alliance's Youth Apps Challenge offers Washington middle and high school students the chance to design and build apps for tablets and smartphones. Teams of up to five students are eligible to participate, with prizes that include tablets and visits to local technology companies. Submissions will be accepted online from April 1 to April 10. Interested in teaching about apps? The Technology Alliance will offer training to teachers on February 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Seattle. More: http://technology-alliance.com/stemchallenge/youthapps.html

 

WORKFORCE BOARD HIRING RESEARCH INVESTIGATOR
Do you have a background in research and analysis? Check out this new position at the Workforce Board. But don't wait! The application deadline is this Saturday. http://wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS WIOA PLANNING NEXT WEEK
The Workforce Board will hold a meeting via conference call Thursday, January 29 to discuss progress made in developing a plan and gathering input to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Board will also receive an overview of the 2015 Legislative session and take action on preliminary designations of workforce areas. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/January2015agenda.asp

 

WORKFORCE TRAINING RESULTS REPORT AVAILABLE NOW
The 2015 edition tracks the results of 12 of our state's largest workforce programs and identifies potential improvements (along with those that are already underway). Find out how many participants got jobs, how much they earned, whether employers were satisfied with worker training, and more. Want more performance details? Individual chapters for each program are online. Order a printed copy of the executive summary and review chapters at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceTrainingResults.asp

 

WASHINGTON CENTER FOR NURSING RELEASES NEW CAREER VIDEO 
Middle school students can learn more about the field of nursing from a video created by the Washington Center for Nursing. The video, which is also aimed at school counselors and students' families, helps students explore their future in nursing and shows the steps they need to take in middle school and beyond to prepare for this key healthcare career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbxPdrT3FkE

 

WASHINGTON STATE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE TO STEM AND HEALTHCARE MAJORS
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship application is open to middle- and low-income students pursuing eligible high-demand science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or healthcare majors, and who meet other eligibility criteria. The scholarship pays up to $22,500 and is administered by the College Success Foundation. Application deadline is March 2. More at: http://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/scholarship/overview

  

WAVA SPRING CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN
WAVA, an association of career and technical education directors and administrators, is holding a spring conference at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Feb. 23-24. More at: http://www.wava-wa.org/

 

 

NEW WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE NOW
The Workforce Board's popular workforce system poster is freshly updated and ready for 2015. 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 and perfect for cubicle and office walls: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceDevelopmentDirectory.asp

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WISE TAPPED FOR FEDERAL COMMITTEE FOCUSED ON EMPLOYMENT AND DISABILITIES

Cesilee Coulson, executive director of the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE) has been appointed to a new national advisory committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The new committee, created by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), will advise the U.S. Secretary of Labor on ways to increase integrated employment opportunities. Integrated employment refers to jobs held by people with disabilities in workplace settings where the majority of employees do not have disabilities. More at: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20142331.htm

 

ANNUAL HEALTHCARE REPORT SHOWS PROGRESS, CHALLENGES IN TRAINING SUFFICIENT WORKFORCE
A new report from the state's Health Workforce Council provides solid data on the number of healthcare workers being trained in Washington and the growing demand for healthcare services as more people gain health insurance and the population ages. This detailed assessment of Washington's healthcare system includes a look at key healthcare occupations, tallying the current supply of trained workers against projected demand. The report also includes recommendations to the Legislature for growing training opportunities and increasing placements, particularly in rural, underserved parts of the state. The Workforce Board staffs the Health Workforce Council. Read the report and view the index of health program completions at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HCTFIntro.asp

 

WIOA REGULATIONS DELAYED UNTIL SPRING
The U.S. Department of Labor has delayed the release of draft regulations for implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) until later this spring. Originally, the Labor Department had expected to release regulations later this month. The regulations are eagerly awaited as many provisions of this far-reaching federal workforce act are scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2015. Read more about the delay, and about the progress being made in Washington as our state moves forward with developing a plan and gathering input at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

 

AEROSPACE AND MANUFACTURING PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM SET TO START IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and Workforce Snohomish are offering a free, 10-week Manufacturing Academy designed to provide individuals interested in applying for entry-level jobs in aerospace and manufacturing with needed technical, hands-on training, certifications, and soft skills. The first class starts January 12. An open house runs today at WorkSource Monroe. More at: http://www.ajactraining.org/apprenticeship/manufacturing-pre-apprenticeship/

 


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