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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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