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NEW WHERE ARE YOU GOING CAREER GUIDE IN THE WORKS
Workforce Board staff are in the final stages of putting together the latest edition of our popular "Where Are You Going?" career guide. It features a career quiz, and includes information on how much occupations pay in Washington, how much education is needed to get the job, how to pay for school, and how to prepare for a job, along with resume writing and interview tips. The guides are free and are designed to work with CareerBridge.wa.gov. Order your copies today at: http://wtb.wa.gov/CareerGuide.asp 
 
HEALTHCARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE MOST COMPETITIVE SECTORS IN SPOKANE
Spokane County employment in healthcare and social assistance fields is projected to grow 50 percent faster than the average rate for all industries through 2018, according to a new industry cluster analysis commissioned by the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council. Average wages in healthcare are also 10 percent higher than the average across all industries. More at: http://www.wdcspokane.com/news/newsletters/healthcare-workforce-roadmap-st-lukes-volunteer-program/
 
OBAMA EXTENDS PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM TO CTE STUDENTS
President Obama has extended the Presidential Scholars program to students in career and technical education (CTE). The current U.S. Presidential Scholars program honors graduating high school seniors for academic excellence, artistic accomplishments, and civic contributions. Now up to 20 high school students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education fields will be honored. The first U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE will be nominated in spring 2016. https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/06/23/launch-presidential-scholars-career-and-technical-education
 
OSPI TAPS NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS
Ken Emmil is the new Assistant Superintendent for Career and College Readiness at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). He succeeds Kathleen Lopp, who has represented K-12 education on the Workforce Board as Superintendent Randy Dorn's designee. Lopp was formerly the executive director of the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education. Her successor, Emmil, has extensive leadership experience, including serving as superintendent with the Colville School District. Most recently he served as Special Assistant for OSPI's Foster Care Program.
 
WORKFORCE BOARD HIRES NEW DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Patrick Woods, a longtime senior-level public affairs professional who has worked at several state agencies and in the Legislature, has joined the Workforce Board as the agency's director of operations. He succeeds Cynthia Harris, who also had a long and varied state career, and is now retiring (We will miss you Cynthia!). Woods most recently worked at the state's Liquor Control Board, where he led the establishment of an education and outreach program. Passionate about workforce issues, Woods once worked briefly at the Workforce Board, helping pilot the Lifelong Learning Account program in the five-county Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Area. A native of Ireland, Woods is a talented singer who can bring down the house with an inspired a cappella on government projects he is working on. 

WORKFORCE BOARD RESPONDS TO PROPOSED WIOA REGULATIONS AT SPECIAL MEETING FRIDAY
The Workforce Board will discuss the state's response to proposed regulations under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at a special call-in meeting, Friday, June 5. The Board will also take action on membership requirements for Workforce Development Councils. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/June2015agenda.asp
 
MICROSOFT APPRENTICE PROGRAM ACCEPTING STUDENT APPLICATIONS THROUGH JULY 1
The Microsoft Apprentice Program, which provides under-served high school students in King County with business and technology experience along with the opportunity to develop skills and networks critical to professional careers, is currently accepting applications through July 1. Students work several hours after school, Monday through Friday. The program starts in August. http://teenjobs.org/opportunities/microsoft-apprenticeship-program
 
SAVE DATE FOR WSAC CONFERENCE ON STUDENT EQUITY AND ACCESS
The Washington Student Achievement Council will host the second annual Pave the Way Conference October 5-6 in Tacoma to advance equity, access, readiness, and support for under-served students throughout the education system, from preschool through college. Proposals for the conference are being accepted now. http://wsac.wa.gov/2015pavetheway
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT CAREER BRIDGE AT SUMMER COUNSELING INSTITUTE
Workforce Board staff will talk to school counselors about updates to CareerBridge.wa.gov at the June 23-24 Guidance and Counseling Technical Assistance 2015 Summer Institute in Olympia. The conference is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington School Counselor Association. The award-winning Career Bridge website features over 6,300 education programs and recently added a video that takes visitors step by step through the site. http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org/calendar_day.asp?date=6/23/2015&event=48

WORKFORCE BOARD ADDRESSES PROPOSED WIOA REGULATIONS AT MAY 28 MEETING
The Workforce Board will discuss the state's response to proposed regulations under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at its regular May 28 meeting in Olympia. The Board will also take action on WIOA Steering Committee recommendations and hear WIOA Task Force reports on implementing the act. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/May2015agenda.asp
 
PUBLIC REVIEW SOUGHT ON WIA PERFORMANCE TARGETS

The Workforce Board staff is preparing to negotiate with the U.S. Department of Labor on performance targets for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs for the 12 months beginning July 1. Information about performance levels under consideration are available for public review and input through noon, Wednesday, May 27. The Workforce Board will decide at its May 28 meeting on performance levels to be proposed. Note: WIA performance measures continue to be in effect during the transition year for implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WIAPerformanceTargets.asp

10th ANNUAL ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION SUMMIT SET FOR MAY 28-29
Learn more about new technology, industry perspectives, career readiness credentialing, and apprenticeships at the 10th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit at Bates Technical College in Tacoma May 28-29. Keynote speaker is Department of Commerce Clean Tech Sector Lead Brian Young. Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaix2r5ka70e0b59&oseq=&c=&ch=
 
SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WDC CEO MARLENA SESSIONS JOINS NATIONAL VETERANS ORGANIZATION
Marlena Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, has joined the Board of Directors of the National Association of Veteran Serving Organizations (NAVSO). NAVSO's mission is to make services for veterans and military families more effective and efficient. http://www.seakingwdc.org/latest-news/2015/5/8/for-immediate-release-wdc-ceo-joins-navso-board-of-directors

FRIDAY IS LAST CHANCE TO SHARE WIOA RULES FEEDBACK WITH WORKFORCE BOARD 
The Workforce Board is working with the state's Employment Security Department to catalogue feedback and identify places that will help us fully develop a statewide response to proposed rules for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The extended deadline is tomorrow, May 15, to get your comments to us. So don't delay! The Workforce Board will provide a consolidated set of recommendations to the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOAProposedRules.asp
 
NEW CAREER BRIDGE HOW-TO VIDEO HELPS VISITORS USE THE SITE
The Workforce Board has created a new how-to video that offers visitors a simple tutorial on how to use CareerBridge.wa.gov, the national award-winning website used everyday at WorkSource centers and in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and libraries around the state. Career Bridge features over 6,300 education programs, state labor market information on how much jobs pay and whether they're hiring, and a career quiz that helps users assess their interests and abilities, among other features. The new video includes a closed captioning option, so it's accessible to those with hearing impairments. Watch it now at www.CareerBridge.wa.gov.
 
NEW WORKSOURCE SITE TO GET NEW NAME
When the new WorkSource website launches this fall it will have a brand new name: WorkSourceWA.com. The decision to change the URL from go2worksource.com was made by the state's 12 Workforce Development Councils and the Employment Security Department. The new name freshens the brand and differentiates it from WorkSource sites in Oregon and California. http://go2worksourcenews.com/2015/05/13/new-worksource-website-url-announced/
 
LUMINA FOUNDATION DETAILS DEGREE ATTAINMENT AT NATIONAL, STATE, AND COUNTY LEVELS
The Lumina Foundation has issued its annual progress report on degree attainment, "A Stronger Nation through Higher Education," which expresses a goal of having 60 percent of Americans obtain a high-quality postsecondary credential by 2025. See how Washington fared at: http://strongernation.luminafoundation.org/report/#washington
 
SPOKANE'S NEXT GENERATION ZONE RECEIVES 2015 CHASE YOUTH COMMISSION AWARD
The Next Generation Zone has been selected to receive the 2015 Chase Youth Commission's Champion of Youth Award. Next Generation's career center is focused on young adults aged 16-24. It was created in 2007 by the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council to help young people better prepare for careers through career assessments and counseling, job search assistance, industry-recognized credentials, and connections to employers. http://www.wdcspokane.com/news/press-releases/next-generation-zone-receives-2015-chase-youth-commissions-award/

 


 

WORKFORCE BOARD RECEIVES FUNDING TO HELP WITH WIOA PLANNING PROCESS
The Workforce Board voted yesterday to receive one-time federal funding to help with planning the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Board members voted unanimously to apply $507,000 toward this process, which includes staffing and organizing committee and taskforce meetings, coordinating a series of public forums, and writing a state strategic plan, among other duties. The Board also approved distributing another $507,000 among the 12 regional Workforce Development Councils, which are responsible for local-level planning. More meeting details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/April2015agenda.asp
 
SPEAKING OF WHICH...WORKFORCE BOARD TO HIRE ADMIN ASSISTANT FOR WIOA PLANNING
Do you thrive on deadlines, have an eye for detail, and possess seriously strong organizational skills? The Workforce Board is hiring a project-based administrative assistant to help with multiple committees and task forces as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. But you better apply soon! Closing deadline is May 6. http://wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK SEEKS JUDGES AND COMPANY ADVISORS
Washington Business Week, a weeklong summer program that connects high school students with industry professionals in a simulated business experience at four Washington college campuses, is seeking volunteers to serve as judges and company advisors. Judges spend several hours evaluating "stockholder presentations" and invest "venture capital" with young entrepreneurs. Company advisors spend six days with a team of 10-12 students, helping them with critical thinking and providing feedback on their team's mission. More at: http://www.wbw.org/Volunteer.aspx
 
COMMUNITY/TECHNICAL COLLEGE STAFF HONORED FOR OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCE RESEARCH
The Open Education Consortium recently recognized Boyoung Chae and Mark Jenkins of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for their research into how faculty use freely available open educational resources. Chae and Jenkins categorized the benefits and challenges of using open resources and also summarized faculty responses about the support needed to adopt them. Chae is SBCTC's eLearning and Open Education policy associate and Jenkins is SBCTC's eLearning director. http://sbctc.edu/general/_n-newsarchive_2015.aspx
 
SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK ON PROPOSED WIOA REGULATIONS BY MONDAY
The Workforce Board is working with the state's Employment Security Department to catalogue feedback on proposed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act rules. The goal is to identify places that will help develop a statewide response that represents Washington's workforce system and its particular opportunities and challenges. Don't delay! Comments are due Monday, May 4. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WIOAProposedRules.asp

NEW CALENDAR PROVIDES DIRECT CONNECTION TO WIOA MEETING DATES, TIMES
The Workforce Board has launched a new calendar to provide a monthly look at the many meetings scheduled for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) committees and task forces. Click the link or the calendar icon to see what's going on (along with where and when) in the months ahead! http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

WORKFORCE BOARD HOSTS SPECIAL BOARD MEETING APRIL 30
The Workforce Board will hold a special phone-in board meeting Thursday, April 30 from 2-4 p.m. The main agenda item is funding for planning required to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. More details to come. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/AboutUs_Meetings.asp 

AWC MAGAZINE FEATURES WIOA ARTICLE BY WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR ZEHNDER
The latest edition of Cityvision, a bimonthly magazine from the Association of Washington Cities, features an article penned by Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder titled "Winning with WIOA." She invites cities to get involved with the planning process to help "local citizens build skills, fill the jobs of local employers, and position their communities for future growth." Read the article in the "CityWise" section at: https://www.awcnet.org/resourcesresearch/Publications/Cityvisioncurrentissue.aspx

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY GROUP (MTAG) HOSTS MAY WORKSHOP FOR CAREER ADVISORS
The Manufacturing Technology Advisory Group (MTAG) is hosting "Career Connections: Preparing Students to Work in a Diverse Manufacturing Workplace" from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 5 at Edmonds Community College. It's among a series of workshops aimed at K-12 career advisors from around Puget Sound. Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-connections-tickets-16129970175?ref=ebtnebregn

LYON TAPPED TO BE NEW PRESIDENT/CENTER DIRECTOR OF IMPACT WASHINGTON
Loren Lyon is the new president and center director of Impact Washington, succeeding John Vicklund who retired after filling the role for 12 years. Lyon has held senior management positions at a variety of manufacturing organizations. Impact Washington is a not-for-profit organization based in Mukilteo that helps Washington manufacturers through consulting, training programs, and other resources. More about Lyon at: http://impactwashington.org/spotlight-loren-lyon

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED WIOA RULES

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued proposed rules for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for public comment. But you'll need your reading glasses--there are five separate notices totaling 2,600 pages! You can respond directly to the Labor Department. Or you can send your feedback to the Workforce Board. Board staff will review all submitted comments. The Board will then develop a consolidated set of recommendations from our state. View proposed rules and email the Workforce Board at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

SPOKANE AREA WDC ANNOUNCES PASSPORT TO CAREER SUCCESS FOR YOUNG ADULTS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council has released a new downloadable multimedia tool for young adults to explore careers. This free tool, called Passport to Career Success, is designed to help young adults and educators develop career plans, learn about the local labor market, and prepare for postsecondary education and training. Persistently high youth unemployment rates prompted the creation of this tool. More at: http://www.wdcspokane.com/wdc/passport-to-career-success/
 
WASHINGTON'S LARGEST JOB FAIR FOR YOUNG ADULTS KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK IN TACOMA
JobFest, the state's largest job fair for young adults, is set for Tuesday, April 14 from 2-5 p.m. at the STAR Center in Tacoma. Over 500 jobseekers ages 16-24 are pre-registered for the event and over 54 businesses and organizations are participating. The event provides young adults with an opportunity to explore careers and connect with local employers. JobFest is sponsored by Workforce Central and supported by a wide array of organizations and businesses. More info at: http://bit.ly/1GpZPVO
 
COLLEGE BOUND H.S. GRAD RATE OVER 10 POINTS HIGHER THAN LOW-INCOME STUDENT RATE
Three quarters of the students who signed up for the College Bound Scholarship by the end of their 8th grade year in 2010 graduated from high school in 2014. That's according to the Washington Student Achievement Council, which recently released an update on this growing program that helps low-income students pay for college. In comparison, the graduation rate for other low-income students who were eligible for the program but didn't sign up was 62 percent. Read more at WSAC's news release page: http://1.usa.gov/1JpouIv
 
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE

The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education's summer conference is set for Aug. 9-12 in Yakima. Registration is open and advance rates are available through July 31. The Workforce Board is a sponsor of this annual event which brings together CTE teachers from around the state to learn best practices, further their professional development, and network with one another before the school year starts. More at: http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

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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