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Washington State Workforce Development Newsletters -- 2008

December 18, 2008
WORKFORCE SUMMARY OF GOVERNOR'S BUDGET
Governor Chris Gregoire proposed a budget for 2009-2011 that would balance the "largest budget gap in state history." The $5.7 billion shortfall was addressed through a combination of measures, including program reductions. View our brief summary of the Governor's proposed budget impact on the state's workforce development system.

TEACHING THE TEACHERS WORKSHOPS IN SPOKANE
Starting in January, Greater Spokane Incorporated will launch a new season of Teaching the Teacher workshops focused on careers in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Architecture, and Physical Therapy.

WAVE POSTER CONTEST: WHERE RIGHT & LEFT BRAIN INTERSECT
The 2009 WAVE poster contest is also underway. High school students are encouraged to submit artwork that celebrates career and technical education, and promotes the WAVE scholarship. The winning design will become the WAVE poster for 2010 and will be used as the cover for the 2010 application. The deadline is Feb. 20.

December 15, 2008
NEW INDUSTRY CLUSTER ANALYSES IDENTIFIES REGIONAL ECONOMY STRENGTHS
Professors Paul Sommers (Seattle University) and William Beyers (University of Washington), and Andrew Wenzl have completed their industry cluster analyses for Washington and for each of the 12 workforce development areas. Sommers, Beyers and Wenzl used detailed industry data to develop maps of industry clusters and tables of information that enable policy leaders to prioritize clusters for regional development purposes. The Workforce Board will review this information at its January 22, 2009 meeting.

CTE PLAYS LEAD ROLE IN CAREER GUIDANCE
The Association for Career and Technical Education's new issue brief, "Career and Technical Education's Role in Career Guidance," explores the leading role career and technical education plays in the area of career guidance and improving student success through career-development services. The paper points to the national average student/counselor ratio of 479 to 1 as indication that more needs to be done to provide students with strong career guidance.

WASHINGTON STATE IMAGINATION AWARD OPEN FOR APPLICATION
A Washington elementary school could win $5,000 in recognition of its efforts to encourage and incorporate imaginative thinking across its curriculum, from art to English to the natural sciences. Applications for the Washington State Imagination Award are being accepted until February 9.
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December 9, 2008
BUDGET CRISIS THREATENS TO WIDEN SKILL GAP
The current supply of workers trained by our community and technical colleges, and other training programs, already falls short of what employers will need to fill many family-wage jobs, according to a forecast by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Anticipated enrollment cuts as a result of the down economy will further widen the gap. See Workforce Board news release on the projected skill gap and the Workforce Board's recommendations for the 2009-11 biennial budget.

WORKPLACE-BASED DIGITAL LEARNING INITIATIVE LAUNCHED
With the support of Legislators, educators, and business and labor representatives, the Workforce Board kicked off a new initiative dedicated to expanding access to education and training to busy, working adults. The "Workplace-based Digital Learning," initiative has its roots in legislation passed last session, SB 6295.

2009 WAVE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN
The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholarship application period is open, and career and technical education students from around the state are encouraged to apply. The annual award administered by the Workforce Board pays up to two years tuition based on state university tuition rates. Two high school students and one community college student from each of the state's 49 legislative districts are eligible to win the award, for a total of 147 potential winners.

PLEASE TAKE OUR NEWSLETTER SURVEY
Already comments provided to us through our survey has improved our website by pointing out the need to reformat the tables on the Workforce Directory (done!). If you haven't taken this SHORT survey, we would be honored it you took it now: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB228HHB3EKLA
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November 26, 2008
WORKFORCE BOARD RECOMMENDS POLICY REVISIONS TO CONGRESS
At its November meeting, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board forwarded to Gov. Chris Gregoire recommendations to guide Congress as it considers new or amended federal legislation addressing workforce investment. These recommendations represent a consensus among state and local stakeholders. The Workforce Board reserved the right to comment further on the national workforce development debate.

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED
The Employment Security Department, the Workforce Development Councils and the Workforce Board have issued the Annual Report on the Workforce Investment Act, Title I-B which includes local and state highlights and accomplishments and performance results for Program Year 2007 (July 2007 through June 2008). For a printed copy of the document, contact ESD's Kathryn Scott, KScott@ESD.WA.GOV.

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WDC SCORES STEM AWARD
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $2 million grant to the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council to help fund educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One of only five grants awarded, the funds will be used to provide a variety of career coaching, mentoring and related services in the Southwest Washington region of Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties and the Portland metropolitan area. Read about their latest STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) summit.

November 17, 2008
WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING WILL FOCUS ON LEGISLATIVE & CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will meet Thursday, Nov. 20, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Association of Washington Business, 1414 Cherry Street S.E. in Olympia. The agenda includes, among other things, recommendations on federal workforce development legislation, workforce development agency budgets, and a report and recommendations on young adult unemployment.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL JOINS THE LEGISLATURE
Tim Probst, chief executive officer of the Washington Workforce Association, was elected to represent the 17th Legislative District (Clark County) in the Washington House of Representatives. Tim will be sworn in when the state Legislature goes back into session at the start of next year.

VIEW CONFERENCE VIDEOS OF BEST PRACTICE WINNERS
You can watch the short videos that honor the five winners of the Governor's 2008 Best Practices awards through the Workforce Board website. These videos were shown at the award ceremony in September as part of the Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Conference.

November 6, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD ADVISES BASIC EDUCATION FINANCE TASK FORCE
At its special meeting October 27, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board formally recommended to the Basic Education Finance Task Force that the following components be included in basic education funding formulas: a comprehensive guidance program, improved funding for career and technical education, improved coordination and enhanced funding for at-risk students and dropouts, and additional funds to support the State Board of Education graduation requirement "CORE 24"proposal.

EMPLOYER SURVEY REPORT RESULTS AVAILABLE ON LINE
One out of three Washington employers said that their overall productivity suffered in 2007 because they had difficulty finding enough qualified workers. The Workforce Board has made available three ways to view its biennial employer survey results: statewide, by industry and by workforce development area. The survey was conducted in collaboration with the Association of Washington Business.

WDC SNOHOMISH COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW "CAREER TREES" WEBSITE
A new website that links Snohomish County residents with the education and training they need to move into, and ahead, in their careers launched in August. This interactive online tool from Workforce Development Council Snohomish County shows both students and adult job candidates how to climb a career tree in 10 industry clusters targeted as high-growth in Snohomish County.
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October 27, 2008

STRATEGIC FUND REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS RELEASED THIS WEEK
The Workforce Board will release the High Skills, High Wages Strategic Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28. Using federal Workforce Investment Act dollars reserved by Gov. Chris Gregoire, the board will award grants of up to $200,000 to Workforce Development Councils and Associate Development Organizations who have been pursuing this type of economic strategy, described in more detail in the Board's Skills for the Next Washington report. The new $850,000 grant fund is called the High Skills, High Wages Strategic Fund.

POSTIVE LONG-TERM IMPACTS OF CAREER ACADEMIES MEASURED
The MDRC report on the long-term impacts of career academies released this summer indicates that academies produce sustained earning gains averaging 11 percent over the control group. The MDRC is a a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy research organization. "Investments in career-related experiences during high school can produce substantial and sustained improvements in the labor market prospects and transitions to adulthood of youth. In fact, Career Academies are one of the few youth-focused interventions that have been found to improve the labor market prospects of young men." See the report at:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURES SIGN LANGUAGE FRONT AND CENTER
A Department of Social and Health Service Division of Vocational Rehabilitation YouTube video reinforces the importance of tapping the workforce talent of all Washingtonians as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The video is among the first public service announcements done primarily in sign language, and features David Hankinson using American Sign Language as a narrator (Steve Williams) translates the public service announcement.
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October 20, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS YOUTH ISSUES VIA CONFERENCE CALL
The Workforce Board members will convene via a teleconference call to discuss and take action on the recommendations for Basic Education funding on Monday, October 27, 2 p.m. Those interested in attending or calling into the teleconference call should contact Julie Anderson at 360-753-5677. dd

WORKFORCE BOARD PROPOSES CLUSTER LEGISLATION & MORE
At its September meeting, the Workforce Board endorsed three legislative proposals. Before these proposals can become agency-request legislation for the 2009 session, they must be reviewed by the Office of Financial Management. Two of the proposals are versions of bills that were considered last session. The other bill addresses coordinating workforce and economic development and industry cluster concepts recommended in the Board's Skills for the Next Washington report.

WORKING POOR WORKING HARD BUT STILL FALLING SHORT
The number of low-income working families nationwide has increased by almost 10 percent since 2002, according to the latest report by the Working Poor Family Project, which is now active in 24 states including Washington. The new report provides state-by-state rankings on low-income working families and other related information. For instance, the report ranks Washington fifth in the nation for its percentage of adults 18 to 64 with who have had a least some education beyond high school.
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October 13, 2008

STRATEGIC FUND TARGETS REGIONAL INDUSTRY CLUSTER EFFORTS
As part of the Governor's economic strategy, the Workforce Board will soon be investing in regional industry cluster initiatives. Using federal Workforce Investment Act dollars reserved by Gov. Chris Gregoire, the board will award grants of up to $200,000 to Workforce Development Councils and Associate Development Organizations who have been pursuing the type of economic strategy that is described in more detail in the Board's Skills for the Next Washington report. The new $850,000 grant fund is called the High Skills, High Wages Strategic Fund.

SECURITIES REGULATOR PROVIDES TIPS TO PROTECT DISLOCATED WORKERS
A job layoff can lead to even more money woes when workers are approached by companies offering faulty or even fraudulent financial advice. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has published a helpful brochure that walks dislocated workers through their financial inventory, from 401(k)s to pension benefits , to how to handle a sudden loss of income. As the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the U.S., FINRA oversees nearly 5,000 brokerage firms.

SEATTLE JOBS INITIATIVE GOES GREEN WITH HELP FROM NATIONAL GRANT
The Seattle Jobs Initiative is one of eight recipients of a 2008 Strategic Venture Fund Grant from the National Network of Sector Partners. The Seattle nonprofit received $5,000 and will proceed with work that grew out of the City of Seattle's interest in the green economy. Seattle Jobs Initiative will continue to explore the growing green economy, its impact on jobs and career pathways, labor market trends, and more.
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October 6, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD OFFICE GOES TO FOUR-1O SCHEDULE
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board office begins a new work schedule this week as part of a pilot project launched by Gov. Chris Gregoire to test whether a four-day work week can save energy and other costs while still maintaining quality service. The Workforce Board's participation in this trial means that the building it shares with another participating agency, the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, will be closed on Fridays. Workforce Board operating hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The pilot is expected to run six months; however, the office is exploring alternatives when the Legislative session begins to adequately staff this busy and significant time of the year.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON J.O.B.S. PROJECT TARGETS MANUFACTURING, HIGH TECH
With nine major companies constructing new manufacturing and high-tech facilities in Grant County in the past year and a half, a skilled workforce is more critical than ever. Enter Central Washington J.O.B.S. which has brought together businesses, cities, port districts, community colleges and more to help meet that need. A custom-made industrial skills training program, a booklet that maps out career pathways at local businesses, a job fair and employer panel, and a web site with over 3,000 local openings are all helping move workers into new careers.

NEW EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE WELCOMES RETURNING INJURED MILITARY
America's Heroes at Work, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service, was recently launched. This public education campaign focuses on the employment challenges of service members with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, and provides information and tools to help injured military personnel succeed in the workplace.
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September 29, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD ENDORSES CLUSTER-BASED STRATEGY
At its regular meeting last week, the Workforce Board adopted a plan for coordinating workforce and economic development at the state and local levels focusing on an industry cluster-based strategy. "Skills for the Next Washington" fulfills a mandate by Gov. Chris Gregoire and her economic plan, "The Next Washington" which calls for improved partnerships among workforce and economic development efforts at the state and regional levels. "Skills for the Next Washington" sets forth ways that workforce and economic development can better align resources to benefit regional industry clusters.

MURRAY INTRODUCES FEDERAL BILL EMPHASIZING PATHWAYS
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced major legislation last week that would "increase graduation rates and prepare America's next generation of highly skilled workers." The Promoting Innovations to 21st Century Careers Act would create a federal grant program for state and regional partnerships that help students move from high school to a wide array of post-secondary education options and to skilled careers. Senators Ted Kennedy, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sherrod Brown and Bernard Sanders are co-sponsors.

PIERCE COUNTY PATHWAYS TO APPRENTICESHIP AT BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Bates Technical College will play host Oct. 10 to a day-long Pathways to Apprenticeship event designed to introduce teachers, parents, school administrators and counselors to the career opportunities available through the registered apprenticeship programs of Washington state. The event is slated for the college's South Campus at 2201 South 78th St., in Tacoma. For more info or to register, contact: Kristi Grassman, (253)404-3983.

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September 22, 2008

OVER 600 ATTEND WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2008
The Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Conference in Lynnwood earlier this month attracted over 600 attendees who attended sessions on industry cluster development, innovation partnership zones, green economy and others. Special guests included Ned Hill, Mary Jo Waits and Gov. Chris Gregoire who announced this year's Best Practice award winners.
Check out the award winners.

NEW WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORY PRINTED AND ON-LINE
The Workforce Board has updated its workforce development directory, making it easier to access on the web. The directory features over 40 Washington-based workforce development programs and provides each program's purpose, history, funding, participant eligibility, and contact information. The directory offers plenty of program details for policy analysts and legislative staff, as well as eligibility and contact information for case managers and counselors.

HEALTH CARE PROVIDER SHORTAGES AND TRAINING
If you missed the joint session of the Washington House of Representatives Higher Education and Health Care committees held earlier this month, you can view the TVW video of the two-hour meeting on the web. The meeting featured a presentation by the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force Chair Michele Johnson (Chancellor Pierce College District) on the task forces most recent plan and update. The legislative committee also heard about incumbent worker training program and rural nursing education.
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September 16, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD TO ACT ON HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
The Workforce Board meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 25 at the University of Washington to discuss approving an updated High Skills, High Wages, the state's blueprint for workforce development through 2018. The board will also act on Skills for the Next Washington, which coordinates workforce and economic development.
View High Skills, High Wage
View Skills for the Next Washington


ADA REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION STUDY
Persons with disabilities, their employers and service providers are encouraged to participate in a survey to learn more about perceptions regarding job accommodation requests and provision. This online study is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education, and conducted by the University of Maryland and the DBTAC: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.

WEDA FALL CONFERENCE IN LEAVENWORTH
The Washington Economic Development Association fall conference is October 8 - 10 in Leavenworth and will feature a presentation by Workforce Board staff Mike Brennan and Carolyn McKinnon on opportunities for workforce development partnerships to support regional industry clusters.

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August 29, 2008

MARTIN BEAN OF MICROSOFT JOINS WORKFORCE BOARD
Martin Bean, a Microsoft executive, has joined the Workforce Board. He is one of the three business representatives on the board, which is noted for its balanced membership of business and labor.  Mr. Bean has nearly 20 years experience in the training and education marketplace and has held executive management roles in leading information technology organizations, including Novell, Sylvan Learning Systems, Thomson Learning, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Inc.  For more on our board members: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/AboutUs_Members.asp

 GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE SAVING PAPER, OFFERS CLOCK HOURS
The Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Conference in Lynnwood on Sept. 3 and 4 is making a special effort to reduce paper use by providing online access to handouts and schedules. Presentations will be added throughout the week. Attendees are encouraged to carpool and use hotel shuttles as well. Also, the conference has been approved for four clock hours of vocational in-service credit for teachers.   

WASHINGTON YOUTH DO WELL AT NATIONAL SKILLSUSA
Career and technical education students from Washington high schools and colleges won 19 medals at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in a wide range of competitions including Precision Machining Technology, Culinary Arts, Internetworking, and Automated Manufacturing Technology. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. For a list of winners by state, see: http://www.skillsusa-register.org/reports/medalists.aspx

August 15, 2008

PROGRESS REPORT TO LEGISLATURE ON HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
As you prepare your comments on this year’s update to High Skills, High Wages, check out the recent highlights in workforce development in the Annual Progress Report to the Legislature. Each highlight takes aim at one or more of the workforce development goals identified in the current High Skills, High Wages workforce development strategic plan.  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/HSHWAnnualReport-2007.pdf

WEBSITE FEATURES EMPLOYMENT SUCCESS STORIES
Imagine a website that honors working people with disabilities and allows you to post your own employment success story. The Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, a training and technical assistance organization primarily for the developmental disability employment community, has a website with 90 such stories and it’s growing by the day. By showing people with developmental disabilities, the website provides inspiration to other people with disabilities, employers, vocational service providers,and the community as a whole. Check it out: www.peopleworking.wikispaces.com

TWO NEW STAFF JOIN THE WORKFORCE BOARD TEAM
Carolyn McKinnon, formerly Cummins, will start with the Workforce Board, August 25 as the agency’s policy analyst for economic development. Carolyn was recruited from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges where she was an economic development policy associate.

Isabel Munoz-Colon will start with the Workforce Board on September 1 as the agency’s research manager, replacing Carl Wolfhagen who now works for the Office of Financial Management. Isabelwas previously with the Washington Department of Transportation where she oversaw the development of a new performance accountability system.
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August 7, 2008

MORE PUBLIC FORUMS ON HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
Public forums on August 11 and August 26 will bring the latest draft of the strategic workforce development plan for Washington to six locations in Western Washington. One may be near you. The discussions at these open forums have been lively and productive. If you cannot make one of the forums, written comments are welcome as well.

HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL TASK FORCE PROGRESS REPORT
The Health Care Personnel Task Force has released its annual progress report along with an update to its plan and performance measures. Created in 2003 to address the severe current and projected shortages of health care personnel in Washington State, the 20-member task force has representatives from health care, business, labor, education and government.

WORKFORCE BOARD RETREAT
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold its annual retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 13 at the University of Washington Botanical Gardens Issacson Classroom in Seattle. For more information, contact Julie Anderson.

July 31, 2008

NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE CTE OPTION
Running counter to the national trend of focusing exclusively on requirements that lead to college entry, the State Board of Education, earlier this month, set new state minimum high school graduation requirements recognizing the importance of career and technical education. The "Core 24"graduation requirements allow for both career and college options unless a student specifically chooses to pursue only a career emphasis or only a college emphasis.

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES ROAD SHOW HITS WESTERN WASHINGTON
Vancouver, Olympia and Bremerton will host the next High Skills, High Wages public forum on August 11. Another forum is scheduled for August 26 for Seattle, Tacoma and Mt. Vernon. The public may participate either in person or by videoconference. Written comments are welcome as well. Meeting locations and a copy of the draft strategic workforce development plan for Washington state

YOUTHSOURCE RENTON EARNS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARD
The U.S. Department of Labor honored YouthSource Renton, a multi-agency education, employment and development center for at-risk youth, with a Recognition of Excellence Award at the national 2008 Workforce Innovations Conference in New Orleans earlier this month. The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a key funder and partner of YouthSource.

July 18, 2008

  WDC RELEASES REPORT ON STATE DEMAND FOR MIDDLE SKILLS
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and policy analysts at The Workforce Alliance state in a recently released paper that middle-skill jobs - those that require more than high school but less than a four-year degree -continue to make up half of all jobs in our state today. The paper is part of a national initiative called Skills2Compete in partnership with The Workforce Alliance-a Washington D.C.-based organization. The initiative is encouraging "America to address U.S. competitiveness in a way that includes the vast majority of America's future workers-that is, adults already in the workforce-and the largest portion of jobs in the U.S. economy-that is, jobs in the middle of the skilled labor market." 

 HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES ON TVW & TOURING EASTERN WASHINGTON
TVW taped last week's Workforce Board meeting including a staff presentation of the 2008-2018 draft of the High Skills, High Wages plan, the Workforce Board's strategic workforce development plan for Washington state. The public is welcome to comment on this draft and will have an opportunity to do it in person at a series of public forums in Eastern Washington next week. Western Washington forums will be scheduled in August. Please note the locations for the Moses Lake and Omak sites have changed.

 NEW CAREER GUIDE AVAILABLE FOR ORDERING
The 2008 edition of "Where Are You Going?" is available in print and available for download through our website. This popular 80-page publication provides a step-by-step guide for making career choices-whether you're selecting your first career or your next one. To order copies, call 360.753.5662.

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July 9, 2008

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES PUBLIC FORUMS COME TO EASTERN WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington residents have a chance to comment later this month on the 2008 draft plan of High Skills, High Wages, the Workforce Board’s strategic workforce development plan for Washington state. Meetings will be held the week of July 21 in  Spokane, Wenatchee and Yakima, with live ITV links available in Walla Walla, Omak, Moses Lake and Pasco. Get more details

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE
Reserve your seat for the Governor’s 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference in Lynnwood, Sept. 3-4. The conference features an update from Gov. Chris Gregoire on The Next Washington along with presentations on everything from the power of industry clusters to reaching unemployed youth. Sign up at: http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/economy/conference/

SENATOR MURRAY WIA LETTER PLAYS ROLE IN BUDGET PROCESS
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a 2009 workforce spending plan in late June, increasing Workforce Investment Act funding by $25 million over fiscal year 2008 levels. Prior to that decision, Senator Patty Murray of Washington joined with Senators Edward Kennedy, Barbara Mikulski, Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama and others in a letter to Senators Tom Harkin and Arlen Specter asking the committee to reject WIA cuts proposed by the administration. The appropriations bill now must go to the Senate floor for consideration. To read the letter: http://murray.senate.gov/labor/wia-letter.pdf
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July 2, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD TO MEET WITH WDC CHAIRS AND DIRECTORS
The Workforce Board will meet with Workforce Development Council chairs and directors starting at 4 p.m., July 9, at the Doubletree Guest Suites, 16500 Southcenter Parkway in Seattle. On July 10, the Workforce Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at the same location from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agenda.

CANTWELL ASKS CONGRESS TO RESTORE WIA FUNDING LOSSES
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has penned a letter to ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of job training funds that were cut during the 2008 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) rescission. The $250 million rescission required states to return unspent funds from workforce programs aimed at youth, adults and dislocated workers.

GAO STUDY HIGHLIGHTS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ONE-STOP LINKS
A new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows how community and technical colleges are integrating with one-stop career centers to better meet state workforce needs. The GAO visited 20 colleges in six states, including Washington and Oregon, to arrive at the results. Washington colleges included: Bates Technical College, Bellingham Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College District, Skagit Valley College, Tacoma Community College and Whatcom Community College. Read the report at:.

TIME LEFT TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR GOVERNOR'S AWARD
The Washington state Governor's Office invites nominations from workforce professionals for the Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Awards. Nominations are due July 15. There are three award categories, including a Workforce Best Practices Award. Awards will be presented at the Governor's 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference, Sept. 3-4, in Lynnwood.
Nomination form
Conference details
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June 13, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR THREE OPENINGS
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board is seeking quality applicants for three openings: research manager, industry policy analyst and temporary research analyst. The Workforce Board is a partnership of labor, business and government dedicated to helping Washington state residents obtain and succeed in family-wage jobs, while meeting employers' needs for skilled workers. As a state agency, the Workforce Board oversees a workforce development system that includes 18 education and training programs receiving almost $900 million. For application information:http://www.wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

BEST PRACTICES AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
The Governor's 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference award nominations will be accepted through July 15. The Governor will present the awards at this year's conference scheduled for September 3-4 in Lynnwood. Please save the date. Registration information will be coming soon. For nomination information, see: http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/economy/conference/pdf/Award_Nomination.pdf

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK PROGRAMS BEGIN
Washington Business Week launches its summer of programs designed to provide high school students hands-on experience in business, construction, health care and accounting. Programs are held throughout the state.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS FOR JUNE
Community, Trade & Economic Development released its June newsletter: http://stats.images11.com/rwcode/content.asp?SID=0&Section=245955&SiteID=10928

TEACHING THE TEACHERS WORKSHOPS
This summer, Greater Spokane Incorporated is offering workshops for teachers that focus on careers in manufacturing, law, aerospace, engineering and health care. For more information

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June 3, 2008

FALL CONFERENCE & AWARD NOMINATIONS ONLINE
A new Governor's office web page provides current information on the Governor's 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference, scheduled for Sept. 3 - 4, in Lynnwood. Nominations for the Governor's Economic and Workforce Development awards to be presented at the conference must be submitted by July 15 (yes, the deadline has been extended). This year's workforce best practice award will recognize the vital public/private partnerships necessary for success in a complicated employment market. For more, see: http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/economy/conference/

NATIONAL AWARD RECOGNIZES SPOKANE WORKSOURCE CENTER
The International Association of Workforce Professionals has selected the Spokane WorkSource center as the best one-stop career-service center in the United States - out of more than 1,800 centers nationwide. Mark Mattke, director for workforce strategy and planning at the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, attributed the recognition to how the one-stop center has "worked to consolidate assessment, education and training efforts to make it easier for employers to find the people they want, and for would-be employees to find the services they need." For more, see: http://www.wdcspokane.com/Awards.html

WOMEN MICRO ENTREPRENEUR EVENT
The Northwest Make Mine a Million $ Business Event will be June 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. The event is dedicated to helping women micro entrepreneurs grow and build sustainable businesses, create jobs and develop innovative products and services.

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May 23, 2008

GRADUATION PROPOSAL HAS CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION OPTION
The Workforce Board has endorsed proposed new high school graduation requirements that prepare students for college but also allow other career paths. The draft "Core 24" proposal by the State Board of Education details the graduation credits needed for a four-year college-track student but also provides a career and technical education (CTE) path to graduation. Unless a student selects a particular track, the default option combines both tracks. In endorsing the proposal at its May meeting, the Workforce Board suggested some additions, including allowing some courses to satisfy more than one graduation requirement and strengthening career planning requirements.
See the Workforce Board's full resolution endorsing Core 24:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/Core24adoptedmotion.pdf

GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
Nominations for the Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Awards are due by July 1. The Governor will present the awards during the 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference, Sept. 3-4. More on the conference soon.

SENATOR MURRAY ANNOUNCES NEW LABOR STAFF DIRECTOR
U.S. Senator Patty Murray has hired Gerard "Gerri" Fiala as staff director for the HELP Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. Previously, Fiala served as Director of Workforce Research at the National Center on Education and the Economy and with the Department of Labor. See Sen. Murray's press release:  http://murray.senate.gov/news.cfm?id=298007

OSPI ANNOUNCES SECONDARY I-BEST GRANT DEADLINE
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is accepting grant applications from skill centers for pilot programs that test integrated basic education and skills training (I-BEST) at the secondary school level. These pilots will allow team and co-teaching by academic, career and technical, and English-as-a second-language teachers. Application deadline is June 13. For a full copy of the announcement:  http://www.k12.wa.us/BulletinsMemos/memos2008/M025-08.doc

May 16, 2008

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES GOES TO EASTERN WASHINGTON
Discussions on the 2008 High Skills, High Wages strategic plan will shift to Eastern Washington in July. The Spokane meeting is July 22, Wenatchee's meeting will be in the morning of July 23 and Yakima in the afternoon of July 23. For more information on the process and how to participate, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Activities_HighSkills.asp

WORKER RETRAINING FUNDS OPEN TO VETERANS
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has announced that colleges may now use Worker Retraining program funds to help veterans who have separated from U.S. armed services within the last 24 months with tuition and related school expenses. Under this program, veterans are also eligible for career counseling, job search support, educational, study skills and other services. News release: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/general/n_index.aspx

SHORELINE'S CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE TO CLOSE
The Center for Manufacturing Excellence at Shoreline Community College will close its doors June 30, 2008 after five years of creating materials and opportunities that promote manufacturing careers. The center, among other activities, co-sponsored and funded the Dream It-Do It campaign. Meanwhile, Shoreline Community College is building a computer numerical control machining program with a focused I-BEST approach and is seeking a National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certified Program. For more information about the state's Centers of Excellence, contact Jim Crabbe, jcrabbe@sbctc.edu or visit.: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/College/_e-wkforcecentersofexcellence.aspx

THURSTON EDC PRESENTS 2008 ECONOMIC UPDATE
The Thurston Economic Development Council presents its "2008 Economic Update" featuring Erik Pages of EntreWorks Consulting as its guest speaker onJune 12 at the new Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. Program runs from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Contact: Crista at 360-754-6320 or register online at: http://www.thurstonedc.com/.

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May 5, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS IN SPOKANE
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will meet May 14, starting at 8 a.m. at Greater Spokane Incorporated (Spokane Chamber Main Conference room), 801 W. Riverside. The board will review, among other topics, performance measure results for major workforce programs, draft strategies for the High Skills, High Wages 2008 plan and recommendations to the Governor for how to distribute Workforce Investment Act, 10 Percent Funds. Agenda and support materials available at: http://wtb.wa.gov

WAVE CEREMONIES IN MAY AND JUNE
Regional ceremonies around the state are scheduled to honor recipients of the Washington Awards for Vocational Education. The Workforce Board notified winners last month. For a schedule of the ceremonies and more information on WAVE, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WAVEWebpagenew.asp

RUNNING START FOR THE TRADES SYMPOSIUM
On Thursday, the Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien will host the "Symposium for Incentive and Demonstration Grant Partners," featuring Best Practices on programs that lead to apprenticeship entry, including presentations by representatives from Edmonds School District's Carpenty/Construction Trades Program, Whatcom Tech Prep's Construction Careers Academy, Spokane Schools' Pre-Apprenticeship Program and others.  For more information, contact Shana Hunter at shunter@RTC.edu  or 425-235-2352 ext. 2217.

ASSET BUILDING CONFERENCE IN YAKIMA
The Washington Asset Building Coalition will hold "Building Assets, Strengthening Communities," June 4 and 5, at the Yakima Convention Center. This conference will explore ways to help individuals and families improve their financial management skills, increase their savings, and build wealth. 
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April 28, 2008

STATE CTE CAMPAIGN LOOKING FOR IDEAS
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is developing a campaign to raise awareness among teachers, counselors, students, parents, principals, school administrators, and the public about the opportunities offered by rigorous career and technical education programs. Knowing that many high school and college programs are doing a great job of promoting their individual CTE programs and high-demand careers, the OSPI team has put out a call for current and past CTE promotional materials. To share your materials and promotional campaign with this effort, contact Diane Carver at Diane.Carver@k12.wa.us.

ONLINE CALCULATOR SHOWS COST OF LIVING, SUPPORT SERVICES
A new online household expense calculator links Washingtonians with valuable work support services--including child care assistance, housing subsidies and food stamps. Launched in October 2007, the Washington State Self Sufficiency Calculator builds on a previous calculator developed by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, and allows individuals and case managers to test different strategies for achieving financial, career and education goals. Development of the site was funded by a $100,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and contributions from a partnership of Workforce Development Councils statewide and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. View the calculator at http://www.thecalculator.org/

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK SETS SUMMER SCHEDULE
High school students from across the state will soon be heading to a college campus for Washington Business Week 2008, a week-long program that gives ninth through 12th graders the chance to run a business, examine workplace ethics and learn directly from career professionals. Applications are due June 6. The program is held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Gonzaga University in Spokane, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and Western Washington University in Bellingham and covers career pathways in growing fields including construction, health care, accounting and finance. Students may also earn college credits. Find out more at www.wbw.org .
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April 21, 2008

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AGREES TO ADJUST WIA TARGETS
The Department of Labor has accepted the Workforce Board's recommendation to make changes to the state's Workforce Investment Act performance targets (seven were lowered and two raised). States that miss their targets lose out on incentive money and, if missed by a lot, can be sanctioned. View DOL's official approval letter at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/DOLpeformancetargetsletter2008.pdf 

WORKFORCE WEB SITE LAUNCHES IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY
Workforce Development Council Snohomish County has launched a new web site, Blueprint 2015, which puts the spotlight on nine key industries and the associated jobs that come with them. By focusing attention on the county's top economic engines, or clusters, education and training programs can be developed to help fill those jobs, creating a skilled workforce and, it's hoped, even more jobs. View the site at www.snocoblueprint.org.

PAPADAKIS TO SPEAK TO SKILLSUSA STATE CONFERENCE
Eleni Papadakis, executive director of the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board, will speak at the opening ceremony of the SkillsUSA State Conference in Olympia, April 24-26. SkillsUSA is a student-based leadership organization that prepares students to be high performance workers. Over 500 students will compete in a wide range of events during the conference. Check out the organization and the event at http://www.skillsusawashington.org/
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April 11, 2008

Career and technical education (CTE) students awarded scholarships
Three high-achieving CTE students from each of the state's legislative districts will receive two years free tuition at a Washington public or private school of their choice from the Washington Award for Vocation Excellence (WAVE) scholarship program. View this year's scholarship winners and the new 2009 WAVE poster at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WAVEWebpagenew.asp

New job mentorship program helps students pursue careers in health care
The Opportunity Partnership pilot program pairs community college students with role models as they study health care occupations. The pilot project was launched on both sides of the state recently. The South Central Workforce Development Council in Yakima and the Seattle King County Workforce Development Council each received $190,000 from the Workforce Board to implement the pilot program. Find out more at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/OpportunityPartnershipPressRelease.pdf

Washington workforce system highlighted in two recent reports
Two recent publications highlight workforce development activities in this state. Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization released a review of state policies that help low-skilled adults enter and succeed in college and careers. “Overcoming Obstacles, Optimizing Opportunities” cites research by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Workforce Board and identifies Opportunity Grants, industry skill panels, Centers of Excellence and the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program as models for other states. A new book published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute, "A Future of Good Jobs," highlights the Workforce Board's net impact study in identifying the merits of apprenticeship programs in Washington.

Our latest net impact study is featured in Workforce Training Results:
http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/wtr06.pdf  (Apprenticeship results are on page 22)

Find the Jobs for the Future policy paper: http://www.jff.org/

Learn more about "A Future of Good Jobs": http://www.upjohninst.org/publications/titles/fgj.html

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April 4, 2008

 GOVERNOR SIGNS SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET
The Workforce Board has updated its supplemental budget web page focusing on workforce development funding. The updates include the Governor's vetoes and accompanying messages. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2008SupplementalBudget.asp

JOHN GARDNER FEATURED AT SNOHOMISH COUNTY ANNUAL MEETING
The Workforce Development Council Snohomish County is hosting its annual meeting April 15 at Everett Station featuring John Gardner, Washington State University vice president of economic development and extension.

NEW LICENSING REQUIREMENTS PRIMER
Get up to speed on changes to private career school regulations and what it takes to be part of the Eligible Training Provider list Wednesday, April 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien. Contact Donna at dashman@wtb.wa.gov or at 360-753-5673.  Also, the Private Vocational Career School Advisory Committee will meet April 10, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/PCS_AdvisoryCommittee_MeetingDates.asp

WEDA SPRING CONFERENCE
The Washington Economic Development Association's spring conference is April 29 to May 1 in Lynnwood.  The Conference will focus on "Leading Practices for Economic Development." 
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March 28, 2008

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING GRANTS
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will award $2.75 million in job skills grants over the next 15 months. The next round of applications is due April 23 with subsequent application rounds monthly until the state appropriation is spent. The job skills program funds industry-education partnerships that can deliver customized, short-term and job-specific training. For program guidelines and more information:http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_e-wkforcejobskillsprogram.aspx

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES WORK BEGINS
Work groups are starting to meet and discuss the contents of the 2008 version of High Skills, High Wages, the Strategic Plan for Washington's workforce development system. Groups have formed around three broad areas: Adults, Youth and Industry. For more information on the process, support materials and information on how to participate, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Activities_HighSkills.asp.

WORKFORCE BOARD HIRES TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Bill Olfert has joined the Workforce Board to oversee the development and launch of Washington's project on Lifelong Learning Accounts (LiLA) initiative. Bill is working with a state steering committee representing business, labor, higher education, and workforce development. Learn more about LiLA at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/LiLAPressRelease.asp. Marina Parr is the Workforce Board's new communications consultant. One of her first projects is preparing the 2008 Workforce Development Directory for publication.
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March 20, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS MARCH 27
The Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board will hold its regular meeting, Thursday, March 27, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the State Investment Board conference room, 2100 Evergreen Park Drive S.W. in Olympia. The all-day meeting includes presentations on the state’s workforce, an employer survey on hiring skilled workers and the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s master plan. For a complete agenda and supporting materials: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Agenda_MeetingAgenda.asp

STATE COLLEGES SCORE FEDERAL TRAINING GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded over $3.6 million to Washington colleges under the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants Initiative. Bellingham Technical College (BTC) will receive $1.85 million for its “Pipeline to Advanced Manufacturing Careers” project, a regional partnership with three workforce development councils, four colleges (BTC, Grays Harbor, Olympic and Peninsula) and several companies. Bellevue Community College will also receive a $1.8 million grant to expand its nursing program, add new health-care training programs, and attract new students into health care professions by reaching out to high school students, especially those from underserved populations.
For more on BTC’s grant: http://www.btc.ctc.edu/Welcome/News/BTCGrantleader.pdf

COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENGINEER WINS TEACHING AWARD
Everett Community College engineering instructor Eric Davishahl is the first community college instructor in the region to receive the American Society for Engineering Education's 2008 Outstanding Teaching Award for the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana & western Canada). He's now one of 12 regional winners eligible for the national Outstanding Teaching medal. The award committee applauded Davishahl's outstanding teaching, curriculum development, advising and educational scholarship, noting his leadership for engineering initiatives in Washington.
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March 14, 2008

 THE 2008 SESSION ENDS
The Legislature adjourned Thursday, March 13, after adopting a supplemental budget and a pile of other bills. The attention now moves to the Governor who has 20 days, excluding Sundays,  to consider whether to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature during the last week of business.  The Governor had five days to act on any bills passed earlier in the session, as she did when she signed into law the Green Jobs bill, HB 2815, on Thursday. View our update of where workforce development bills stand, including a summary of the legislatively-adopted supplemental budget from a workforce development perspective.

NEW DIRECTORY WILL LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING
The 2008 Workforce Development Directory is nearing completion. But there's still time to give us your thoughts on how to improve it. We want the directory to be your go-to guide on the many workforce training and education programs available statewide. We are looking to make this next edition of the directory more accessible and easier to use over the web.  So take a look at our current directory.  Drop us an email at mparr@wtb.wa.gov or give us a call at 360-586-8679 and let us know what you think.

SUMMER JOBS BILL PROPOSED
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced yesterday that she introduced legislation to create a summer jobs program.  As proposed, the Summer Jobs Stimulus Act of 2008 (S. 2755) would authorize $1 billion for youth activities under the Workforce Investment Act and provide 1 million jobs to young people across the country.  Sen. Murray media release.

March 7, 2008

SESSION WINDING DOWN
A green jobs bill goes to the Governor, some bills await concurrence with the other legislative body and still others are pending action in the budget.  Our list of workforce development bills can help you follow what's happening.  We will do a new update on our website by Monday noon.  See: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/BillDigest.asp

U.S. SEN. MURRAY TO HOST WORKFORCE/EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will host a roundtable discussion at the Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center in Everett, Tuesday, March 18, to explore ways to help students acquire skills needed in today's job market, while helping local businesses obtain the skilled workers they require. This is the second in a series of workforce conversations Murray is holding across the state. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 9001 Airport Road.
For more on Sen. Murray's workforce development initiative, see:  http://murray.senate.gov/news.cfm?id=287984

GOVERNOR APPLAUDS DVR'S "WAIT" REDUCTION
Using cost-cutting measures, new service delivery approaches and partnerships with other community service programs, the state's Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation slashed a lengthy waiting list for people needing employment or vocational training. The agency shrunk the waiting list from a peak of 12,250 individuals in January 2007 to zero as of mid-February. Last year, DVR helped over 1,800 individuals with disabilities get productive jobs allowing them to move toward self-sufficiency. Congratulations to Director Lynnae Ruttledge and the dedicated team at DVR.
See the Governor's press release: 
http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/news-view.asp?pressRelease=805&newsType=1 .
For more on the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, see: http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/

COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE BOARD MEETING
The State Board of Community & Technical Colleges meets March 12 and 13 in Olympia to start the process for developing the next biennial budget.  See: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/general/n_index.aspx
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February 29, 2008

HEALTH CARE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Two House committees will meet together Wednesday, March 3 to consider the confluence of health care and economic development. The House Health Care & Wellness Committee and the House Community & Economic Development & Trade Committee will conduct a work session with employers, labor representatives and health care experts to talk about access to health care and the need for more trained health care workers. Meeting starts at 9 a.m. in House Hearing Room A.

SENATE PASSES SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET
View our comparison of the Governor, House and Senate budgets from a workforce development perspective.

WASHINGTON CENTER FOR NURSING PRODUCES NURSE CAMP SCHEDULE
Learn about nursing through one of almost a dozen summer programs, compiled conveniently by the Washington Center for Nursing. Check out this flyer but do it soon. The application for summer paid internships is due March 21. Other, shorter programs have later application deadlines.

TWO WDCs AWARDED BUILDING BRIDGES GRANTS
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has selected 15 applicants to receive Building Bridges grants. This recently-authorized program nurtures partnerships that build a comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval system. The Workforce Development Council Snohomish County and the Olympic Workforce Development Council received grants.
Information on the Building Bridges program

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February 21, 2008

HOUSE BUDGET ADDRESSES WORKFORCE ISSUES
The state House Democrats released its supplemental budget yesterday. This proposed budget differs from the one proposed earlier by the Governor. For instance, the House budget includes $3 million for the Secondary Career & Technical Education bill. Also, the House budget provides $1 million for training hospital workers for high-demand health care careers which appears to replace the $3 million increase the Governor proposed for expanding nursing training.  Here's a more detailed description of the workforce development budget elements in the House proposed supplemental budget.

BEST PRACTICE PROGRAM RECEIVES $100,000 ANNUAL GRANT
A partnership between Shoreline Community College and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County was of one six partnerships nationwide selected by the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative to join a three-year demonstration project. The"Automobile Career Pathways Project" will build on Shoreline's award-winning (2007 Governor's Award for Best Practices in Workforce Development) program of combining entry-level automobile technical training with English language and basic skills to open automotive service careers to non-traditional populations.

February 15, 2008

SECONDARY CTE PAYS OFF
In proposing to eliminate all Perkins Act funding in the 2009 federal budget, the Bush administration has questioned the effectiveness of secondary CTE. Perhaps the administration should look closer at the Washington experience. Our data shows that students who complete a secondary CTE program are more likely to be employed and earn more money than those who do not. Three years after leaving secondary school, students who completed a CTE program on average earn $1,664 more per year than a student who did not. A CTE completer also generates tax revenue that exceeds the cost of the program, providing a net benefit to our tax receipts.  For information on the proposed federal budget cuts, go to: http://www.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget09/summary/edlite-section2c.html

WORKFORCE NEWSLETTER KEEPS G-P WORKERS CONNECTED
The 210 workers who lost their jobs when the Georgia Pacific Bellingham tissue mill closed in December have not lost their connection to each other or their community, thanks to a monthly newsletter designed just for them. Gary Smith, regional manager with the Northwest Workforce Development Council, said the G-P Labor Management Committee of union leaders, plant managers, and workforce and education professionals, formed as a result of the plant closure, knew that workers would need a wide-range of information at different times in the ensuing months. Delivered by e-mail and postal service, the two-page color newsletter provides a steady flow of information regarding job services, educational offerings, workshops and programs, including the G-P notification of Trade Act certification which now makes available U. S. Department of Labor Trade assistance.
December G-P Newsletter
January G-P Newsletter
February G-P Newsletter

LEGISLATURE MOVES BACK INTO A COMMITTEE SCHEDULE
After more than a week of intensive full session activities, the state House and Senate move back into committee schedule to review and take testimony on bills passed by the opposite body.  Starting Feb. 20 , there will be hearings on:  SB 6261 on Adult Youth; HCR 4408 on the HEC Board Master Plan; HB 2608 on clarifying terms such as "high demand" and the comprehensive CTE bill which has passed the House and Senate (two companion bills) without any "no" votes. Keep up with the latest on workforce development legislation, the status of the bills and the hearing schedules at:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_State_Session2006.asp

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February 8, 2008

BOARD OPPOSES BACHELOR DEGREE REQUIREMENT FOR NURSES
At its January meeting, the Workforce Board opposed a recommendation by the Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) to require that after 2020 all  newly-licensed registered nurses have a bachelor of science in nursing or higher degree or obtain one within five years to be qualified to continue working as a registered nurse in the state. The Workforce Board's opposition was based, in part, on the severe shortage of registered nurses in Washington.  In the same motion, the Workforce Board urged the WCN to include in its draft plan for nursing education strategies that would expand associated degree nursing education opportunities in Washington. Separate skill gap analyses done by both the Workforce Board and the WCN indicate that we will need to increase nursing graduates by 400 to 500 nurses per year to meet future demand. To view the resolution, staff memo and the WCN draft master plan, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Agenda_MeetingAgenda.asp and look for the nursing education agenda item.

CTED LAUNCHES E-NEWSLETTER
Congratulations to the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development which has started the International Trade and Economic Development e-newsletter.  Agency Director Juli Wilkerson, who is also a Workforce Board participating official, says the newsletter provides information about the division's efforts, and those of its many partners, to retain and attract businesses and jobs. You can view and subscribe to their newsletter at: http://stats.imageslot.com/rwcode/content.asp?SID=0&Section=200140&SiteID=10928

WEDA WINTER CONFERENCE IN OLYMPIA
The Washington Economic Development Association will hold its annual policy and winter conference in Olympia on Feb. 20 and 21. The event features, among other activities, lunch with a panel of legislators.

LEGISLATURE PASSES DEADLINE BUT NOT ALL BILLS
Following its tradition of keeping to a strict schedule for bill passage, the state legislature has cutoff any further consideration of bills that have not passed a policy committee. The "cutoff"  narrows the field of legislation. Bills of workforce development interest that are still active include the comprehensive career and technical education bill developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Workforce Board's agency-request legislation that standardizes definitions such as "high demand," and bills addressing green jobs training, work-site learning and young adult research. You can learn more about these and other bills by going to our legislative page at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_State_Session2006.asp

February 1, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD ENDORSES MATH ELECTION PROPOSAL
Yesterday, the Workforce Board formally endorsed the direction taken by the State Board of Education (SBE), at its January meeting, in regards to how high school students can complete a third credit of math. The SBE has directed its staff to develop a draft rule, allowing students to elect to pursue an approved program of study that would replace the Algebra II requirement.  Students would instead complete mathematics coursework that furthers their approved program of study.  See the Workforce Board resolution: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/Tab8Complete.pdf

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF MEMBER ELECTED CHAIR OF REHABILITATION COUNCIL
Martin McCallum, Workforce Board policy analyst, was elected chair of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council at its January meeting in Olympia.The counciladvises the state's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation on improving consumer satisfaction and accountability.The council’s mission is to strengthen the quality of the division's services and to increase the number of people with disabilities in the workforce. The council meets quarterly. For more information, visit its website at: http://www.wastrehabcouncil.org .  

GOVERNOR ENDORSES $3 MILLION FOR APPRENTICESHIPS
Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Tuesday that she and state legislative leaders will seek to add $3 million to this year's state budget for aerospace and technology apprenticeship programs.The Workforce Board estimates that Washington, in the next five years,is expected to produce only about one-third of the skilled workers necessary to meet industry’s demand for aircraft mechanics and technicians.

MARITIME CAREER DAY
The Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center in Seattle is hosting the 10th Annual Maritime Career Day, Thursday, Feb. 7, from 8:30 am to 3 pm.  This free event introduces secondary students and adults to career pathways and opportunities in the maritime and fishery sectors. For more information, call 206.374.4000 ext. 110 or visit www.ody.org.

LEGISLATIVE NEWS
On Feb. 5, the House Capital Budget Committee will take testimony on HB 3330, which would authorize $130 million in state bonds to finance capital improvements of skill centers, including satellite and branch campus programs for underserved populations in rural and high-density areas.

Legislative committees have passed bills addressing strategic planning, green jobs, and other topics.  To review workforce development bills and their status, go to legislative webpage: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/BillDigest.asp

January 25, 2008 Update

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING -- The Workforce Board will meet Jan. 31 at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater.   The full-day public meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.  Agenda and support materials are available at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Agenda_MeetingAgenda.asp. Topics for this meeting include, among others, the Algebra II math requirement for high school graduation, revised rules for private career colleges, the Washington Center for Nursing’s draft plan for nursing education and a presentation on Washington’s apprenticeship program.

LAST CALL FOR PERKINS PLAN COMMENTS-- No later than Jan. 31, mail comments to Terri Colbert, Workforce Training Board, PO Box 43105, Olympia, WA 98504; or email to tcolbert@wtb.wa.gov.  Draft plan is at:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp

HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSES DEFINITION BILL -- Earlier this week, the House Higher Education Committee passed SHB 2608 which clarifies workforce and economic development terms.  An interagency work group produced this agency request bill to ensure consistent use of terms such as “cluster,” “sector” and “high demand.” The Workforce Board supported the substitute which added "apprenticeship" within the definition of “high employer demand program of study.”  The bill is now in House Rules committee. The Senate companion bill (SB 6264) will be heard on Jan. 28 by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

NEW VERSION OF HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES REPORT BILL-- Rep. Fred Jarrett has introduced HB 3210 which calls on the Workforce Board to use a 10-year planning horizon for its comprehensive plan, instead of the current two-year horizon. The House Higher Education Committee is expected to hear the bill within the next week.  Jarrett’s bill also calls for updates to the plan every four years with the first report to be completed by Dec. 1, 2008.  A previous version of the bill, HB 2596, by Rep. Deb Wallace, would have established a five-year planning horizon for the Workforce Board. After receiving testimony on HB 2596 (at the Jan. 14 Higher Education Committee meeting), Rep. Jarrett introduced this new bill with Reps. Wallace, Chase, Kenney and Seaquist as co-sponsors.   

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET WOULD BOOST HEALTH WORKFORCE SURVEY -- The Governor's 2008 supplemental budget included $323,000 for the statewide health workforce survey. These funds will be used to increase survey response rates.  In 2006, the Legislature directed the Department of Health to conduct the survey, in collaboration with the Workforce Board. Early results from the first three professions surveyed indicate more follow up will improve response rates and ensure the usefulness of the data for workforce development areas. Advocated for by the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force, the survey is intended to improve our understanding of the composition and supply of our health workforce, and to better target resources where most needed.

January 18, 2008 Update

PERKINS COMMENT DEADLINE -- The Workforce Board staff has finished its five-stop hearing tour on the draft five-year plan designed to guide the spending of federal money provided through the Carl D. PerkinsCareer and Technical Education Act of 2006. However, it is not too late to provide feedback. You have until the end of January to get your comments to Terri Colbert, program manager, Workforce Training Board, PO Box 43105, Olympia, WA 98504; or by email to tcolbert@wtb.wa.gov.  For a copy of the draft plan:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO TESTIFY --Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director, will testify on Monday before the Senate Higher Education Committee regarding SB 6261, “Requiring the workforce training and education coordinating board to research and evaluate work and learning programs for adult youth,” and SB 6295, “Creating workplace-based electronically distributed learning opportunities.”  Both bills are sponsored by Sen. Derek Kilmer. Eleni's handouts

GREEN COLLAR JOB BILLS --The green collar job and greenhouse gas emission bill described in our last e-mail has been introduced and will receive hearings next week. HB 2815 by Rep. Hans Dunshee will be heard before the House Ecology & Parks Committee, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1:30 p.m. SB 6516 (companion bill) by Sen. Craig Pridemore will be heard before the Senate Water, Energy & Telecommunications Committee, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) BILL--Major revisions to secondary CTE are addressed in legislation requested by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  SB 6377 sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs will be heard before the Senate Early Learning & K12 Committee, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 8 a.m. HB 2826 (companion bill) sponsored by Skip Priest gets heard before the House Education Committee, Friday, Jan. 25, 1:30 p.m.

January 14, 2008 Update

Climate Change and Green Jobs Bill -- Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced major climate change legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create clean energy jobs. Her legislation would direct the state Department of Ecology to design a regional carbon cap and trade proposal; require annual emissions reporting by all significant generators of greenhouse gases; and create new “green collar jobs” programs to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities.  The proposal directs the Workforce Boardto create pilot industry skill panels. The initiative would authorize a green-collar job training fund administered by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges(SBCTC).  A funding request would be made next session.  If approved by the Legislature, the Employment Security Department, in consultation with the Workforce Board, the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, and the Washington State University Extension Energy Program, willanalyze the current labor market and projected job growth in clean energy sectors, the current and projected skill requirements of clean energy industry employers, the wage and benefits ranges of jobs within clean energy sectors, and the education and training requirements of entry-level and incumbent workers within those sectors.  This research along with the research gathered by the industry skill panels will inform SBCTC’s grant award process for the development of new green sector education and training programs.   The House Ecology & Parks Committee is expected to discuss this proposal as part of its Climate Change work session on Friday, Jan. 18, 8 a.m.

Other workforce development legislative news:

House Bill 2596, sponsored by Rep. Deb Wallace, would extend the Workforce Board’s strategic plan time horizon to five years.  The bill was heard on, January 14, before the House Higher Education Committee.

Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director, served on a panel of speakers that will make brief presentations to the House Education Committee on “What should be the top three education priorities for the Legislature in 2008.” The meeting was Tuesday, January 15 from 1:30 - 3:30 in JLOB Hearing Room B. 

Senator Derek Kilmer has introduced legislation titled: AN ACT Relating to adult youth programs.  Senate Bill 6261 calls on the Workforce Board to “conduct research into and evaluate programs and training systems designed to provide comprehensive work and learning programs for adult youth between 18 and 24 years of age. The board shall be the primary entity responsible for this research and evaluation, but shall consult with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the higher education coordinating board, and the state board for community and technical colleges.”

Madeleine Thompson, Workforce Board policy analyst, will serve on a panel on “Financial Aid and Child Care” presenting to the House Higher Education Committee, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 8 a.m. Ms. Thompson will speak to some of the findings of the Workforce Education Financial Aid and Student Access Retention report to the Legislature. 

For a complete schedule of legislative meetings addressing issues of importance to workforce development, visit the Workforce Board’s legislative update webpage: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_State_Session2006.asp

January 7, 2008

Greetings & Happy New Year:
We are beginning the new year with an experiment. With the exception of this rather lengthy first-of-the-year missive, we are going to deliver your workforce development news in briefer, but more timely, segments. We will not send you more than two e-mails a week and it will be even less frequent after session. But with the session starting, we thought sending out the news as we hear about it may be more useful to you. Please let us know what you think. You can get off our list and/or share any comments, suggestions or news items by responding to this e-mail. Thank you.
Tim Sweeney tsweeney@wtb.wa.gov Workforce Board Marketing Director

WORKFORCE BOARD AT NEW MARKET SKILLS CENTER IN JANUARY
The Workforce Board will meet Thursday, January 31 at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater. Start time will be set later this month. The board will meet in Olympia in March and Spokane in May. For more information about board meetings, agendas and schedules, go to www.wtb.wa.gov .

CAEL AWARDS WASHINGTON GRANT FOR DEMONSTRATION LILA PROJECT
Through a highly competitive process, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the Lumina Foundation selected the State of Washington to develop a program of employee-owned, employer-matched, portable accounts that can be used by workers to fund their further education and training. Similar in concept to 401(k) and Individual Development Accounts, a Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) can be started any time during a workers life to save for education and training expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment. CAEL has been developing this concept over many years, but has not been able to achieve an adequate level of scale in any state. Lumina funded CAEL to identify and support a single state to create a model statewide infrastructure. The Workforce Board will be the recipient of grant funds and the projects administrator.

Washingtons demonstration project will target the Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific and Grays Harbor region. This area was chosen because it is served by the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, a partner and major investor in the project. After the demonstration project starts, the goal is to make the program available statewide. Along with the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board and PAC Mountain, the Association of Washington Business, the State Labor Council, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, the Department of Financial Institutions, and the Health Work Force Institute will work together to develop and implement this program for Washington. For more information, contact Martin McCallum, (360) 586-0151).

NEW FUNDING LAUNCHES ADDITIONAL SKILL PANELS
The Workforce Board awarded $600,000 in start up grants to seven new industry skill panels operating in Spokane, Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason, Pacific, Skagit, Skamania, and Whatcom counties.

--The Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council will receive $90,000 to start the Building Manufacturing Competitiveness Skill Panel focusing on manufacturing workforce needs for Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason and Pacific counties. Contact: John Loyle, (360) 570-4239.
--Highline Community Colleges Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics will receive $90,000 to start a skill panel to help develop career pathways and new training programs in international trade, transportation and logistics. Contact Raegan Copeland, (206)870-4838.
--The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County will receive $90,000 to launch a Construction, Green Design, and Green Building Skill Panel to focus on the workforce needs of this rapidly growing field. Contact: Laurie Black (206) 448-0474 ext 3014.
--The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council will receive $90,000 to increase awareness of construction trade careers among middle school and high school students. Contact: Mark Mattke (509) 625-6214.
--Greater Spokane, Inc. (formerly the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce) will receive $90,000 to start the Business and Professional Services Skill Panel to address training gaps, raise awareness among students and recruit recent college graduates and young professionals. Contact: Amy Johnson, (509) 459-4119.
--The Colville Tribal Enterprises Corporation will receive up to $60,000 to establish a Colville Tribal Regional Industry Skills Panel to address the needs of the recreation and tourism industry of a five-county region in northeastern Washington. Contact: Kanie St. Paul, (509) 633-0891.
--The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council will receive $90,000 to establish the Southwest Washington Regional Advanced Manufacturing Skill Panel to work with Clark College and Lower Columbia College in defining skills gaps and develop training resources. Contact: Jerry Petrick (360) 798-4110.

A request for proposals from organizations or educational institutions that have previously organized an Industry Skill Panel closes on Jan. 11. See our website (http://www.wtb.wa.gov) for more information.

$2 MILLION GRANT TO CREATE TWO YOUTH CAREER CENTERS

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2 million to the Workforce Development Council of Seattle/King County to establish two new career and education centers for downtown Seattle and South King County. Over the next two years, the New Futures Network will serve 200 youth aged 14 to 24 who have either been involved in or at high risk of being involved in the juvenile justice system. The two new centers will provide intensive support for education and employment goals through a partnership of 10 community and government agencies. In securing the grant, the workforce council partnered with King County courts, the King County Work Training Program, Seattle Public Schools, the Puget Sound Educational Service District, YouthCare, the Minority Business Association and Tabor 100, the cities of Auburn and Federal Way, and the United Way of King County.
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GOVERNOR'S AWARD RECOGNIZES SIX INNOVATIONS IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Highlighting the value of collaboration, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board designated six partnerships as winners of the 2007 Governors Award for Best Practices in Workforce Development. David Harrison, chairman of the Workforce Board, announced the winners of the 2007 Governors Award for Best Practices in Workforce Development at the Workforce and Economic Development 2007 Leadership Conference held in Tacoma in November. The winners were selected for innovation in problem solving, collaboration with other partners, and for their results in improving the lives and businesses of participants.

The winners are:
--Automotive Training and Career Opportunities at Shoreline Community College
--Brownfields Job Training at Clover Park Technical College
--The Center of Excellence for Energy Technology at Centralia College
--Dropout prevention intervention at Sedro Woolley School District
--Construction trades day at Spokane Public Schools
--Focus on employing persons with disabilities at Clark County

For more information on the winners, including photos, visit: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2007GovernorsBestPracticeawards.asp

PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDED ON NEW DRAFT FIVE-YEAR PERKINS PLAN
The Workforce Board will conduct hearings to solicit ideas and comments on how it should spend federal money provided through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. A draft five-year plan can be viewed at www.wtb.wa.gov .
--Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.
--Yakima Community College, S. 16th & Nob Hill Blvd., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008.
--Lower Columbia Community College, 1600 Maple Street in Longview, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
--Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Avenue W. in Lynnwood, Monday, Jan. 14, 2008.
--Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008.

All meetings will allow comment between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Written comment should be sent, no later than Jan. 16, to: Terri Colbert, Workforce Training Board, PO Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504; or by email to tcolbert@wtb.wa.gov .

WORKFORCE LEGISLATION WILL CLARIFY DEFINITIONS
The Workforce Board is proposing that the legislature adopt a handful of amendments that will make the use of the terms high demand, sector and cluster more consistent in state law. A work group of various state agencies agreed on consistent definitions for these terms after it was discovered that stakeholders were interpreting and using the terms differently. For a copy of the legislation and updates on other legislation affecting workforce development issues, visit www.wtb.wa.gov . Next week, we will e-mail you with more information about other bills expected during the 2008.

FIRST CTE TEACHER AS TEACHER OF THE YEAR
As best as we can tell, when Laura Jones, a Pasco High School teacher, accepted the state's Teacher of the Year award in the fall of 2007, she became the first CTE teacher to ever win that distinction. In a newspaper article, Pasco High School Principal Barbara Mannion said that Ms. Jones will not leave any stone unturned or any barrier to come in between the child and the child's success." Jones has an "absolute desire to see the success for every child." Jones, 38, who worked professionally in marketing and public relations, is in her 12th year of teaching. At Pasco High, she teaches marketing and specialty-foods marketing, and runs the schools DECA chapter, an international association of marketing students. She also helps students run the school store. She earned her teaching certification from Central Washington University and her master's degree in education from Heritage University. As Washingtons Teacher of the Year, Jones will travel around the state, serving as an ambassador for the profession. She will represent Washington in the national Teacher of the Year competition later in 2008.

NEW FACES ON WORKFORCE BOARD AND STAFF
The board will start this year with two new board members: Creigh H. Agnew, vice-president of Government Affairs and Corporate Contributions for Weyerhaeuser Company and Juli Wilkerson, director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development. In the last half of 2007, Cathy Hollingsworth, Carol Nix, and Tim Sweeney joined the workforce board staff.

SKILLS FOR THE NEXT WASHINGTON: A CLUSTER-BASED ECONOMIC PLAN
The Workforce Board, in collaboration with its economic and workforce development partners, has developed a draft plan for coordinating workforce and economic development at the state and local levels focusing on a cluster-based approach. An industry cluster is a geographic concentration of interdependent competitive firms that do business with each other, including firms that sell inside and outside of the geographic region as well as firms and institutions that support this economic activity. For a copy of the draft plan, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/SkillsfortheNextWashington.asp

FEBRUARY IS CTE MONTH
February is Career and Technical Education month. The festivities begin with National Job Shadow Day, Feb. 1, which will launch a year-long initiative that intends to provide youth an up-close look at the world of work. For more information about other activities associated with CTE month, visit the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education website: http://www.wa-acte.org/about.html

WAVE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE
Applications for 2008 WAVE Scholarships need to be in to the Workforce Board by Feb. 28. We recommend that high schools, skills centers, and community/technical colleges have their students get their applications into them by Feb.15 to allow time to meet that deadline. Students who have excelled in career and technical education can receive a scholarship that will cover up to four semesters or six quarters of undergraduate, postsecondary education. Up to three students per legislative district can win a scholarship. Award winners will be announced in April. For more information, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/QuestionsandAnswers.asp or call Julie Anderson, (360) 753-5677 or Terri Colbert, (360) 753-5680.

DESIGN THE 2009 WAVE SCHOLARSHIP POSTER
The Workforce Board is holding its second annual poster design competition for its WAVE scholarship program. Competition is open to any Washington state high school junior or senior. Entries must be submitted by February 15, 2008. View the 2007 WAVE poster, designed by Henry M. Jackson High School graduate Josh Gillis, on the Workforce Board website: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2007WAVEPosterandPosterDesigner.asp

CONFERENCE CALENDAR
--The Transitions, Learning & Work Conference, sponsored by the Center for Learning Connections and Washington Occupational Information System will be Feb. 4 & 5, at the SeaTac Holiday Inn. Participants will include counselors, career specialists, and teachers from K-12, agencies, colleges and businesses. Jan Harrison will be the keynote speaker.

--The 2008 Washington Association of Occupational Educators/Tech Prep/Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference is March 7 & 8 at the Coast Wenatchee Conference Center in Wenatchee. The Pathways to Washington's Workforce Conference," will feature Dr. William Daggett for the keynote address and Jason Dorsey for the closing session. See: http://www.wa-acte.org/futureconf.html
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