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December 22, 2009
2010 WAVE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Despite uncertainty about whether the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholarships will be funded next year due to the budget shortfall, Workforce Board staff is still encouraging students to apply for 2010 in case funding is secured during the upcoming legislative session. Student application deadline is February 5, 2010.
CAREER BRIDGE INFORMATION CARDS NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH
Handy, two-sided rack cards that provide quick tips to navigating Washington's Career Bridge website are now available in Spanish. CareerBridge.wa.gov is the new home of the Eligible Training Provider list and includes performance results of thousands of education and training programs statewide.
STUDY SHOWS MID-LEVEL SKILL CREDENTIALS GROWTH
Postsecondary education awards below the bachelor's degree constitute a large and growing segment of U.S. postsecondary credentials, according to a new report, "Changes in Postsecondary Awards Below the Bachelor's Degree: 1997-2007," from the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Education Department's statistical arm.
NATIONAL COUNCIL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ADULT EDUCATION INNOVATIONS
The National Council of State Directors of Adult Education issued a report last month highlighting examples of adult education strategies in other states (alas, Washington is not included in the review.)
December 15, 2009
STAFF SUMMARIZES GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED BUDGET EFFECT ON WORKFORCE SYSTEM
Workforce Board staff has prepared a summary of the Governor's proposed supplemental budget and its effect on workforce programs. The current proposal closes the $2.6 billion budget gap through cuts. Gov. Gregoire said she will offer a second budget in January that will restore several of the most critical programs threatened by this proposed all-cuts budget.
STATE BOARD SEEKS COLLEGES INTERESTED IN ACADEMIC I-BEST
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is seeking colleges interested in piloting an academic focused I-BEST program to improve student achievement in communication and quantitative skills.
HELP WANTED: PLEASE TAKE OUR ANNUAL WORKFORCE BOARD SURVEY
Your opinion matters to us. Please take a few minutes from your busy schedule and take our annual workforce board survey.
FINAL REPORT FROM E-LEARNING WORK GROUP RELEASED
A cross-sector work group, operating as part of the Workplace-Based Digital Initiative launched by Senate Bill 6295, has released its final report on e-Learning.
ACTE, U.S. ARMY SIGN EDUCATION MEMORANDUM
Representatives from the U.S. Army and the Association for Career and Technical Education signed an official memorandum of understanding providing a cooperative framework to increase collaboration and improve the educational experiences, postsecondary readiness and career and technical pathways for the nation's high school students.
GOVERNOR POSTPONES FINAL SYSTEM REVIEW REPORT
Last week, the Governor directed that the workforce development system review be postponed until March 31, 2010.
NATIONAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD SURVEY IDENTIFIES LABOR PERSPECTIVE
In August, the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute conducted a national survey of labor representatives who serve on the nation's 600 Workforce Investment Boards across the country. See the final report from that survey
December 8, 2009
WORKFORCE BOARD SURVEY FOCUSES ON PLANNING & RESEARCH
You can help the Workforce Board improve its services by taking a short survey seeking your satisfaction level with the range of planning, research and information sharing services.
WORKFORCE BOARD RECOMMENDS POSTPONEMENT OF WORKFORCE SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS
On December 7, the Workforce Board voted to recommend o Governor Gregoire that she extend the due date for recommendations from the Workforce Development System Review from December 15 to March 31, 2010.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SEEKS PROMISING PRACTICES
The National Association of Workforce Boards has created a Promising Practices section on its website and is actively collecting more best practices from around the country. This section features one-page descriptions of each promising practice, along with contact information.
SPOKANE CAREER AWARENESS VIDEOS FEATURE MANUFACTURING & OTHER FIELDS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council has produced six career awareness videos that provide information about key local industries and educational programs. The manufacturing video highlights Wagstaff and Spokane Community College which were featured in the manufacturing tour at this year's Workforce & Economic Development Conference. View all the videos on our YouTube channel.
December 2, 2009
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING WILL ADDRESS SYSTEM REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold a Special Board meeting December 7, at 9:30 a.m. at its main conference room in Olympia. Board members will discuss the recommendations generated from the Workforce System Review. For more information, contact Julie Anderson (360.753.5677).
LABOR DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES ONLINE CHALLENGE FOR BEST JOB-SEARCH TOOLS
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced an online challenge to find the best free job-search tools for connecting job-seekers with careers in promising industries. Toolmakers and developers will be allowed to present their free online job tools to workforce development experts and jobseekers for discussion, rating, and voting. The tools that receive the most votes will be shared broadly with the workforce investment system and jobseekers, and listed on government Web sites like www.CareerOneStop.org .
NEW BRIEFING PAPER LINKS CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION TO INCREASED LITERACY
A new Issue Brief by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) titled, "Career and Technical Education's Role in Adolescent Literacy," explains how career and technical education (CTE) can increase adolescent literacy engagement and achievement.
EVERETT PROGRAM TO ENLIGHTEN TEACHERS, PARENTS ON APPRENTICESHIPS
"Pathways to Apprenticeship," a day-long program that educates teachers, counselors and parents on the range of career opportunities and top-notch post-high school training available across Washington high demand industries, will be February 23, 2010, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC facility in Everett.
November 25, 2009
PRELIMINARY WORKFORCE SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS RELEASED
WORKFORCE BOARD ENDORSES SPENDING ON WORKER RETRAINING
The Workforce System Review, requested by Governor Chris Gregoire earlier in the fall, has produced a draft set of recommendations. The review is being conducted by the Employment Security Department and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, with participation from the Workforce Board. Comments are due on this draft by December 7 with a final report going to the governor by December 15.
At its meeting November 19, the Workforce Board adopted resolutions calling on the Governor and Legislature to adjust spending priorities and legislation to meet the high demand for worker retraining. See approved motions.
COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGES FLOODED WITH RECORD ENROLLMENT
This week, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced record enrollments (nearly 9.5 percent increase) at the state's 34 community and technical colleges for fall quarter.
WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS TO FILL TWO OPEN POSITIONS
The Workforce Board is looking to fill two open positions on its staff: a research investigator and a policy analyst. Details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp
GREEN JOB RECOVERY ACT GRANTS AWARDED TO WASHINGTON
Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women, a Seattle-based nonprofit received a $100,000 grant for its green jobs training program and the state's Employment Security Department received a $1 million grant to combine green jobs data with existing workforce information to create a comprehensive set of tools and reports to assist job seekers and job counselors in transitioning people into green jobs. See: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/GreenJobsandWorkforceDevelopment.asp
November 17, 2009
WORKFORCE BOARD TAKES UP FULL AGENDA THIS WEEK
The Workforce Board's regular meeting is Thursday, Nov. 19 at Renton Technical College. Complete agenda and background materials.
TEST DRIVE A SOFT SKILLS ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
Featured at this year's workforce & economic development conference in Spokane, the Workforce Readiness Skills assessment program is available for viewing online. The Association of Washington Business Institute, in partnership with Learning Resources, Inc., is promoting the availability of this resource which can complement academic and technical skills assessments. For more information, contact Al Lesure.
RACE TO THE TOP RULES RELEASED
The U.S. Department of Education has released the final rules for the Race to the Top Competition--a national competition among states for $4.35 billion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to improve education quality and results statewide. The development of the state's proposal is being monitored by Governor Gregoire, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Mary Jean Ryan--all of whom must sign the application. The first deadline is January 19, 2010.
For detailed information about the state process.
Recent U.S. Dept. of Education rules
VIEW VIDEOS OF BEST PRACTICES AWARD WINNERS ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL
WashingtonWTB, the Workforce Board's YouTube Channel, now features videos of this year's Workforce and Economic Development Best Practices awardees. David Harrison who was bestowed the Governor's Lifetime Achievement award at the Spokane conference is also featured in a video. Best Practices Page.
November 5, 2009
WORKFORCE AND HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARDS MEET TOGETHER
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board meets Thursday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Renton Technical College. Part of the meeting will include meeting with members of the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Agenda and support materials will be available closer to the meeting. For more information, contact Julie Anderson.
TVW LINKS AND OTHER CONFERENCE MATERIALS AVAILABLE ONLINE
The 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Conference held in Spokane last week brought together 400 professionals to share ideas and listen to a wide range of speakers. The conference page contains links to TVW segments, presentations and handouts, best practices awards, the program and the registration list.
WDC SNOHOMISH COUNTY & COLLEGES AWARDED FEDERAL GRANT
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Workforce Development Council Snohomish County, in partnership with Cascadia, Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges, a grant of almost $500,000 to create and provide shorter, more compressed instructional programming, as a way of benefitting working adults and displaced workers pursuing degrees and credentials from community colleges. News release
WDCs RESPOND TO BOEING DREAMLINER DECISION
Three Workforce Development Council executive directors responded with a public pledge to continue working with the Employment Security Department and other partners to "deliver high quality workforce development services to Washington's aerospace and defense industry worker." News release
POLICY FORUM FOCUSES ON LOW-SKILLED ADULTS
Port Jobs and SkillUp Washington will host a free policy forum, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College. Featured speakers include, among others, Irwin Kirsch author of "America's Perfect Storm," Julie Strawn of the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Mark Martinez with Pierce County Building and Construction Trades Council.
October 20, 2009
WORKFORCE SYSTEM REVIEW SURVEY AMENDED
If you have taken the online survey on the Washington workforce system already, we ask that you answer one more question which has been revised to conform with the question used in the in-person focus groups. The survey and focus groups are part of a review being conducted at the request of Governor Gregoire.
Use this link if you have already taken the survey
Use this if you have NOT yet taken the survey
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES BEST PRACTICES AWARDS
Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the winners of the 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Awards last week. Five projects were recognized as models of success in creating jobs, building a skilled workforce and enhancing the economy in communities around the state. The best practices awards ceremony will be the closing event of next week's Workforce & Economic Development Conference in Spokane.
OBAMA TAPS WORKFORCE BOARD MEMBER FOR HIS ADMINISTRATION
President Obama announced last week that he has nominated Lynnae Ruttledge to be his Commissioner for the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education. Lynnae is the director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for the state's Department of Social and Health Services. She also has been the department's designated representative on the Workforce Board for almost four years. White House news release:
October 13, 2009
WORKFORCE BOARD REPORTS PROGRESS TO LEGISLATURE ON HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
The 2008-2009 annual report to the Legislature charting progress on goals outlined in High Skills, High Wages 2008-2018 is now available online. This report groups progress made in workforce development programs along eight immediate strategic opportunities outlined at the front of the plan. See:
GOVERNOR TOURS AVIATION PROGRAM, SO CAN YOU
Gov. Chris Gregoire toured the Spokane Community College Aviation Maintenance Program, which prepares students for airframe and power plant certification last week as part of the Aerospace Summit. You can take the same tour as well as attend a Future of Aerospace session at the 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Conference, Oct. 27-29. It's not too late to register or reserve a room at state per diem rates at the Davenport Hotel. For more information, see:
REGISTER NOW FOR TRANSITIONS, LEARNING & WORK CONFERENCE
TheTransitions, Learning & Work Conference is aimed at professionals working in schools, one-stops, counseling organizations and human resource departments. Registration for the conference, which is in Lynnwood, Feb. 1, 2010, is now open.
SAVE THE DATE FOR APPRENTICESHIP CONFERENCE
The Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference will be in Tacoma, May 19-20. For more information, e-mail: Apprenticeship2010@gmail.
October 6, 2009
WORKFORCE SYSTEM REVIEW FEATURES SCHEDULED MEETINGS
A series of meetings are being held across the state in October to get public input from stakeholders about the state's workforce development system. Governor Gregoire asked for the systemwide review in August and tapped the Employment Security Department and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, together with the Workforce Board, to lead the process. A report is due to the Governor on December 1.
IMAGINATION FIRST AUTHOR WILL OPEN OCTOBER CONFERENCE
Conference Keynote Speaker Eric Liu has just released his latest book, Imagination First. Former speech writer and policy advisor for President Clinton as well as a current member of the Washington State Board of Education, Eric has been moderating public discussions throughout the country on the importance of imagination in America's ability to compete in a global marketplace. He will open the 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Conference on October 28 in Spokane.
REPORTS, VIDEO TELL SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM STORY
While the Summer Youth Employment Program officially ended September 30 and was not funded for the next summer, the 2009 conference in Spokane will host a discussion of the program, its benefits and its policy implications. Also, we have gathered reports and other information about the summer youth employment program, including a cool video produced by Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, at this webpage.
September 29, 2009
SURVEY ASKS YOUR VIEW ON THE STATE'S WORKFORCE SYSTEM
Governor Gregoire has asked the Employment Security Department and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, with the participation of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, to conduct a review of Washington's workforce development system. The final report and recommendations are due to the Governor by December 1, 2009. To supplement ongoing focus groups, the review team is using an online survey. You are invited to offer your views..
RECOVERY ACT GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR ELECTRIC INDUSTRY WORKFORCE TRAINING
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the availability of $100 million in funding from the Recovery Act to support workforce training for the electric power industry. This initiative will expand job creation and career advancement opportunities associated with smart grid and electricity transmission projects and will help establish training programs for workers in the utility industry and electrical manufacturing sectors. Applicants may include, among others, colleges and universities, trade schools, and labor organizations. Applications are due by November 30, 2009.
REPORT ENDORSES STATE'S PURSUIT OF TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS
An advisory committee created by last year's career and technical education bill (SB 6377) has found that technical innovation high schools "can play an important role in closing achievement gaps, improving graduation rates and . . . will increase students' access to engaging, rigorous, and practical educational experiences." The 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Conference will feature a session on technical high schools and this report's findings. See the report now.
September 22, 2009
WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS SYSTEM REVIEW AND INCENTIVE FUNDS
The Workforce Board meets Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Tyee Event Center in Tumwater at 8:30 a.m. to discuss, among other things, progress on the workforce system review requested by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Also, a panel of Workforce Development Council directors and a representative from the Employment Security Department will update the board on expanding employment and training services using state incentive money and funds from the Workforce Investment Act and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Agenda and materials
CENTER MARKS FIRST YEAR OF HELPING IMMIGRANTS RE-ENTER HEALTH CARE FIELD IN U.S.
The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center at Highline Community College celebrates its first year of operation this month. The Center offers counseling and educational programs to internationally trained health professionals living in Washington so that they may re-enter their profession in the United States. This program will be featured at a session during the October 27-29 Workforce and Economic Development Conference in Spokane.
EMPLOYER SURVEY CONTRACTOR SOUGHT FOR WORKFORCE BOARD STUDIES
The Workforce Board has issued a request for proposals for a contractor to administer two separate but related surveys that involve learning about the workforce needs and practices of a large sample of employers and measuring the satisfication of employers who have hired workforce program trainees. Proposals are due by September 28.
September 14, 2009
CTE CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON HIGH DEMAND JOBS
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education will hold the "Integration Creates High Demand Opportunities Workshop," November 5-6, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. Session topics include financial literacy, green manufacturing and construction, power and energy and more.
September 2, 2009
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2009 CONFERENCE
The 2009 Workforce and Economic Development Conference is now open for registration. The conference will be in Spokane, October 27 - 29 at the historic Davenport Hotel. Pre-conference activities include tours to manufacturers, the Fairchild Air Force Base, Sirti and WSU's Applied Sciences lab, area health care facilities and education and training facilities. Register early to secure your place at the conference. To view information on speakers, tours, hotel reservations and registration, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Conference2009.asp
WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS CONTRACTOR FOR NET IMPACT STUDY RESEARCH
The Workforce Board has issued a request for proposals for a study that will evaluate short and long term impacts of 13 training programs in Washington. This net impact study contributes to the Workforce Board's biennial Workforce Training Results report. The deadline for responses is October 8, 2009.
WOMEN VETERANS TOPIC OF SEPTEMBER CONFERENCE
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Advisory Committee is hosting the "Celebrating Women Veterans Legacy of Service Summit," Saturday, September 12th from 7:30 am to 5 pm in Tacoma. For more on this free event which will feature sessions on career planning, networking and employment, see: http://www.dva.wa.gov/women_vets.html
August 26, 2009
AUGUST DECLARED LIFELONG LEARNING LEARNING MONTH
In recognition of employers and employees signing up to participate in the Washington Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) program, Governor Chris Gregoire declared August Lifelong Learning Month. Three employers from Grays Harbor and Pacific counties were early adopters of the pilot program that allows workers to receive a match to their monthly educational savings account.
GOVERNOR CALLS FOR REVIEW OF WORKFORCE SYSTEM
Governor Gregoire has called for a new review of the workforce development system "that builds upon prior efforts for improvement and provides recommendations that will enhance the state's workforce training and services." By "prior effort", the Governor was referring to Washington Works, a review released in early 2007.
SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WDC LAUNCHES NEW E-NEWSLETTER
Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council has redesigned its newsletter delivered electronically, called "Working News," providing the latest workforce development news affecting and involving Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties.
WORKSOURCE STAFF BENEFIT FROM NEW TRAINING ACADEMY
A new academy that trains frontline WorkSource staff about a variety of worker retraining and unemployment programs opened in June at the Employment Security Department's Lacey campus. The training academy rotates in new WorkSource staff during three-week sessions where they learn the nuts and bolts of programs such as the Workforce Investment Act, Training Benefits and Trade Adjustment Assistance.
August 13, 2009
STATE RECOVERY ACT WEBSITE RANKS AS ONE OF THE TOP IN THE COUNTRY
A recent survey of state American Recovery and Reinvestment Act websites, by watchdog organization Good Jobs First, rated Washington's Recovery Act website as the third best site in the country overall and the second best site for reporting highway Recovery Act projects.
EMPLOYER PARTNERSHIP FEATURED AT THE OCTOBER CONFERENCE
The 2009 Workforce and Economic Development Conference will feature Andrew Brower, executive director of The SOURCE of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This not-for profit employee-support organization was founded by area employers to help their employees receive training and move into better jobs within and across companies. This unique public-private partnership will be highlighted at the October 27-29 conference in Spokane.
STUDY APPLAUDS STATE'S ROLE IN SHINING LIGHT ON PROMISING LOCAL/REGIONAL INITIATIVES
The state's role in linking economic and workforce development tends to work best as a support or "heat lamp" for promising regional and local initiatives, according to a three-state case study released earlier this year. Seedco, a New York-based nonprofit that conducts policy research on workforce and economic policy, has produced a "A Tale of Two Systems: Linking Economic Development and Workforce Development."
August 6, 2009
STRATEGIC PLAN REPRINT INCLUDES LINKS TO PERFORMANCE CHAPTER
The latest reprint of High Skills High Wages 2008 - 2018 includes a copy of the unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 8404 that approves and recognizes High Skills High Wages as the state's comprehensive plan for workforce training. Also included in the reprinting is a link to a new online chapter "Performance Accountability."
GOVERNOR ENDORSEMENT PROCESS ESTABLISHED FOR GREEN JOB GRANT APPLICATIONS
The Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team, co-chaired by the Workforce Board and the Department of Commerce, in consultation with Gov. Gregoire's staff, has developed a process and a set of criteria for how Recovery Act energy sector competitive grants can receive the Governor's endorsement.
2009 PRIVATE CAREER SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
The Northwest Career College Federation awarded $1,000 scholarships to 538 students from 247 high schools. The tuition award is good at any of the 48 private career colleges that are members of the Federation. The Careers That Work! Scholarship makes three $1,000 tuition scholarships available to every high school in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
July 31, 2009
SENATOR MURRAY SECURES FUNDING FOR WORKPLACE-BASED DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM
The Workforce Training Board is in line to receive funding to establish up to six regional learning laboratories for workplace-based distribution of post-high school education and training for low-wage adult workers in Washington. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray was successful in including the funding in the 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. The project involves a large public-private partnership that has been working on a workplace-based learning initiative (http://www.wtb.wa.gov/E-Learning.asp) Also, see Sen. Murray's news release.
WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Eric Liu, Seattle author and a former speechwriter for President Clinton who serves on the Washington State Board of Education, and Dr. Arun Raha, executive director of Washington's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, will be keynote speakers at the 2009 Workforce and Economic Development Conference in Spokane, October 27 - 29. Registration will open at the end of August.
TWO WASHINGTON WORKFORCE PROFESSIONALS SELECTED FOR ASPEN FELLOWSHIP
The Sector Skills Academy, operated by the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative, has selected Jamie Krause of Pacific Mountain Workforce Consortium and Lauren O'Brien of Seattle Goodwill Industries to participate in a year-long leadership academy designed to help them develop and enhance a sector-oriented approach to job training in their community. Only 26 professionals in the country were selected for this year's fellowships.
SELF-SUFFICIENCY CALCULATOR UPDATED WITH 2009 DATA
The Self-Sufficiency Calculator, a website hosted through a partnership that includes Washington's workforce development councils, has been updated to include the latest cost of living research in every county in Washington. The new expenses were calculated based on this report:f.
July 21, 2009
WEBSITE TO TRACK GREEN JOB TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS
Organizations in Washington state who are seeking a competitive green jobs grant from the U.S. Department of Labor should keep the Governor's Office informed of their plans by submitting a brief information form to the Governor's Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team. The Team is compiling a list of applicants for the Governor's office and other state agencies. The clearinghouse list will be posted on a public website, available for stakeholders to find grant partners and leverage resources. Copy of the form is at:
WORKFORCE BOARD RESEARCH CITED IN ECONOMIC REPORT
The Workforce Board's 2008 Workforce Training Results are cited in the President's Council of Economic Advisers' latest report, "Preparing Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow." Citing performance results of Washington's Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language programs (See Pages 14 & 15), the report identifies the need to commit to investing and improving federal training programs. Read more at
WASHINGTON MIGRANT STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM TWO LARGE FEDERAL GRANTS
Washington is among 11 states awarded 16 grants totaling just over $7.1 million by the U.S. Department of Education to help migrant students obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and then go on to either work or postsecondary education. Nearly $475,000 is headed to Heritage University in Toppenish and just over $400,000 will go to the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Yakima.
PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL FOCUSES ON COMMUNITY COLLEGES
President Obama's American Graduation Initiative calls for an additional 5 million community college graduates by 2020. The proposal targets workforce skills as well as academic learning and specifically addresses the ongoing challenge of improving completion rates.
July 9, 2009
GOVERNOR'S BEST PRACTICE AWARD NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN
The deadline for submitting a best practice nomination for outstanding workforce and economic development is Monday, July 27. Award winners will be honored during the Oct. 27-29 conference in Spokane. Get more details about the conference and nomination criteria at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Conference2009.asp
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STUDY DOES NOT INCLUDE WASHINGTON STATE EXPERIENCE
A recent New York Times article delivers a harsher verdict on the Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker program than may be justified by the U.S. Department of Labor study the article cites. The study found wide variation in results among 12 state programs (Washington was not included in the study). The study found that on average the program had positive impacts on employment and earnings, but the impact on earnings was not sufficient to conclude that the differences were due to the program. The Workforce Board has conducted very similar studies to this national study in Washington, finding a positive impact on both employment and earnings in our state. See Workforce Training Results:
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE INCLUDES WORKFORCE PRESENTATION
The 18th annual Northwest Economic Development Course Aug. 16-21 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg features the Workforce Board's own Mike Brennan, who will explain what workforce development means and what resources are available at the regional and state levels. The conference is sponsored by the state's Department of Commerce (transitioning from being called the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development).
July 2, 2009
CAREER BRIDGE SITE NOW PROVIDES TRAINING RESULTS
CareerBridge.wa.gov, the new website that allows you to identify your interests, the jobs that fit those interests and the training needed to compete for those jobs, now offers performance results on many of the training programs featured on the website. To get a tour of the site by phone or to order a supply of free Career Bridge cards contact Marina Parr at firstname.lastname@example.org
O*NET REPORT IDENTIFIES NEW AND EMERGING GREEN OCCUPATIONS
"Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations," investigates the ways that work is changing in response to stronger consumer demand for environmentally conscious production. This new report by the O*NET (Occupational Information Network) Resource Center looks at the impact of the green economy on existing occupations and identifies new and emerging green occupations.
WORKFORCE BOARD REQUESTS FEDERAL WAIVER FOR PERFORMANCE MEASURES
The Workforce Board at its June meeting approved a request to the U.S. Department of Labor for a waiver that will reduce the number of performance measures reported by the state to comply with the Workforce Investment Act. Once granted, the waiver will save performance measurement costs for the Workforce Board, Employment Security Department, and Workforce Development Councils. Information on this and other June board meeting actions
WIA STATE PLAN MODIFICATION SUBMITTED TO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Washington State Employment Security Department and the Workforce Board have submitted the 2007-2010 State Plan Modification for Title I-B of the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act. Included in the plan update is a separate document that describes how the WIA Recovery Act funds will be used in Washington.
June 24, 2009
WASHINGTON TEAM FOCUSES ON GREEN JOBS AND RECOVERY GRANTS
The Workforce Board and Department of Commerce (formerly CTED) are co-chairing a business, labor and government group working to fulfill the promise of House Bill 2227. This Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team is also coordinating the state's efforts to apply for U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) energy efficiency and renewable energy sector grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Just this week, DOL announced the criteria for five categories of competitive green job training grants. For more information regarding the grants, contact Martin McCallum, 360-586-0151.
HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE REVIEWS BUDGETS CUTS AND RECOVERY ACT OPPORTUNITIES
The Health Care Personnel Shortage Task, a group of business, labor, education and government created by legislation to address the current and projected shortages of health care workers in Washington, met on June 24 to review the effects of state budget cuts and opportunities posed by federal Recovery Act funds. Agenda and meeting materials.
WHITE PAPER ARGUES FOR WORKFORCE SYSTEM THAT ENCOURAGES WORKING LEARNERS
Working adults are served by a system that is overly focused on crisis intervention at the point of unemployment, and not focused sufficiently on the need for training and education, states a new paper by the national think tank, Center for American Progress. The paper offers strategies to reduce barriers to training and education for working adults.
MORE FREQUENT E-MAIL NEWS FROM SNOHOMISH WDC
Workforce Development Council Snohomish County has started sending out brief informative e-mails about its activities every two weeks.
In a format that you will likely recognize, these News Briefs will bring you the latest in workforce activities in Snohomish County. Review past editions and sign up.
June 18, 2009
WORKFORCE BOARD TAKES UP FUTURE OF BASIC EDUCATION
The Workforce Board's next regular meeting is June 25 at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater, starting at 8:30 a.m. Among other topics, the Workforce Board will hear from Representatives Pat Sullivan and Skip Priest who will discuss legislation that was adopted during the 2009 session that affects the K-12 education system. See Agenda.
NEW WEBSITE EXPLORES BUSINESS INVOLVEMENT IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
The AWB Institute, an affiliate of the Association of Washington Business, has launched a new website that focuses on the training and development of high quality workers in this state. The site provides information about workforce development programs, along with resources for employers looking to enhance employee training, industry-specific information about worker training, legislative updates and more.
TEACHERS TO LEARN ABOUT AEROSPACE, ENGINEERING IN SPOKANE
Greater Spokane Inc. is hosting a series of summer workshops as part of the popular Teach the Teachers program, where educators learn first-hand about careers and how to better prepare their students for them. This summer's first workshop focuses on graphic design and kicks off June 30. Other topics include: aerospace (July 21), engineering (July 29) and manufacturing (August 5). More information:
June 11, 2009
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR GOVERNOR'S BEST PRACTICE AWARDS
The Workforce Board is seeking nominations for the Governor's Best Practice Awards as part of the 2009 Washington Workforce and Economic Development Conference, Oct. 27-29, at Spokane's Davenport Hotel. Deadline for nominations is July 27, 2009.
BOARD RECOMMENDS TO GOVERNOR SPENDING PLAN FOR WIA 10 PERCENT FUNDS
At a special meeting on June 8, the Workforce Board adopted a resolution which recommends to Governor Chris Gregoire how she might spend discretionary federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding during the next fiscal year. On July 1, Washington will receive $56 million in Workforce Investment Act formula funds. Ten percent of these funds are available for statewide activities identified by the Governor. The Workforce Board's recommendations are not binding on the Governor.
WEBSITE WALKS YOUTH THROUGH SUMMER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION PROCESS
Youth in 11 Washington counties can determine their eligibility for the summer youth employment program using a new website thanks to a collaboration of five Workforce Development Councils. Youth, ages 14 - 24, who live in Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston or Wahkiakum Counties can determine their eligibility for the federal Recovery Act funded program and fill out an application before scheduling a visit to their area WDC. SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT CONTACTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR REGION
FLEXIBLE WORK WEEK PILOT EXTENDED THROUGH SUMMER
The Workforce Board office, along with the offices of the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, will continue to be closed on Fridays as part of the Governor's pilot project to test whether a four-day work week can save energy and other costs while still maintaining quality service. The Workforce Board's office is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Some Workforce Board employees telecommute on Fridays and can be available to participate in Friday meetings.
June 3, 2009
WORKFORCE BOARD MEETINGS STAYING CLOSE TO HOME THIS YEAR
As part of the agency's efforts to trim costs in these tight budget times, the Workforce Board has relocated meetings originally scheduled this year to be in Colville, Walla Walla and Wenatchee to the Olympia area. List of currently scheduled Workforce Board meetings and locations.
SPECIAL WORKFORCE BOARD MEETINGS TO ADDRESS WIA 10 PERCENT
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold a subcommittee meeting Thursday June 4 and a special full board meeting on Monday, June 8 (Both meetings start at 1:30 p.m.). The board will use these meetings to discuss the proposed recommendations to the Governor on use of federal Workforce Investment Act 10 Percent funds. The meetings will be held in the Workforce Board's main conference room, sixth floor of the Raad Building, 128 10th Ave., S.W., Olympia. To make arrangements to listen/participate via teleconference, please contact Julie Anderson, 360-753-5677.
NEW L&I WEBSITE INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO APPRENTICESHIPS
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has a new website designed to introduce K-12 students to the world of apprenticeship. This visually attractive and well-written site covers the why, what, who and how of apprenticeships. According to a recent Workforce Board analysis, almost 80 percent of apprenticeship participants reported employment six months after leaving the program and the median annualized income for those recent participants was over $40,000.
On a related topic, you can access the latest quarterly and annual reports on the Labor and Industries Apprenticeship program at:
NEW REPORT FOCUSES ON COLLEGE DEGREE ATTAINMENT
A recent Jobs for the Future report entitled Cost, Commitment and Attainment in Higher Education focuses on college success rates among countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, suggesting that the U.S. should pay more attention to completion strategies for two and four year institutions.
AARP FREE WEBINAR FOCUSES ON JOB HUNTING STRATEGIES
AARP, a nonprofit membership organization offering services to people over 50, is offering a free one-hour webinar (June 11 at 5 p.m. PST) focusing on strategies for coping with job loss when you are over 45. The AARP also offers a free checklist with step-by-step tips and resources to help people succeed in their job search.
May 29, 2009
STATE SEEKS COMMENT ON WIA/WAGNER PEYSER PLAN
The Workforce Board and the Employment Security Department invite public comment on the updated 2009-2010 State Plan for WIA Title I-B and Wagner-Peyser until June 19. Just over $56 million in Workforce Investment Act funds will be available to the state on July 1, 2009, for services to low-income youth, adults, and dislocated workers. To qualify for these and Wagner-Peyser Act funds ($14.6 million), the state must submit an updated state plan to the U.S. Department of Labor by June 30, 2009. The modified plan includes a new section describing both adjustments to current strategies and new activities related to Recovery Act implementation. Copies and comment.
FINAL SUMMARY OF WORKFORCE-RELATED LEGISLATION AND BUDGET
FORUM WILL ADDRESS WORKING ADULT DEGREE COMPLETION
Governor Chris Gregoire has completed her process for approving and vetoing the almost 600 bills and resolutions adopted by the Legislature during the 2009 session. The Workforce Board has updated its web pages describing the new budget and legislation related to workforce issues to reflect the Governor's vetoes. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009Session.asp
RECOVERY ACT FUNDS AMERICORPS POSITIONS
Gov. Chris Gregoire has announced $3.4 million is now available for Washington under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support nearly 300 AmeriCorps service positions in local communities to help meet social needs resulting from the economic crisis. Grant recipients include Employment Security Department and the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County. Follow Washington's ARRA activities at: http://www.recovery.wa.gov/
Seattle King County Workforce Education Collaborative (of which the Workforce Board is a partner) and Port Jobs, a non-profit workforce development partnership, are hosting a forum to discuss strategies to improve degree completion for working adults. Workforce Board Chair David Harrison will provide opening remarks at the three-hour morning forum, June 5 at Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College. Agenda
COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATIVE HOSTS MEETING ON BROADBAND RECOVERY ACT GRANTS Communities Connect Network, a public-private collaborative, and Microsoft invite organizations involved in expanding public access and use of techology applications to a meeting designed to foster competitive applications for federal Recovery Act dollars dedicated to broadband technology. The meeting is June 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Microsoft Redmond campus.
May 15, 2009
GOVERNOR GREGOIRE CREATES COUNCIL ON AEROSPACE
Gov. Chris Gregoire this week signed an executive order creating the Washington Council on Aerospace. Among other responsibilities, the Council on Aerospace will coordinate and organize the related worker-training programs at Washington's community and technical colleges.
POTENTIAL COLLEGE STUDENTS FAIL TO CONNECT TO RESOURCES
A new report shows too many low-income students are missing out on college and living-wage careers because they are not using available financial resources. Difficulty accessing grants and loans is just one hurdle low-income students face, according to "Promoting Economic Mobility by Increasing Postsecondary Education." The report makes the case that workers need to go beyond a high school diploma to secure a decent job and a good life.
TRANSFORMATION FORUM ADDRESSES RECOVERY ACT
The May 12 Economic Recovery and Transformation Forum hosted by the Workforce Board through a grant with the U.S. Department of Labor offers insight on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, green jobs and the role of regional clusters. View presentations, handouts and a special video message by U.S. Senator Patty Murray at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/RecoveryForum2009.asp
MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER NAMED WA-ACTE DIRECTOR
The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (WA-ACTE) has selected long-time agriculture education teacher Tim Knue of Mount Vernon as the association's new Executive Director. He succeeds Kathleen Lopp, who held the position for 23 years and is now Assistant Superintendent of Career and College Readiness for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. http://www.wa-acte.org/about.html
May 8, 2009
NEW CTE BROCHURE FEATURES WORKFORCE BOARD RESEARCH
"Career and Technical Education: Invest in Success" is a handy brochure that lays out the strong financial argument for supporting and participating in career and technical education (CTE) programs. CTE participants are more likely to be employed, earn more and to satisfy employer needs, according to Workforce Board research. Free copies of the brochure are available by request using the e-mail on the brochure. Also, for complete results of the Washington Workforce Core Measures for career and technical education and other workforce programs, visit our Workforce Training Results page.
WAVE SCHOLARS HONORED AT CEREMONIES ACROSS THE STATE
Honor some of the most amazing students in Washington at the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) ceremonies being held now through June 11 in locations around the state. WAVE Page .
WASHINGTON ENERGY SUMMIT DRAWS STANDING ROOM ONLY
On May 4 in Seattle, Gov. Chris Gregoire addressed business and community leaders in the energy industry and discussed the opportunities for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. View the materials and videos from that forum.
NEW FEDERAL WEBSITE FEATURES DOL SERVICES AND ENCOURAGES GOING BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL
Today, President Barack Obama announced the launch of a new website that will serve as a resource for those seeking training or retraining. In making the announcement, he called on each American "to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. It can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. . ." The website includes a page titled: Department of Labor Tools
May 1, 2009
WORKFORCE BOARD REVIEWS LEGISLATIVE SESSION, VETERAN PROGRAMS
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will meet May 5 at the Southwest Washington Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Training Center in Lacey. The agenda for the all-day meeting includes a panel on transitioning military into a civilian workforce, a legislative and budget review and a panel of Governor Gregoire staff discussing the allocation of the Governor's Workforce Investment Act 10 Percent funds.
BUDGET AND LEGISLATIVE SUMMARIES UPDATED FOR SINE DIE
The Workforce Board has updated its legislative page to reflect the final actions of the Legislature which adjourned April 26.
APPRENTICESHIP QUARTERLY AND ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
Washington had over 18,000 active apprentices learning and working during the 12-month period ending March 31 according to the Department of Labor and Industries Office of Apprenticeship new quarterly report. The annual report by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council is also available.
PRESIDENT OBAMA SINGLES OUT WASHINGTON I-BEST PROGRAM AS MODEL
In April 24 remarks on higher education, President Barack Obama said the United States is investing $2.5 billion in innovative initiatives like the I-BEST program in Washington state that combines basic and career skills classes to ensure that students not only complete college, but are competitive in the workforce from the moment they graduate.
TEEN SUMMER CAMPS IN HEALTH CARE, CONSTRUCTION and BUSINESS
Enrollment is still open for the summer high school youth programs developed by Washington Business Week and held at four college campuses in the state. Besides traditional Business Week, this summer includes Healthcare Week where teams of youth form clinics to develop medical response plans on a variety of national health issues. Construction Week organizes youth into general contractors that put together bids to build a commercial project. College credit is available.
April 24, 2009
VIEW THE HOUSE AND SENATE'S BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR 2009-2011
The House and Senate released details Friday surrounding the 2009-2011 operating budget, which as currently written cuts about $4 billion in state spending.
LATEST CTE NEWSLETTER FEATURES DUAL CREDIT CAPABILITIES
The latest edition of Career and College Connections, a monthly newsletter from Career and Technical Education in Washington, features an article on dual credits.
HEALTH CAREER EXPO FEATURES WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF
Workforce Board Policy Analyst Madeleine Thompson will describe how you can lock up your future with a career in health care at the Healthcare Career Expo at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 14. Ms. Thompson also staffs the Washington State Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force which works to address the severe current and projected shortages of health care personnel in Washington. See Task Force page:
April 17, 2009
LEGISLATURE ENDORSES JOB TRAINING AND EDUCATION STRATEGY
The state House and Senate have voted unanimously to endorse the state's comprehensive plan for workforce development, High Skills, High Wages 2008-2018. The resolution, SCR 8404, notes that the plan, developed by the Workforce Board, includes assessments of Washington's employment opportunities and skill needs and identifies more than 60 strategies for meeting the state's workforce challenges as well as the organizations responsible for making those strategies happen.
NEW PROJECTION IDENTIFIES SUPPLY AND DEMAND FOR POSTSECONDARY TRAINING
The state's current supply of workers with mid-level preparation is estimated to be only 87 percent of what will be needed in the labor market during 2011-2016, according to a new joint report of the Workforce Board, Higher Education Coordinating Board, and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The report provides projections for the need for bachelor degrees and graduate degrees as well.
2010 WAVE SCHOLARSHIP POSTER WINNER SELECTED
Irene Jones and Kyle Kemper, graphic art students at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, have designed the next poster for the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence. Featuring five colorful figures conveying motion, the artwork was selected from nearly 70 entries submitted by art students from across Washington. To pre-order copies of the poster for the next academic year, e-mail Julie Anderson.
CREATIVE VITALITY INDEX FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AREAS
The number of architects in Spokane is growing and while the creative vitality index for eight of the 12 workforce development regions declined in 2007, the state's overall index went up. What's a creative vitality index? It's an annual measure of the economic health of the arts-related creative economy using readily available data.
April 10, 2009
WAVE AWARDS RECOGNIZE SCHOLARS FROM EACH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
The Workforce Board announced the winners of the 2009 Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholarship grants. Established by the Legislature in 1984, the WAVE awards pay undergraduate tuition for two years (six quarters or four semesters) at an accredited public or private college or university or licensed private vocational school--capped at an annual benefit of $6720.
LEGISLATORS ADOPT ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION BILL
The Legislature has approved SHB 1323, which creates a framework for coordinating workforce and economic development at the state and local levels. Sponsored by Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney, the legislation amends state law to create clarity and consistency in workforce and economic development terms, improve coordination of workforce and economic development initiatives, and focus investments on cluster-based economic and workforce development strategies. To get information on this and other workforce-related bills, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009Session.asp
REQUEST FOR CONFERENCE PROPOSALS EXTENDED
At the request from folks who have been busy with Recovery Act issues, the Workforce Board has extended the deadline for proposals for presentations at the annual Workforce & Economic Development Conference to April 28. The conference is October 27-29, 2009. For more information, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Conference2009.asp
NEW PAPER RECOMMENDS STRENGTHENING ONE-STOP CAREER CENTERS
A new Brookings Institution paper explores the role that One-Stop Career Centers play in helping the unemployed build new skills and find new jobs. One-Stops or WorkSource Centers annually provide about 15 million workers nationwide with information about available jobs, strategies to land the best possible new jobs, and the benefits and costs of enrolling in training programs. The paper cites Washington state several times as setting a positive example for action, including the Workforce Board's activities in developing "high-quality accountability systems" such as the Washington Workforce Core Measures.
April 3, 2009
2009 LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY COMING TO A HEAD
The 2009 Washington State Legislative Session has started its last month. Many bills that have not cleared specific legislative hurdles are considered inactive or dead for the rest of this session. But many other issues, including the state's two-year budget, are still very active. To review a comparison of the various proposed budgets and a summary of active legislation related to workforce development, visit our legislative page
MARLENA SESSIONS TAPPED TO HEAD UP SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WDC
The board of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has named Marlena Sessions its new chief executive officer. See press release
FEDERAL RECOVERY ACT BROADENS DEFINITION OF VETERANS AND YOUTH FOR TAX CREDITS
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act has expanded the definition of veterans and youth for purposes of receiving the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION'S REPORT FOCUSES ON INNOVATION
The Washington Economic Development Commission has released a draft of an economic development strategy that "seeks to unleash the innovation capacity of businesses, institutions and communities in our state." The report, "The Washington Innovation Economy: A New Economic Strategy for Prosperity" stresses the importance of innovation and is organized around three innovation drivers: Talent and Workforce Development; Investment and Entrepreneurship and Infrastructure.
EPA SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR BROWNSFIELDS JOB TRAINING GRANTS
The Federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a request for applications from eligible governmental entities and nonprofit organizations to provide environmental job training projects to coincide with federal recovery act job creation in the assessment, remediation, or preparation of brownfields sites for sustainable reuse. The closing date for receipt of applications is April 20, 2009.
CURRENT STATE WIA PLAN WILL BE UPDATED BY JUNE 30
On April 15, the Washington State Employment Security Department expects to notify the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) of its intent to extend the current 2007-2009 State Plan for Title I-B of the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act through June 30, 2010. In the coming months, this current plan will be modified in accordance with DOL's Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 14-08 to reflect new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act initiatives. Following a public comment period, including adoption by the Workforce Board on June 24, the modified plan will be submitted to DOL on June 30, 2009.
March 31, 2009
HOUSE & SENATE ROLL OUT PROPOSED STATE OPERATING BUDGETS
Today, ranking majority members of the Washington House of Representatives rolled out a proposed operating budget. Yesterday, the Senate also proposed a two-year spending plan. The Workforce Board has prepared a comparison of the House, Senate and Governor proposed budgets as they relate to workforce development programs and issues.
OSPI LAUNCHES NEW CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION NEWSLETTER
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has launched a public awareness campaign to inform the general public about CTE and the many career and educational doors it opens through career counseling and career-focused classes. As part of this campaign, the program sends out a monthly newsletter. March's newsletter features comments by Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis.
WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK TAKING REGISTRATIONS
The Washington Business Week is accepting applications through June 5 with an Early Bird deadline of April 15. Founded by the Association of Washington Business, this summer program provides high school students with the opportunity to live on a college campus and experience a simulated work environment. Business and community sponsors subsidize a significant portion of the program's cost and additional financial assistance is available.
DEADLINE FOR CONFERENCE PROPOSALS IS APRIL 13
The deadline is fast approaching for proposals from presenters and speakers for our 2009 Washington Workforce and Economic Development Conference, Oct. 27-29, at Spokane's Davenport Hotel. This conference is hosted by the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board and Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.
BUILDING SKILLS CONFERENCE FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROVIDERS
Building Skills 2009, a conference designed to provide information and skill building to frontline and supervisory staff in workforce development, is April 14 - 16 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. Workforce Board staffers will be presenting: Wes Pruitt on dropout prevention and Karen Pyle demonstating our new www.careerbridge.wa.gov site.
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHITE PAPER ENDORSES CTE
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has published a white paper on career and technical education declaring the challenge is not just getting students through high school, but also effectively engaging them during high school so they continue to postsecondary education and effectively manage their careers. The report outlines the role business can play in promoting career and technical education.
SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM PROPOSALS SOUGHT
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council seeks proposals from organizations interested in providing services for the Summer Youth Employment Program, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Deadline is April 10.
March 20, 2009
WORKFORCE WEBSITE OFFERS FREE WEBINAR SERIES ON RECOVERY FUNDS
Workforce3One, a technical assistance website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, is offering a series of webinars that provide guidance to the nation's workforce development system regarding federal funds and grants available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The series begins on Monday, March 23.
REGIONAL WORKFORCE STRATEGIC PLANS TAKING SHAPE
GET THE LATEST WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LEGISLATIVE NEWS FOR WASHINGTON: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009Session.asp
Washington's 12 regional Workforce Development Councils are preparing updates to their strategic plans. Final versions of the updates are due April 30. These updates are intended to ensure each plan focuses on its region's unique needs, priorities and resources as well as align with the action steps identified in the state's new strategic plan for workforce development, High Skills High Wages, 2008 - 2018.
WORKFORCE BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING MARCH 25
The Workforce Board will hold a special meeting March 25, 3:30 p.m. to discuss and possibly take action on recommendations to the Governor on the rapid deployment of the additional Workforce Investment Act discretionary (10 percent fund) dollars available. The meeting will be in the Workforce Board's main conference room in Olympia. For more information on how to attend the meeting, please contact Julie Anderson, 360-753-5677.
BUSINESS GROUP LAUNCHES NATIONAL WORKFORCE TASK GROUP
Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations, announced the launch of "The Springboard Project," a commission of education, business, union and government leaders with a nine-month mandate to develop recommendations on how to help American workers acquire the new skills and education needed to thrive in the 21st century.
March 13, 2009
WORKFORCE BOARD ADOPTS STRATEGIC CLUSTER INVESTMENT POLICY
On March 12, the Workforce Board adopted policy guidelines and criteria for identifying strategic industry clusters for workforce development. The policy, which recognizes the value of locally provided supplemental data in refining the strategic cluster list, is intended to guide policy and investment decisions for workforce education and training. See: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/StrategicClusterPolicy.asp
LEGISLATIVE DEADLINE PASSES, WORKFORCE BOARD BILLS SURVIVE
The Legislature returned to committee activity today after almost two weeks of floor action. Bills that have not been approved where they originated - either the House or Senate - will no longer be considered for passage this session unless necessary to implement the state budget. The Workforce Board's agency-request bills, including a bill that would establish closer coordination between workforce and economic development to bolster key industry clusters, survived the legislative cutoff. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009WorkforceLegSchedule.asp
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION FORECASTS CONTINUING SHORTAGE OF MIDDLE SKILLED WORKERS
A recently published paper by the Brookings Institution forecasts a "robust" demand for middle-skill workers relative to the supply of workers. While global competition challenges our labor market, the paper argues that jobs in sectors such as health care, construction, public safety and law enforcement cannot be offshored. "Given the specific nature of the skills these jobs require, middle-skill occupations will continue to provide well-paying jobs for the workers who fill them even if the broader labor markets around them are sluggish."
March 6, 2009
WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING WILL ADDRESS FEDERAL RECOVERY, GREEN JOBS
This month's Workforce Board meeting will feature a telephone conversation about the federal economic recovery act with Gerri Fiala, Sen. Patty Murray's Staff Director for the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, and Crystal Bridgeman, also with the HELP Committee. The agenda for the all-day meeting schedule also includes a presentation on Green Jobs. See complete agenda and support materials.
CAREER BRIDGE REPLACES ETP LIST AND DOES MUCH MORE
The Workforce Board is proud to introduce www.Careerbridge.wa.gov , our new one-stop web site that combines education and training information with career planning assistance, labor market data and more. This site combines the Eligible Training Provider (ETP) list with other education and training programs yet still allows you to search exclusively for programs on the ETP list. The site will receive a more formal launch in June when it will include performance results for many of the programs. Please let us know what you think when you visit: http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov .
WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS NEW RESEARCH MANAGER
The position calls for someone who is skilled at making research data and results accessible to policy-makers, agency stakeholders, and other interested parties, among other duties.
SELF-SUFFICIENCY CALCULATOR RECEIVES INNOVATION AWARD
NPower Seattle, an organization devoted to helping other nonprofits use technology effectively, has recognized the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County for developing the Self Sufficiency Calculator, an online financial tool. The Calculator uses research from the University of Washington to show the cost of covering a family's basic needs with no outside assistance, based on the family's unique composition and the area in which they live in Washington. It also shows subsidies and work supports (such as child care or energy assistance) for which a family might qualify. Check it out: http://www.thecalculator.org
February 27, 2009
SPECIAL WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING SLATED NEXT WEEK
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. at the Workforce Board's main conference room, sixth floor of the Raad Building, 128 10th Ave. S.W., Olympia. At this meeting, the board is expected to take action on the rapid redeployment of the unobligated Workforce Investment Act 10 Percent funds. Most of the board members will participate by telephone. Those interested in attending or calling into the teleconference call, should contact Julie Anderson at 360-753-5677.
WASHINGTON LAUNCHES STIMULUS WEBSITE
The Governor's office has launched a new website to provide easy access to all the state's activities regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the federal stimulus package.) The website provides links to sources of money and contact information that local governments can use to find out how to apply for funds and state and federal agency websites that contain more information about agency recovery efforts. More information, including how to apply to have projects certified by Governor Chris Gregoire, will be added soon. See:
GREEN JOBS, JOB SKILLS PROGRAM TO BE DISCUSSED IN COMMITTEE SESSIONS
Over the next two weeks, the House and Senate will deliberate on bills in full session. Committee activity will be limited. However, two meetings of interest include a House Community and Economic Development and Trade Committee work session on "Green Economy Jobs Initiative" on Wednesday and a House Higher Education Committee public hearing on legislation regarding the Job Skills program (SB 5554), Customized Training (SSB 5616) and Lifelong Learning Accounts (ESSB 5555) on Friday. Check status of workforce development bills before the Washington Legislature.
February 20, 2009
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES APPROVE HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
The House Higher Education Committee and the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee have approved a resolution endorsing High Skills, High Wages, 2008 - 2018, Washingtons strategic plan for workforce development. These resolutions (HCR 4403 and SCR 8404) are now in House and Senate Rules Committees. See calendar of legislative hearings on workforce issues and a list of workforce-related bills and their status.
WEBINAR ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM ON TICKET-TO-WORK
The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Employment and Training Administration are conducting a Ticket to Work Webinar for workforce development organizations considering the option of becoming an Employment Network or are currently an approved Employment Network. Under the Ticket-to-Work program, SSA issues tickets to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational goal. The webinar is Friday, February 27, 11 a.m. Register
WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE PLANS SHAPING UP
The Workforce Board and Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development will be issuing a call for presentations next week for a conference to be held in Spokane this October. The conference will have sessions on the policy developments and issues arising from the economic stimulus package. Please mark your calendar for October 27 - 29. See our conference page for updates and the call for presentation (when available next week).
February 13, 2009
DUAL CREDIT & DROPOUT REPORTING BILLS ON NEXT WEEK'S LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE
More bills are passing out of state Senate and House policy committees as the Feb. 25 committee deadline approaches. See calendar of legislative hearings on workforce issues and a list of workforce-related bills and their status.
NEW PERFORMANCE REPORT ON WASHINGTON WORKFORCE PROGRAMS
As Washington's performance accountability agent, the Workforce Board has produced results of 12 of the state's largest workforce programs. "Workforce Training Results 2008" offers a printed summary that is also available online along with more detailed program results.
WORKFORCE BOARD, SBCTC REPORT ON WORKPLACE-BASED LEARNING
The Workforce Board and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges have submitted a preliminary report to the Legislature on how Washington might better provider higher education access, especially to low-wage adult workers. The report details the progress of the Workplace Digital Learning Initiative launched last year at the direction of the Legislature and lists 13 key strategies for program success identified by the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University after conducting a national review of private employer workplace-based digital learning programs.
February 6, 2009
HOUSE, SENATE COMMITTEES PASS INDUSTRY CLUSTER BILL
Both House and Senate Committees have passed the Workforce Board's bill on workforce and economic development coordination (HB 1323 & SB 5048) which incorporates recommendations from the statewide industry cluster academies held last year and the Workforce Board's report "Skills for the Next Washington." A summary of 2009 proposed legislation related to workforce development.
HEARINGS ON DROPOUT LEGISLATION, FINANCIAL AID & CTE
Legislative committees will take up legislation that would: create a dropout reengagement system (SB 5805); consolidate financial aid, including phasing out the WAVE scholarship program (HB 2021); and encourage career and technical education courses at the middle school level. Our committee schedule on workforce development bills
NEW STUDY OFFERS POSSIBLE MEASURES FOR SKILL PANELS
An analysis of how to evaluate Industry Skill Panels, commissioned by the Workforce Board, recommends a set of impact and outcome evaluation measures for future skill panels and other employer partnership programs. The analysis identified that skill panels have been effective in leveraging investment, reducing job vacancies and training workers.
ACTE PAPER HIGHLIGHTS WASHINGTON LAW ON CTE ACADEMIC CREDIT
Washington is part of an emerging national trend of recognizing Career and Technical Education courses for academic credit. An Association of Career and Technical Education paper highlights findings from a state survey, describes innovative ways states and localities are employing this strategy and offers recommendations on how to effectively implement and systemize course development. Specifically, the paper cites Washington's law requiring high schools or local school districts to develop procedures to approve CTE courses for whole or partial academic credit.
January 30, 2009
SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE TAKES UP WORKFORCE BILLS
The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Committee w
will hold a public hearing on the Workforce Board's three agency-request bills and a resolution endorsing "High Skills, High Wages 2008 -2018," the state's strategic plan for workforce development on Feb. 3, 10 a.m. See our legislative page for more information.
CONGRESS MOVES CLOSER TO ADOPTING STIMULUS PACKAGE
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The full U.S. Senate is expected to take up its version of the stimulus package early next week. Senator Patty Murray has announced that the Senate bill includes $55 million for job training in Washington state.
HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE TAKES UP DROPOUT LEGISLATION
The House Education Committee will hear legislation recommended by the Building Bridges Workgroup (HB 1418 & HB 1813) on Feb. 6, 8 a.m.
LILA, CUSTOMIZED TRAINING AND JOB SKILLS BILLS MOVE OUT OF COMMITTEE
This week, the state House Community & Economic Development and Trade Committee approved HB 1129 which requires the Workforce Board to establish a steering committee to develop recommendations for a statewide Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) program. Also, today, the Senate passed legislation on customized training (SB 5616) and the Job Skills program (SSB 5554).
GREEN JOB LABOR MARKET STUDY RELEASED THIS WEEK
Washington State 2008 Green Economy Jobs, a green jobs labor market study by the Employment Security Department, is now available online. The study shows an estimated total employment of 47,194 in four green core areas among private-sector employers.
January 23, 2009
HOUSE COMMITTEES TO HEAR WORKFORCE BOARD LEGISLATION
The Workforce Board's bill on workforce and economic development coordination (HB 1323) will be heard before the House Community & Economic Development & Trade Committee, Jan. 29. This meeting also will feature a Workforce Board presentation on the industry cluster-based strategy, described in Skills for Next Washington. Other Workforce Board legislation on high demand definitions (HB 1395) and the strategic plan timeline (HB 1394) will be heard by the House Higher Education Committee on Tuesday. Many other workforce topics are taken up by committees next week. See: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009Session.asp
YOUNG ADULT WHITE PAPER IDENTIFIES KEY ELEMENTS IN SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS
Washingtons federally-funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program embodies the key elements of programmatic success advocated by the Levithan Youth Policy Network and highlighted in a Workforce Board review of best practices from around the country. In its recently released paper, Reconnecting Young Adults 18 -24, the Workforce Board advocates for an enhancement of the WIA youth program as well as setting out other recommendations. See:
POSTER ILLUSTRATES WASHINGTON'S WORKFORCE PROGRAMS
The Workforce Board has created a poster which charts the state's workforce development programs, their funding and their services. The Workforce Board maintains a comprehensive listing of programs on its website . To view the poster and order a copy of your own, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/workforcematrix.pdf
THREE WASHINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGES RECEIVE FEDERAL GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded nearly $123 million to 68 community colleges and community-based institutions that competed successfully under the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants Initiative, including: Seattle Community Colleges, $1,919,441; Tacoma Community College, $1,941,098 and Whatcom Community College, $1,848,707.
January 16, 2009
HOUSE COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WORKFORCE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTEGRATION
Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis will participate in a work session on connecting workforce and economic development conducted by the House Community and Economic Development and Trade Committee, January 19. At that same meeting, the committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 1129 which would establish a lifelong learning account steering committee. Also, next week, the House Education Committee will devote a work session to the Building Bridges Program, Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. The Workforce Board's legislative page has more information on these meetings and other workforce-related legislative issues.
WORKFORCE BOARD LOOKS AT JOBS MARKET AND "GI BILL"
The Workforce Boards will meet January 22 at the State Investment Board Office in Olympia. The all-day meeting will cover issues ranging from current and future job demand to a discussion about developing a "GI Bill" for Washington Workers. Materials and agenda.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE TO HEAR STATE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
The Workforce Board will present Washington's strategic plan for workforce development, High Skills High Wages 2008-2018 to the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, Jan. 21, 3:30 p.m. High Skills, High Wages 2008-2018 is now available in printed version. You can view the PRINTED VERSION online and request a copy.
SKILLS2COMPETE TO HOST PANEL TO BRIEF LEGISLATORS AND STAFF
Skills2Compete-Washington and The Workforce Alliance are hosting a panel discussion at the state capitol in the Columbia Room, January 26, 6 p.m. on its report Washingtons Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs. Panelists will discuss the importance of training Washington residents not just for high-skill jobs, but for the family-sustaining "middle-skill" jobs, which require more than high school but less than a four-year degree, and make up more than half of our economy.
January 9, 2009
WORKFORCE YEAR IN REVIEW
In an open letter to Workforce Board members and stakeholders, Executive Director Eleni Papadakis has summarized/recapped the Workforce Boards 2008 highlights in an open letter to board members.
WORKFORCE LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGE ACTIVATED
The 2009 Washington Legislature Session begins Monday. As we have in previous session, the Workforce Board will be maintaining a web page detailing the schedule of legislative committee meetings related to workforce issues and information on workforce-related legislation. The first week of session is an active one for workforce issues.
SENATE BILL INTEGRATES WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS
Senator Derek Kilmer has introduced Senate Bill 5048 that incorporates the recommendations from Skills for the Next Washington a plan for coordinating workforce and economic development at the state and local levels focusing on a cluster-based approach.
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