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The WorkforceTraining and Education Coordinating Board provides (almost) weekly updates on workforce development in Washington. To sign up for e-mail delivery

December 12, 2012

INTERNSHIP GIVES WHATCOM STUDENT A CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT ENGINEERING
Valerie Elizondo, an 18-year-old Whatcom Community College, talks about her internship experience at a Ferndale engineering firm. Hear from Valerie, her father and her employer about the importance of internships to young adults in this the fifth and last video in our Opportunity Internship series.

WASHINGTON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL TARGETS FIVE ISSUES
The Washington Student Achievement Council has published "Critical Crossroads: A Call for Action," targeting five issues associated with student achievement.

GATE WEBSITE FOCUSES ON KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL
A new website that launched in late September is aimed at dropout prevention and serves as a source of information for students, parents, community members and education professionals. It's part of the Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) initiative led by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  

PLEASE TAKE THE WORKFORCE BOARD FEEDBACK SURVEY

November 27, 2012

BOARD WILL HOLD SPECIAL CONFERENCE CALL MEETING THURSDAY
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will take action on the High Skills, High Wages 2012: Accountability Chapter at a special board meeting, November 29, 3 p.m. at the Workforce Board's main conference room, in Olympia. Here's the strategic plan.

PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN OUR ANNUAL SURVEY
We hope you can find time to take our survey on the Workforce Board's performance and reports. Your feedback helps us gauge how we're doing and improve. It should take no more than 10 minutes of your time to tell us what you think. Thank you.  

AWB INSTITUTE REPORTS ON THE STATE OF HEALTH CARE IN WASHINGTON
The AWB Institute, an affiliate of the Association of Washington Business that focuses on workforce issues, has released another Industry Report as part of its "listening tour." Find the latest report on Health Care.

SEATTLE JOBS INITIATIVE OFFERS ANALYSIS OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY TRENDS
The Seattle Jobs Initiative has released its "analysis of past, present and future trends in the manufacturing industry." Report.


NEW WEBSITE FOR WSBEA
See the new online home of the Washington State Business Education Association

November 14, 2012

CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE, SECTOR INITIATIVES & CTE INVESTMENTS
Three Centers of Excellence, two community and technical colleges, two school districts, and three Workforce Development Councils will be featured in panel presentations before the Workforce Board in tomorrow's meeting in Seattle. See agenda

HELP US DO A BETTER JOB, TAKE OUR ANNUAL SURVEY
The Workforce Board would greatly appreciate if you could take five minutes to take our annual online survey regarding our services and reports. Thank you: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/Y76JQ76

LIFELONG LEARNING ACCOUNT VIDEO SHARES EXPERIENCE OF EMPLOYERS, PARTICIPANTS Since 2009, the Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) pilot program has operated in three counties in Washington. A New video relates the experiences of two employers (Steck Medical and Hanner Enterprises) and their employees with this educational co-investment benefit.

November 8, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS IN SEATTLE NEXT WEEK
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on November 15, in Seattle, at the Divers Institute of Technology. Agenda and material

STATE ENERGY SECTOR PARTNERSHIP CONNECTS WITH VETERANS

The State Energy Sector Partnership, funded through a federal Recovery Act grant, has placed 313 veterans into apprenticeship programs through the Helmets to Hardhats program. Follow the story of this Tacoma-based veteran.

CAREER BRIDGE IN SEATTLE TIMES: PULLOUT LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE

The Seattle Times ran a four-part career planning series featuring Career Bridge. The series is designed to be used in the classroom as well as by parents and their children. Complete series.

October 31, 2012

NEW CAREER BRIDGE INFORMATION CARDS AVAILABLE
Handy, two-sided rack cards have been redesigned to reflect new improvements to Washington's Career Bridge website. Order yours today (360) 709-4600.

FOLLOW YOUNG ADULT'S SUCCESS THROUGH OPPORTUNITY INTERNSHIP VIDEO
We're now featuring Jesse Barr's experience with the Opportunity Internship Program on our website. This video shows how work experience at the City of Vancouver Water Resources Education Center helped Jesse focus on his academic and career goals. 

LAST WARNING ON OUR NEW OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS
Earlier in the year, our office phone numbers were switched. While some numbers still work, others are starting to be reassigned to new telephone customers. Please take note of our new number.

SYMPOSIUM SHOWCASES REGIONAL ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS
Calvin Goings with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Dr. William Lyons with Boeing Research and Technology will be the headline speakers at Collaborative Innovation 2012 in Tacoma, November 6. 

October 24, 2012

CAREER BRIDGE STEP BY STEP GUIDE AVAILABLE
Get more out of CareerBridge.wa.gov with worksheets that take you step by step through this awarding-winning website. A table of contents helps direct you to specific sections.

FEDERAL GRANT FOR ADVANCED MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING

A workforce and economic development partnership in Southwest Washington was awarded almost $2.2 million for a project in advanced materials and manufacturing. Partners include Columbia River Economic Development Council, Impact Washington, Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, and the Oregon Microenterprise Network.

NEW DEFINITION OF CAREER, COLLEGE READY LAUNCHES
A broad national coalition, which includes the association of state directors of career and technical education, is offering a new definition of what it means to be career-ready. The Career Readiness Partner Council says a shift is needed from a primary focus on college entrance and completion to mastery of key knowledge, skills and habits.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR FALL WA-ACTE CONFERENCE
Workforce Board staff will provide information on work experiences for youth at the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education fall conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, November 1 & 2.

October 11, 2012

LEGISLATIVE REPORT ON AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING TRAINING RELEASED
Staff of the Workforce Board and State Board for Community and Technical College have produced an interim report on training programs in Washington for aerospace workers as required by legislation last session.   Aerospace employers have another week to complete survey which will contribute to the final version of the 2012 report.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS POLICY ANALYST/LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
The Workforce Board' has an opening for policy analyst and legislative liaison. Applications will be accepted through October 22.

WORKPLACE-BASED LEARNING INITIATIVE SEEKS FOCUS GROUP PROVIDER

The Workforce Board seeks a contractor to conduct serveral focus groups regarding the agency's Workplace-Based Learning initiative. The Request for Qualifications closes November 26.

ESD AWARDS ANNUAL WIA DOLLARS TO AREA WORKFORCE COUNCILS
The state's Employment Security Department has announced this year's distribution of U.S. Department of Labor funding for the Workforce Investment Act this year to the state's 12 Workforce Development Councils based on population, unemployment levels and number of disadvantaged people.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE INCLUDES WORKFORCE SYSTEM SESSION
The Entrepreneurship Symposium (October 25-26 in Tacoma) will feature a breakout session with Employment Security Department on "Self-Employment within the Unemployment and Workforce Systems."

October 3, 2012

VIEW WEBCAST OF INNOVATION SUMMIT WITH WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR
You can view Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder, Commerce Director Rogers Weed and others in a panel on collaboration at last month's Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit. Go to the "Content on Demand" option and choose Chapter 3.

MT. TAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF WORK EXPERIENCE
Ryan Patajo's internship with the Tacoma Public Library media lab helped his employer reach out to young people while allowing Ryan to experience the work environment. View this Opportunity Internship Program success story

SCHOOLS TO CAREERS PLUS: SEATTLE-KING WDC INVESTS IN LOCAL SCHOOLS

Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County will invest up to $200,000 in career education in area school districts, starting this fall in Auburn and Renton. The new initiative, called Schools to Careers Plus, connects high school students with industry through career-awareness curriculum, a career navigator, and industry mentors.

SPOKANE WEBSITE TO BRING TOGETHER STUDENTS, JOBSEEKERS AND EMPLOYERS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council recently launched Inspire Washington, a new initiative to connect students, career seekers, and educators with employers so they gain business and industry knowledge.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR HIGHLIGHTS RURAL STRENGTHS

A webinar supported by the state's Department of Commerce entitled "Country Strong: Tapping Hidden Strengths for Rural and Frontier Development" is set for Oct. 10.

September 26, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING TOMORROW TO REVIEW LEGISLATIVE/BUDGET REQUESTS
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board meets tomorrow in Seattle for its regular meeting. The agenda includes review and possible adoption of the High Skills High Wages strategic plan for workforce development and a review of the Workforce Board's policy and budget requests for the 2013 legislative session.

HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE TO MEET IN PUYALLUP

Washington's Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force will meet Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Pierce College-Puyallup. The task force's goal is to address current and projected shortages of health care workers in Washington.

EMPLOYERS SURVEYED ON IMPORTANT WORKFORCE ISSUES
The 2012 Washington Employer Survey is now in the field. In previous years, close to 3,000 employers have responded to this survey. Employers are encouraged to complete the survey and return it. A separate survey will soon be asking aerospace employers about their workforce needs. 

WASHINGTON COMMUNITY  & TECHNICAL COLLEGES RECEIVE FEDERAL LABOR GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded grants of over $15 million to Washington community and technical colleges recently. Primary grant recipients include Bellevue College (as part of a larger community and technical college health care consortium), Edmonds Community College and Shoreline Community College. See Senator Patty Murray announcement.

STATE'S WORKSOURCE CENTERS FOCUS ON OLDER WORKERS
Inspired by National Employ Older Workers Week, Sept. 24-28, Washington's WorkSource system created an online calendar of events--including workshops, job clubs and training labs.

September 19, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DECIDE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will meet September 27 at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College. The Workforce Board will review and possibly take action on the proposed workforce development strategic plan, High Skills, High Wages 2012 - 2022. Agenda and support materials

REPORT: CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION: FIVE WAYS THAT PAY ALONG THE WAY TO THE B.A.
A just-released Georgetown University report examines the five pathways that provide career and technical training that lead to the 29 million jobs that pay "middle class" wages.

WASHINGTON CTE AND CTC TECHNICAL PROGRAMS SHOW POSITIVE RESULTS
Washington's high school level Career & Technical Education programs and Community and Technical College technical programs show positive returns on investments for participants and the taxpayer. View results on 12 of the state's largest workforce development programs.

NEW WEBSITE HELPS CONNECT WIA TO REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee and the Apprenticeship & Nontraditional Employment for Women have launched a new online reference to help frontline WorkSource staff locate guidelines for connecting the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to registered apprenticeship programs as well as other useful links and information.

US CHAMBER SPEAKER TO PROVIDE KEYNOTE FOR STATE WORKFORCE PANEL
The AWB Institute is hosting a panel, "Training America's Next Generation of Workers," on October 10 from noon to 2 p.m. in Seattle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will provide a keynote address at the event which features education and industry leaders.

September 12, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING COMING UP
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Meeting will meet September 27, at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College. Agenda and materials will be available by end of next week.  

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT MONTH
The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals has designated September as National Workforce Development Month to honor professionals who play a vital role in our nation's economic recovery efforts.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION HOSTS INNOVATION SUMMIT
The Pacific Northwest Economic Region and Washington Economic Development Commission are hosting a Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit in Seattle September 17-19 as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Seattle World's Fair.

GREATER SEATTLE SECTOR SKILLS ACADEMY SEEKS APPLICANTS
A new academy, sponsored by SkillUp Washington, is offering a year-long program of workshops, mentoring, technical assistance and peer support for up to 25 leaders across the workforce development field. Deadline for applications is Oct. 1.

September 5, 2012

CAREER GUIDANCE LESSONS FEATURE CAREER BRIDGE
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has posted updated lessons to supplement broader career guidance curriculum like Navigation 101. One of the lessons features resources of the the recently updated www.CareerBridge.wa.gov website.

WASHINGTON CENTER FOR NURSING AWARDED $300,000 GRANT
The Washington Center for Nursing has been awarded a two-year, $300,000-grant to advance state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. Washington was one of nine states chosen to lead the work.

NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION INVITES PROPOSALS
The National Association of Workforce Boards is holding a March forum and inviting session proposals from workforce professionals, educators and employers as part of Forum 2013: Dialogue for Workforce Excellence. Proposal deadline is October 15.

MARITIME INDUSTRY LEADERS FOCUS ON TRAINING CURRICULUM
Last week, the Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology and South Seattle Community College hosted an outreach event for industry, education, apprenticeships and workforce development professionals. The program, which featured speakers from the marine industry, focused on the current and future workforce needs of the important marine manufacturing, repair and technology sector. To learn more about the Center of Excellence or curriculum, please contact Ann Avary at or Danette Randolph.

WORKFORCE BOARD/CAREER BRIDGE TWITTER FEEDS ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EVENTS
If you use the social news feed service Twitter, try following the Workforce Board feeds. We use Twitter to share the news above as well as other announcements of local events. https://twitter.com/WorkforceWash

August 22, 2012

 
WORKFORCE BOARD BEGINS TO POLL EMPLOYERS FOR 2012 EMPLOYER SURVEY
Employers around the state have started providing insight about their workforce issues in response to the Workforce Board's Employer Survey, conducted every other year. The only comprehensive survey of its kind in Washington, it is co-sponsored by the Association of Washington Business and Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives. Results will be available in the fall. www.wtb.wa.gov/EmployerSurvey.asp
 
WASHINGTON FEATURED IN PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT POLICY GUIDE
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning cites Washington as one of its state case studies in its recently released public policy guide on Prior Learning Assessment. The report mentions state legislation passed in 2011 that called for, among other things, increasing the number of students who receive credit for prior learning and increasing the number and type of prior learning credits that count toward certificates and degrees. www.cael.org/pdfs/College-Productivity-Resource-Guide2012
 
NEW NGA CHAIR CHAMPIONS INITIATIVE AIMED AT WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES
National Governors Association Chair, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, is pursuing a year-long initiative to increase employment among individuals with disabilities. www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/page_2012/col2-content/new-nga-chair-announces-year-lon.htm

August 15, 2012   

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR COMMENT ON WORKFORCE STRATEGIC PLAN
The Workforce Board staff will accept comment on the draft strategic plan for workforce development, High Skills High Wages 2012 - 2022, through August 27. A revised draft plan, based on comments received through public forums, virtual online business meetings, and through emails, will be presented to the Workforce Board in September. 

WORKFORCE BOARD DIRECTOR DISCUSSES MULTIPLE PATHWAYS STRATEGY IN ARTICLES
In two recently published articles, Eleni Papadakis, executive director for the Workforce Board, addresses the "college for all" debate within the context of the multiple pathways strategy (see previous item) outlined by the Workforce Board's draft strategic plan. Crosscut: and The Columbian

2012 EVERGREEN JOBS INITIATIVE UPDATES PROGRESS WITH RECOVERY ACT GRANTS
The Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team, co-chaired by staff from Department of Commerce and Workforce Board, has produced its third annual report as required by state law. The report provides updates on the use of Recovery Act grants and other funds targeted to the "green" economy and offers recommendations on how to foster growth in this field.

FORMER WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR APPOINTED SBCTC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has selected Marty Brown as its new executive director to replace Charlie Earl who is retiring. Brown is currently director of the state Office of Financial Management. He also served as the chair of the Workforce Board prior to Cindy Zehnder's appointment as the current Workforce Board chair.

August 8, 2012

SYSTEMWIDE WORKFORCE TRAINING RESULTS PUBLISHED 
The latest performance results for the state's workforce system is now available on our website. The Workforce Board tracks the results and the taxpayer return on investment for 12 of the state's largest workforce programs. The new system summary explains the method for tracking performance and looks at trends across the system. More detailed results are in the specific program chapters. www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceTrainingResults.asp

PARENTS' GUIDE TO APPRENTICESHIPS
A new booklet is available to help parents better understand apprenticeships in our state, including career options, requirements, how to apply and contact information. The booklet was created by the state's Department of Labor and Industries and is on their website. 

http://www.lni.wa.gov/FormPub/Detail.asp?DocID=2548   You can also find available apprenticeships on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov .

CHANCE TO COMMENT ON SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICES EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM PLAN
Comment on the draft plan for this program that serves unemployed, low-income Washington residents aged 55 and older. Comment deadline is August 19. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/SeniorCommunityEmployment_Dir..asp

CONSTRUCTION COE LAUNCHES SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR WEBSITE
The Construction Center of Excellence has added a feature for new companies that includes information on marketing, finance and licensing and has a "Network of Experts." The Center's website also includes information on jobs and apprenticeships. www.constructioncoejobs.com/

August 1, 2012

WORKFORCE STRATEGIC PLAN FORUMS IN SPOKANE & YAKIMA
The Workforce Board is holding a public forum in Spokane Valley today and Yakima tomorrow as part of its efforts to collect public comment on its draft strategic plan. Written comments are accepted as well.

GOOD EVALUATION AND GOOD MONTH FOR REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS
A U.S. Department of Labor study released yesterday shows strong positive returns from registered apprenticeships (a career salary and benefit difference of over $300,000 difference between apprenticeship completers and nonparticipants).

Also, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the enactment of the National Apprenticeship Act, Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell co-sponsored a resolution making August "National Registered Apprenticeship Month."

WASHINGTON JOINS ALLIANCE FOR QUALITY CAREER PATHWAYS
Washington is one of 10 states participating in a national effort to create a framework of benchmarks and measures of success for adult career pathway initiatives. Led by the Center for Law and Social Policy, the "Alliance for Quality Career Pathways" was launched two weeks ago.

July 24, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD RETREAT WILL FOCUS ON FUTURE WORKPLACE, STRATEGIC PLAN
The Workforce Board will hold a two-day retreat at The Evergreen State College in Olympia July 25-26. The meeting is open to the public. To view the discussion topics and the one action item (submission of the state State Integrated Workforce Plan to U.S. Department of Labor), see: www.wtb.wa.gov/2012retreat.asp

HIGH SKILLS HIGH WAGES STRATEGIC PLAN FORUMS IN YAKIMA AND SPOKANE
The Workforce Board will be in Spokane August 1 and Yakima August 2 to hold public discussions on its proposed High Skills High Wages 2012 - 2022 strategic plan for workforce development.

VANCOUVER STUDENT CONNECTS TO GRAPHICS FIELD THROUGH INTERNSHIP
Noel Solis, a Fort Vancouver High School student, describes how an internship with a sports apparel company has inspired him to pursue a graphic design program after graduation in this Opportunity Internship video.

WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE FEATURES PROGRAMS OF STUDY 
Terri Colbert (Workforce Board staff) along with Phouang Hamilton (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) and Tiffany Merkel (State Board for Community & Technical Colleges) will highlight progress for statewide Programs of Study at a session at the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference in Yakima Aug. 5-8.

July 18, 2012 

STRATEGIC PLAN MEETINGS THIS WEEK AND FIRST WEEK IN AUGUST
The Workforce Board is on the road this week in Everett and Tacoma and in two weeks in Yakima and Spokane to receive public comment on its draft strategic plan for workforce development. To review the proposed plan, learn more about the public forums and to submit comments, see: www.wtb.wa.gov/highskills2012.asp 
 
DEMAND-DECLINE LIST NOW ON CAREER BRIDGE
A regional look at which occupations are in-demand, and which are not, is now available on Career Bridge. The state's Demand-Decline list, maintained by the Employment Security Department in consultation with Workforce Development Councils, gives job counselors and jobseekers an easy way to see what the labor market looks like. The link is located in Career Bridge's Explore Careers area: www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Page.aspx?nid=ExploreCareers

HOW MUCH DOES A COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE PAY?
This paper from Columbia University provides an estimate of the labor market returns to different types of community college credentials across different fields of study, using data supplied by Washington's community college system. The authors find associate's degrees lead to positive increases in wages, but that the magnitude of these effects varies greatly by field. http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/Publication.asp?UID=1101

July 11, 2012 

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON WASHINGTON'S DRAFT WORKFORCE STRATEGIC PLAN
The Workforce Board is holding public forums on proposed strategies for educating and training Washington's workforce. The meetings will be in Everett July 18, Tacoma July 19, Spokane August 1 and Yakima August 2. Also, comments will be accepted by email. Draft strategic plan and forum schedule.

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT STATE PLAN DRAFT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT
The Employment Security Department and the Workforce Board invite you to comment on the draft 2012-2016 State Plan for the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act. Deadline for comments are July 23. The Workforce Board is expected to take action on the plan by the end of the month Copy of the draft plan and comment information

STUDENT INTERNS & EMPLOYERS STAR IN NEW VIDEOS
The state's Opportunity Internship Program is featured in a set of recently produced videos. But the real stars are the participating students and the hosting employers from Tacoma, Vancouver and Bellingham.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL REPLACES HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
Effective July 1, 2012, the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board was replaced by the Washington Student Achievement Council. Council members are expected to be named later this summer.

WASHINGTON'S EFFORTS ON SKILLS CERTIFICATION FEATURED IN INSTITUTE'S WEBINAR
Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director and Dean Susan Hoyne with Shoreline Community College were presenters in a Manufacturing Institute webinar on Washington's efforts to implement a skills certification system.

July 3, 2012

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING PUBLIC FORUMS
The Workforce Board is hosting forums to facilitate public comment on its draft strategic plan (available on July 9). The forums will be in Everett July 18, Tacoma July 19, Spokane August 1 and Yakima August 2. See news release

WORKFORCE BOARD DIRECTOR ELECTED TO NATIONAL CTE COMMITTEE

Last month, Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director, was elected as the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho & Alaska) region representative on the board of directors for the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOCUS OF JULY WEBINAR
Workforce professionals qualify for discounted registration for a webinar (sponsored by Department of Commerce and the Workforce Board) focused on boosting business in small and mid-sized firms through customized training. Use the coupon code l3ff3 to receive the discounted rate of $35 for this July 10 workshop, and select "other" from the member list and then indicate WTB. 

SPOKANE WDC HEADING TOWARD NON-PROFIT STATUS & NEW PARTNERSHIP
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) will become a stand-alone nonprofit organization, separating from its 38-year relationship with the City of Spokane, and it will establish a new partnership with Community Colleges of Spokane.  www.wdcspokane.com/news.html 

June 27, 2012

HISPANIC PARTICIPANTS ARE FOCUS OF PERFORMANCE REPORT
The Workforce Board research unit has released a report on the performance results of workforce training programs for Hispanic participants.

WORKSOURCE OFFERS FREE (KEYTRAIN) ONLINE REFRESHER COURSES
The Employment Security Department has contracted with KeyTrain to make online refresher courses available for free to Washington residents - both employed and unemployed. These online courses contain 200 lesson plans on topics such as reading, math, work habits, how to locate information, business etiquette and others. To gain free access, register at a local WorkSource center.

NEW TOOL TO HELP ENSURE MORE STUDENTS COMPLETE FAFSA
The U.S. Department of Education has released a new tool to help high school counselors and school leaders monitor FAFSA completions and better help students access higher education. School officials can now track FAFSA submission and completion statistics at individual high schools on the FAFSA Completion website.

CTE TEACHERS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY TO CORE STANDARDS GROUP
The Financial Education Public-Private Partnership and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are seeking applicants to be part of a Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and financial education workgroup to be held on August 2 in the Seattle area. Ten Washington State educators will be selected to participate. Application forms are due June 29.  

THIRD STATE GREEN ECONOMY REPORT RELEASED
The Employment Security Department has released "2011: The Green Economy Jobs Report."  

June 21, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD CONSIDERS DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN, WIA TARGETS & PERKINS FUNDING
The agenda for the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board's June 28 meeting in Olympia includes possible action items on a review of a draft statewide workforce development strategic plan, performance targets for the Workforce Investment Act programs, a distribution formula for federal Carl Perkins Act dollars, and the agency's operating plan and budget. See:

COMPLETE AGENCY WORKFORCE TRAINING RESULTS POSTED FOR 2011
The Workforce Board's research unit has posted online its 2011 Workforce Training Results for 12 workforce development programs, based on the state's workforce core measures--a set of performance measures that gauge program performance based on earnings, employment, participant and employer satisfaction and return on investment.

WORKFORCE CENTRAL AWARDED FEDERAL INNOVATION GRANT
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $6 million Workforce Innovation Fund grant to Workforce Central, the Workforce Development Council for Pierce County. News release

MAJOR GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGNS PARTICIPATE IN THIS WEEK'S ENERGY SUMMIT
On Friday (June 22), gubernatorial candidate and former Congressman Jay Inslee and Todd Myers, a representative for Attorney General Rob McKenna, will participate in an event to close the 7th Annual Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit: Energizing America's Workforce for Tomorrow at the Regional Education and Training Center, Satsop Campus in Elma. All summit events are free but registration is required

BUSINESS WEEK PROVIDES BIG DISCOUNT TO LAUNCH AGRI-BUSINESS PATHWAY

Washington Business Week, which offers week-long business focused programs for high school students during the summer, is launching an agri-business pathway week at Central Washington University, July 22-28. The price for the week, which includes room, meals and the program, is $200. For more information, contact Herman Calzadillas

June 14, 2012

WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM GARNERS ATTENTION AT HOME AND D.C.
The Opportunity Internship Program and a talented Vancouver-area intern received attention for a White House presentation conducted last month. The (Vancouver) Columbian article and other success stories.

WORKSOURCE AREA DIRECTOR RECEIVES GOVERNOR'S MANAGEMENT AWARD
Gov. Chris Gregoire has presented the Governor's Leadership in Management Award to Julie Lord, a WorkSource area director with the Employment Security Department, for establishing a new WorkSource facility in Monroe, "increasing access to employment services in remote parts of Snohomish County and achieving a 17 percent jump in customers finding jobs."

WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOCUS OF JULY WEBINAR
Workforce professionals qualify for discounted registration for a webinalr led by Lindsey Woolsey focused on boosting business in small and mid-sized firms through customized training. Use the coupon code l3ff3 to receive the discounted rate of $35 for this July 10 workshop, and select "other" from the member list and then indicate WTB.

MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT NEXT BOARD MEETING

Jennifer McNelly, president of the Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, will give a presentation to the Workforce Board at its upcoming meeting in Olympia, June 28.  Full agenda and more information in next week's email.

May 30, 2012

NEW CAREER BRIDGE PROVIDES EASIER ACCESS TO PERFORMANCE RESULTS
The wait is over! The new www.CareerBridge.wa.gov is easier to navigate, offers performance results on more education programs & delivers quicker searches. Washington's official site for its Eligible Training Provider list is now faster, easier and smarter.

UPDATED MILITARY OCCUPATIONS TO HELP VETERANS

The Military Occupational Classification (MOC) crosswalk has been updated (over 10,000 occupations) by the Department of Defense and incorporated into O*NET OnLine and My Next Move for Veterans. Transitioning military personnel can use their military code or title to discover related civilian occupations/careers within O*NET Online's Military Crosswalk Search or at My Next Move for Veterans site.

NEW APPRENTICESHIP REPORT SHOWS CONTINUED DROP
The 2011 annual report from the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council shows the overall number of active apprentices in this state continued to drop largely because of the hard hit construction industry. A bright spot: Aircraft oriented machinists increased under Governor Gregoire's aerospace initiative.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HOLDS SUMMER MEETING IN SPOKANE
The Washington Economic Development Association's Spring/Summer Conference, "Tools for Statewide Success," will be June 12-13 in Spokane. 

May 23, 2012

OPPORTUNITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FEATURED AT WHITE HOUSE PRESENTATION

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis participated in a roundtable discussion with White House staff and other administrators in Washington D.C. today. The state delegation, which included Southwest Washington WDC Executive Director Jeanne Bennett and Workforce Board staff Mike Brennan, highlighted features of the Opportunity Internship Program as part of a discussion on Career and Technical Education and the President's Summer Jobs+ initiative.

COUNTDOWN TO ENHANCED CAREER BRIDGE...JUST TWO DAYS LEFT
A new-and-improved Career Bridge website will be unveiled Friday afternoon. Improvements include the ability to save your searches to a personal dashboard, a career interest quiz and easier access to program performance results. Connect with regular updates.

NEW VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TARGETS HIGH DEMAND OCCUPATIONS
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) is giving unemployed veterans aged 35 to 60 financial assistance to train for high demand occupations. The program started last week, with applications reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

WASHINGTON'S STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT INITIATIVE REVIEWED
A new report from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University looks at the performance of Washington's 34 community and technical colleges since launching the Student Achievement Initiative in 2007. The report details progress made on a variety of measures, including credit accumulation, completion of degrees and certificates and improved performance on basic skills assessments.

May 8, 2012

FIVE INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP ZONE PROJECTS RECEIVE STATE FUNDING
The state's Department of Commerce has announced the recipients of $13.5 million in Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZ) project funding. IPZs foster partnerships between research entities, the private sector, and workforce training to collaborate and develop commercially viable technologies.  

OSPI MANUAL TO HELP WORKSITE LEARNING PROGRAMS
A new manual created by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provides a guide for school districts implementing worksite learning programs.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM
See how six community college-nonprofit partnerships are working together to help low-income adults succeed in the classroom and the labor market. Shoreline Community College's partnership with the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council helped create a successful automotive service technician program featured in the report..

YOUTH WORK EXPERIENCE FOCUS OF SURVEY ENDORSED BY AWB INSTITUTE
A new survey seeks your opinion on how communities can increase work opportunities for youth. The survey includes an eight-minute video on youth employment issues and is promoted by the AWB Institute (an affiliate of the Association of Washington Business) and Community Forums Network which has a mission of fostering public discourse.

TIME MAGAZINE ARTICLE IDENTIFIES  CTE OBSTACLES AND BENEFITS
Time Magazine recently published an article on Career and Technical Education programs in Arizona that identifies the struggles they face and the benefits they create.

April 25, 2012

CAREER BRIDGE POSTERS: GET YOURS TODAY! 
New Career Bridge posters are now available and come in two styles: one for high school and middle schools, the other for adult career centers. Take a peek at www.wtb.wa.gov/CareerBridge.asp and order your free posters today.

 

WORKFORCE COST-BENEFIT REPORT SLATED FOR MAY 3 BOARD MEETING

The Workforce Board will be presented with a cost-benefit report on the state's key workforce programs, listen to a presentation from regional Workforce Development Councils and their executive directors, and hear about what Association of Washington Business found is on the minds of employers across the state at a May 3 board meeting in Olympia. More details to come at www.wtb.wa.gov .


NATIONAL ASSOCIATON SEEKS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY ANALYST
The National Governors Association (NGA) is accepting applications for a policy analyst position in its Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division to work with governors workforce advisors and state workforce officials on workforce development policy issues, located in the other Washington (D.C.)
www3.recruitingcenter.net/Clients/nga/PublicJobs/controller.cfm?jbaction=JobProfile&job_id=10183


WASHINGTON WOMEN IN TRADES TO HOLD 33rd ANNUAL CAREER FAIR
Be a part of what Workforce Board member Lee Newgent calls "the Super Bowl of Career Fairs." Find out more about the May 11 career fair in Seattle. www.wawomenintrades.com/jobfair.html

April 19, 2012

SESSION ENDS, LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGET UPDATES
The Legislature approved a supplemental budget and has adjourned. View the workforce-related bills that have been approved and a budget summary from a workforce development perspective.www.wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

OPPORTUNITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH JOBS
Five Washington communities are helping students gain internship and pre-apprenticeship experience as part of a program that builds work readiness, school and employment success. Find out more about the Opportunity Internship Program

CHARLIE EARL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Charlie Earl, executive director for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, announced his plan to retire, effective July 31. The State Board announced it will launch a regional and national search for a new executive director.

FEDERAL COMMITTEE HEARS WIA REAUTHORIZATION BILL

The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing this week on H.R. 4297, which seeks to streamline the system by consolidating more than 20 programs into a single Workforce Investment Fund.

SNOHOMISH WDC SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR SEVERAL OPENINGS
The Workforce Development Council Snohomish County is seeking a program manager for its youth programs and has other open positions as well. See: www.wdcsc.org/about/jobs/

April 12, 2012

NEW PHONE NUMBERS FOR THE WORKFORCE BOARD
The Workforce Board has a set of new telephone numbers starting today. If you dial one of our numbers that has changed, you will get a new number referred to you. But you can also get a complete listing of all our new numbers.

FEDERAL REQUIREMENT WILL INCREASE TRAFFIC AT WORKSOURCE CENTERS
Between now and the end of the year, 55,000 emergency-benefit recipients will be scheduled for a required meeting at a WorkSource employment center, according to the state Employment Security Department. A new federal law requires recipients to attend the meeting to avoid having to repay some or all of their unemployment benefits.

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR PACIFIC MOUNTAIN WDC
The Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council has announced Cheryl Fambles as their new executive director, replacing the retiring Mike Kennedy. Fambles has been the executive director for the Washington Workforce Association and before that she directed the WIRED project for the five-county Pacific Mountain area.

JOINT FEDERAL DEPARTMENT LETTER ENDORSES CAREER PATHWAYS SYSTEMS
Policymakers are encouraged to use career pathways approaches to promote alignment among their public workforce, education and social and human services systems in a joint letter from U.S. Department of Labors' Employment and Training Administration, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

April 4, 2012

ONLINE DIRECTORY OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT UPDATED
The Workforce Board has updated its online directory of Washington workforce development program with details on over 40 programs, including funding sources, participation and more.

FEDERAL REPORT IDENTIFIES FUTURE GROWING JOB FIELDS
Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook, which identifies the next decade's fastest and largest growing occupations and offers some insights into the characteristics of these jobs.

OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The newly-created Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year. Created in 2011, this public-private partnership aims to help low-income and middle-income Washington residents earn degrees in high employer demand fields. Application deadline is April 16.

March 29, 2012

WORK GROUPS FORMING FOR HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES PLAN
The Workforce Board staff is preparing to hold work sessions on the 2012 edition of High Skills, High Wages, the state's comprehensive plan for workforce development. Work group sessions will be three to four hours long and held in April and May. Learn more about these sessions and the comprehensive planning process.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS PROPOSALS TO TELL THE LILA STORY
The Workforce Board is seeking proposals from journalists/videographers to tell the story of the Lifelong Learning Account program which was recently defined in state statute. Deadline for proposals is April 18. :

WORKSOURCE STANDARDS & INTEGRATION DIVISION INQUIRY EMAIL ADDRESS
The Employment Security Department's WorkSource Standards and Integration Division now has a single email address for questions related to performance, funding, customer complaints and more -  WSID@esd.wa.gov.   

SPOKANE AREA WDC SEEKS AEROSPACE "NAVIGATOR" PROPOSALS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council is seeking proposals to fill a position that will work with job seekers and college students to help them navigate the aerospace industry from education through employment. The deadline to submit proposals is April 6. 

March 22, 2012

NEW CAREER BRIDGE READY FOR A TEST DRIVE
Be among the first to preview the beta version of the new Career Bridge website, as we prepare for a full launch in the weeks ahead. Get the link to the beta site after clicking the "like button" on our Facebook page. Sign into our social media at www.wtb.wa.gov/CareerBridge.asp.
 
IMPROVED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE MAY REDUCE MAXIMUM UI BENEFITS 
A drop in Washington's unemployment rate will likely result in fewer weeks of UI benefits starting in April reports the Employment Security Department http://tinyurl.com/7nt8wrc. Get the latest count on UI exhaustees at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Retool_UIExhaust.asp

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS PROPOSE WIA REAUTHORIZATION
Three members of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce have proposed legislation to expand training opportunities for workers, help businesses staff high-skilled and open positions, and ensure taxpayer dollars are well spent. See http://go.usa.gov/EDv

ENERGY SKILLS TRAINING RFQ ISSUED BY SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WDC
Workforce Development Council Seattle-King County is seeking proposals for training for energy efficiency skills as part of the Workforce Board's State Energy Sector Partnership grant.The deadline to submit proposals is April 10. www.seakingwdc.org/meetings/request-for-proposal.html

HEALTH & SAFETY WORKSHOP FOR WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES
"Staying Safe at Work: Teaching Workers with Developmental Disabilities About Health and Safety on the Job" is being held May 3 in Tukwila and May 4 in Spokane. It's co-sponsored by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the University of Washington. Register at http://tinyurl.com/78ozljh .

March 14, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING TO FOCUS ON HIGH SKILLS HIGH WAGES PLAN 
The Workforce Board will meet March 21 in Olympia. A significant portion of the meeting will be background briefings as the Workforce Board prepares to update the state's comprehensive workforce development strategic plan (High Skills, High Wages). Agenda and materials (available Wednesday afternoon)

PRESIDENT OBAMA PLAN FOR JOB TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
On Monday, President Obama announced a sweeping training and employment services plan that would fold the current Trade Adjustment Assistance program into a "Universal Displaced Worker Program." His announcement did not make any reference to the proposed reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act.

SPOKANE AREA WDC SEEKS ENERGY EFFICIENCY TRAINING PROPOSALS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council is seeking proposals for training in and related to energy efficiency as part of the Workforce Board's State Energy Sector Partnership grant. The deadline to submit proposals to the SAWDC is March 30.

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS

Registration season has opened for Washington Business Week programs which include concentrations in business, health care, manufacturing, energy and agri-business. The non-profit business and education organization connects high-school age participants to career pathways through week-long summer programs. Volunteers and business mentors are needed as well.

STILL TIME TO APPLY FOR LEGISLATIVE LIAISON/POLICY ANALYST POSITION
But hurry.

March 8, 2012  

LEGISLATURE SCHEDULED TO END 2012 SESSION TODAY
The Legislature's 60-day regular session ends today. However, if a supplemental budget is not adopted, the Legislature will likely get called back into a special session at some point. Our budget analysis page reviews four budget proposals in relation to workforce development.

GOVERNOR SIGNS LIFELONG LEARNING ACCOUNT BILL
Washington became the first state to formally recognize a permanent Lifelong Learning Account program as an optional benefit for employees. For three years, a small pilot LiLA program has been operating with employers in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. The legislation (SB 6141) may make it possible for the program to become more widely available. News release

SNOHOMISH WDC SEEKS GREEN AND MANUFACTURING TRAINING PROPOSALS
The Workforce Development Council Snohomish County is seeking proposals for providing green skills training to apprentice to journey-level workers as part of the Workforce Board's State Energy Sector Partnership grant. Another request for proposals is for group Individual Training Accounts in aerospace and advanced manufacturing occupations. Requests for Proposals

Department of Commerce hosts "Community Survivors 6" Port of Everett April 11-13
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February 29, 2012

NEW LOOK AND FEATURES COMING TO CAREER BRIDGE WEBSITE CareerBridge.wa.gov will soon make it easier for you to search its database of 5,000 education and training programs and save those searches for later review. The new look will premiere later in March but you can follow our progress and be part of our testing team. Learn more at: www.wtb.wa.gov/CareerBridge.asp

LEGISLATURE ENDORSES LIFELONG LEARNING ACCOUNT PROGRAM
Legislation (SB 6141) is now before the Governor that will create the Lifelong Learning Program. The legislation was inspired by a pilot program that the Workforce Board has operated under a grant from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Derek Kilmer and Representative Phyllis Kenney (House companion bill). Find this bill and other workforce related bills at: www.wtb.wa.gov/2012sessionbills.asp

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WDC SELECTS A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council has selected Jeanne Bennett, a leader in promoting science education and research, to serve as its new executive director. Bennett succeeds Lisa Nisenfeld, who now heads the Columbia River Economic Development Council. Learn more at: http://www.swwdc.org/  

THE LATEST WORKFORCE-RELATED BUDGET DEVELOPMENTS

February 22, 2012

MULTI-AGENCY REPORT IDENTIFIES HIGH EMPLOYER DEMAND FIELDS

The recently released report, "A Skilled and Educated Workforce," identifies employment categories in which demand for workers is expected to outstrip our postsecondary system's ability to supply those workers through at least 2019. The report is a collaboration between the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Workforce Board.  

HOUSE PROPOSES 2012 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET
House Democrats have proposed a state supplemental budget which was heard before the House Ways and Means committee yesterday . Legislative page provides a view of workforce-related items in this proposed budget as it relates to the Governor's proposal as well as information on active workforce-related bills and committee hearings.

WASHINGTON WDC DIRECTORS ACTIVE ON NATIONAL LEVEL
Two of Washington Workforce Development Council directors made news on the national level recently. Mark Mattke, Executive Director of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, was elected to the United States Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council Board of Directors. Meanwhile Marléna Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, testified in Washington D.C. before the U.S. Senate subcommittee on employment and workplace safety chaired by Senator Patty Murray on the topic of addressing workforce needs at the regional level.

APPRENTICESHIP CONFERENCE WILL FOCUS ON EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT
The 2012 Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference will be April 17 & 18 in Bellingham. The conference focuses on employer engagement with featured speakers from the Aspen Institute and the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia, as well as Mike Hudson of the Association of Washington Business.

February 15, 2012

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY RETURNS TO COMMITTEE LEVEL
The Washington Legislature has cleared a self-imposed deadline for bills introduced in the house of origin. Starting today, only bills that have been passed by either the House or Senate can be considered, unless they are necessary to implement the budget. Activity now shifts back to the committee level. Follow committee hearings and find out what bills are still active with our legislative page.

RETIREMENT OPENS UP POSITION ON WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF
Wes Pruitt, who has been the Workforce Board's legislative liaison and K-12 policy analyst for 16 years and a state legislator prior to that time, is retiring after this legislative session. The Workforce Board is seeking candidates for his job.

PRESIDENT'S FACT SHEET ON "COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO CAREER FUND"
President Obama announced his proposed budget for 2013 this week. His budget proposal includes $8 billion in funding for community colleges and states to partner with businesses to train workers in high-growth and in-demand areas such as health care, transportation and advanced manufacturing.

February 8, 2012

HOUSE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE TO GET PREVIEW OF JOINT REPORT
The House Higher Education Committee will review the results of the collaborative supply and demand report soon to be released by the Workforce Board, the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. You can learn about other legislative activities and get a preview of some of the slides from the presentation.

WORKERS TO GAIN COLLEGE CREDITS WITH WORKPLACE-BASED LEARNING
Workers will earn college credits, receive online instruction, and advance their career prospects with the help of their employers as part of a new Workplace-based Learning Initiative. The Workforce Board selected three programs for funding, with the focus on Vancouver area hospital workers, child care workers in Whatcom and Skagit counties, and machinist apprentices statewide who will now be able to pursue engineering careers.
BEST PRACTICE AWARDEES TO BE HONORED IN THE CAPITOL THURSDAY
Recipients of the Governor's Best Practice Awards in Workforce and Economic Development will be officially honored on Thursday, 3 to 4 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL SEEKING CHAIR
The Department of Commerce is currently recruiting for a Developmental Disabilities Council Chair. This is a governor-appointed volunteer position with a three-year term. Applications needed by March 5, 2012.

February 1, 2012

HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE REPORT FEATURES PROGRAM COMPLETIONS
The 2011 annual report of the state's Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force features program completion data and a projection of supply and demand for 36 health care professions in Washington. 

AWB SHARES RESULTS OF MANUFACTURING FOCUS GROUPS
The Association of Washington Business has summarized its findings from a recent series of focus groups with manufacturers in Moses Lake, Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett and Mount Vernon. See "2012 Challenges & Opportunities for Manufacturers in Washington."

WORKFORCE BOARD FILES FEDERAL PERKINS REPORT
Lost in the end of year rush and winter snows was the filing of the Consolidated Annual Report under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. This technical report contains details about Washington activities funded by federal Perkins dollars.

CAREER AND COLLEGE ADVISING TOOLS FOCUS ON DISADVANTAGED RESIDENTS
Seattle Jobs Initiative has just released two new online tools designed to advance the efforts of community-based providers in assisting low-income and low-skill residents to prepare for, access and persist in college on their way to obtaining a credential and a better-paying career.

BILLS ARE MOVING THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE
The 2012 Legislative session shifts its activities temporarily away from committees and hearings to full assembly debates and voting this week and next week. You can learn about workforce-related bills under consideration on our legislative page.

January 26, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING MATERIALS NOW ONLINE
If you've been to our Workforce Board meeting agenda page and not found materials posted for tomorrow's meeting in Tumwater, please try now. The Workforce Board begins its work at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

EVERGREEN LEADERSHIP TEAM RELEASES 2011 REPORT
Legislation in 2009 created an interagency team to coordinate the state's efforts to create "green" jobs and to train workers in the skills needed for these jobs. The team's 2011 report lists the progress of the state's many initiatives and identifies barriers and opportunities for success.

SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WDC CEO HONORED BY U.S. MAYORS CONFERENCE
The U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council has awarded Marléna Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, with its first-ever Distinguished Service Award.

50 BILLS RELATED TO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BEFORE THE LEGISLATURE
Three weeks into the 2012 Legislative Session, our tracking list contains more than 50 bills related to workforce development.  See: www.wtb.wa.gov/2012sessionbills.asp

January 19, 2012

LEGISLATURE CONTINUES TO MEET DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER
Relatively few legislative hearings have been cancelled during the snow and ice storm (Cancellations just announced for all of today's 3:30 p.m. committee meetings and for tonight's Pathways to Prosperity joint House committee session) Meanwhile, a number of workforce-related bills have been introduced. We have updated our legislation page and will add next week's calendar of committee activities by Friday noon.

WORKFORCE BOARD TO REVIEW HIGHER EDUCATION/TRAINING NEEDS REPORT
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Friday, January 27 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Department of Labor & Industries Building in Tumwater. The online agenda will include meeting materials when we recover from the snow.

RETOOLING INITIATIVE HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS STORIES, ACHIEVEMENTS
The Workforce Board staff and its partners have prepared the Retooling Washington's Workforce 2011 report detailing how Washington's workforce development system is "addressing today's needs and building a stronger economy." The report includes a dashboard of performance indicators and detailed examples from the state's workforce development areas.

January 12, 2012

FIELD OF STUDY CAN BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EDUCATION LEVEL
When measured soon after graduation, people with community college certificates or applied associate's degrees, on average, have slightly higher earnings in Washington than the average of those with four-year degrees, according to a presentation made by Workforce Board Deputy Director Bryan Wilson. However, the field of study can make a bigger difference in earnings and employment level. Dr. Wilson's presentation before the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Committee yesterday received advance attention in a KPLU story.

HARVARD REPORT AUTHOR TO TESTIFY BEFORE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES
William Symonds, author of a Harvard education reform report calling for multiple pathways, will present to the Senate Education Committee and a joint meeting of three House committees on Thursday, January 19. View the legislative schedule.

NATIONAL EFFORT ENLISTS EMPLOYERS IN SUMMER YOUTH WORK EMPHASIS
The White House announced Summer Jobs+, a new call to action for businesses, non-profits, and government to work together to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON STATE CAPITAL
The Washington Economic Development Association Winter Conference will feature a legislative panel, a variety of economic development presentations as well as updates on Project Pegasus (aerospace) and the Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative. The conference is in Olympia, Februrary 13-14,

JANUARY 5, 2012

LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS NEXT MONDAY
The Legislature starts its 2012 session with a week of committee hearings, many covering education and training topics. The Workforce Board maintains a calendar of legislative activities and bills related to workforce development issues .  .  . Starting now

WASHINGTON REPORTS ON STATUS OF MANUFACTURING SKILLS CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
Washington's progress in embracing a manufacturing skills certification system is detailed in a report submitted to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) last week. The Workforce Board and a number of important stakeholders submitted the report which included a survey of community college use of five NAM-endorsed certifications.

FOREIGN WORKERS HELP FILL STATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SKILLS GAP
In 2010, Washington firms employed almost 18,000 workers (predominantly information technology professionals) from other countries through a federal work visa program. Washington's use of the H-1B visa program is above the national average. See new report.

MEASURING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR
The Washington Department of Commerce, Washington Economic Development Association and the Association of Washington Cities are sponsoring a one-hour webinar presentation by Miles Friedman on measuring the impact of economic development, 10 a.m. January 17. To learn more and register ($35 for association members and $60 for non-members).

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