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The Brown Folder

The "Brown Folder" includes supplemental (non-agenda related) items that are provided to Workforce Board members at their regular meetings. Usually, these materials are articles and correspondence of interest. For articles, we have created the links to the site of origin. Letters are scanned into .pdf form.

Here are the materials in the Brown Folders organized by the month the meeting was held:

July 10

Robots, Inequality, Apprenticeships: If America Is to Usher In an 'Age of Agility' in Education, Experts Say We Must Talk Less About Schools - and More About Students (pdf)

March 2019

Attending college is a more incertain experience today. Here's how to avoid regret. (pdf)

November 2018

New Mid-Market Airplane Council: Aerospace Workforce Development and Strategy Recommendations (pdf)

September 2018

Congressional spending deal to boost education funding (pdf)

Transforming Business Engagement in WA (pdf)

Precision Machine Works Report (pdf)

July 2018

Carer Connect Washington handouts (pdf)

January 2018

State Auditor's Report on Career & Technical Education: Schools should do better job with career training (The Seattle Times)

September 2017

High-tech US plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle (The Seattle Times)

July 2017

Opinion: Forget blue collar, it's about "new collar" (Zenith CEO Peter Taylor, CNN.com)

June 2017

Opinion: College isn't the only path after graduation (Tri-City Herald editorial board)

Career Connect Washington policy framework (PDF)

Board Bylaws


Governors to Congress: Don't Shortchange Us on ESSA, Special Ed. (Education Week)

Governors call on Congress to fund career and technical education (Politico)


Governors ask Congress to prioritize education, workforce development (Education Dive)

Governors Support CTE, Job-Training Funding (Community College Daily)

September 2016

Workforce Board Agency-Specific Budget Requests

Draft Partner Agencies Legislative Requests

State Board For Community and Technical Colleges Operating Budget Policy Level Requests


February 2016

Washington Workforce System Matrix

Letters from Businesses in Support of Make it in Washington Grant

January 2016

Washington's Workforce Development Programs and State Agencies from State Auditor's Office (chart)

November 2015

Preparation Materials and Handouts

WIOA Populations with Barriers and Proposed Solutions (chart)

NGA Policy Academy Grant Submission


Washington's Community and Technical Colleges: Training for 21st Century Jobs

September 2015


College wake-up call: Many students find themselves in remedial classes--The Herald (Everett)


Performance audit of Washington's workforce system--Washington State Auditor's Office

March 2015

American Technical Training Fund: Creating a Strong Training Pipeline to Middle-Class Jobs
Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, A Study Finds
Getting Credit for What You Know
Obama Announces Initiative to Train Workers Quickly in Tech Jobs

September 2014

Budget Materials
Workforce Board 2015-17 Budget Recommendation Summary

New Initiatives
Working Washington Partnership

June 2014

2015 Legislative Priorities--Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
The High School and Beyond Plan: OSPI Guidance and Counseling / Secondary Education Perspective--Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Make it in Washington: Business Growth, Market Expansion, and Employee Education for Washington's Rural Manufacturers

Preparation Materials and Handouts
Board Responsibility Timetable
Board Inspired Initiatives
Everest Correspondence, June 24, 2014
Memorandum of Undersatnding, Corrinthian Colleges/U.S. Department of Education

Aerospace Postcard
Make it in Washington Project Outline
Make it in Washington Poster

Guest Opinion: How to Land a High Demand Job with a Low Cost Degree
Career Guidance Washington--Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Make it in Washington County List and Suggestions
U.S. Department of Education Press Release

May 2014

The Future of the U.S. Workforce: Middle Skills Jobs and the Growing Importance of Post-Secondary Education--Achieve
The CBPP Full Employment Project Overview--Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Plummeting Labor and Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults--Brookings Institution

Guest Opinion: A $15 Minimum Wage Would Not Address the Skills Gap--Marlena Sessions
Washington Aerospace Hiring to Flattem Except for Skilled Positions--Puget Sound Business Journal
Apprenticeships Deliver Big in Washington State--PLAN Washington
National Leaders in Innovation--Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

A Poverty Problem: Addressing the Education & Employment Gap in Washington's Non-White Population

Thank you letter from Travis Matthews

March 2014

Guest opinion from Board Chair Cindy Zehnder: State regulates private career schools and protects students--Spokesman-Review

College Bound Scholarship sends low-income kids to college--Associated Press

News releases
Governor Inslee announces new effort to help long-term unemployed workers

January 2013

Articles & Press Releases
Mentors aid STEM push: nConnect matches high-tech professionals with high schools that offer advanced courses--the Columbian
Here's How Education is Changing to Help Students and the Economy--Association of Washington Business
Transforming Lives award ceremony Sunday, Jan. 19--State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Workforce training: Some programs are stars, others have little effect--Seattle Times

Healthcare Personnel Shortage Task Force 2013 Annual Report---Workforce Board
Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs?--Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Ensuring Washington State's Global Success: Reducing our "skills gap" through innovative and rigorous standards--America's Edge

Issue Briefs
In This Together: The Hidden Cost of Young Adult Unemployment--Young Invincibles
WIA Performance Measurement Results Will Be Provisional During Transition to New WIASRD and Revised Exit Dating Practices--Workforce Board

Washington Workforce Development Services Matrix--Workforce Board

November 2013

WIA performance target letter from Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder to legislators and Governor's office

September 2013

America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs--National Governors Association

CareerBridge.wa.gov site visits counts for the start of school year

Operating Plan
Workforce Board overall agency plan and performance measures

Surveys and Reports
The Dynamic Economy and Labor Market--PowerPoint from McKinsey Center for Government, findings on quality/relevance of U.S. postsecondary education
Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment--Corporation for National and Community Service
Ambassadors of Change and Action--Washington Commission for National and Community Service's annual report for 2012

Elite degrees don't necessarily earn more, study finds--Hechinger Report
College-for-all vs. career education? Moving beyond a false debate--Hechinger Report

July 2013

Issue Briefs
Back2Work Now-Reconnecting Long-Term Unemployed--Workforce Development Council Seattle-King County

Can a Poor Jobs Recovery Generate Serious Labor Shortages--Paul Harrington, Drexel University(ppt)
Problems in Hiring Teens--Paul Harrington, Drexel University (ppt)
Understanding Long-Term Unemployment in Washington--Paul Harrington, Drexel University (ppt)

SEH Intern Data and Profiles

May 2013

Background Paper
Learning for Jobs--OECD

Board Survey
Workforce Board Meeting Survey Results

Proposed Workforce Funding and Legislation
Workforce Program Funding Matrix 2013--Workforce Board
High Skills, High Wages Legislative Tracker--Workforce Board

Issue Briefs
STEMing the Skill Gap--State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Integrated Digital English Acceleration--State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Major Considerations and Mandates--K-14

March 2013

State Sector Strategies: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers-NGA

The National Association of State Workforce Investment Board Chairs-NGA (Feb. 22-24 agenda)
Creating Pathways to Prosperity Conference-Boston workshop sessions

News reports
Proof of training program power-Tri-City Herald (Workforce Board Deputy Director Bryan Wilson quoted)
Michigan schools fresh look at vocational education-NPR

News release and media advisory
Employer Survey shows skills gap-Workforce Board
Driving Washington's Prosperity-Washington Economic Development Commission

Issue briefs
Leadership Development Issue Brief-ACTE
Washington State Middle Skill Jobs-National Skills Coalition
Potential Impact of Sequestration-National Skills Coalition
2013 Summit Talking Points-National Skills Coalition

January 2013

New pressure on colleges to provide grad earnings (features Washington Career Bridge)--The Hechinger Report

November 2012

Volkswagen calls for more educated workforce--Chattanooga Times Free Press

Issue brief
Unemployment Insurance extension set to expire--Employment Security Department
CTE's Role in Urban Education--Association for Career and Technical Education
Defining what it means to be career ready--Career Readiness Partner Council

Employment Security Department Commissioner Paul Trause honored--National Association of State Workforce Agencies

September 2012

Why Washington's kids aren't going to college--The Seattle Times
New study finds 29 middle-class jobs for workers without bachelor's degrees--Georgetown University
Health care: State will add 112,000 health jobs this decade--Puget Sound Business Journal

State response to U.S. Department of Labor one-stop branding

June 2012

Learning that Works (about powerful CTE programs)--Time magazine
These schools mean business (Rana Foroohar column)--Time magazine
Vancouver teen dazzles D.C. officials with work experience (Opportunity Internship) -- Vancouver Columbian newspaper

News release
New and improved Career Bridge website launches

Invitation to SBCTC Executive Director Charlie Earl's retirement party

May 2012

As Factory Jobs Return to the U.S., the Need for Technical Training Grows--MSN.COM

National directives
Executive order increases oversight for colleges serving veterans (Obama Administration)
Summer Jobs+ (Obama Administration)

Comment period
Common Career Technical Core (public comment on CTE standards)

Workforce program analysis
Cost-benefit of Workforce Training Programs, Summary and Notes (Workforce Board)

November 2011

To land Boeing's next plane factory, Washington's training system must drill down--Puget Sound Business Journal
Aerospace Training in State gets a Boost--The Herald (Everett)
Even with high unemployment, Whatcom jobs are going unfilled--Bellingham Herald
Why Companies Can't Find the Employees They Need--Wall Street Journal

Puget Sound Business Barometer 2011, Job Sector Survey--Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Department of Labor Gold Card for Veterans

September 2011

Success is Not a One Track Deal--by William C. Symonds and Cindy Zehnder (Everett Herald)

A Labor Day without Enough Labor to Go Around--Tacoma News Tribune
Start Talking Skills, Not Just Jobs--Huffington Post
State's Middle Class Jobs Not Expected to Grow--Seattle Times
State, Microsoft Launch Virtual Technology Academy--Associated Press

July 2011

White Paper
Youth@Work: Innovations in Seattle-King County

Tough Calculus as Technical Schools Face Deep cuts--New York Times

I-BEST named "Bright Idea" by Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government

June 2011

Governor names Eleni Papadakis to Council on Aerospace

Thinking Beyond College for All--Seattle Times

News Reports
Looking for that summer job?--KCPQ Fox News Report features SODO, Inc. program

Industry puts heat on schools to teach skills employers need--Wall Street Journal
What U.S. Economic Recovery? Five Destructive Myths--Time magazine

May 2011

"Degrees for What Jobs," National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
"Pathways to Prosperity," Harvard Graduate School of Education
"Across the Great Divide," Civic Enterprises Corporate Voices for Working Families
"Getting Ahead, Staying Ahead," U.S. Business Roundtable

March 2011

Washington leads nation in measuring workforce training results
Seattle-King County WDC among top urban workforce boards
Living without a Net
CareerTech moving Oklahoma forward

The Skills Gap: Reversing Washington's Lack of Skilled Workers through Early Learning--America's Edge
Career Readiness through Online Learning--ACTE

2011 Rural Washington Pathways to Prosperity Conference in Moses Lake

New website
National Association of Workforce Boards launches new web site

January 2011

Career Maps--Seattle-King County WDC

Coordinating Workforce and Economic Development around Strategic Industry Clusters (SHB 1323)
Association for Career and Technical Education brief

November 2010

Survey of Washington Manufacturing Executives (2010)
Steps to Success: Community College Milestones report

Communication from agencies and organizations
WorkFirst budget reduction letter from DSHS

Rick Bender resignation letter
Governor WDC approval letter

September 2010

Career Bridge wins national award from Council of State Governments

Budget Proposal
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges 2011-2013 Budget Proposal

Training Benefits changes
Employment Security Department: Training Benefits Modernization, ARRA Funding
RCW Amendments: Training Benefits with Department of Labor Changes

Health Care
Certified Home Care Aide proposal

Washington Graduation Requirements PowerPoint

July 2010

News articles/blogs
Blue Collar Blues: As the economy rebounds, can we transform America’s service sector jobs into higher-paying careers? (Newsweek)
No Worker Left Behind: 75 percent obtain, retain jobs (State of Michigan)

Communication from agencies and organizations
WIA 10 Percent Recommendation to Governor (Workforce Board)

March 2010

News articles/blogs
Columbia Basin fills gaps in Hanford economy

Communication from agencies and organizations
Senator Murray announces grant
Washington Families Fund: High-Needs Family Profile
Department of Commerce: Green Economy Recovery Grant Chart

Washington State Annual Report on the Workforce Investment Act Title I-B
Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development Through Career Pathways
The Aspen Institute: Improving "No Child Left Behind": Linking World-Class Education Standards To America's Economic Recovery

Board Bylaws
Board Bylaws as approved

January 2010

News articles/blogs
Stimulus funds going for green jobs in state (Seattle Times)
CTE Gets a Makeover: Preparing Students for $60,000 Jobs (Chicago Tribune)
Where the Jobs Will be This Decade (National Public Radio)

Communication from agencies and organizations
Employment Security Department announces 2009 Labor Market and Economic Report
Association for Career and Technical Education announces new issue brief on adolescent literacy
2009-2010 Washington State Latino Hispanic Assessment Report
Clean Energy Grant Award Press Release from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray

Early Staff Reports (These reports are regularly updated)
Major Workforce Bills
Health Care Updates

General Information
Green Job Grant (materials handed in the brown folder are posted on this website)





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