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2015 Legislative Session Workforce Board Presentations

 

March 17, 2015
Work Session: Student Consumer Protection at For-Profit, Private Colleges
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director, Madeline Thompson, Director of Policy Relations, Washington Student Achievement Council
Presenting an overview of student consumer protection and the Workforce Board'srole in licensing and monitoring private career schools.

Quoteable: "One thing our state has done very well is place a value on the monitoring of private career schools."
"Our goal is to spend time up front focus on initial licensing and renewals to prevent student issues and weed out bad actors so we can be proactive instead of reactive."

March 17, 2015
Work Session: Overview of Public Assistance Benefits
Staff: Eric Wolf, Workforce Program and Policy Analyst
Presenting on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how it will help integrate public assistance services.

February 19, 2015
Public: SB 5638: Changing state need grant eligibility provisions
Staff: Eric Wolf, Workforce Program and Policy Analyst
Testifying in support of a bill that would allow more educational opportunities for non-traditional students.

Quoteable: "Providing financial aid to these individuals who attend school less than half time not only helps them gain the education that they need to put their life in order and become active members of society, but also gives them training and skills that employers need them to have to be successful in a changing economy."

February 11, 2015 | House Higher Education Committee
Public: HB 1704: Enhancing public safety and reducing recidivism through postsecondary education
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director
Testifying in support of a bill that would expand education and training opportunities for incarcerated individuals.

Quoteable: "There are clear connections and employment outcomes that result from correctional education."

February 5, 2015 | House Education Committee
Public: HB 1591 - Concerning high school and beyond plans
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director
Testifying in support of a bill that would strengthen the state's high school and beyond plan.

February 5, 2015 | House Education Committee
Public: HB 1546 - Concerning dual credit oppportunities provided by Washington state's public institutions of higher education.
Testifying in support of a bill that will allow students more access to dual credit options.

February 4, 2015 | Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee
Work Session: Washington STEM industries, jobs, and training opportunities.
Staff: Dave Wallace, Research Manager
Presenting an assessment of how Washington's higher education and training credentials match employer demand for a skilled and educated workforce.

Quoteable: "The more educated or trained the worker is, the more likely they are to earn a high wage."

February 3, 2015 | House Health Care and Wellness Committee
Public: HB 1485 - Concerning family medicine residencies in health professional shortage areas.
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director and Health Workforce Council Staff Coordinator
Testifying in support of a healthcare bill that will increase the amount of family medicine physicians in shortage areas across the state.

Quoteable: "We are very supportive of any work that would increase the number of physician residencies in the state, particularly in rural, underserved areas that have a healthcare shortage."

January 30, 2015 | House Health Care and Wellness Committee
Public: HB 1403 - Regarding telemedicine
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director and Health Workforce Council Staff Coordinator
Testifying in support of a telemedicine bill that would help rural areas access healthcare remotely.

Quotable: "Sometimes it's not feasible or timely to train or recruit healthcare practitioners to serve in rural areas, so telemedicine can fill in those gaps in the supply of medical professionals."

January 26, 2015 | Senate Health Care Committee
Public: SB 5175 - Regarding telemedicine
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director and Health Workforce Council Staff Coordinator
Testifying in support of a telemedicine bill that would help rural areas access healthcare remotely.

January 22, 2015 | House Education Committee
Work Session: Career Education Opportunities Task Force
Staff: Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board Executive Director
Presentation: The need for more work experience for students, enhanced employer and community engagement, and dual credits to help fulfill academic and graduation requirements.

Quotable: "We need to get young people thinking about their future as soon as possible."

January 20, 2015 | House Higher Education Committee
Work Session: Degrees and Credentials that Lead to Good Jobs
Staff: Dave Wallace, Research Manager
Presentation:Skills shortages in Washington, including middle-skill and STEM.

January 19, 2015 | Early Learning & K-12 Education
Public: SB 5082 - Provding for career and technical education opportunities for elementary school students
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director
Testifying in support of an education bill that would increase opportunities for students to explore the world of work through career and technical education.

January 15, 2015 | Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
Public: SB 5080 - Concerning dual credit options
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director
Testifying in support of an education bill that would allow students more access to dual credit options.

January 14, 2015 | House Higher Education Committee
Work Session: The Higher Education System - Part II
Staff: Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board Executive Director
Presentation: An overview of the agency's role, funding sources, and top priorities.



December 5, 2014 | House Higher Education Committee
Work Session: Higher Education Institution Priorities
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director

December 4, 2014 | House Labor and Workforce Development Committee
Work Session: Working Families, Reports to the Legislature
Staff: Dave Wallace, Research Manager, Dave Pavelchek, Deputy Director
Presentation: 2015 Workforce Training Results (including employment/earnings) for Washington's 12 largest workforce programs.



September 18, 2014 | House Health Care & Wellness Committee
Work Session: Trends in Healthcare Workforce, Graduate Medical Education and Residencies.
Staff: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director
Presentation: Trends in Washington's healthcare workforce.

 

 

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