The Opportunity Partnership Program provides industry mentors that offer relevant job experience to students participating in the Opportunity Grant program.
The Workforce Board administers the Opportunity Partnership Program by issuing grants to Workforce Development Councils who then work with area colleges and local businesses to connect students with industry mentors. The Workforce Board also measures the impact of the pilot program on training, retention, completion, and transition to employment. The intent is to test whether these Workforce Development Council-brokered activities have a positive impact for students, and whether the model should be expanded.
Opportunity Grant, Partnership legislative background
Adopted in the 2007 legislative session, House Bill 1096 created the Opportunity Grant Program. The program provides financial aid and other services to low-income students enrolled in high employer demand programs of study at a state community or technical college. The legislation also created the related Opportunity Partnership Program to provide industry mentors and relevant job experience to Opportunity Grant students.The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has made a portion of the Opportunity Grant program funds available to the Workforce Board for the Opportunity Partnership Program.
Active Opportunity Partnership Projects
Opportunity Partnership Program projects are active through the following Workforce Development Councils:
Progress Reports -2008-09
South Central WDC Final report
WDC of Seattle-King County reports
2009/2010 Opportunity Partnership RFP
News Release - 2007-09 Grants