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May 16, 2018

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS MAY 22-23 IN SEATTLE
The Workforce Board will discuss the formation of the Future of Work Task Force and take action on nominations for Task Force members during a two-day meeting that starts with an evening get-together May 22, followed by an all-day meeting on May 23. TVW will film the May 23 portion of the meeting. More: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/May2223agenda.asp

 

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SEEKS FEEDBACK ON STRATEGIC PLAN

The State Board of Education is updating its strategic plan and is seeking feedback through community forums across the state and through written comments. The strategic plan will focus on developing a state policy for K-12 education, effective oversight of Washington's public schools, and advocating for student success. View the forums and offer feedback through an online survey at: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/about-us/strategic-plan

 

GOVERNOR INSLEE NAMES NEW COMMISSIONER AT EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT

Suzi LeVine was named the new commissioner at the state's Employment Security Department earlier this month. LeVine most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, between 2014 and 2017. Before that, she worked at Microsoft as director of strategic partnerships for student developers and as director of communications for education. She begins her new position July 9. She succeeds Dale Peinecke who served as Commissioner starting in 2013. LeVine will represent ESD as a member of the Workforce Board. More: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/inslee-names-former-ambassador-suzi-levine-as-new-employment-security-department-commissioner

 

CONSTRUCTION CENTER OF EXCELLENCE LAUNCHES NEW CONSTRUCTION DATA DASHBOARD
The Construction Center of Excellence at Renton Technical College has launched a new tool that allows users to search data about construction trades to see current employment numbers, projected annual openings, and median wages and training requirements. Data is available by workforce development area and statewide. The site also includes information on registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs. https://www.constructioncenterofexcellence.com/construction-data-dashboards/

 

NOW HIRING: FUTURE OF WORK POLICY AND RESEARCH MANAGER

Interested in the future of work? So are we! The Workforce Board is hiring a new policy and research manager to focus on the rise of automation, the gig economy, and how to ensure workers and business prosper together. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

 

April 26, 2018

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS MAY 22-23 IN SEATTLE
The Workforce Board will discuss the formation of the Future of Work Task Force and hear an update on the implementation of the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All," during a two-day meeting that starts with an evening get together May 22, followed by an all-day meeting on May 23. More details coming soon.

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS COMMENT ON WIOA PERFORMANCE TARGETS

The Workforce Board is seeking comments on draft performance targets for Title 1 programs for Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Performance targets include participant employment and earnings outcomes, and credential attainment. Deadline to submit comments is Monday, May 14 at 5 p.m. Details and proposed performance targets at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOAPerformanceTargets.asp.

ESD LAUNCHES NEWSLETTER FOCUSED ON NEW WORKSOURCE CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Washington's Employment Security Department has launched an email newsletter to provide updates on building a new case management system for WorkSource, the state's employment center system. The newsletter includes progress reports, articles, and upcoming events connected to the project, which will replace the Efforts to Outcomes system, or ETO, launched in 2016. Sign up for the newsletter at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAESD/subscriber/new?topic_id=WAESD_66

WSU EXTENSION HOSTS RURAL PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY CONFERENCE MAY 9
Washington State University Extension is hosting the Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference from 9 a.m. to noon on May 9 at locations around the state. The conference, which builds on the 2017 Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning, is aimed at linking local communities to resources that connect young people to high-quality, on-the-job learning experiences--including internships, apprenticeships, and mentorships. Each location includes locally facilitated action plans and networking. Find the location nearest you and register at: http://waruralprosperity.wsu.edu/

TAKE THE WORKFORCE BOARD'S "GET REAL" VIDEO CHALLENGE

Got a cell phone? Your students can make a video. And win a prize! The Workforce Board's video contest encourages Washington Career and Technical Education middle and high school students to shoot their own videos to help promote CTE. The Workforce Board is offering $25 gift certificates to the first three students who create videos that showcase the value of hands-on learning, while also meeting contest guidelines. Winning teams can win up to $75. All approved videos will be featured on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov, so fame is guaranteed, even if you don't win a gift card! But you better act now. The contest deadline is the end of the school year, or June 15. Get contest details at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/CTEvideoproject.asp

 

March 27, 2018

NEW CTE "GET REAL" VIDEO CONTEST LAUNCHES
The Workforce Board's video project, which encourages middle and high school students from throughout the state to create their own videos to promote CTE (Career and Technical Education), now features a cool contest! The first three students who submit videos to the CTE "Get Real" Video Challenge that meet contest guidelines can win a $25 gift card, or up to $75 per team. Deadline is the end of the school year, so get out your video camera-or cell phone or tablet-right away! All completed videos will be featured on CareerBridge.wa.gov so fame is guaranteed! More details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/CTEvideoproject.asp. Check out the flyer: https://bit.ly/2I8ibOx

 

KEVIN PERKEY NAMED INCOMING CEO OF WORKFORCE SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON

Kevin Perkey has been named new CEO of Workforce Southwest Washington, which provides workforce services to Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties. He succeeds Jeanne Bennett, who is retiring at the end of June after six years helming the nonprofit organization. Perkey started work at the organization in June 2017 and currently oversees adult and collaborative grant programs. Before that, Perkey was CEO of South Central Pennsylvania Works, serving an eight-county. More at: http://workforcesw.org/

VETERANS JOB FAIR FOCUSED ON REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS

Direct2Apprenticeship is holding a job fair April 18 at Camp Murray in DuPont focused on connecting veterans to registered apprenticeships. Veterans will learn more about GI Bill benefits, hear from industry panelists, and find out what jobs are available in Washington. Learn more: http://www.dva.wa.gov/wa-registered-apprenticeship-job-fair

 

WORKFORCE CENTRAL HOSTS SPRING JOBFEST NEXT MONTH
Workforce Central is hosting Washington's largest young adult job fair, JobFest, on April 18 at the Tacoma Dome. Encourage young people you know to bring their resume. The annual event targets jobseekers between the ages of 16 and 24. It's also a great place to practice interviewing and networking skills. Find out more or register: http://workforce-central.org/job-seekers/jobfest/#what-is-jobfest

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR WASHINGTON WORKFORCE CONFERENCE 2018

The third annual Washington Workforce Conference is set for Nov. 6-7. Mark your calendar. Hope to see you there!

March 8, 2018

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS MARCH 14 TO REVIEW UPDATE TO TAP PLAN
The Workforce Board next week will review a draft update of "Talent and Prosperity for All," the state's workforce plan, before submitting the plan to federal partners in April. Public comments on the plan are still being accepted through March 12. More info on how to provide feedback at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPpubliccomment2018.asp. Board meeting details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/March14agenda.asp.
 
NEW PROJECT: WASHINGTON STUDENTS TO SHOOT VIDEOS TO PROMOTE HIGH QUALITY CTE
The Workforce Board has launched a new project to encourage Washington students to create their own videos to promote Career and Technical Education (CTE) in local high schools. The project is funded by a $20,000 grant from Advance CTE, with support from the Siemens Foundation. The Workforce Board contracted with the Seattle Film Institute to create two sample videos and a toolkit that provide key messages and technical tips for setting up shots, capturing sound, and conducting interviews. Students are also encouraged to interview local employers about the value of hands-on, career-focused learning. Videos will be featured on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov. More details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/CTEvideoproject.asp.
 
SPRING COUNSELOR WORKSHOPS FOCUS ON STUDENT COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS
K-12 school and career counselors, along with college admissions and nonprofit staff, are encouraged to attend workshops being held around the state this month focused on improving student career and college success. It's the second year the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Washington Student Achievement Council, and the Washington College Access Network have teamed up to offer the series of free workshops. Financial aid training will also be offered in partnership with the Washington Financial Aid Association. The next scheduled workshop is set for March 14 in Port Angeles. Get the full list of workshops and register at: http://bit.ly/2oSoleq
 
REGISTER NOW FOR AWB WORKFORCE SUMMIT
The Association of Washington Business is holding a workforce summit March 21 in Bellevue, titled "Innovation in Education and Workforce Practices to Prepare the Next Generation Workforce." Keynote speaker is Matt Poischbeg, vice president and general manager at SEA-LECT Plastics in Everett. Find out more and register at: https://www.awb.org/1/?cid=351
 
WE'RE HIRING: WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
The Workforce Board is seeking administrative support for our agency's consumer protection unit. Support the team that licenses and regulates private career schools and the group that approves veterans education programs. You'll also be responsible for staffing our front desk. Do you have great customer service skills? Are you able to answer the telephone, respond to emails, send out publications, and welcome our guests? Get all the details at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

 

 

February 22, 2018

 

LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGES ACTIVE AS 2018 SESSION MOVES AHEAD
The Workforce Board regularly updates our legislative web pages, posting legislation and committee activities of interest to the workforce development community. We also post presentations and TVW links of key legislative meetings. Take a look at what's going on during this short session! http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp
     
      
ANNUAL HEALTHCARE REPORT SHOWS PROGRESS, CHALLENGES TRAINING SUFFICIENT WORKFORCE
A new report from the state's Health Workforce Council provides data on the number of healthcare workers being trained in Washington. This detailed assessment of Washington's healthcare system includes a look at key healthcare occupations, including the number of people completing healthcare training programs, as well as a look at current and projected demand for over 80 occupations. The report also emphasizes ground-level findings from the Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network, made up of healthcare providers supplying real-time feedback on workforce needs. The Workforce Board staffs the Health Workforce Council. Read the report at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthWorkforceCouncil.asp
 
WORKFORCE SNOHOMISH TO HOST CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYER ROUNDTABLE NEXT WEEK
Workforce Snohomish is hosting a construction roundtable on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The event brings together Snohomish County companies of various sizes and types to talk about their construction workforce needs and challenges, and to identify potential solutions. Register/more info: http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/advance/events/construction/?platform=hootsuite
 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND PLAN TEMPLATE NOW OFFERED IN 10 LANGUAGES
The High School and Beyond Plan Template, which helps Washington high school students chart their careers and next education steps, is now available in multiple languages besides English. Other languages include: Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Somali, and Tagalog. http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/default.aspx
 

 

TUITION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION TRADES TRAINING

The Washington state Department of Transportation has scholarships available for tuition assistance for approved training for a variety of trades related to highway construction, including carpenters, electricians, cement masons, painters, truck drivers, iron workers, heavy equipment operators and mechanics, and more. The scholarship is aimed at women, minority, or disadvantaged Washington residents. More: http://bit.ly/2EUvN23

 

February 7, 2018

 

BOARD HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING TO CONSIDER DRAFT UPDATED WORKFORCE PLAN
The Workforce Board will consider a draft of the updated state workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All," or TAP, at a special call in-meeting, Monday, February 12 at 10 a.m. The Board will take action on releasing the revised draft plan for public comment. The Board will take final action at its regular March 14 meeting before submitting the plan to federal agencies. More: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/February12agenda.asp

      

NEW VIDEO: WDC DIRECTOR CHERYL FAMBLES INTERVIEWED ABOUT WORKFORCE ISSUES

Thurston Community Media recently interviewed Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council Executive Director Cheryl Fambles about the organization's role in workforce and economic development in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties. The interview is part of an ongoing series called Mission Nonprofit. Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX_LOUxrOIc&feature=youtu.be

 

NEW DIRECTOR HIRED TO HEAD BENTON-FRANKLIN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Tiffany Scott was recently named the new Executive Director/CEO of the Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council, which serves the Tri-Cities area, including Benton and Franklin counties. Scott succeeds Jack Fitzgerald, who assumed a new position as Director/CEO of the South Central Workforce Development Council. Scott has 17 years of experience in workforce program coordination and management. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operations Officer at the Benton-Franklin WDC. http://www.bentonfranklinwdc.com/index.html
 
NEW ASSESSMENT RELEASED ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE CHALLENGES

 

The Workforce Board, in partnership with the Health Workforce Council, University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, and Agnes Balassa Solutions, recently released a behavioral health workforce assessment that includes recommendations to policymakers on ways to address shortages, distribution challenges, and other retention issues. Behavioral health includes both mental health and chemical dependency. The state's Workforce Board staffs the Health Workforce Council, which includes representatives from a broad range of healthcare stakeholders. A $250,000 federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant, allocated by Gov. Inslee, funded the work. More: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/behavioralhealthgroup.asp

 

WASHINGTON STATE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP SEEKS APPLICATIONS THROUGH FEB. 28.

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is accepting applications from qualifying Washington residents through the end of the month. The scholarship provides career-launching support services and scholarships of up to $22,500 to low- and middle-income students pursuing high-demand bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) or healthcare. https://waopportunityscholarship.org/ 

January 24, 2018

NEW WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE NOW
The Workforce Board's popular workforce system poster is freshly updated and ready for 2018. Make sure to order copies of this handy overview of Washington's workforce training system, including participant employment rates and earnings, federal and state funding totals, and a listing of administering agencies and providers. The poster is free and perfect for cubicle and office walls. http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceDevelopmentDirectory.asp

 

WORKFORCE SOUTHWEST CEO TO RETIRE, APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED

After six years as CEO of Workforce Southwest Washington, Jeanne Bennett is retiring in June.  During Bennett's tenure, the nonprofit workforce organization sought and received millions of dollars in competitive grants for workforce training programs in Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties. Applications for CEO are being accepted. More: http://workforcesw.org/

 

CAREER PATH SERVICES CEO LAUNCHES WORKFORCE PODCAST

George Iranon, CEO of Career Path Services in Spokane, has launched a podcast called "The Dignity of Work." Iranon discusses best practices with leading workforce practitioners around the country. Recent podcasts have highlighted on-the-job training, building new partnerships, and an interview with Jessica Clayton of Spokane's youth career center, the Next Generation Zone. More: http://www.careerpathservices.org/

 

AJAC HOSTS GOVERNOR'S YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP SUMMIT NEXT WEEK
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) is hosting the Governor's Youth Apprenticeship Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in Olympia. This year's summit serves as a technical workshop for educators, employers, apprenticeship committees, and policymakers on new program development, best practices, and recommended state-level policy change. Gov. Inslee is the keynote speaker. Register: http://conta.cc/2GbNXd4

 

TAP COMMITTEE SEEKS COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

A committee focused on reducing barriers for workforce system customers has issued a Request for Proposals for a communications consultant to help create a strategy to share best practices, issues, and concerns among the state's 12 workforce regions. The Barriers and Accessibility Solutions Committee is one of several committees working to implement the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All," or TAP. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 12. More:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPaccessibilitybarriersolutions.asp  

 

January 11, 2018

 

STAY ON TOP OF WORKFORCE BILLS WITH LEGISLATIVE TRACKER
Follow workforce bills throughout the 2018 Legislative session. View bills our Workforce Board staff are tracking, along with presentations and materials at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp
 
NEW DIRECTOR HIRED TO HEAD CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR GLOBAL TRADE & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Sam Kaplan has been hired as the new director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management at Highline College. He succeeds Meg Ryan, who retired. Kaplan is a 20-year veteran of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and served as President the past five years. There are 10 Centers of Excellence at community and technical colleges throughout the state, each focused on a different key industry sector. https://www.sbctc.edu/for-employers/centers-of-excellence.aspx
 
SKILLED WORKER AWARENESS PROGRAM PROVIDES GRANTS TO BOOST WORKER TRAINING
The state's Department of Commerce has launched a new program aimed at boosting the number of Washington workers who receive education and training that leads to certificates, associate's degrees, and other credentials recognized by industry. Organizations and government agencies involved in recruiting and outreach efforts aimed at worker training are encouraged to apply for grants to help more workers gain needed skills. The Skilled Worker Awareness program has $70,000 to distribute, with priority given to projects that range from $20,000 to $35,000. Deadline to apply is February 21. More details: http://bit.ly/2DkR3dO
 
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Randy Spaulding is the new executive director of the State Board of Education, which provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public K-12 education in Washington. Spaulding has worked in education policy for over 20 years, most recently at the Washington Student Achievement Council, where he served as the Director of Academic Affairs and Policy. More at: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/index.php
 
WE'RE HIRING: WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS VETERANS EDUCATION SPECIALIST
The Workforce Board is hiring a vocational education program specialist to help evaluate and approve education and training programs at the 160 Washington institutions that offer certificate and diploma programs for veterans using the GI Bill. Closing date for applications has been extended to January 19. More details: http://bit.ly/2qe78iz

 

 


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