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WORKFORCE LEGISLATIVE PAGES GO LIVE AS 2016 SESSION MOVES AHEAD
The Workforce Board regularly updates our legislative pages, posting legislation and committee activities of interest to the workforce development community. We also post presentations and TVW links of key meetings. http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp
 
WIOA STEERING COMMITTEE MEETS FEBRUARY 9
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Steering Committee will meet Feb. 9 at the Association of Washington Business in Olympia to discuss policy issues, performance negotiations, and a statewide professional development plan, among other items. The agenda will be finalized soon. http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOAsteeringcommittee.asp
 
AIR WASHINGTON CONSORTIUM SHOWS HOW SECTOR STRATEGIES, NAVIGATORS HELPED TRAIN AEROSPACE WORKERS
A new brief from the Office of Community College Research and Leadership describes how an 11-member consortium led by Spokane Community College worked together to build industry relationships, develop new courses, and add navigators at participating community and technical colleges to train more aerospace workers. The consortium, dubbed Air Washington, far exceeded original benchmarks identified in the $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant ran from 2011 through September 2015. Read more: http://occrl.illinois.edu/all-publications/
 
DEADLINE NEARS TO APPLY FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is looking for schools with outstanding high standards for developing college and career readiness. Every year, the Career Guidance Award of Excellence recognizes exemplary public middle and high schools. Don't wait! The deadline to apply is Friday, January 29. http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/CGAwards.aspx
 
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH STEM INTERESTS
Do you work with students interested in pursuing a degree in the high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or health care? Encourage them apply for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship to receive up to $22,500 in funding and additional professional development support. Applications are due February 29. For more information, visit: https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/New-Applicants/Overview

 

 

TIME TO WEIGH IN ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN
The state's plan for workforce development, newly named "Talent and Prosperity for All," is open for public comment through February 9. The Workforce Board approved the draft plan at its January 6 meeting. Workforce practitioners, educators, policymakers, and the public are invited to provide feedback on both the strategic and operational portions of the plan. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD INVITES PARTICIPATION IN WORK-BASED LEARNING POLICY ACADEMY
Washington was one of six states recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Governors Association to create a policy framework to increase work-based learning for youth ages 16-29, particularly in STEM fields. The Workforce Board is leading this effort and will co-chair a "Core Team" with the Governor's Office. Core Team members include key stakeholders from business, labor, and government. A "Home Team" is also being created to serve as an advisory board. More information on this new opportunity at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp.
 
ESD COMMISSIONER PEINECKE ASSUMES NATIONAL WORKFORCE ROLE
Employment Security Department Commissioner and Workforce Board member Dale Peinecke became president of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) earlier this month, a year ahead of schedule, after the previous president resigned part way through his term. Peinecke was elected the association's president-elect in October 2015. He has served as commissioner of ESD since January 2013. Prior to that, he spent more than 37 years in the aerospace and materials industries in a variety of executive positions. https://www.esd.wa.gov/newsroom/news-releases
 
FINANCIAL AID SEASON IN FULL SWING: GET RESOURCES NOW!
Looking for resources to help students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? Get tools to help students and families complete this key financial aid form, as well as the Washington Application for State Financial Aid, (WASFA). College Goal Washington is holding events throughout the state in January and February. More: http://readysetgrad.org/educators/grad/college-goal-washington
 
ANNUAL CARL PERKINS CAREER EDUCATION REPORT NOW ONLINE
The Workforce Board oversees funds from the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act--a multi-million dollar grant that helps educators better prepare students for jobs requiring technical skills. View the latest report on how this money is put to use in Washington. The report was compiled with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and covers 2014-15, http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp.

 

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN ON WEDNESDAY 
The Workforce Board will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the American Lake Conference Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to take action on the state's draft workforce plan, newly named "Talent and Prosperity for All." The Board will hear a series of panel presentations on the plan, which will undergo a 45-day public comment period before being submitted to the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor in March. More about the meeting and how to access the military base at: http://wtb.wa.gov/January6agenda.asp
 
NEW YEAR, NEW LABOR MARKET INFORMATION ON CAREER BRIDGE
We're ushering in 2016 on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov with new information on how much jobs pay, how fast they are growing, and the projected openings per year in Washington through 2018. This update from the state's Employment Security Department provides fresh data about hundreds of jobs. Click "View Job Trends" on the site and see for yourself! 
 
PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM OFFERED AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES OF SPOKANE
Community Colleges of Spokane is partnering with WorkSource Spokane to offer a pre-apprenticeship class called Skilled Trades Preparation starting today, January 4. The 11-week course will provide students with the basic knowledge and certifications they need to prepare for a trade-related apprenticeship. Students will also meet with representatives from 14 different construction trades. Those who complete the class will receive certifications in OSHA-10 Construction Safety, First Aid/CPR, Flagger, and Forklift Operator. http://www.wdcspokane.com/news/newsletters/construction-industry-pre-apprenticeship-program-spokane-homebuilders-as/

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SEEKS FIRMS FOR ENGINEERING WEEK
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council in Vancouver is seeking engineering firms and companies with STEM-related jobs, including industrial engineers, structural analysts, test engineers, and more, as part of Engineering Week, Feb. 22-26. Participating businesses are asked to provide company tours and hands-on activities, and to discuss types of jobs available, including education and training requirements, salary ranges, and opportunities at their company for job shadowing, summer employment, internships and mentoring. Deadline to apply is January 21. Contact Justin McDaniels at jmcdaniels@swwdc.org or  http://www.business-after-school.org/.

 

 


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