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April 22, 2014

READY, SET, GRAD NOMINATED FOR WEBBY AWARD
Readysetgrad.org, a comprehensive career and college readiness website aimed at Washington students, families, and educators, has been nominated for the "Best Education Website" Webby Award. The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the site. More at: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2014.04.17.Webby.pdf

COMMUNITY SURVIVORS 7 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN
This two-day conference offers strategies to help communities create jobs, grow their economies and compete in a global market. Hosted by the Workforce Board, the state's Department of Commerce and others, the May 14-15 conference is at Great Wolf Lodge, just south of Olympia. Register at: http://choosewashingtonstate.com/events/cs7/

AJAC SEEKS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) is seeking a new executive director to lead the statewide, nonprofit 501(c)(3) aerospace and advanced manufacturing registered apprenticeship program. AJAC is considered to be one of the state's fastest growing programs, both in terms of registered apprentices and new employer partners. Apply at: http://www.ajactraining.org/about/employment/

OSPI SELECTS 23 SCHOOLS FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AWARDS

Some 23 schools from across the state have received the Career Guidance Award of Excellence from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Students with career guidance programs in their schools are more likely to graduate with a specific plan for further education and careers. Most of the award-winning schools are using best practices from Career Guidance WA, which has its roots in Navigation 101. More: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/CGAwards.aspx

 

MENTORS WANTED AT WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK

Share your time and experience with high school students at Washington Business Week. Each summer, high school students spend a week on a college campus immersed in a variety of industries, including healthcare, energy, manufacturing and agri-business, as they learn team-building, leadership and life skills. Become a volunteer at: http://www.wbw.org/Volunteer.aspx

April 14, 2014

EMPLOYER-EDUCATOR FORUM TO CONNECT COLLEGE WITH CAREERS
A mini conference, "Higher Education as Collaboration: Partnering for Work, Leadership and Life," will bring together academic leaders, regional employers and legislators to explore  partnerships between educators and employers. The conference, slated for May 20 at SeaTac's Doubletree Inn, addresses real-world learning, how to integrate professional development with academic planning, and how to create successful pathways from college to career. Sponsors include the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Washington Student Achievement Council, among others. More at: http://www.aacu.org/meetings/compact/may14.cfm. To submit a session proposal, email Ana Maria Rodriguez-Vivaldi at amrodriguez@wsu.edu. Proposals are due April 22.
 
CAREER PATH SERVICES NAMED AMONG 50 BEST US NONPROFITS TO WORK FOR
Career Path Services has been named one of the top 50 best nonprofits to work for in 2014 by The NonProfit Times. Career Path Services provides WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker services, along with walk-in customer service, at Spokane WorkSource, in conjunction with the Employment Security Department. The nonprofit also provides youth services at Spokane's Next Generation Zone with Education Service District 101 and Goodwill. Career Path Services provides WIA services at the Columbia Basin WorkSource Center in Kennewick. http://careerpathservices.org/news/career-path-services-nationally-ranked-as-a-best-nonprofit-to-work-for/

WORKFORCE BOARD HIRES NEW RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS
Dave Wallace has joined the Workforce Board as the agency's new Research Unit Manager. Wallace was formerly an Economic Analyst at the state's Department of Commerce and was Chief Economist at the Employment Security Department before that. Also new to the agency's research team is research investigator Martin Hankins, who previously worked at DSHS as a research manager handling database development. Carolyn McKinnon is working as a senior researcher at the Workforce Board. McKinnon, who has a policy background, focused during the most recent legislative session on the intersection between workforce and economic development issues.  

ERDC HOSTS CONFERENCE ON IDENTITY MATCHING AND P-20 DATA WAREHOUSE
The Education Research and Data Center (ERDC) is hosting an all-day conference May 21 in Olympia. Learn more about projects funded by the ARRA Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/erdc-arra-slds-grant-conference-registration-10930799315

 

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SEEKS SCHOOL FACILITIES REPRESENTATIVE

Washington's State Board of Education is now accepting applications for appointment to the School Facilities Citizen Advisory Panel. Members advise and make policy recommendations to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Application deadline is April 21. More info at: http://1.usa.gov/R6ZoZz

April 1, 2014

PERFORMANCE RESULTS UPDATED ON CAREER BRIDGE

Career Bridge has been updated with new performance results that provide a fresh look at how many students completed a Washington education program, if they landed a job, and how much they earned. These results are available for about 40 percent of the 6,000 programs featured on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov, and include apprenticeships. 

 

CALLING ALL "DREAMERS": APPLICATION FOR STATE FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE NOW
The Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or the WASFA, is now available to undocumented students so they can apply for State Need Grant funds. The application can be accessed on ReadySetGrad.org/WASFA, and students should submit it as soon as possible.

 

YOUNG ADULTS JOB FAIR SET FOR APRIL 15 IN TACOMA
Workforce Central presents JobFest 2014, the largest young adult job fair in Washington for job seekers ages 16 to 24. The fair is slated for Tuesday, April 15 from 2-5 p.m. at the STAR Center, 3873 South 66th St., in Tacoma. Participation is free for both employers and job seekers. More at: http://bit.ly/1hWlvYo

 

KHAN ACADEMY PARTNERS WITH COLLEGE BOARD ON SAT PREP

The Khan Academy has teamed up with the College Board so all college-bound students can prepare for the SAT at their own pace, at no cost. The College Board recently announced a redesign of the SAT for 2016. The SAT is one of the nation's most widely used admissions exams among colleges and universities. Students can prepare for it by using interactive tools that help them practice and diagnose gaps. www.khanacademy.org/sat

 

WORKFORCE BOARD HIRING NEW CONSUMER PROTECTION MANAGER
The Workforce Board is seeking candidates to manage the agency's Consumer Protection Unit, overseeing two important programs connected to the Private Vocational School Act and the Veterans' State Approving Agency. This position supervises five professional and administrative staff positions. It is open until filled. http://wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

 

March 24, 2014

AEROSPACE REPORT SHOWS DEMAND CONCENTRATED IN KEY OCCUPATIONS

A comprehensive aerospace report jointly authored by Workforce Board and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges staff shows the Washington aerospace industry has had difficulty finding enough skilled workers in key occupations such as machinists, CNC programmers, assemblers and engineers. Read the 2013 report at http://wtb.wa.gov/aerospace.asp

 

BACHELOR'S DEGREE VS. NO COLLEGE: NEARLY 20 PERCENT GAIN
People who earn a bachelor's degree earn nearly 20 percent more a few years after graduation compared to those who do not pursue a college degree, according to a recent study by the state's Education Research and Data Center. The study did not include two-year degrees or apprenticeships. http://www.erdc.wa.gov/briefs/pdf/201403.pdf

 

WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR PENS OPINION PIECE ON PRIVATE CAREER SCHOOL REGULATION
Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder wrote a March 15 guest column in the Spokane Spokesman-Review about how the state regulates private career schools and protects students. The Workforce Board regulates and licenses more than 300 schools offering short-term certificate training. The vast majority of schools are doing business the right way, she writes.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/mar/15/guest-opinion-state-regulates-private-career/

 

STUDENTS TO EXPLORE NURSING CAREERS AT UW SUMMER CAMP

The Sixth Annual UW Nurse Camp gives high school sophomores and juniors the chance to connect with nurses, faculty, students and staff at the University of Washington. They also receive CPR training and spend a few days at a clinic. Deadline to apply is April 15. http://nursing.uw.edu/nurse-camp

 

SPIRIT OF YOUTH 2014 AWARD RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING JUVENILE JUSTICE PARTICIPANTS
Do you know a young adult who has made great strides following involvement with the juvenile justice system? The winner will get a $1,000 scholarship to attend a Washington college, university, vocational school or trade program. Completed applications due by April 30 to pintorm@dshs.wa.gov  More info at 360-902-0821.

 

March 14, 2014

PRIVATE CAREER SCHOOL CONSUMER PROTECTION BILL BECOMES LAW
Governor Jay Inslee signed into law earlier this week a consumer protection bill requested by the Workforce Board and championed by Rep. Norma Smith and Sen. Barbara Bailey. This law expands the Workforce Board's consumer protection authority to cover all students attending licensed private vocational schools. See: http://1.usa.gov/PABjtq We also snapped a "selfie" with Governor Inslee at the bill signing. See our big Workforce Board smiles at: http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

 

SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE TO HOST DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Skagit Valley College is hosting a third annual "Celebrating Diversity in Education Conference" on April 24 in partnership with Whatcom Community College, Western Washington University and the Center of Excellence for Careers in Education. The conference is aimed at students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in teaching careers. More: www.skagit.edu/diversityinedu.

 

NEW GI BILL COMPARISON TOOL AVAILABLE FOR VETS

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new online tool that allows GI Bill beneficiaries to find out more about their benefits and compare the schools and programs available to them. Find out more: http://department-of-veterans-affairs.github.io/gi-bill-comparison-tool/. The Workforce Board is one of two state approving agencies that evaluates and approves education programs for veterans and those receiving GI Bill benefits. See: http://wtb.wa.gov/StateApprovingAgencies.asp.

 

VIDEO PROMOTES MANUFACTURING TO YOUNG PEOPLE
A new video from The Manufacuturing Institute was designed to show middle and high school students why manufacturing is a good career choice--from high pay to cool products. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJo1xlppqzg

 

March 6, 2014

NEW WHITE PAPER FEATURES CTE'S FAVORABLE RETURN ON INVESTMENT
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has released a new white paper on the benefits of Career and Technical Education, including the additional tax dollars that come to Washington for every dollar invested in Career and Technical Education. The state gains an estimated $9 for every $1 invested, according to the white paper, which cites the Workforce Board's 2014 Workforce Training Results for this and other data. Get the facts at: http://bit.ly/1f7yVz2. Find out more at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceTrainingResults.asp

 

WORKFORCE SNOHOMISH HIRING NEW CEO 
Sue Ambler, who has headed the Workforce Snohomish Workforce Development Council for seven years, has announced she will retire in August. Workforce Snohomish has posted the job opening at: http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/ceojob/

 

STATE'S SMALL BUSINESS LIAISONS INCLUDE WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF

Workforce Board Program Manager Mike Brennan is among the contacts provided to small businesses as part of an effort to better connect business owners with over 30 liaisons at 26 state agencies, boards and commissions. A former Bellingham-Whatcom County Chamber Director, Brennan has connections throughout the state with both workforce and economic development associations. See the list at: http://www.ora.wa.gov/documents/sbl_flyer.pdf

 

HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE TO BRING TOGETHER KEY PLAYERS
Bellevue College is playing host to the "Future of Healthcare in Washington," a one-day conference slated for April 2. Speakers include Susan Johnson, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Dorothy Frost Teeter, Director of Washington's Health Care Authority, among others. More at: http://bit.ly/MNDNm0

 

DIVERSITY CONFERENCE COMING TO YAKIMA NEXT MONTH
The first ever "Educational Attainment for All" diversity conference is slated for April 16 at Yakima's Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. It's sponsored by the Washington Student Achievement Council. The conference is focused on helping improve educational opportunities for historically underserved groups. More: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/ed-for-all

 

WORKFORCE BOARD HIRING NEW VOCATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST

The Workforce Board is seeking candidates to administer consumer protection programs at private vocational schools and community and technical colleges. Get the details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

 

February 26, 2014

 

WORKFORCE BOARD UPDATES EMPLOYER PAGE

The Workforce Board's Employer Page has new connections to the Department of Commerce and other partners. Check it out by clicking on "Industry" on the agency home page at www.wtb.wa.gov or directly at http://wtb.wa.gov/industry.asp.

 

PAC MTN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL MOVES BACK TO WORKSOURCE THURSTON

The Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council has relocated from Satsop to its old home at WorkSource Thurston, across the road from South Puget Sound Community College in Tumwater. The move back, which happened in October, connects administrative offices to frontline activity and enhances opportunities to partner with state agencies and elected officials. http://www.pacmtn.org/

 

PERKINS CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Workforce Board oversees funds received through the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act--a multimillion dollar grant that helps educators better prepare students for the workplace and post high school education and training. The Workforce Board also prepares and adopts a state plan that tracks state-level expenditures and establishes performance targets, with an annual report submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. View the latest report: http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp

 

COLUMBIA RIVER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL LAUNCHES INTERNSHIP RESOURCES PAGE

CREDC's Education Committee has created a new internship resources page to help Vancouver area employers find direct avenues to connect with local high school and college students. http://www.credc.org/services/internship-opportunities/

February 14, 2014

WASHINGTON WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Washington Workforce Association is recruiting for a new executive director. The association represents Washington's 12 employer-led Workforce Development Councils. Closing date is Feb. 18. http://bit.ly/1bPowYj

 

MICROSOFT SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES LAUNCHES

Microsoft has launched a new scholarship for high school seniors with disabilities who require financial assistance to attend a vocational or academic college program. Applicants must demonstrate a passion for technology and declare a major in engineering, computer science, law or business. Deadline is March 15. Get more details at this webpage:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx

 

COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGES FORM COMPOSITES ALLIANCE
A new alliance of community and technical colleges, dubbed "Composites Washington," is working together to strengthen workforce skills throughout this growing industry. The group is led by two Centers of Excellence: Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing at Everett Community College, and Marine Manufacturing and Technology at Skagit Valley College.

http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/general/documents/composites_WA.pdf 

 

SPOKANE STEM INTEGRATES WITH GREATER SPOKANE INC
Starting in January, the Spokane STEM Network is integrating more closely with Greater Spokane Incorporated. (GSI combines the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane Area Economic Development Council.) The integration seeks to align science, technology, engineering and math instruction with GSI's work-based education programs like Work 101, Teaching the Teachers and Business After School. http://www.greaterspokane.org/press-releases-and-news/1101-spokane-stem-integrates-with-gsi.html

 

WORKFORCE BILLS SURVIVING LAST WEEK'S LEGISLATIVE CUTOFF
See which workforce-related bills are still moving forward in the Legislature. Our Legislative Tracker includes over 70 bills of interest to the education and workforce community.

February 7, 2014

WORKFORCE BOARD LEGISLATIVE PAGE INCLUDES LINKS TO VIDEOS

Our Workforce Board staff is busy throughout this short but packed Legislative session. Catch up on key testimony via links to TVW on our 2014 Legislative Materials page. You can also keep up to date on workforce bills via our Legislative Tracker, updated daily. Both are at: http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

 

SBCTC RELEASES REQUEST FOR ADULT BASIC EDUCATION APPLICATIONS
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges invites applicants to apply for federal funds to provide Adult Basic Education services. Letters of intent are due Feb. 24. The grant application period opens March 4. Selected applicants will provide federally funded ABE starting July 1.
http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_e-abe_grant_rfa.aspx
 

 

MARK MATTKE RE-ELECTED TO U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS WDC
Workforce Board member Mark Mattke was re-elected to a third term on the Board of Directors of the Workforce Development Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mattke is the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council CEO.

 

NEW SYSTEM FOR GI BILL FEEDBACK 
Military and veteran students and their family members can now submit feedback on their experiences with education institutions while using their GI Bill education benefits. Government agency partners will review complaints to identify problems.
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/feedback.asp. The Workforce Board and Washington Student Achievement Council approve programs offered at Washington public and private institutions for veterans and those eligible for GI Bill benefits. http://wtb.wa.gov/StateApprovingAgencies.asp

 

NAWI CONFERENCE COMING TO PORTLAND IN MAY
CTE and STEM are featured at the May 21-22 annual National Association for Workforce Improvement conference. There's still time to pitch your presentation and/or register for the conference, which brings together teachers, workforce developers, counselors, administrators and business partners. http://www.nawionline.org/
 

January 23, 2014 

STAY ON TOP OF WORKFORCE BILLS WITH OUR LEGISLATIVE TRACKER

Keep up to date on workforce bills throughout the 2014 Legislative session, and view the bills our Workforce Board staff are tracking, along with presentations and materials, at: http://wtb.wa.gov/2014sessionbills.asp.

 

NEW REPORT RECOMMENDS IMPROVEMENTS TO STATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
An annual report that makes key recommendations for improving access to health care and increasing training opportunities for workers throughout Washington is available now. The Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force, convened by the Workforce Board, updates the Legislature each year on progress and challenges in the health care field. An analysis that shows the supply of health care graduates by profession is linked to the report. Also included is a link to a health care personnel skill gap analysis. http://wtb.wa.gov/HCTFIntro.asp

 

IT ACADEMY OFFERS FREE MICROSOFT COURSES AT LIBRARIES ACROSS WASHINGTON

Washington residents again have free access to a full range of Microsoft courses--from Office to Windows 8 to developer tools. These courses can be accessed at libraries across the state, including tribal, and community and technical college locations. By passing a certification exam or presenting a course completion certificate, they can validate their skills to employers. Contact Elizabeth Iaukea (elizabeth.iaukea@sos.wa.gov) with the Washington State Library for more information.

 

NEW RESEARCH OFFERS STRATEGIES TO HELP ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THE LABOR MARKET
A new report from the Seattle Jobs Initiative addresses employment and training strategies for English Language Learners.
http://www.seattlejobsinitiative.com/english-language-learners-report-webinar-2-4-2014/

January 14, 2014 

WORKFORCE TRAINING RESULTS REPORT AVAILABLE NOW
The 2014 edition tracks the results of 12 of our state's largest workforce programs and identifies in-process or potential improvements. Find out how many participants got jobs, how much they earned, whether employers were satisfied with worker training, and more. Want more performance details? Individual chapters for each program are online. Order a printed copy of the executive summary and review chapters at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceTrainingResults.asp

TRANSITIONING SOLDIERS TO BE HELPED BY $5.6 MILLION GRANT TO PACIFIC MOUNTAIN WDC
A National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor was awarded to the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to help about 900 airmen and soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord transition to civilian employment. The grant will provide case management, support services and training. http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20132414.htm

 

STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR SCHOOL COUNSELOR CONFERENCE

It's not too late to register for the Washington School Counselor Association Conference, Feb. 26 through March 1 in Seattle. Keynote speakers include Jodee Blanco, a best-selling writer on bullying, and state Superintendent Randy Dorn. http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org/

 

FAMBLES ELECTED TO LEAD WASHINGTON WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION

Cheryl Fambles, CEO of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, will serve a two-year term as president of the Washington Workforce Association. The association represents the 12 Workforce Development Councils in the state.

January 8, 2014 

WORKFORCE BOARD 2014 WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE

Check out the Workforce Board's new workforce system poster and get a quick overview of key programs, the people they serve, the state and federal funding they receive and the return on investment to participants and taxpayers. Order yours today at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceDevelopmentDirectory.asp

 

VIEW ANNUAL REPORT ON WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT IN WASHINGTON
See how Washington is implementing the federal Workforce Investment Act at both the state and local level in this 2013 annual report to the U.S. Department of Labor. The report was authored by the Workforce Board, Employment Security Department and the 12 regional Workforce Development Councils. http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_WIA.asp

 

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL LAUNCHES NEWSLETTER

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, headquartered in Vancouver and serving Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, has launched an updated newsletter that features news and information about how they're building a skilled workforce in their region. http://www.swwdc.org/news-info/newsignup.html

 

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF TRANSITIONS

New with the Workforce Board staff in recent months: Irene Tavai, reception and office support; Lindsay Elwanger, communications consultant; Nancy Broege, office assistant in the private career schools unit. Carolyn McKinnon has returned on a part-time basis as a senior researcher. Long-time staffer and recent retiree Martin McCallum has returned to help part-time with several projects.


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