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FEBRUARY 15, 2017

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS  STATE WORKFORCE PLAN IMPLEMENTATION IN MARCH
The Workforce Board will hear a progress report on how the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All"  (TAP) is being put into place at a March 8 meeting in Lacey. More details are coming soon. Find out more about TAP and the implementation committees supporting the plan at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp
 
VIDEOS HIGHLIGHT 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION WORKFORCE ISSUES
Watch Workforce Board staff testify before the Legislature on key workforce issues via TVW videos that take you where the action is, in legislative hearing rooms. Then click on "Bills of Interest" and see proposed workforce-related legislation that staff are busy tracking this session. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Legmaterials.asp
 
INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED TRAINING OFFERED THROUGH MAKE IT IN WASHINGTON GRANT
It's almost spring quarter and that means qualified manufacturers throughout much of Washington have another opportunity to advance their employees' skills and technological know-how through online training at Highline and Shoreline Colleges. It's one of the last opportunities to receive this subsidized training through a $2.7 million federal "Make it in Washington" grant the Workforce Board is administering from the U.S. Department of Labor.  Find out more at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/MakeitInWashington.asp or contact Mike.Brennan@wtb.wa.gov for more information.
 
NEW STUDY TO CONVENE FOCUS GROUPS TO UNCOVER REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The Washington Student Achievement Council has posted a request for proposals that will pull together focus groups with regional employers, education leaders, labor and industry, community groups, students, and parents to gain in-depth perspectives on local conditions affecting workforce, community, and educational needs in each region of the state. The study must include a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from all of the state's Workforce Development Councils. Proposals are due March 10. Find out more at: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/contracts
 
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 12th ANNUAL ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION BEST PRACTICES SUMMIT
The Center of Excellence for Clean Energy and the Construction Center of Excellence are hosting the 2017 Best Practices Summit, "Solutions for a Multi-Generational Workforce," on June 1-2 at Centralia College. Keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Taylor, an internationally recognized educator, expert, and consultant on educational practice and workplace management. The summit is aimed at energy/construction educators, industry, labor, and economic and workforce development professionals. Register: http://cleanenergyexcellence.org/summit/

 

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SCHEDULES 2nd TAP ACCELERATOR GRANT WORKSHOP FOR FEBRUARY 6
Governor Inslee has made available $2 million in grants to be awarded to demonstration projects that help Washington workers gain skills to move forward in their careers, while new workers "backfill" newly created openings that advancing workers leave behind. The Workforce Board has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to apply for these grants as part of the Upskill-Backfill demonstration project. The Workforce Board is hosting a question-and-answer session from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 6 for those interested in applying. It's part of a broader push to "upskill" Washington's workforce and "jumpstart" the state's workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All." Deadline to apply is February 28. More info, including application guidelines at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPAccelerator.asp

LEGISLATIVE MATERIALS ALL IN ONE PLACE
Keep up to date on workforce bills throughout the 2017 Legislative session, and view bills our Workforce Board staff are tracking, along with related materials. We've also added some photos of our Legislative staffers in action! See for yourself at: http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

GOVERNOR'S YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FEATURED ON KBTC TV NEWS PROGRAM
Representatives from the Governor's Office, the Department of Labor and Industries, and the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) were part of a TV panel that discussed the need to increase apprenticeships in Washington to fill the growing number of high-demand, high-wage jobs. They were interviewed on Northwest Now, a public affairs show which airs on the PBS station, KBTC. Part of their discussion centered on a new $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that is expected to help the state register up to 600 new apprentices in healthcare, education, construction, and advanced manufacturing. View the show at: http://www.kbtc.org/page.php?id=1923
 
AG-RELATED FIRMS ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE EDUCATION NEEDS SURVEY
The Workforce Board was awarded an $80,000, one-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to survey agricultural-related firms in 10 rural Washington counties. Firms are being asked whether they have sufficient access to educational resources for their employees, and what types of skills training and classes they would like to see offered in their area. Read more about the grant and take the survey at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/RuralEnterpriseGrant.asp

GOVERNOR INSLEE PROCLAIMS FEBRUARY CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH
Governor Inslee has issued a proclamation urging Washingtonians to celebrate career and technical education (CTE) throughout the month of February for its role in providing students "the opportunity to gain academic, technical and employability skills necessary for true career readiness." CTE is also being lauded at the national level this month, with advocates pointing to the role of high-quality CTE programs in helping students prepare for high-wage, high-skill careers through hands-on, relevant learning. Find out more: http://wa-acte.org/

 

JANUARY 20, 2017

 

STAY ON TOP OF WORKFORCE BILLS WITH LEGISLATIVE TRACKER
Keep up to date on workforce bills throughout the 2017 Legislative session, and view bills our Workforce Board staff are tracking, along with presentations and materials, at: http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp
 
NEW WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE NOW
The Workforce Board's popular workforce system poster is freshly updated and ready for 2017. 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
 
OSPI UPDATES CAREER GUIDANCE CURRICULUM RESOURCES FOR GRADES 6-12 
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has updated Career Guidance WA lessons for grades 6-12 to help students better prepare for college and careers after high school. These lessons reflect the new 24-credit diploma requirements. Teachers and counselors can also access templates, an advisory handbook, and planning tools to develop schoolwide programs that help students create a meaningful High School and Beyond Plan. http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/default.aspx
 
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
A new national report, "Work Matters: A Framework for States on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities," identifies state-level policy barriers that hinder employment of people with disabilities. The report, produced by the Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures, also showcases trend-setting initiatives in Washington including Governor Inslee's Executive Order which set a goal of a state government workforce including at least 5 percent people with disabilities. Read more: http://www.csg.org/NTPWD/
 
WASHINGTON STATE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHES
Students have until February 28 to apply for a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, which supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or healthcare. The annual awards range from $2,500 to $7,500 and are renewable for up to five years. https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/home

 

 

JANUARY 5, 2017
 
WORKFORCE BOARD TAP ACCELERATOR GRANT WORKSHOP SET FOR JANUARY 12
Gov. Inslee is making available $2 million in grants to be awarded to demonstration projects that help Washington's current workforce and new hires create pathways to gainful employment and higher wages, especially those at the lowest income levels or with other disadvantages. The Workforce Board has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for organizations to apply for these grants as part of the Upskill-Backfill demonstration project. The Workforce Board is hosting a question-and-answer session from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 12 for those interested in applying for these competitive grants. It's part of a broader push to "upskill" Washington's workforce and "jumpstart" the state's workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All." Deadline to apply is February 28. More info, including application guidelines at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPAccelerator.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS CAREER READINESS NEXT WEEK WITH STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Workforce Board meets January 11 in Tumwater, and in the morning will discuss, among other items, how to make workforce data displays more accessible and how the state's strategic workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP) is being implemented. The second half of the meeting starts at 1 p.m. and will be a joint meeting with the State Board of Education. Both boards will discuss efforts to define and advance career readiness. More: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Jan11agenda.asp

ANNUAL HEALTHCARE REPORT SHOWS PROGRESS, CHALLENGES IN TRAINING SUFFICIENT WORKFORCE
A new report from the state's Health Workforce Council provides solid data on the number of healthcare workers being trained in Washington and the growing demand for healthcare services as the state's population grows and ages. The report includes a look at key healthcare occupations, tallying the current supply of trained workers against projected demand. The report also includes recommendations to the Legislature for increasing training opportunities and placements, particularly in rural, underserved parts of the state. The Workforce Board staffs the Health Workforce Council. Read the report at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthWorkforceCouncil.asp

PACIFIC MOUNTAIN CEO APPOINTED TO SEATTLE BRANCH OF FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
Cheryl Fambles, CEO of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, which provides employment and training services to Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Grays Harbor and Thurston counties, has been appointed to the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank for a three-year term. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has several branch offices and provides wholesale banking services to financial institutions in nine western states.
 
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR AEROSPACE AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing has launched a new website that includes new ways to connect with and hire recent graduates from the state's community and technical colleges, new industry trends, including types of jobs available and salaries, and information to encourage more people to learn about the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry in Washington. Check it out! http://www.coeaerospace.com/

 

 


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