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June 20, 2019

WORKFORCE BOARD HOLDS STUDENT DATA REPORTING WEBINAR NEXT WEEK
The Workforce Board is holding a webinar (offered on two different dates) to help staff at schools and colleges learn to more quickly and efficiently upload data to the agency’s online Student Data Portal, which opens July 1. The first webinar is Wednesday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The second is slated for July 9. No RSVPs are required. All private career schools licensed by the Workforce Board and schools with certain programs on the state’s Eligible Training Provider List are required to submit student data. Get more details at: https://bit.ly/2wnNMau

 

STATEWIDE RURAL VITALITY FORUM WEBINAR NOW ONLINE

The Workforce Board recently wrapped up a series of rural forums, traveling to locations across the state to hear stories and solutions from employers, employees, and the community to boost Washington’s economy. The Workforce Board received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to conduct the “listening tour” this spring in Toppenish, Aberdeen, Colville, and Quincy. The fifth and final forum was a statewide webinar that outlined feedback from previous forums and suggested next steps. This webinar was recorded in Wenatchee. View webinar: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/RuralCommunityVitalityForums.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFFS NEW OVERSIGHT BOARD

The Workforce Board was tasked by the Legislature to staff the new Workforce Education Investment Accountability and Oversight Board. The new Board was established during the 2019 legislative session to make recommendations on which workforce education priorities to fund as part of the Workforce Education Investment Act. The Workforce Board is working on nominations to seat the new Board. Get more information at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceEdInvestBoard.asp

 

SPOKANE CHOSEN AS SITE FOR NATIONAL WORKFORCE INITIATIVE AIMED AT CLOSING EQUITY GAPS

Spokane has been picked as one of five communities for a national workforce initiative that pulls together training and recruiting efforts to reduce equity gaps and drive a thriving economy. Greater Spokane Inc. will lead the local effort, which includes the Spokane Workforce Council, along with a wide range of both workforce and economic development partners, government agencies, and employers. Dubbed the Inclusive Development Network, the initiative aims to retain and recruit new businesses, and prepare workers for both new and existing jobs, with an emphasis on underserved populations. The program comes with a $60,000 stipend and is administered by the adult education and employment nonprofit, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). More: https://prn.to/2RnI7vs

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR PAVE THE WAY CONFERENCE IN DECEMBER

The Washington Student Achievement Council’s annual Pave the Way Conference is set for December 11 at the University of Washington in Seattle. The conference focuses on strategies to advance equity, increase college readiness, and broaden access to higher education in Washington. Session proposals are now being accepted. https://bit.ly/31KmMRG

 

June 5, 2019

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DEVELOP ACTION ITEMS AT LEAVENWORTH RETREAT THURSDAY & FRIDAY

The Workforce Board will hold its annual retreat Thursday and Friday in Leavenworth. The retreat kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a business meeting where the Board is expected to take action on performance measurements tied to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Board will also discuss its 2020 Legislative agenda, review and develop action items for the coming year, and discuss implementation of the state’s workforce plan “Talent and Prosperity for All,” or TAP. More details at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/June2019BoardRetreat.asp

 

CONSTRUCTION CENTER OF EXCELLENCE RECEIVES YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP GRANT
The Construction Center of Excellence, hosted by Renton Technical College,  recently received a $150,000 grant to expand apprenticeship pathways for high-school aged youth. The Center was one of nine grant winners funded by the national organization, Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship. The grant will support local employers, educators, community partners, and policy leaders who are working to build high-quality registered youth apprenticeship programs. More details: https://www.rtc.edu/cce-wins-grant

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CONSTRUCTION TRADES SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

The Washington Department of Transportation’s Office of Equal Opportunity is now accepting scholarship applications for On-the-Job Training Support Services in Highway Construction Trades. The scholarships are part of a larger effort to increase the participation of women, minorities, and other disadvantaged individuals in the federal-aid highway construction workforce. Find out how to apply and access application materials at: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/scholarship.htm

REGISTER NOW FOR WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE IN SPOKANE

It’s almost time for the annual Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference in Spokane, slated for Aug. 4-7. The Workforce Board is among the sponsors of this multi-day conference aimed at CTE teachers and administrators from around the state. http://www.wa-acte.org/summer

May 7, 2019

STATE TASKFORCE EXPLORES “FUTURE OF WORK” THURSDAY IN ELLENSBURG

A state task force focused on “future proofing” Washington’s workforce and businesses will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at Central Washington University’s Wellington Event Center. The meeting is open to the public. The Future of Work project, launched last year by the state Legislature and staffed by the Workforce Board, looks at how technological advances can help both Washington’s workforce and employers prosper together. The 16-member Task Force, made up of legislators, business, and labor leaders, is creating policy recommendations and success indicators to track progress. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/futureofwork_meetings.asp

RURAL COMMUNITY FORUMS COMING TO COLVILLE AND QUINCY NEXT WEEK

The Workforce Board is hosting a series of Rural Community Vitality Forums that ask local communities what’s working in generating a strong economy, and what’s not. The final forums are scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 in Colville and Thursday, May 16 in Quincy. The forums are open to all—employers, educators, service-providers, elected officials, jobseekers, and concerned citizens. The Workforce Board was fortunate to receive a U.S. Department of Labor grant to fund a nationally recognized facilitation team to capture comments and frame next steps. Get more details and register today: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/RuralCommunityVitalityForums.asp

SHARE YOUR HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE NEEDS: SENTINEL NETWORK EXTENDS DEADLINE
Healthcare providers from across the state are encouraged to answer a survey on their hiring challenges and skills that are hard to find. The Health Sentinel Network collects ground-level feedback at regular intervals to help ensure the state’s health workforce system is responsive to emerging needs. But don’t delay! The new deadline is Sunday, May 12. http://wasentinelnetwork.org/join

COMMERCE LAUNCHES “SCALE UP” PROGRAM TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GROW

The state’s Department of Commerce, partnering with the Thurston Economic Development Council’s Center for Business Innovation, has launched ScaleUp, a new program designed to help established small businesses get the financial expertise, operational efficiency, and marketing know-how needed to expand. Patterned after the Thurston EDC’s program, the statewide ScaleUp courses are delivered over five weeks, with one seven-hour class per week. These free classes start May 23 in Mount Vernon and May 28 in Yakima. More: http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/programs/scaleup/

LINKED IN OFFERS FREE TRAINING WEBINARS FOR CAREER COUNSELORS

LinkedIn continues to offer free training designed to help career counselors help their customers make better use of the LinkedIn online platform. Learn how to build profiles that attract employers, expand professional networks, and search and apply for jobs. The first training runs from 1-2 p.m., Tuesdays (May 14, 21, and 28). The second training runs from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Thursdays (May 16, 23, and 30). More details and register at: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/98686

IAWP CONFERENCE FEATURES “FUTURE OF WORK,” CAREER BRIDGE UPDATES

If you’re headed to the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) conference in Tukwila this week (May 9-10), be sure to attend breakout sessions led by Workforce Board staff. Joe Wilcox will talk about the groundbreaking “Future of Work” project he’s helping manage, which explores the rise in automation and artificial intelligence and how these changes are disrupting the workforce. Communications Director Marina Parr (hey, that’s me!) will reveal exciting upgrades for CareerBridge.wa.gov, including a new digital portfolio: https://waiawpannualconference.weebly.com/

 

April 16, 2019

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS PLANNING PRIORITIES AT APRIL 24 MEETING IN LACEY

The Workforce Board will discuss priorities for the latest revision to the state’s workforce plan “Talent and Prosperity for All,” (TAP), on Wednesday, April 24 in Lacey. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and also includes a legislative update. More details coming soon! www.wtb.wa.gov

RURAL COMMUNITY FORUMS ASK WHAT’S WORKING, WHAT’S NOT?--FROM TOPPENISH TO ABERDEEN

The Workforce Board is hosting four Rural Community Vitality Forums that ask local communities what’s working in generating a strong economy, and what’s not. The first forum kicks off next Tuesday, April 23 in Toppenish. The second forum follows close behind, on Thursday, April 25 in Aberdeen. Two more forums are scheduled for May 14 in Colville and May 16 in Quincy. The forums are open to all—employers, educators, service-providers, elected officials, jobseekers, and concerned citizens. The Workforce Board was fortunate to receive a U.S. Department of Labor grant that helps fund a nationally recognized facilitation team who will help capture comments and frame next steps. Get more details and register today for a forum near you: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/RuralCommunityVitalityForums.asp

STATEWIDE HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER SUMMIT SLATED FOR APRIL 26 IN BELLINGHAM

A statewide summit on healthcare careers focused on reducing health professional shortages, helping students find pathways to meet their professional career goals, and building a more diverse workforce is set for Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. The summit is aimed at community and technical college health science and workforce program educators, STEM and CTE teachers, and guidance and career counselors and advisors. The summit is the work of the Area Health Education Center for Western Washington and Allied Health Center of Excellence based at Yakima Valley College, along with the University of Washington School of Medicine, and representatives of OSPI and WA-ACTE.  Clock hours are available, including STEM. Register at: https://form.jotform.com/cjensen/nw-health-career-path-summit

WENATCHEE EIGHTH GRADERS TO PARTICIPATE IN PIZZA, POP, & POWER TOOLS EVENT

Eighth grade girls in the Wenatchee School District will get to weld, operate heavy equipment, use power tools and machining equipment, and scale a 30-foot power pole, among other activities, as part of “Pizza, Pop, and Power Tools” on May 7. This popular event, which launched in Spokane, is meant to encourage girls to explore a variety of non-traditional careers for women. Organizers hope more girls enroll in high school career and technical education (CTE) classes in construction trades and welding, and move forward with vocational training after high school, including apprenticeships. More details: https://www.wenatcheeschools.org/wl/programs/pizza-pop-power-tools

WASHINGTON’S LARGEST YOUNG ADULT JOB FAIR RETURNS TO TACOMA DOME APRIL 23

JobFest, the state’s largest job fair aimed at 16- to 24-year-olds, is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the Tacoma Dome. An estimated 100 exhibitors will be on hand, many of whom will be interviewing applicants on the spot. Young adult job seekers can register in advance to receive special information about JobFest VIP sessions. Get more details and register for this free event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jobfest-2019-registration-53664249214?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

March 20, 2019

FUTURE OF WORK FEATURED AT UPCOMING ESD ECONOMIC SYMPOSIUM

Join economic and workforce development colleagues on April 1 at the 2019 Economic Symposium hosted by the Washington Employment Security Department’s Labor Market and Economic Analysis division in Seattle. The Workforce Board’s own Lew McMurran and Joe Wilcox, who are co-managing the agency’s Future of Work project, will lead a break-out session focused on workforce trends and “future proofing” Washington’s workers and businesses. Get more details about the symposium and register at: https://esd.wa.gov/2019-Symposium/register

LINKEDIN TRAINING AVAILABLE TO WASHINGTON CAREER COUNSELORS

LinkedIn is providing two training sessions to Washington career counselors, including a webinar slated for 1 p.m. tomorrow, so counselors can learn how to better assist jobseekers in using LinkedIn for networking and job search. Job counselors will learn how to build profiles that attract employers, expand professional networks, and search and apply for jobs. More details: Thursday, March 21 at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at 10 a.m.

HEALTH SENTINEL NETWORK OPEN, JOIN TODAY!

The Health Sentinel Network is currently recruiting volunteer healthcare employers for an ongoing project tracking Washington’s rapidly changing health workforce. The project is a Workforce Board collaboration with the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies. The project, launched in 2016, collects key data at regular intervals from sentinel healthcare industry employers and provides rapid turnaround of information about emerging issues affecting employers, educators, training institutions, and other stakeholders. More at: www.wasentinelnetwork.org. Already a Sentinel?

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HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY OUTREACH FUNDING AVAILABLE
Washington’s Department of Transportation is holding a series of public meetings starting April 3 in Yakima to provide more information about grant funding that pays for outreach to women, minorities, and other socially and economically disadvantaged populations interested in highway construction careers. It’s part of the PASS (Pre-Apprenticeship Support Services) grant program aimed at helping create greater diversity in the highway construction workforce. The meetings are aimed at nonprofit organizations providing employment assistance and other support services. More details: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/pass.htm

SPOKANE WORKFORCE CEO ELECTED TO LEAD NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

Mark Mattke, CEO of the Spokane Workforce Council, has been elected president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council. The Council is comprised of workforce leaders from urban areas across the country who help shape national policy and craft innovative approaches to building strong and effective local workforce systems.

February 27, 2019

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS MARCH 13 TO DISCUSS TAP GOALS

The Workforce Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting March 13 in Olympia. On the agenda: Recommitting to goals outlined in “Talent and Prosperity for All” (TAP), the state’s strategic plan for workforce development. Board members will also hear a presentation focused on their role in helping steer career and technical education (CTE) in Washington. More details coming soon! http://www.wtb.wa.gov/March2019meeting.asp

FUTURE OF WORK FEATURED AT UPCOMING ESD ECONOMIC SYMPOSIUM

Join economic and workforce development colleagues on April 1 at the 2019 Economic Symposium hosted by the Washington Employment Security Department’s Labor Market and Economic Analysis division in Seattle. The Workforce Board’s own Lew McMurran and Joe Wilcox, who are co-managing the agency’s Future of Work project, will lead a break-out session focused on workforce trends and “future proofing” Washington’s workers and businesses. Get more details about the symposium and register at: https://esd.wa.gov/2019-Symposium/register

A FEW DAYS LEFT TO CELEBRATE CTE MONTH

Every February, the CTE community celebrates CTE Month, to raise awareness about the role that career and technical education plays in helping students prepare for careers and college. Sure, it’s almost the end of the shortest month of the year, but you still have time to throw a bit of confetti, and learn more about the power of CTE at: https://www.careertech.org/cte-month-campaign

AWB WORKFORCE SUMMIT FOCUSES ON EMPLOYEE CULTURE

The Association of Washington Business is hosting a third annual workforce summit March 6 at the Bellevue Hilton. The half-day event is focused on helping businesses retain their employees, by digging into issues ranging from financial stress to mental health to lack of access to childcare. More info and registration details: https://www.awb.org/olympia-business-watch/?bid=20146

READY WASHINGTON LAUNCHES “PLAN YOUR PATH” STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST
Ready Washington has launched a student video contest to help Washington high school students think about, and articulate, their education and career goals in 30 seconds or less.  Ready WA is a coalition of 20-plus state and local agencies, associations and advocacy organizations focused on helping high school students prepare for further education and careers. Deadline is Friday, March 8, so don’t delay. More details: https://readywa.org/planyourpathwa2019/

 

February 7, 2019

FUTURE OF WORK TASK FORCE POSTS PLAN OF ACTION FOR 2019

The Future of Work Task Force has released its Plan of Action for 2019, identifying 10 policy areas to explore this year. The Task Force also identified four key economic and workforce trends to examine, including growth of income disparity across populations, geography, and business sectors; and changing skills needed for workers to attain and perform quality jobs. The Task Force includes six members each from the state’s business and labor communities, and one legislator from each of the four legislative caucuses. The Workforce Board heads up the Future of Work project, which was funded by the 2018 Legislature and signed into law by Governor Inslee. Read the Plan of Action and find out more at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/futureofwork.asp

STAY ON TOP OF WORKFORCE BILLS WITH LEGISLATIVE TRACKER

Follow workforce bills throughout the 2019 Legislative session. View some of the (many!) bills our Workforce Board staff are tracking, along with presentations and materials. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

STUDENT LOAN ADVOCATE HIRED TO HELP WASHINGTON BORROWERS

A student loan advocate housed at the Washington Student Achievement Council is now available to help student loan borrowers by providing reliable and timely information about a variety of repayment issues. It’s a new position that stems from state legislation that passed last year to improve consumer protection for students. Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office requested the bill, known as the Student Loan Bill of Rights. More information: https://bit.ly/2DcrZGo

NEW CEO NAMED FOR CAREER PATH SERVICES

Cami Eakins has been appointed as the next CEO of Career Path Services, starting October 1. Eakins has served as the organization’s Chief Operations Officer for the last nine years. She succeeds current CEO George Iranon, who will retire after 39 years at Career Path Services, the last 12 years as CEO. Career Path Services, headquartered in Spokane, is a non-profit organization that serves youth, low-income adults,  dislocated workers, and employers at WorkSource career centers in many areas of the state. https://careerpathservices.org/news/

FEDERAL RESERVE DISTRIBUTES NEW BOOK TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR WORKERS, EMPLOYERS
The Federal Reserve System is distributing a new three-volume book that offers research, best practices, and resources from a wide range of respected sources on workforce development. The book is part of a larger initiative dubbed “Investing in America’s Workforce,” focused on the U.S. reaching its full economic potential by better aligning workforce skills with employer needs. Order a hard copy of the book, or download sections at: https://www.investinwork.org/book

 

January 24, 2019

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS ECONOMIC CYCLE PLANNING AT NEXT WEEK’S MEETING

The Workforce Board meets next Wednesday at the Lacey Community Center at 9 a.m., and will hear from the state’s Employment Security Department and other partners on how they’re using “economic cycle planning” to prepare for, and better respond to, the next economic downturn. The Board will also hear a legislative update on workforce bills of interest for the 2019 session. More meeting details at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/January2019meeting.asp

NEW WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE—AND IT’S FREE!

The Workforce Board’s popular workforce system poster is freshly updated and ready for 2019. Make sure to order copies of this handy overview of the programs that make up 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 often referred to as “America’s favorite matrix,” at least by staff in our office. It’s free and perfect for cubicle and office walls. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceDevelopmentDirectory.asp

RESOURCES FOR FURLOUGHED FEDERAL WORKERS AVAILABLE IN ONE PLACE

Resources aimed at federal workers furloughed because of the federal government shutdown have been consolidated on a new web page created by the Governor’s Office. This page includes links to unemployment benefits; financial assistance, including information on loans; veterans’ resources; food assistance; and more. An estimated 13,000 public employees in Washington work for agencies affected by the shutdown. More: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/budget/federal-government-shutdown-resources

CTE VIDEO CONTEST FOR 2019—HELP STUDENTS TELL THEIR STORIES!

The Workforce Board has launched a new edition of our CTE “Get Real” Video Challenge. This year’s winning teams can earn as much as $250 for their high school or middle school career and technical education department. All it takes is a cell phone, some creativity, and meeting a few contest guidelines. Get all the details at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/CTEvideoproject.asp. Need some inspiration? Check out winning videos from last year’s contest on Career Bridge’s CTE page. http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Page.aspx?cid=1052

WA-ACTE CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS FOR SUMMER CONFERENCE

The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education is seeking presentation proposals for their summer conference, slated for August 4-7 at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane. Look for registration details in March. More: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SC2019CFP

 

January 3, 2019

STAY ON TOP OF WORKFORCE BILLS WITH LEGISLATIVE TRACKER

Follow workforce bills throughout the 2019 Legislative session. View bills our Workforce Board staff are tracking, along with presentations and materials at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

WASHINGTON’S MINIMUM WAGE CLIMBS TO $12 PER HOUR

The minimum wage in Washington has increased to $12 per hour, starting January 1, for workers age 16 and older. Under state law, tips do not count toward a worker’s minimum wage. Also, employers can pay workers under 16 years old 85 percent of the minimum wage. For 2019, that comes out to $10.20. When Initiative 1433 passed in 2016, it set a schedule for Washington’s minimum wage over a four-year period. In 2020, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $13.50. More details: https://bit.ly/2PQsBWA

SURVEY PROVIDES WASHINGTON NURSING WORKFORCE SNAPSHOT

A new report from the Washington Center for Nursing surveyed over 9,200 nurses from across the state and looked at career satisfaction, salary, and hours worked, among other items. The Nursing Center, in conjunction with the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, produced the report which focused on the supply of nurses and workforce demographics. The report also shed light on how nurses feel about their current roles and outlook for the future. The Workforce Board staffs the Health Workforce Council, which addresses current and projected shortages of Washington healthcare workers, including nurses. More: https://www.wcnursing.org/washington-states-registered-nurse-workforce-results-of-a-2018-survey/

ABLE PLAN HELPS THOSE WITH DISABILITIES SAVE, REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS

The state’s Department of Commerce encourages those with disabilities and their families to start the New Year by opening a tax-advantaged Washington ABLE Savings Plan. The plan, which launched last summer in Washington, is part of a larger federal program that allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for their everyday needs without losing their state or federal benefits. Qualified expenses include everything from employment and training support to housing, transportation, and assistive technology. More: https://www.washingtonstateable.com/

 

TEDxTACOMA VIDEOS FEATURING MILITARY TRANSITIONS NOW ONLINE

A TEDxTacoma event aimed at life transitions, including moving between the military and civilian world, was recorded and is now online. Modeled after the popular TED talks, where speakers tackle important topics during, short, powerful presentations, local TEDx talks focus on community issues. The event was held in November at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and included Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. Lead sponsors were the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and Workforce Central. Watch the videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CyOcr1Gizk&feature=youtu.be


 

 


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