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October 15, 2014

WORKFORCE BOARD HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING ON FRIDAY
The Workforce Board will hold a special meeting this Friday, October 17 at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Olympia to further discuss workforce themes for the upcoming legislative session and address the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including establishing timelines and committees to carry out this comprehensive workforce plan. Details: http://wtb.wa.gov/October2014agenda.asp

 

VIEW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS BY YEAR THROUGH 2019
The State Board of Education has created an easy way to view state graduation requirements by graduation year. The agency has also posted a video that summarizes and explains changes in graduation requirements. To see the exact requirements for a particular graduation year, go to: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/graduation.php

 

SIX WASHINGTON COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGES NAMED TO "DREAM LEADER" LIST
Six Washington colleges were named to the Achieving the Dream list of leader colleges. Three of the six were recertified: Highline College, Renton Technical College, and Tacoma Community College. Three others received leader status for the first time, including: Everett Community College, Lower Columbia College, and Pierce College. Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit organization that works with community and technical colleges to help students stay in school and earn a college credential, particularly students of color and low-income students. More at: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/documents/AtDleadercolleges09-26-14.pdf

 

WSSDA APPOINTS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TRAINING SPECIALIST

The Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) has named Tricia Lubach as its new Training Specialist for Leadership Development for central and eastern Washington. Lubach, who is based in Quincy, will provide school board members with professional development, training, and support. http://www.wssda.org/Portals/0/Communications/News%20Releases/Lubach%20NR%20wpic.pdf

 

SKILLS USA WASHINGTON NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Terri Lufkin of Vancouver, Wash., has been named new executive director of SkillsUSA Washington. She succeeds Bruce McBurney, a former CTE director with the Central Kitsap School District, who held the position for seven years. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. Lufkin's background includes YWCA management, community volunteerism, PTA leadership and fundraising. http://www.skillsusawashington.org/

October 6, 2014

WIOA OVERVIEW PROVIDES DETAILED LOOK AT NEW WORKFORCE ACT

Workforce Board staff have created an overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act that details major components of the act, timelines for implementing the act, new roles and responsibilities for workforce organizations, and opportunities to enhance the state's workforce system by including additional programs as part of the planning process and delivery system. View it at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp  

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING OCT. 17
The Workforce Board will hold a special meeting on October 17 at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Olympia to further discuss workforce themes for the upcoming legislative session and address the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including establishing timelines and committees to carry out this comprehensive workforce plan. Further details about the meeting agenda will be posted at wtb.wa.gov as they develop.

 

GOVERNOR LAUNCHES YOUTH WORKS INITIATIVE
The Workforce Board has been tapped by Governor Inslee to help lead a new career-connected initiative, Youth Works, to help Washington's low-income youth connect to learning that leads to viable careers. The state's Employment Security Department will administer $1.9 million in Workforce Investment Act discretionary funds. The state's 12 Workforce Development Councils will design and implement the programs. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/YouthWorks.asp

 

RENTON TECHNICAL COLLEGE, OLYMPIC COLLEGE NAMED AMONG TOP 10 TWO-YEAR COLLEGES
Renton Technical College and Olympic College in Bremerton have been recognized by the Aspen Institute as among the top 10 two-year colleges in the country. Two years ago, Walla Walla Community College shared the prize with a Santa Barbara college. This year Aspen is offering $1 million in prize awards. More at: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/09/renton-tech-olympic-college-make-top-10-list/  

 

AJAC NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) has named Demetria "Lynn" Strickland as the organization's new executive director. Strickland, a U.S. Army veteran and experienced manager in the for-profit, military, nonprofit and state sectors, formerly served as AJAC's deputy director. More at: http://www.ajactraining.org/wp-content/uploads/Press_Release-AJAC_Announces_New_Executive_Director.pdf

September 24, 2014

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF SEATTLE-KING COUNTY RELEASES "STATE OF WORKFORCE" REPORT 
The WDC of Seattle-King County has created a colorful, interactive State of the Workforce Report that highlights eight facets of community and economic data in areas such as jobs, industries, youth, education, demographics, and income. A series of graphics lays out these key areas, giving readers an at-a-glance look at the state's most populated workforce area. http://www.seakingwdc.org/StateoftheWorkforce.html

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, WIOA ON THURSDAY
The Workforce Board meets tomorrow at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Olympia to discuss workforce themes for the 2015 Legislative session. Board members will also weigh in on a variety of policy issues resulting from the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which replaces the long-standing Workforce Investment Act. Get the details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/September2014agenda.asp

 

WIOA IMPLEMENTATION FORUM SLATED FOR OCT. 29-30 IN YAKIMA
U.S. Department of Labor Region 6 Administrator Virginia Hamilton will discuss USDOL's efforts in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how this new act is likely to impact Washington's workforce system. The forum is sponsored by the Washington Workforce Association. A panel discussion will include Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis, along with Employment Security Department Commissioner Dale Peinecke. Jim Crabbe, Workforce Education Director with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and David Stillman, Assistant Secretary at the Department of Social and Health Services, also are on the panel. Register at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/860217

 

WORKFORCE SNOHOMISH SELECTS NEW CEO
Erin Monroe has been tapped to lead the Workforce Snohomish Workforce Development Council. Monroe succeeds Sue Ambler. Previously, Monroe served as the Chief Financial Officer at Workforce Snohomish, where she oversaw the Finance and Business Development departments. She is a certified public accountant with more than 25 years of business, accounting, and auditing experience in the private and public sectors. In her new role, Monroe will oversee a budget of nearly $9 million and a staff of 34. More about Workforce Snohomish at: http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/

 

OLYMPIC WDC ALSO HAS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Bob Potter has been named the new director of the Olympic Workforce Development Council, which serves Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties. Potter succeeds Doug Washburn. Potter started his career in the U.S. Navy and started working for Kitsap County in 1983. He has held a variety of county positions related to workforce development. Potter will be moving his office to the Bremerton WorkSource building soon. http://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/documents/News_Release_Bob_Potter.pdf

September 11, 2014

YAKIMA AREA STUDENTS PRODUCE CAREER VIDEOS ABOUT STEM SKILLS 
New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association, teamed up with the Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center's Digital Media Department to produce videos that highlight career options and skills needed in STEM professions. Students researched, wrote, conducted interviews, directed and produced the videos. View them at: http://vimeo.com/channels/639205

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, WIOA LATER THIS MONTH
The Workforce Board meets Sept. 25 in Olympia to discuss workforce themes for the 2015 Legislative session. Board members will also weigh in on a variety of policy issues resulting from the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which replaces the long-standing Workforce Investment Act. More on WIOA at: http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_WIA.asp

 

REGISTER FOR WOMEN VETERANS SUMMIT IN SPOKANE
The 2014 Women Veterans Summit: Dare to Dream-A Celebration of the Warrior Within is set for Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Spokane Convention Center. This free summit focuses on developing leadership skills, among other topics. http://www.dva.wa.gov/2014womensummit.html

 

DEADLINE NEARS FOR WA-ACTE FALL CONFERENCE PRESENTATION PROPOSALS

The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (WA-ACTE) is hosting a conference Oct. 30-31 near Centralia. Deadline to submit presentation proposals is September 19. Find out more at: http://wa-acte.org/confupcoming.php 

 

APPRENTICESHIP NEWS AVAILABLE ON LNI ELECTRONIC CALENDAR
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries apprenticeship unit regularly posts information on career and construction fairs and news about other apprenticeship-related events. See what's happening at: http://lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Apprenticeship/NewsEvents/Calendar/default.asp

August 28, 2014

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT
The Workforce Board meets Sept. 25 to discuss the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which replaces the long-standing Workforce Investment Act. Board members will weigh in on a variety of policy issues resulting from the new act. More on WIOA, including a new video from the U.S. Department of Labor, at: http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_WIA.asp

 

CAREER GUIDANCE WASHINGTON CLASSROOM LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has consolidated former Navigation 101 curriculum with new lessons to create Career Guidance Washington. The lessons are aimed at students in sixth through 12th grades and intended to boost the number of career and college-ready students in Washington schools. To obtain the lesson plans, contact Danise Ackelson at Danise.Ackelson@k12.wa.us. More info on Career Guidance Washington at: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/default.aspx

 

NEW REPORT FROM WORKFORCE CENTRAL OFFERS SNAPSHOT OF FUTURE WORKFORCE
A new report from Workforce Central examines Pierce County's workforce and details ongoing challenges between workforce supply and industry demand. The report includes an overview of the county's labor market and looks more closely at the youth pipeline and the particular skills and talents sought by area employers. More at: http://www.workforce-central.org/Home/Components/News/News/78/18?backlist=%2f

 

FREE "WHERE ARE YOU GOING" CAREER GUIDES AVAILABLE
It's the start of a new school year and the Workforce Board's popular career guides are flying off the shelf! Make sure you get copies of this free guide, which includes a career quiz, state labor market information on hundreds of occupations and a variety of career resources, including resume-writing and interview tips. Get the guide at: http://wtb.wa.gov/CareerGuide.asp

 

CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FOR PERSONAL FINANCE TEACHERS
Three Washington educators will have the chance to attend the National Jump$tart Educators Conference in Los Angeles, Nov. 8-10. Each year, the conference provides K-12 educators with financial education resources, personal and professional development, and other support. Deadline to apply is Sept. 12. More at: http://finlit.blogspot.com/2014/07/sponsorship-for-three-washington.html

August 21, 2014

TWO MORE WEEKS FOR EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE AEROSPACE SURVEY
September 1st is the deadline to complete Washington's Aerospace Survey, which invites input from aerospace and advanced manufacturing employers on hiring trends, skill gaps, demand for selected occupations, and education and training needs. The survey, now in its third year, was created by the Workforce Board and several partners, including the Aerospace Futures Alliance, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance. Take the survey and read previous survey results at: http://wtb.wa.gov/aerospace.asp

 

SOUTHWEST WA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL INCREASES INDUSTRY EXPERTISE ON BOARD
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council based in Vancouver, Wash., has added 12 new members to enhance its collaboration with key growth industries and enable it to further align workforce training and employment services with industry needs. Read more: http://swwdc.org/
 

NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP REPORT ANALYZES HOW WASHINGTON'S WIA FUNDS ARE USED TO BOOST SELF-EMPLOYMENT
The Workforce Board has released a new report analyzing the ways Washington's Workforce Investment Act Title I-B funds are being used to help meet the needs of WorkSource customers seeking self-employment preparation assistance. The report includes programmatic challenges, observations and recommendations. The report was funded by the Kauffman Foundation through a grant to the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Pinchot University. http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_WIA.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR STUDY THAT EVALUATES IMPACTS OF KEY TRAINING PROGRAMS
The Workforce Board is seeking proposals for a study that will evaluate short and long-term impacts of 13 training programs in Washington. The study, conducted every four years, helps measure the additional dollars earned by workforce program participants several years after leaving a program and projects overall benefits to participants to age 65. Questions are due to the Workforce Board by September 8. Proposal deadline is October 3. http://wtb.wa.gov/NetImpact2015.asp

 

MARLENA SESSIONS SAYS LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED ARE "UNTAPPED TALENT" IN SEATTLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Marlena Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, encourages employers to look more closely at those who have been out of work longer than six months in an August Seattle Business Magazine commentary. http://seattlebusinessmag.com/article/commentary-untapped-talent

July 31, 2014

"READY TO WORK" REPORT FROM VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN HIGHLIGHTS WASHINGTON'S SYSTEM
A new report from Vice President Joe Biden mentions Washington several times, most notably the state's performance measurement system that evaluates a range of workforce programs. Earlier this year, the Workforce Board convened stakeholders to provide input into a nationwide review of all federally funded employment and training programs. Vice President Biden led the review to make the nation's workforce development system more job-driven, integrated and efficient. Read the report and our state's recommendations at: http://wtb.wa.gov/ConsensusrecommendationstoBiden.asp

 

VIDEOS SHOW VALUE OF COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGES IN CREATING SKILLED WORKFORCE
The Association of Washington Business, in partnership with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, has created several videos that demonstrate the benefits to both employers and employees of targeted training at the state's community and technical colleges. Employers include: Inland Northwest Health Services, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and P&J Machining. Watch: http://vimeo.com/100519256 , http://vimeo.com/100519727 , http://vimeo.com/100519474

 

INSTRUCTORS TO TAP NEW "OPEN SOURCE" WEBSITE AND HELP STUDENTS SAVE MONEY 
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has launched OPEN Washington, a website that connects faculty to high quality open resources and reduces the need for students to purchase costly textbooks. The site includes training materials and a question-and-answer forum to help instructors learn about open licensing and how to use, license and modify open resources in their own teaching. http://www.openwa.org/

 

ANNUAL CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE STARTS SUNDAY  
The annual Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference is set for Aug. 3-6 in Yakima. The conference is co-sponsored by the Workforce Board and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Stop by the Workforce Board's booth to load up on the latest reports and posters. Staff will also be presenting at the conference on topics such as career exploration and Career Bridge, model Programs of Study, and how to communicate effectively with state elected officials. http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

 

HEALTH WORKFORCE COUNCIL MEETS NEXT WEEK IN PUYALLUP
The Health Workforce Council, overseen and staffed by the Workforce Board, meets Aug. 6 at Pierce College in Puyallup. The council, formerly called the Healthcare Personnel Shortage Task Force, will get an overview of the state's 2014 Health Care Innovation Plan Grant application. More meeting details: http://wtb.wa.gov/August2014HealthWorkforceCouncilmeeting.asp

July 17, 2014

WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT GOES TO PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE
An historic bipartisan bill that reauthorizes and amends the Workforce Investment Act has passed both the House and Senate and heads to President Obama for signature. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray played a key role in moving this bill forward. The new legislation forges a stronger connection between employers and education providers and puts a stronger emphasis on serving out-of-school youth and incumbent workers, among other features. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_WIA.asp

 

AEROSPACE SURVEY ASKS FOR FEEDBACK ON EXPANDING SUPPLY OF SKILLED WORKERS
The Workforce Board and several partners, including the Aerospace Futures Alliance, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, have launched a 2014 Aerospace Skills Survey. The survey, now in its third year, invites input from aerospace and advanced manufacturing employers on hiring trends, skill gaps, demand for selected occupations, and education and training needs. Take the survey and read previous survey results at: http://wtb.wa.gov/aerospace.asp

 

GOVERNOR'S COMMITTEE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR EMPLOYERS WHO HIRE THOSE WITH DISABILITIES
The Washington state Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is seeking award nominations for employers and individuals who make extra efforts to recruit, hire, promote and retain employees with disabilities. Governor's Employer Awards will be presented to up to 10 employers. Employers may nominate themselves and others. The Governor's Trophy honors one individual with a disability who has empowered people with disabilities to succeed in the community and workforce. Nominations are due by Aug. 30. More info, contact Elaine Stefanowicz at 253-312-5065 or estefano@aol.com 

 

"MAKE IT IN WASHINGTON" POSTER MAKES IT TO WASHINGTON
A poster that highlights a new project aimed at advancing the skills of rural manufacturing workers was selected to hang at the U.S. Economic Development Authority in Washington, D.C. The Workforce Board is administering a portion of a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Labor grant that pays for the Make it in Washington project. The project targets manufacturing workers in Washington's rural, economically challenged counties, who receive online training, technical certification and college-level classes through Highline and Shoreline Colleges and Washington State University's Global Initiative Program. Agency staff designed the poster. Take a look and learn more at: http://wtb.wa.gov/MakeitInWashington.asp  

July 2, 2014

NEW NAME, SAME MISSION FOR HEALTH WORKFORCE GROUP 
The Healthcare Personnel Shortage Task Force, staffed by the Workforce Board, has been renamed the Health Workforce Council. The Council was created to address severe and projected healthcare skill shortages in Washington. The Council is currently working with the State Health Care Innovation Planning team to make recommendations for potential federal funding related to national health care reform implementation. The next meeting is Aug. 6. More about the Council: http://wtb.wa.gov/HCTFIntro.asp 

ALAN BURKE NAMED WSSDA's NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Long-time education leader Alan Burke has been named new executive director of the Washington State School Directors' Association. Burke, currently deputy superintendent at the state's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) begins his new job Aug. 1. WSSDA is comprised of 1,477 school board members from Washington's 295 school districts. http://bit.ly/1o94xKM

INTERNS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER WORK AT CLARK COUNTY AREA BUSINESSES
Through a partnership between WorkSource, Vancouver Housing Authority and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, a supply of pre-screened interns will be available to work at Clark County area companies and have their wages paid at no cost to the business. Interns have been trained to provide administrative support and are available to work July through September. Interested businesses should contact Kristi Johnson at WorkSource at (360) 735-5081 or KRJohnson@esd.wa.gov.

VETERANS AND SPOUSES CAREER EXPO SLATED FOR JULY 15
Veterans and their spouses are invited to a free career expo at the Washington State Convention Center, Tuesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will meet with employers at a job fair and receive one-on-one resume writing sessions geared to veterans. Jobseekers should register by July 8 at:  http://tinyurl.com/pbey5z8. Preregistration is required for both veterans and exhibitors.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE  
It's time to register for the annual Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference in Yakima, Aug. 3-6. The conference is co-sponsored by the Workforce Board and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php 

June 19, 2014

CHIEF ECONOMIST TO PROVIDE REVENUE OUTLOOK AT NEXT WEEK'S WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING
Washington's Chief Economist Steve Lerch will present an economic and revenue forecast at the June 26 Workforce Board meeting at the State Investment Board in Olympia. The Board will also learn more about how the McCleary Decision affects state education funding and more about the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's focus on students in poverty. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/June2014agenda.asp

NEW VIDEOS FEATURE JOBS FOR WASHINGTON'S GRADUATES SUCCESS STORIES 
A series of videos featuring Jobs for Washington's Graduates shows how this program is helping young people stay in school and on track to their next educational step. Check out the videos on our Workforce Board website at: http://wtb.wa.gov/JWG.asp

WORKFORCE CENTRAL LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Workforce Central in Tacoma launched a new website last month, highlighting the organization's role as the central point of contact for workforce development in Pierce County. The new site marks the completion of Workforce Central's rebranding effort begun in 2012. http://www.workforce-central.org/

 

PROPOSALS FOR NAICS CODES CHANGES SOUGHT
The federal Office of Management and Budget, through its Economic Classification Policy Committee, is soliciting proposals from the public for changes in structure or content in the possible 2017 revision of the North American Industry Classification System. NAICS Codes classify businesses for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. economy.  Deadline for comments is July 21. https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/federal_register_notices/notices/fr22my14.pdf

June 12, 2014

WORKFORCE BOARD WEBSITE FEATURES NEW JOBS FOR WASHINGTON'S GRADUATES SUCCESS STORIES 
Get inspired by the stories of young people helped by Jobs for Washington's Graduates (JWG). Modeled on Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG), the JWG program helps young people stay in school and on track to their next educational step. JWG also helps students who have left high school reconnect to further education and jobs. http://wtb.wa.gov/JWG.asp

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM SHOWS SUCCESS AT WORKSOURCE SPOKANE
The new Ice House Entrepreneurship Program at WorkSource Spokane is showing promise. Funded by the Kauffman Foundation and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council began offering the curriculum in March. So far, 10 percent of participants have found full-time employment, and 60 percent have gone on to more training to help start their businesses. One business has opened and several more are expected to open soon. http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs176/1102932455659/archive/1117483648591.html

NEW CAREER BRIDGE CHANGE HELPS USERS TARGET EDUCATION SEARCHES
A recent format change to Career Bridge lets users more quickly narrow their search for education programs by county, zipcode, school, job title, and education type, among other categories. The site recently topped 6,300 education programs, including apprenticeships. www.CareerBridge.wa.gov

HELP OSPI DECIDE ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS FOR SMARTER BALANCED TESTS 
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is looking for 800 online participants to help determine what achievement levels look like for the new Smarter Balanced tests. Panelists will recommend an achievement-level score that demonstrates what students should know or be able to do to be "proficient" at each grade-level. Register: http://smarterbalanced.measinc.com/EventCode/100614

WSSDA SEEKS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Washington State School Directors' Association is seeking a new executive director to help lead the state school boards association. But don't delay! Deadline to apply is Sunday, June 15. http://www.wssda.org/AboutUs/CareersandContracts/WSSDAJobs.aspx

May 30, 2014

BOARD CHAIR CINDY ZEHNDER HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF SHORT-TERM TRAINING IN SEATTLE TIMES GUEST COLUMN
Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder wrote a guest column this month for the Seattle Times' Education Lab Blog focusing on the value of short-term degrees in high-demand areas, and how students who pursue these degrees are being rewarded with living-wage jobs in our state. http://bit.ly/SbIjxP

 

ONLINE INDEX DISPLAYS PERFORMANCE OF WASHINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Washington State Board of Education and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction have released a revised Achievement Index that identifies high-performing schools for recognition and low-performing schools for support. For the first time, the Index incorporates student growth data that can help chart improvements in bringing students up to standards. https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/WAI/

 

APPRENTICESHIP PERFORMANCE RESULTS INCLUDED ON CAREER BRIDGE
CareerBridge.wa.gov now includes performance results for dozens of apprenticeship programs, helping potential apprentices learn how much they are likely to earn, and how likely they are to land a job. This information is provided when data is available. To find out more about apprenticeships on Career Bridge go to http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Search_Program.aspx?cmd=saved&gsid=apprenticeship

REGISTER FOR WSCA/OSPI COUNSELOR SUMMER INSTITUTE
The Washington School Counselor Association and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are hosting a summer conference June 24-25 in Olympia that touches on a wide variety of topics, including student homelessness, discipline issues, financial aid, career guidance and more. Workforce Board Communications Director Marina Parr will talk about career guidance resources in a presentation including Danise Ackelson, OSPI program supervisor for guidance and counseling. http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org/

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR NINTH ANNUAL ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION BEST PRACTICES SUMMIT
Five of Washington's Centers of Excellence have joined together to offer a summit on energy, construction, homeland security, and marine and advanced manufacturing at Centralia College June 18 and 19. Industry experts will address climate change, carbon solutions and workforce impacts, among other topics. Find out more and register at http://conta.cc/RMcImm

May 15, 2014

NEW GRANT TO HELP RURAL WASHINGTON WORKERS ADVANCE IN MANUFACTURING

The Workforce Board is administering a portion of a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Economic Development Administration that provides education and training to manufacturing workers in rural, economically challenged parts of the state. The Make It In Washington Grant pays tuition and education expenses for workers to receive online training, technical certification and college-level classes through Highline and Shoreline community colleges and Washington State University's Global Initiative Program. More info: mike.brennan@wtb.wa.gov

HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL TASK FORCE TO DISCUSS EXPANDING APPRENTICESHIPS
The Healthcare Personnel Shortage Task Force, staffed by the Workforce Board, will meet May 19 to talk about expanding healthcare apprenticeships and review possible action items for 2014. The task force meets several times a year at Pierce College--Puyallup. More details: http://wtb.wa.gov/HCTFmeetingslist.asp

DVR SEEKS COMMENTS ON 2015 STATE PLAN
The DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is seeking comments on its draft 2015 State Plan that must be submitted to the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration no later than June 30, 2014. You can view the draft 2015 State Plan, including a schedule of public forums, on the DVR webpage: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/About/DraftStatePlan.aspx. All written comments must be received by DVR no later than June 10.

GREATER SPOKANE INC. HIRES NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO
The Board of Trustees of Greater Spokane Inc. has named Steve Stevens as new president and CEO. He succeeds Rich Hadley, who retired May 9. Stevens starts July 1 at Spokane's regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council. http://www.greaterspokane.org/press-releases-and-news/1113-gsi-hires-new-ceo.html 

REGISTER FOR NINTH ANNUAL ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION BEST PRACTICES SUMMIT
Five of Washington's Centers of Excellence have joined together to offer a summit on energy, construction, marine and advanced manufacturing, and homeland security at Centralia College June 18 and 19. Industry experts will address climate change, carbon solutions and workforce impacts, among other topics. Find out more and register at: http://conta.cc/RMcImm

May 2, 2014

 

PUBLIC REVIEW SOUGHT ON WIA PERFORMANCE TARGETS

The Workforce Board staff is preparing to negotiate with the U.S. Department of Labor on performance targets for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs for the 12 months beginning July 1. Information about performance levels under consideration will be available for public review and input through Tuesday, May 6. The Workforce Board will address performance levels to be proposed during its May 8 meeting. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WIAPerformanceTargets.asp  

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS TO VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN
The Workforce Board meets Thursday, May 8 in Olympia and is expected to take action on consensus recommendations to Vice President Biden and Washington's congressional delegation as part of a federal review of the national workforce development system. Workforce Board staff convened a Workgroup made up of a variety of stakeholders to participate in the process. More about the meeting at: http://wtb.wa.gov/May2014agenda.asp 

 

NEW OSPI SURVEY GAUGES CURRENT COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's Guidance and Counseling Program staff want to better understand the current status of local career and college readiness program development. They have created a survey to be filled out by principals and counselors. Note: OSPI asks that just ONE survey be filled out per school. Information is for research and planning purposes only. Please complete the survey by May 8. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1626938/Career-Guidance-Survey

 

REGISTER NOW FOR HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE EDUCATION TRAINING (HEET) CONFERENCE

The Hospital Employee Education Training (HEET) Conference is slated for June 6 at South Seattle College's Georgetown Campus. The conference will focus on trends and innovations in healthcare education. More info at: http://conta.cc/1rMMwm9

 

IGNITE DIRECTOR RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

Cathi Rodgveller, founder and director of IGNITE (Inspire Girls Now in Technology Evolution), has been awarded the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) 2014 Unsung Hero Award. IGNITE is a Seattle-based organization that promotes STEM careers to girls by connecting them to female role models, providing job shadows and field trips, and offering technical training. http://www.igniteworldwide.org/news/awards-recognition/ignite-director-wins-nape-award

 

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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