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July 19, 2017

 

WORKFORCE BOARD HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING TO TAKE ACTION ON UPSKILL-BACKFILL PROJECTS
The Workforce Board meets at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 27 for a special phone-in meeting to take action on a second round of Upskill-Backfill Projects. Governor Inslee has made available $480,000 in grants to projects that help Washington workers gain skills to move forward in their careers, while new workers "backfill" openings created by workers advancing to new positions. It's part of a larger effort to accelerate implementation of the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." More: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/July27agenda.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD ISSUES RFP TO STUDY STREAMLINING WORKFORCE SERVICES
The Workforce Board has issued a Request for Proposals for an analysis of different workforce intake processes around the state. This research will lead to a report recommending ways to better integrate a broad range of services, enhance accessibility, reduce duplication, and streamline customer intake at different state agencies and other partner organizations. Deadline for proposals is August 15. More: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPAccelerator_WorkforceServices.asp
 
JULY 30 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR WESTERN REGIONAL REENGAGEMENT PLUS CONFERENCE
Get the early bird rate on the Western Regional Reengagement Plus Conference, slated for December 6-8 in Tacoma, when you register by July 30. The conference focuses on reengagement services for young adults ages 16-24 through workshops, focused discussions, networking, and site visits in Pierce and south King County. Register and find out more at: https://s08.123signup.com/event/details/hftqc

PACIFIC MOUNTAIN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SEEKS NEW WORKSOURCE SITES
The Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council invites community organizations in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties to become WorkSource sites, helping to provide employment services to more people and businesses in the five-county region. A technical assistance conference for potential partners is set for this Thursday, July 20. Find out more at: http://www.pacmtn.org/creating-next-generation-worksource-american-job-centers/
 
WORKFORCE SNOHOMISH AWARDED $277,000 GRANT TO HELP HOMELESS VETS CONNECT WITH JOB TRAINING
The Workforce Snohomish Workforce Development Council received $277,000 to provide homeless veterans in Snohomish County with job training and support services to assist in their reintegration into the workforce. It's funded through the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service program. The Snohomish County initiative includes two employment navigators located in Everett at the WorkSource Snohomish County Service Center to provide in-depth employment assessments, individualized employment plans, and other services. More at: http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/inform/press/

 

June 20, 2017

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW TO DISCUSS IMPLEMENTATION OF STATE WORKFORCE PLAN 
The Workforce Board meets Wednesday (tomorrow) in Olympia from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will discuss progress in implementing the state's strategic workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP), among other items. The Board will also have an opportunity to review a statewide Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) negotiated among core partners that deliver services at WorkSource employment centers. Hear a narrated powerpoint on the MOU and get other meeting details at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/June21agenda.asp
 
YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP WEBINAR SET FOR NEXT WEEK
Learn more about youth apprenticeships at a webinar slated for Monday, June 26 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. presented by the state's Department of Labor and Industries and the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC). Register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3108515467483558915
 
CTE TEACHERS: APPLY FOR $100K HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS AWARD
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is offering three first-place prizes of $100,000, with $70,000 going to high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to individual skilled trades teachers. Seven second place prizes will also be awarded. Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, LLC supports the advancement of skilled trades education in public high schools and highlights how these programs offer pathways to graduation, good jobs, further education, and a skilled workforce. More details: http://www.harborfreightteachingprize.com

YES VETS CELEBRATES SECOND ANNIVERSARY, PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS HONORED
Washington's Employment Security Department, along with the state's Department of Veterans Affairs, recently celebrated the second anniversary of the YesVets program, a statewide initiative that promotes hiring veterans. Since launching in February 2016, roughly 450 employers have hired 1,300 veterans. Get more information about employers who were honored and learn how to enroll in the program: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/veterans-employers-celebrate-yesvets-veteran-hiring-initiative-with-flag-day-event-at-capitol
 
DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING FOR WORKFORCE BOARD'S SECOND PHASE OF UPSKILL BACKFILL INITIATIVE
The Workforce Board has issued a Request for Proposals for organizations to apply for a second round of funding for demonstration projects that are part of the "Upskill-Backfill" Initiative. Governor Inslee has made available $480,000 in grants to projects that help Washington workers gain skills to move forward in their careers, while new workers "backfill" newly created openings advancing workers leave behind. It's part of a larger effort to accelerate implementation of the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." Deadline for proposals is June 30. Learn more at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPAccelerator.asp


June 12, 2017

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS SECOND PHASE OF UPSKILL BACKFILL PROPOSALS, HOSTS WEBINAR TUESDAY
The Workforce Board has issued a Request for Proposals for a second round of demonstration projects that are part of the "Upskill-Backfill" Initiative. Governor Inslee has made available $480,000 in grants to projects that help Washington workers gain skills to move forward in their careers, while new workers "backfill" newly created openings advancing workers leave behind. It's part of a larger effort to accelerate implementation of the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." Learn more at a workshop on Tuesday, June 13 (tomorrow) from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. More details, including application guidelines, at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPAccelerator.asp
 
VIEW RECORDED BROADCAST FROM GOVERNOR'S SUMMIT ON CAREER CONNECTED LEARNING
On May 31, the Workforce Board co-hosted the Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning, drawing more than 1,300 participants focused on creating more career-related opportunities to prepare Washington youth for high-demand jobs. Didn't make it to the Summit? No worries! The Summit's General Session, held on the Microsoft campus, was broadcast live to two dozen regional sites that hosted local meetings. Watch a recording of the live feed with speeches from Gov. Inslee, and other industry, policy, and education leaders: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017051109
 
CAREER BRIDGE FEATURES NEW CAREER VIDEOS
www.CareerBridge.wa.gov, the Workforce Board's award-winning website that includes over 6,500 Washington education programs, now features videos for over 100 careers. One way to watch: Click on an occupation in the "View Job Trends" section of the site. The videos provide users a first-hand look at a career in a fun, engaging way. Subtitles are included. Videos are not available for all occupations. More videos will be added as they become available. Find out what it's like to be an anesthesiologist: http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/MoviePlayer.aspx?soc=291061
 
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF CTE
This summer, the national Association for Career and Technical Education will commemorate landmark events that charted the course to today's CTE, beginning with the Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act of 1917. This marked the first federal investment in high school vocational education, providing funding to states for agriculture, home-making and industrial education. http://www.acteonline.org/uploadedFiles/What_is_CTE/CTE_Awareness/CTE%20Timeline.pdf
 
SPEAKING OF CTE, IT'S TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE IN SPOKANE
The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education is hosting its annual summer conference at Spokane's Davenport Grand Hotel Aug. 6-9. The Workforce Board co-sponsors the annual conference which brings together hundreds of career and technical education educators from across the state and includes a wide range of workshops and presentations. More details at: http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

 

May 11, 2017

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR SECOND PHASE OF UPSKILL BACKFILL INITIATIVE
The Workforce Board has issued a Request for Proposals for organizations to apply for a second round of funding for demonstration projects that are part of the "Upskill-Backfill" Initiative. Governor Inslee has made available $480,000 in grants to projects that help Washington workers gain skills to move forward in their careers, while new workers "backfill" newly created openings advancing workers leave behind. It's part of a larger effort to accelerate implementation of the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." Learn more at a workshop Monday, May 15 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. More details, including application guidelines, at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPAccelerator.asp

CEO OF SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TAKES NEW JOB
Marlena Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County since 2009, has been hired by Grant Associates, a nationally recognized workforce development firm, to serve as vice president of public and private partnerships. Sessions will engage with national leaders around key issues facing local economies. More: http://www.grantassociatesinc.com/category/news/
 
HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY FOCUS OF NEW WORKSOURCEWA.COM CAREER PAGE
WorkSourceWA.com has a new webpage that helps jobseekers more readily find jobs in the hospitality industry, including information on how much jobs pay, training required to land a job, and a "quick search" tool that sorts openings by job title. Nearly a quarter million people are employed in hospitality in Washington and Gov. Inslee declared May 2017 as Hospitality Month. View the new webpage at: https://www.worksourcewa.com/microsite/Content.aspx?appid=MGSWAINFO&pageType=simple&seo=hospitality&scmdlCmscc=1
 
TIME TO REGISTER FOR GOVERNOR'S MAY 31 SUMMIT ON CAREER CONNECTED LEARNING
The Workforce Board is co-hosting the Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning on May 31. The Governor will speak at the Microsoft campus, along with industry, policy, and education leaders who will discuss how to create more career-related opportunities to prepare Washington youth for high-demand jobs. The Summit is the culmination of an 18-month Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning led by the Workforce Board and the Governor's Office. The main site at Microsoft is filled, but more than two dozen regional sites are hosting locally driven meetings and connecting to the central site through a live feed. Make sure you're part of these critical conversations, while hearing from top experts, at one of 27 regional locations. More info and registration: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp
 
REGISTER FOR 12th ANNUAL CLEAN ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION SUMMIT
The Center of Excellence for Clean Energy and the Construction Center of Excellence are hosting a 2017 Best Practices Summit June 1-2 at Centralia College focused on "Solutions for a Multi-Generational Workforce." Energy and construction educators, industry, organized labor, and economic and workforce development professionals are encouraged to attend. http://cleanenergyexcellence.org/summit/

 

 

May 2, 2017
 
WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS IN SEATTLE TO TAKE ACTION ON "UPSKILL BACKFILL" PROJECTS
The Workforce Board will meet at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County at 9 a.m., Wednesday and is expected to take action on several projects that are part of the "Upskill-Backfill" Initiative. 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 Board will also learn more about progress being made to implement the state's strategic plan "Talent and Prosperity for All" and how progress is being measured through frequent updates. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/May3agenda.asp
 
CAREER GUIDANCE WASHINGTON FEATURED IN NEW CASE STUDY
Career Guidance Washington and the AVID program are featured in a new publication released by College Spark Washington that offers case studies on the effectiveness of the two programs in preparing low-income students for college. College Spark Washington, working with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, invested $9.5 million in 2006 to fund a nine-year initiative that included grants to 39 low-income schools in Washington with an emphasis on personalized planning through the High School and Beyond Plan. Read more: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/pubdocs/IntegratedApproachtoCollegeCareerandLifeReadiness.pdf
 
PACIFIC MOUNTAIN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL HOSTS COMMUNITY MEETINGS THIS MONTH
The Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, which serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston counties, is hosting meetings throughout May focused on the "next generation of workforce services." What employment-related services do local jobseekers and employers need? Where should they access services? These questions, and others, will be addressed at the meetings. http://www.pacmtn.org/wp-content/uploads/Community-Meeting-Locator.pdf
 
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN FOR TWO NEW CTE COURSE EQUIVALENCIES
The State Board of Education has opened the public comment period for two new Career and Technical Education (CTE) course equivalencies for agricultural power and technology, and viticulture. The State Board of Education will vote on these two CTE course equivalencies at a May 10-11 meeting in Walla Walla. For more info: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/
 
TIME TO REGISTER FOR GOVERNOR'S MAY 31 SUMMIT ON CAREER CONNECTED LEARNING
The Workforce Board is co-hosting the Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning on May 31. The Governor will speak at the Microsoft campus, along with industry, policy, and education leaders who will discuss how to create more career-related opportunities to prepare Washington youth for high-demand jobs. The Summit is the culmination of an 18-month Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning led by the Workforce Board and the Governor's Office. The main site at Microsoft is filled, but more than two dozen regional sites are hosting locally driven meetings and connecting to the central site through a live feed. Make sure you're part of these critical conversations, while hearing from top experts, at one of 27 regional locations. More info and registration: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp

 

April 14, 2017

 

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR MAY 31 GOVERNOR'S SUMMIT ON CAREER CONNECTED LEARNING
The Workforce Board is co-hosting the Governor's Summit for Career Connected Learning May 31 at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. The Governor will speak at this event, along with industry, policy, and education leaders who will discuss how the state is creating more career-related opportunities to prepare Washington youth for high-demand jobs. The Summit is the culmination of an 18-month Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning led by the Workforce Board and the Governor's Office. More than two dozen regional sites are hosting locally driven meetings and connecting to the central site through a live feed, so participants can focus on local issues and hear from top experts at the same time. Co-hosts include the Governor's Office, Washington STEM, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Washington State University Extension. For more information on the Summit, including a link to register for the event, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp
 
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS RURAL MANUFACTURING GRANT ADMINISTERED BY WORKFORCE BOARD
A new video highlights the success of the Make it in Washington manufacturing grant administered by the Workforce Board. Now in its final year, the grant enables employees of qualified manufacturers to advance their skills through tuition-funded, online training. The Workforce Board is administering this $2.7 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Students in remote and rural areas are able to enroll in targeted, business-focused distance learning at Highline College and Shoreline Community College, and Washington State University. Summer quarter is coming soon! Get more details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/MakeitInWashington.asp. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/Xk7PgibxAOU 
 
WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS FEEDBACK ON PRIORITIES
The Workforce Board is seeking input from across the workforce system on which priorities the Board should focus on in the coming year. Over the past year, the Board has focused on the state's strategic workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP) and committees and agencies are in the beginning stages of implementing the plan. But as we drive changes on the ground level, the Board requests feedback in two areas: Which pieces of TAP should get more attention and why? What hasn't been covered by TAP and needs additional work or attention? Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NG3Q7XV
 
YAKIMA HOSTS YOUTH APPRENTICE SIGNING DAY
West Valley School District in Yakima is celebrating Yakima's first youth apprenticeship program at a community ceremony April 26, in partnership with the Governor's Office, Department of Labor and Industries, AJAC, and West Valley School District. This is the first youth apprenticeship embedded within the school day in any Washington school district. Students are enrolled in a three-hour block focused on machining and manufacturing for half their school day. The event's keynote speaker is John Aultman of the Governor's Office. West Valley High School was also selected as an award recipient and presenter by the International Center for Leadership in Education. School officials will speak about the youth apprenticeship program at the national Model School Conference in June. http://www.hs.wvsd208.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=148951&pageId=547246

 

 

March 22, 2017

WORKFORCE BOARD HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING MARCH 23
The Workforce Board meets Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. during a special phone-in meeting to take action on Upskill-Backfill grant applications which include seven demonstration projects totaling $1.6 million. The Upskill-Backfill Initiative is part of a broader push to upskill Washington's workforce and  jumpstart the state's workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All." More meeting details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/March23agenda.asp
 
STUDENTS TO BUILD TINY HOMELESS SHELTERS NEXT WEEK ON CAPITOL CAMPUS
Students from across the state will put finishing touches on 21 tiny homeless shelters as part of a day-long construction skills competition on Olympia's Capitol Campus next Monday, March 27. Students from Washington high schools, Skills Centers, and community and technical colleges, will demonstrate their technical skills, leadership, and teamwork in front of policymakers and the public. The first-ever Career and Technical Education (CTE) Showcase of Skills is being coordinated by the Workforce Board. Learn more at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/CTEHomelessHouseProject.asp. Be sure to "like" our Facebook page and spread the word at https://www.facebook.com/CTEShowcaseofSkills/
 
WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Herman Calzadillas has been named president and executive director of Washington Business Week. Calzadillas joined the organization in 2010 to help start programs such as Manufacturing Week, Energy Week, and Agri-Business Week to expand a lineup that already included Business Week, Healthcare Week, and Advanced Business Week. Founded by the Association of Washington Business in 1976, Washington Business Week gives high school students the opportunity to role play as industry professionals, launch a company, sharpen their communication skills, and solve real-world challenges. Students can apply now to participate in a summer program at: http://www.wbw.org/our-programs/summer/
 
WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS FEEDBACK ON 2017 PRIORITIES
The Workforce Board is seeking input from across the workforce system on priorities the Board should focus on in the coming year. Over the past year, the Board has focused on the state's strategic workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP) and committees are in the beginning stages of implementing the plan. But as we drive changes on the ground level, the Board requests feedback in two areas: Which pieces of TAP should get more attention and why? What hasn't been covered by TAP and needs additional work or attention? Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NG3Q7XV
 
WORKSOURCE SPOKANE AT FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE LAUNCHES VIDEO FOR VETERANS
Military members, veterans, and their dependents can learn more about employment and training services offered on the Spokane area Air Force base by watching a new video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9xx7EoR7ls&feature=youtu.be

 

FEBRUARY 28, 2017

 

BOARD MEETS MARCH 8 IN LACEY TO DISCUSS CAREER READINESS STRATEGIES
The Workforce Board meets March 8 to discuss career readiness strategies and hear legislative updates, among other items. More details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/March8agenda.asp
 
SAVE THE DATE FOR GOVERNOR'S SUMMIT ON CAREER-CONNECTED LEARNING
The Workforce Board is co-hosting a Governor's Summit on Career-Connected Learning on May 31. Other partners include the Governor's Office, OSPI, Washington STEM, and Washington State University. The event will be held at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, and will include multiple networked "virtual" sites across the state. The event convenes business, policy, and education leaders to launch a policy initiative and spread best practices to increase career-related opportunities in high-demand STEM jobs for Washington's youth. Washington was one of six states selected by the National Governors Association to participate in a policy academy. Registration will open in mid March. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp
 
CTE SHOWCASE OF SKILLS BUILDS HOMELESS SHELTERS MARCH 27 IN OLYMPIA
The Workforce Board is coordinating a demonstration project that showcases the skills of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students through a one-day competition on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. Students representing 21 high schools and Skills Centers, and four community and technical colleges, will demonstrate their technical skills to the public and policymakers as they build portable, energy-efficient homeless shelters. Learn more at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/CTEHomelessHouseProject.asp and be sure to "like" our new Facebook page and spread the word at https://www.facebook.com/CTEShowcaseofSkills/
 
AWB INSTITUTE HOSTS FIRST-EVER WORKFORCE SUMMIT ON MARCH 22
The Association of Washington Business Institute is hosting its first-ever Workforce Summit March 22 in Seattle. It is aimed at helping business owners, leaders, and human resources professionals harness talent and leadership skills in a multi-generational workplace. Keynote speaker is Rebecca Ryan, economist, futurist, and "human spark plug." Register at: https://www.awb.org/1/?cid=258

 

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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