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Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning-National Governors Association

Grant Overview

Washington was awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Governors Association to create a policy framework to increase work-based learning for youth ages 16-29, particularly in STEM fields. The Workforce Board was honored to be asked by Governor Inslee to lead the effort on the policy academy. The Workforce Board and the Governor's Office will co-chair the Core Team.


Governor's Summit Slated for May 31
The Policy Academy will culminate with a Governor's Summit on Career-Connected Learning on May 31. The Summit will be hosted at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond. There will also be approximately 20 regional conference sites around the state that will include some of the main site programming, but also programs tailored to individual regions along with locally focused discussions. 
Registration information coming soon!



Read the news release about 21 "learning laboratories" selected by Gov. Inslee, Washington STEM and the Workforce Board awarded funding to explore best practices in career-connected learning.


Survey to Help Identify Work-Based Learning Programs in Washington

Do you staff a program that has work-based learning components? Take this survey to help create an asset map of all available work-based learning programs in Washington. This will help shape recommendations to policymakers and others on how to expand these types of programs.



Work-based learning longtime goal

Increasing access to work-based learning is a longstanding initiative of the Workforce Board and its Core Team partners. The Policy Academy will work to connect young adults to middle-skill opportunities in STEM fields, including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, IT, and energy.

Six states involved

Six states, including Washington, were selected to participate. The other states include: Indiana, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, and Utah. These states will work together to develop individual state policies, share what they've learned, and look for federal policy reform opportunities.

NEW! March 31, 2017 Policy Academy Team Meeting

Location: State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

                  1300 Quince St SE, Olympia, WA 98504

Time: Please hold 9:00 - 4:00 on your calendars.

Parking: Parking pass required


State Core Team Members

  • Association of Washington Business
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Employment Security Department
  • Governor's Office
  • Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Washington Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Washington STEM
  • Workforce Board

Complete list of Core and Home Team Members

Join our Home Team!

Not a member of the state's Core Team? We still want your input. The Workforce Board is recruiting members for a Home Team that serves as an advisory board for the Core Team.

Winning poster from 2016 Utah conference: The Workforce Board's poster on work-based learning challenges and solutions won first place among six states. Check it out!

One Sheet on Initiative (PDF)

Information on Learning Laboratories (PDF)

Preliminary Performance Assessment Plan (PDF)

Proposed Work-Based Learning Definition (PDF)

STEM Middle School Labor Market Outlook (PDF)

Past Meeting Information

September 28, 2016

April 27, 2016

March 2, 2016


Staff contact: Nova Gattman, Workforce Board Legislative Director, (360) 709-4612



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