Last year, 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 co-chair the Core Team. (See sidebar.)
Governor's Summit Slated for May 31
|Register for May 31 Governor's Summit--NEW!
Join industry, policy, and education leaders working to increase career-related opportunities to prepare Washington youth for high-demand jobs.The 18-month Policy Academy culminates with a Governor's Summit on Career-Connected Learning May 31 at Microsoft
Register for central site or regional summit today!
It's easy to attend wherever you are in the state.
More than two dozen regional sites are hosting locally driven meetings and connecting to the central site through a live feed, so you can focus on local issues and hear from top experts at the same time.
The central site Summit in Redmond will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Regional sites at 27 different locations will focus on what leaders can do locally to make positive impacts for students and business. Those discussions will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Summit is hosted by the Workforce Board, Governor Inslee, Washington STEM, Washington State University Extension, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
|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.
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.
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
View the complete list of Core and Home Team Members
View past meeting materials
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)
Staff contact: Nova Gattman, Workforce Board Legislative Director, (360) 709-4612