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Workforce Education Investment Accountability and Oversight Board

This new Board was established by the Legislature in 2019 to make recommendations on workforce education priorities to fund as part of the Workforce Education Investment Act.

The Act, also created in 2019, established an account that helps low and middle income Washington students pay for higher education. The account also boosts funding to community and technical colleges, public four-year colleges and universities, and apprenticeships. The account is paid for through increases in Washington's business and occupation (B&O) tax, with the largest share coming from Seattle high tech companies Amazon and Microsoft. Also paying into the account are companies that employ high-skill workers in areas like accounting, engineering, architecture and consulting firms. The B&O tax increase is expected to raise almost $1 billion over four years.

The Workforce Education Investment Accountability and Oversight Board includes 17 members. A primary role will be to ensure that investments are effectively increasing student success and career readiness, increasing retention, completion, and job placement rates.

Workforce Board staffs the new oversight board

The Workforce Board staffs the new Board and is working on nominations to seat the Board. Information on the status of this Board will be posted here, so watch for updates. If you want to be notified about the Board, please send us an email at workforce@wtb.wa.gov and include the Board's name in the subject line.

Stay connected in other ways

Interested in workforce news? Be sure to sign up for the Workforce Board's twice-monthly newsletter on statewide education and workforce issues. You can also get more information about our Future of Work project.

Staff contact: Nova Gattman, Workforce Board Deputy Director for External Affairs

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