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Washington State Workforce Development Newsletter Archive

 

2016

 

December 20, 2016

 

GOVERNOR INSLEE PROVIDES $2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO UPSKILL WASHINGTON'S WORKFORCE

Gov. Inslee is making available some $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 Governor is deploying funds through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 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. Gov. Inslee has also earmarked an additional $1 million in federal workforce funds to help a broad coalition of individuals and organizations implement additional components of the state's workforce plan. More info, including application guidelines at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPAccelerator.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD HOLDS JOINT MEETING JANUARY 11 WITH STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Workforce Board meets January 11 in Tumwater and will spend the meeting's first half discussing, 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 is being held in conjunction 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

 

CLARK COUNTY SKILLS CENTER GETS NEW NAME

Clark County Skills Center has been renamed Cascadia Technical Academy. The newly renamed academy, which got its start in 1983, is jointly operated by nine school districts in southwest Washington and Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver. High school students from participating districts are able to enroll in a variety of career-focused programs, including medical sciences, automotive technology, aviation technology, construction technology, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary, dental, homeland security and more. More at: http://www.ccskillscenter.com/about-us.html

 

PACIFIC NORTHWEST AEROSPACE ALLIANCE TO HOST 16th ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN FEBRUARY

The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance is hosting a conference Feb. 13-16 in Lynnwood, dubbed "The Competitive Edge: Implementing Technology & Innovation." Register for the conference and hear about dramatic advancements in technology and operational innovations currently being applied in aerospace technology. More: http://pnaa.net/events/annual-conference/2017-conference

 

OSPI EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON NEW ESSA PLAN

 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has extended the public comment period into February for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Draft Consolidated Plan. ESSA is the federal education law that governs K-12 public education policy in the U.S. The Consolidated Plan, released in mid November, details how Washington will implement ESSA, according to six core concepts. To make comments and get more info: http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/ESSA/default.aspx

 

 

December 6, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD RELEASES BEHAVIORAL HEALTH REPORT

The Workforce Board, in partnership with the Health Workforce Council, has released a new report that includes recommendations to policymakers on ways to address shortages, distribution challenges, and retention issues in the behavioral health workforce. The project is supported by Gov. Inslees's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act discretionary funding. Phase Two of this work will continue in 2017 with a final report due next December. Read the Phase One report at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/behavioralhealthgroup.asp

 

WORKFORCE SNOHOMISH CONVENES EMPLOYER ROUNDTABLES TOMORROW

Industry employers representing manufacturing, healthcare, and retail will gather tomorrow, Dec. 7, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. for a Sector Partnership Town Hall at Workforce Snohomish in Everett. It's a quarterly effort to bring together area employers, workforce, and education partners to discuss and propose solutions to regional workforce challenges. Find out more: http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/company/events.html

 

ADVANCE CTE AWARD APPLICATION DEADLINE NEARS

Advance CTE, the national organization representing Career and Technical Education, is seeking nominations of innovative CTE programs of study from across the nation at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in May 2017 in Washington, D.C. Deadline to apply is December 14. More: https://careertech.org/excellence-action-award

 

STILL TIME TO COMMENT ON STATE'S DRAFT EDUCATION PLAN

The public is invited to comment on a draft plan that provides details on how Washington state will implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind. The state's plan outlines six core concepts, including long term goals and measurement of interim progress, support for excellent educators, and support of all students, among others. Deadline to comment on the plan is December 15. Learn more at: http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/ESSA/default.aspx

 

CTE SHOWCASE OF SKILLS HOMELESS HOUSE PROJECT SEEKS SUPPORT

The Workforce Board is putting together a demonstration project that showcases the skills of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students through a one-day competition on Olympia's Capitol Campus in March of 2017. The competition features 25 teams from Washington high schools, Skill Centers, and community and technical colleges. Find out more about this project that helps shelter the homeless and builds skills, and how you can help support it through contributions for building materials, tools, and more. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/CTEHomelessHouseProject.asp

 

 

November 1, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA, TAP IMPLEMENTATION

The Workforce Board is expected to take action on its 2017 Legislative agenda at a board meeting tomorrow in Olympia that starts at 9 a.m. Also on the agenda are proposed charters that will help guide committees implementing the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." More at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Nov2agenda.asp

 

SPOKANE'S NEXT GENERATION ZONE OPENS STUDENT ENGAGEMENT CENTER

The Next Generation Zone, Spokane's one-stop career center for young adults, has grown rapidly over the past few years, with over 3,800 young people visiting the center annually, according to the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council. Many are enrolled in GED preparation, along with other education and job search classes. Last month, a new Student Engagement Center opened to help meet demand. It includes a classroom, testing room, computer lab, learning tables, student lounge, and cafeteria. For more information or to tour the new facility contact Jessica Clayton, Spokane Area Workforce Development Council Program and Development Director, at jclayton@wdcspokane.com

 

SENTINEL NETWORK SENDS OUT SECOND SURVEY TO HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

The Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network has launched its second statewide survey on healthcare employment. Data collected from the survey help employers, educators, and policymakers craft solutions to emerging workforce issues in both rural and urban areas of the state. The Sentinel Network is also looking for more healthcare providers to help identify potential healthcare personnel shortages by participating as a Sentinel. The network is a collaboration of the Workforce Board and the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, with funding from Washington's Health Care Authority. Register now and learn more at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthSentinel/

 

REGISTER FOR NOVEMBER 14 JUVENILE JUSTICE REENTRY SYMPOSIUM

A Juvenile Justice Reentry Symposium organized by the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice and the DSHS Office of Juvenile Justice is set for Nov. 14 at the Seattle Airport Marriott. Conference organizers hope to create an action plan by bringing together agencies, organizations, and community advocates focused on serving youth who are released from juvenile justice facilities. The symposium will also focus on racial and ethnic disparities, along with community support, behavioral health, education, employment, housing, and advocacy. Find out more and register at http://www.cvent.com/d/rvq08x

 

NINTH ANNUAL PIERCE COUNTY CAREER DAY SET FOR NOVEMBER 17

Workforce Central in Tacoma is helping organize Pierce County Career Day at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17. More than 2,000 high school students are expected to attend this one-day event that highlights career opportunities in utilities, construction, manufacturing, transportation, aerospace, and a variety of apprenticeship programs. More details: http://buildingyourcareer.org/ccd/

 

 

October 24, 2016

 

"UPSKILL BACKFILL" CONCEPT FEATURED AT SPECIAL WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING

The Workforce Board is holding a special phone-in meeting Tuesday, October 25 from 1-3 p.m. On the agenda is Gov. Inslee's "TAP Accelerator: Upskill-Backfill" project to advance the state's workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All," (TAP). This project will use $3 million from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act discretionary funds for activities that advance implementation of the state's workforce plan goals. The "Upskill-Backfill" aspect will prioritize activities that encourage employers to improve their current workforce through additional education and training for promotions to higher level positions and create entry-level vacancies for new workers to fill. More: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/October25agenda.asp

 

U.S. DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION AND LABOR FORMALLY APPROVE STATE WORKFORCE PLAN

The U.S. Departments of Education and Labor formally approved Washington's state workforce plan last week. In September, the federal agencies "substantially approved" the plan but required the state to make several revisions. Six inter-agency implementation committees have been formed and are beginning this work. For more about TAP and the federal approval letter see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp

 

FIRST EVER GOVERNOR'S YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP SUMMIT SLATED FOR NOVEMBER 1

Learn from other states about apprenticeship program models and hear about apprenticeship expansion here in Washington at the Governor's Youth Apprenticeship Summit, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 1, at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. Participants will discuss target industries and occupations, program design options, dual enrollment strategies, and youth employment rules and regulations. Register at: http://conta.cc/2eQ12iG

 

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT DATA THROUGH WORKFORCE BOARD STUDENT DATA PORTAL IS FRIDAY

Private career schools licensed and regulated by the Workforce Board have until this Friday, October 28, to submit data through the agency's Student Data Portal. Agency staff use this data to calculate program completion rates, employment rates, and earnings for programs that provide short-term, career-focused training to about 34,000 students per year. The Workforce Board publishes these "consumer report cards" on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov. Learn more at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/PCS_AnnualReport.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD'S STUDENT DATA PORTAL LAUDED FOR BEING "LEAN"

Last week, Workforce Board staffers led two presentations at the Governor's Lean Transformation Conference in Tacoma on the process used to develop multiple changes to the Student Data Portal to improve the experience for both customers and staff. Among the improvements: an "error-proof" spreadsheet, user-centered web design, and two live webinars that took customers through the process. Staff also created an automated call log which times how long it takes to resolve problems and identifies areas for further improvements.

 

WASHINGTON CTE CONFERENCE SET FOR NOVEMBER 3-4 AT GREAT WOLF LODGE

There's still time to register for the fall Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference: http://wa-acte.org/confupcoming.php

 

October 4, 2016

 

NEW "TAP" BUTTON AVAILABLE ON WORKFORCE BOARD HOME PAGE

We're proud to reveal our new, clickable, "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP) button on our Workforce Board home page. Be sure to click it to find out more about the state's new strategic workforce plan, how to get involved with TAP implementation committees working to take action on the plan, and a calendar that connects you to more details on meetings and materials. Learn more at www.wtb.wa.gov.

 

YAKIMA AND TOPPENISH RECEIVE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GRANTS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH

 Yakima's Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington and the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish each received approximately $1.1 million in YouthBuild grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. YouthBuild is a community-based, alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 16-24. The grants will help at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, earn industry-recognized certifications within in-demand occupations, and gain construction skills training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities. https://www.youthbuild.org/

 

MY JOB LAUNCHES AT YOUTH CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES TO CONNECT YOUNG PEOPLE WITH WORK-BASED LEARNING

 Young people incarcerated at Green Hill School in Chehalis and the Naselle Youth Camp in Pacific County now have better access to internships, pre-apprenticeships, job shadowing, and on-the-job training. Gov. Inslee signed an executive order earlier this year aimed at improving opportunities for those leaving correctional facilities and returning to their communities. MyJOB, a partnership between the Rehabilitation Administration, the Department of Social and Health Service's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, local Workforce Development Councils and school districts, launched in early September. More at: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/node/28471

 

STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID STARTING IN OCTOBER

October 1 is the new start date to apply for financial aid in the 2017-18 school year. This is a full three months earlier than in years past. The new start date is one of two changes to the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The second change lets people import their 2015 tax returns to answer income questions. More details at: http://bit.ly/2dZsCZR

 

OSPI HOLDS MONTHLY WEBINARS ON DATA ANALYTICS TO IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is conducting a series of monthly webinars on best practices relating to performance indicators, such as chronic absenteeism, behavior, ninth grade failure, and postsecondary enrollment and remediation. The series is aimed at school counselors, educators, and community partners who wish to improve support systems, data use, and instruction to boost student achievement. It's part of OSPI's Graduation A Team Effort (GATE). Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6153294055793021954

 

PAVE THE WAY CONFERENCE EARLY BIRD RATES END FRIDAY

Early bird rates for the Washington Student Achievement Council's "Pave the Way" conference Nov. 1-2 in Tacoma are available through Friday. So register soon to get a better price. The conference focuses on policies and strategies aimed at helping underrepresented and underserved students achieve educational success. Read more about the conference at: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/pavetheway

 

 

September 22, 2016

 

NEW "TAP" LANDING PAGE LAUNCHES ON WORKFORCE BOARD WEBSITE

 The Workforce Board has launched a new landing page focused on the state's workforce plan as implementation committees begin the hard work of putting "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP) into action. The new web page includes a central calendar featuring TAP committee dates and times, links to all implementation committees and their supporting documents, and links to both the complete state workforce plan as well as access to local workforce plans being implemented by the state's 12 regional Workforce Development Councils. Tap into all this handy information and find out more about workforce planning efforts at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp

 

WORKFORCE SNOHOMISH RECEIVES GRANT TO STRENGTHEN RETAIL INDUSTRY MOBILITY

Workforce Snohomish was one of 10 workforce development boards from across the country selected to receive a grant to help increase economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors. Workforce Snohomish received a $314,000 grant from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as part of a collective effort to form and implement new models of career services specific to retail. These models are intended to serve as best practices for the approximately 550 workforce development boards that provide career services nationally. More: http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/

 

NEW SURVEY WILL HELP IDENTIFY WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAMS IN WASHINGTON

Do you oversee or staff a program with a work-based learning component? You're encouraged to take a survey designed to create an "asset map" of all available programs in the state. Results of the survey will help shape recommendations to policymakers and others on how to expand these types of programs. The survey was created as part of a National Governors Association Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning led by the Workforce Board and Governor's Office. Take the survey: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp

 

SEPTEMBER IS K-12 ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH

During the 2014-15 school year, one out of every six students in Washington was absent at least 18 days, harming their ability to stay on track with their classes and weakening their connection to school. A nationwide effort is tackling this problem, with events slated in 40 states, including Washington. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction supports the effort to combat chronic absenteeism and has a webpage with resources, including workshops, handouts for educators and parents, and more. http://www.k12.wa.us/attendance/default.aspx

 

WORKFORCE BOARD HIRING FISCAL ANALYST

 The Workforce Board has an opening for a Fiscal Analyst 5. This position reports to the agency's Chief Financial Officer and supports the agency's mission by serving as the accounting expert and primary advisor to the CFO. This position is central to the development of contracts, the payment of bills, the reconciliation of 1099 reporting, the preparation of invoices for accounts receivable, and more. Get more details at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

 

EARLY BIRD RATES AVAILABLE FOR WASHINGTON WORKFORCE CONFERENCE

The Washington Workforce Association is hosting a conference Nov. 9-10 that focuses on key areas of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and emphasizes the importance of partnerships in meeting customers' needs, both jobseekers and employers. The Washington Workforce Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in SeaTac. Get early bird rates until Oct. 5. Register at: http://bit.ly/2dhYaa2

 

 

September 1, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS NEXT WEEK IN YAKIMA

The Workforce Board is meeting Sept. 6-7 in Yakima and will tour aircraft manufacturer Cub Crafters on Tuesday afternoon. Cub Crafters' employees participate in the "Make it in Washington" education grant administered by the Workforce Board. The grant focuses on rural, mid-sized manufacturers in 31 WA counties. The Board will also meet on Wednesday to discuss career readiness and implementation of the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." Get more details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/September6-7Yakima.asp

 

STUDENT DATA PORTAL OPENS TODAY

The Workforce Board's Student Data Portal opened today. Private career schools are encouraged to submit their data as soon as possible through this secure, online portal. The portal will be open through Oct. 28. All private vocational schools licensed by the Workforce Board and other schools with programs on the state's Eligible Training Provider List are required to submit student data. The data is used to evaluate education programs, including whether participants got jobs and how much they earned. This information is shared with the public on the CareerBridge.wa.gov site. Details: http://wtb.wa.gov/PCS_AnnualReport.asp 

 

NEW OLYMPIC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL DIRECTOR APPOINTED

Elizabeth Court has been tapped to be the new director of the Olympic Workforce Development Council, which includes Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties. Court began her new role on Aug. 25. Her professional background includes positions as a labor economist for the state's Employment Security Department, assistant director for the University of Washington Educational Outreach, and, earlier in her career, serving as a "radioman" in the U.S. Coast Guard. Read more at: http://www.kitsapgov.com/press/2016/NR16-074.htm

 

CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT HOSTS HIDDEN WORKFORCE FORUM

Washington's Correctional Industries is hosting an employer forum Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. The forum showcases how area employers are tapping the talents of formerly incarcerated Washingtonians, sometimes referred to as a "hidden workforce." At the forum, Correctional Industries Community Employment Services will share more details about linking skilled workers with employers. Get more details and register at: http://www.washingtonci.com/about-ci/news-events/news-archive/ces-forum.html

 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 10th ANNUAL GEAR UP WEST CONFERENCE

The 10th annual GEAR UP West Conference is being held in Spokane Oct. 16-18. GEAR UP is a federal grant program aimed at education and community partnerships to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in education after high school. The conference will bring together about 600 educators, counselors, and administrators from a dozen Western states to learn more about developments in student support, financial aid, family engagement and more. http://gearup.wa.gov/about/what-we-do/gear-west

 

 

August 19, 2016

 

REGISTER FOR UPCOMING WORKFORCE BOARD STUDENT DATA REPORTING WEBINARS

The Workforce Board is holding two webinars to help schools learn to more quickly and efficiently upload data to the agency's online Student Data Portal, which officially opens September 1. The first webinar is next Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. The second is slated for August 31. All private vocational schools licensed by the Workforce Board and schools with certain programs on the state's Eligible Training Provider List are required to submit student data. Get more details and register at http://wtb.wa.gov/PCS_AnnualReport.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD AWARDED U.S.D.A. RURAL ENTERPRISE GRANT

The Workforce Board was recently awarded an $80,000, one-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to survey agriculture-related manufacturers, processors, and packagers in 10 rural Washington counties. Ag-related firms will be asked whether they have access to sufficient educational resources for their employees, and what types of skills-training and classes they would like to see offered in their area. More details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/RuralEnterpriseGrant.asp

 

WORKFORCE CENTRAL AWARDS $2.7 MILLION TOCAREER PATH SERVICES

Workforce Central, the Workforce Development Council that serves Pierce County, has contracted with Career Path Services to provide comprehensive workforce services to Pierce County jobseekers. Career Path Services, a private nonprofit headquartered in Spokane, will provide career coaching and employment search, among other services, in partnership with WorkSource partners. More at: http://www.workforce-central.org/Home/Components/News/News/216/18?backlist=%2f

 

SEATTLE JOBS INITIATIVE TO HOST "MYTH BUSTING" CONFERENCE FOCUSED ON POVERTY

The Seattle Jobs Initiative is hosting a conference Oct. 13 at the Hotel Deca in Seattle aimed at shattering poverty myths and improving program design. Gain insight into the realities of those living in poverty to help design more relevant, effective, and human-centered programs. Learn more about the conference and register at: http://www.seattlejobsinitiative.com/news/conference/

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR WASHINGTON WORKFORCE CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 9-10

 This new conference, headed up by the Washington Workforce Association, will focus on business solutions, job seeker strategies, youth engagement, and system administration, and strengthens connections to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the state's strategic workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." The event will be held at the SeaTac Doubletree. Registration begins Sept. 6. More details coming soon!

 

 

July 19, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON LOCAL WORKFORCE PLANS AT FRIDAY MEETING

The Workforce Board will hold a special phone-in meeting Friday (July 22) to review and take action on local workforce plans. These plans have been revised by local Workforce Development Councils to align with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Washington's 12 workforce areas each have local plans intended to boost the skill levels of the local workforce, increase employment and earnings, and raise customer satisfaction for both jobseekers and businesses who rely on a skilled workforce. Meeting details: http://wtb.wa.gov/July22specialmeeting.asp

 

STATE WORKFORCE PLAN "SUBSTANTIALLY APPROVED" BY FEDERAL AGENCIES

Washington's workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All," was substantially approved recently by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. Like other states, Washington was waiting for a federal response to its plan, in particular to how the plan addressed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The federal response letter congratulated Washington on its work and laid out areas for improvement. Read the letter at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SCHEDULES JULY RETREAT

 Members of the Workforce Board will gather in Leavenworth July 28 and July 29 for the Board's annual retreat. Among the topics of discussion: How to ensure the board achieves its goal of high performance, especially as it leads implementation of the "Talent and Prosperity for All" state workforce plan. Meeting materials coming soon at www.wtb.wa.gov.

 

HEALTH SENTINEL NETWORK CURRENTLY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS

The Sentinel Network is currently recruiting volunteer healthcare employers for a project that will help track Washington's rapidly changing health workforce. Employers have until July 31 to participate in the first data collection period. The network is led by the Workforce Board in collaboration with the state's Health Care Authority and the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies. The project will collect key data at regular intervals from sentinel healthcare industry sites and provide rapid turnaround of information about emerging issues affecting employers, educators, training institutions, and other stakeholders. More at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthSentinel/

 

REGISTER NOW FOR WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE IN SPOKANE

It's almost time for the annual Washington Association for Career and Technical Education Aug. 7-10 conference in Spokane. The Workforce Board is among the sponsors of this multi-day conference aimed at CTE teachers from around the state. http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

 

 

June 30, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE "CAREER READY" AT SPECIAL JULY 6 MEETING

The Workforce Board will review state and national career readiness initiatives at a special meeting, July 6, in Olympia. The Board will then discuss how to collaborate with the State Board of Education to define career readiness standards for Washington students, align state policy to the definition, and integrate career readiness measures into the state's education accountability system. More meeting details: http://wtb.wa.gov/July6meeting.asp.

 

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION'S COMMUNITY FORUM IN SPOKANE INCLUDES CAREER READINESS

The State Board of Education will hold a community forum on closing the achievement gap, and career and college readiness, at Spokane's Ferris High School Commons, Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. This is a public meeting. Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecp8hc8vc25d3170&llr=ix6o7mcab

 

NEW LABOR MARKET INFO ON ESD.WA.GOV

Washington's Employment Security Department now features labor market information on its website, ESD.WA.GOV. Previously this information was located on a separate website. The new webpages use Tableau technology and a dashboard format to make the information more accessible and reader friendly. Check out the state's monthly employment report, local unemployment statistics, county profiles, and more: https://www.esd.wa.gov/labormarketinfo.

 

WORKFORCE COUNCIL CHANGES NAME TO WORKFORCE SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council will begin doing business as Workforce Southwest Washington starting July 1. (That's tomorrow!). In addition to the new name, the nonprofit workforce development board, which serves Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties, expects to launch a new website, www.WorkforceSW.org in mid July. Changes from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) spurred an update to the organization's strategic plan and led to the adoption of the new name and brand.

 

OSPI ADDS REGIONAL FORUMS FOR EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT

 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is hosting a series of forums across the state to provide an overview of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. New forums were recently added in August. There's likely one near you. http://www.k12.wa.us/esea/essa/forums.aspx

 

 

June 20, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON LOCAL WORKFORCE PLANS AT WEDNESDAY MEETING

The Workforce Board will hold a special phone-in meeting Wednesday (June 22) at 1:30 p.m. to review and take action on workforce plans for eight out of 12 local areas. These regional plans have been revised by local Workforce Development Councils to better align with the state's new workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All." Learn more about the review process and view the plans at http://wtb.wa.gov/LocalWorkforcePlans.asp. More about the board meeting at: http://wtb.wa.gov/June22agenda.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS REPRESENTATIVES TO SIT ON TAP IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES

The Workforce Board is working with partner agencies and other stakeholders to recruit representatives to participate in six committees working on implementation of the state's workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All" (TAP). The preliminary deadline to join one of these committees is July 15. More information at: http://wtb.wa.gov/TAPcommittees.asp

 

WA TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT PROVIDES PRE-APPRENTICESHIP AWARDS

The Washington State Department of Transportation's Office of Equal Opportunity has awarded nearly $360,000 to organizations that provide outreach, training, and support services to boost apprenticeship participation by women, minorities and socially and economically disadvantaged Washington residents. Recipients include ANEW (King County), Perry Tech (Yakima County), Spokane Community College (Spokane County), Cooper Zietz/Akana (Southwest WA). Read more about this award and other WSDOT pre-apprenticeship financial support, along with a pilot program focused on immigrants, and a statewide support services program for first-year apprentices at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/pass (Click 2015-17 PASS Grant Announcement of Awards).

 

L&I RECEIVES $200,000 FEDERAL GRANT TO EXPAND APPRENTICESHIPS

The state's Department of Labor & Industries will expand apprenticeship opportunities in Washington thanks to a $200,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant. The grant is part of a larger effort to grow apprenticeships nationwide. In Washington, those who completed an apprenticeship earned more than $67,000 per year, within six to nine months after exiting, according to the Workforce Board's 2015 Workforce Training Results. L&I will use its funding to increase the number of employers using apprenticeships to train their workforce, and to ease apprenticeship tracking and reporting requirements for employers on public works projects, such as roads and schools. Read more: http://lni.wa.gov/News/2016/pr160613a.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PAPADAKIS TO FACILITATE PANEL AT JUNE 30 REACH HIGHER CONFERENCE

Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis will facilitate a panel at the upcoming Reach Higher conference in Olympia. This national initiative from First Lady Michelle Obama encourages students to complete their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, community or technical college, or four-year college or university. The Olympia conference is focused on the role of K-12 school counselors in driving both career and college readiness.

More http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org/calendar_day.asp?date=6/30/2016&event=55

 

 

June 6, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO EVALUATE PROJECTED SHORTAGES IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Governor Jay Inslee today announced that the Workforce Board, in partnership with the Health Workforce Council, will evaluate current and projected shortages of behavioral health professionals. Behavioral health encompasses mental health as well as behaviors such as drug and alcohol use. The assessment will also address ongoing efforts to integrate primary care and behavioral health to ensure that treatment is better coordinated and that conditions are caught earlier and treated, or even prevented. It's not clear currently how many Washington health care professionals offer behavioral health services and if they are adequate in number to meet demand. http://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-takes-action-address-challenges-behavioral-health-care-workforce

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY TO DISCUSS INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT

The Workforce Board will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Highline College in Des Moines to discuss business engagement strategies emphasized in the recently adopted Talent and Prosperity for All plan. The Board will also hear a report from the state's chief economist Steve Lerch, receive an update on organizational change at the Employment Security Department, and take action on the Workforce Board's 2017 agency operating budget, among other items. More meeting details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/June8agenda.asp

 

TWELVE FEDERAL AGENCIES SIGN JOINT LETTER TO STRENGTHEN CAREER PATHWAYS

Twelve federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, have signed a joint letter announcing a historic cross-agency collaboration on career pathways to bring them to scale on a national level. Career pathways help guide young people and adults in acquiring marketable skills and industry-recognized credentials by aligning education, training and employment, and human and social services among public agencies, and with employers. More info at: http://www.ncpn.info/downloads/transforming-career-technical-education-summary.pdf

 

WA BUSINESS WEEK SUMMER REGISTRATION OPENS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Registration is now open for Washington Business Week, a weeklong summer program that offers high school students the chance to immerse themselves in a variety of industries, face real-world challenges, build their leadership skills, network with working professionals, and explore future careers. The program is held in June, July, and August on four Washington college campuses. Business Week is also looking for volunteer mentors from the business community, and judges to help score team projects. Maybe that's you? Find out more at http://wbw.org/Students_How.aspx.

 

WASHINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HOLDS SUMMER CONFERENCE TOMORROW

Legislative leaders, policy stakeholders, and economic development professionals from across the state will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Moses Lake as part of the 2016 WEDA Summer Conference. More details at: http://www.wedaonline.org/conference/2016summer.asp

 

 

May 12, 2016

 

HEALTH WORKFORCE COUNCIL TO DISCUSS SENTINEL NETWORK NEXT WEEK IN RENTON

The Health Workforce Council will meet Tuesday, May 17 at Renton Technical College from 1 to 4 p.m. to discuss, among other things, the implementation of Washington's Health Workforce Sentinel Network. Set to launch this summer, the network will offer healthcare providers the chance to weigh in on their workforce needs at regular intervals to help the state's education and training programs move quickly to fill skill gaps and expand programs. The Council is staffed by the Workforce Board. More meeting details: http://wtb.wa.gov/HCTFmeetingslist.asp

 

ESD LAUNCHES NEW JOB MATCH SITE: WORKSOURCEWA.COM

A new-and-improved website serving the state's WorkSource one-stop career centers launched earlier this month, replacing go2worksource.com. The new site offers unlimited job postings and new technology to find qualified candidates faster. Jobseekers have access to thousands of jobs, a new resume builder to help them stand out, and advanced job-search tools to find jobs more easily. An official kick-off for the site is scheduled for late June to give staff and customers time to fully transition to the new site. But you can check it out now at: www.WorkSourceWa.com

 

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HIRED FOR "JOBS FOR WASHINGTON'S GRADUATES" FOUNDATION

Leslie Schmitz has been hired as the new executive director of the Jobs for Washington's Graduates (JWG) Foundation. Schmitz has over 20 years experience in corporate, government, academic and not-for-profit areas. JWG is the Washington affiliate of Jobs for America's Graduates, which focuses on helping at-risk youth stay in school, graduate, continue their education, and achieve careers. The program currently operates in 40 middle schools, high schools, and Skills Centers in Washington. The Foundation hopes to double the number of JWG school-based sites. Schmitz succeeds former Executive Director Kim Browne. http://www.jag.org/node/437

 

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SUMMER INSTITUTE AND REACH HIGHER WA

School counselors are encouraged to attend a day-long technical assistance summer institute June 29 in Olympia. The day after, on June 30, Reach Higher will convene a college and career readiness event. You can register for either event at the Washington School Counselor Association site under meetings and events at http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org/ Learn more about Reach Higher at https://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher.

 

SNOHOMISH TEENS GET HANDS ON EXPERIENCE AS PART OF "TRADE UP"

Snohomish County teens got a taste of the trades and what it's like to drive a truck, test a wire, operate a jack hammer, and more as part of "Trade Up!" Workforce Snohomish partnered with the Snohomish County Labor Council and United Way of Snohomish County to bring the event to Arlington Municipal Airport and Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center. Catch the video of what they got to see and do at: http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/advance/tradeup/ (Scroll down the page to see the video.)

 

 

April 28, 2016

 

NEW WEB PORTAL OPEN FOR COMMENTING ON LOCAL WORKFORCE PLANS

Washington's 12 Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) are developing draft regional workforce plans for public review and comment. The plans focus on boosting the skill levels of the local workforce, increasing employment and earnings, and raising customer satisfaction for both jobseekers and businesses, among other goals. The Workforce Board created a webpage with links to local plans, local plan guidelines, contact info for each WDC, and a timeline about the planning process including public comment dates at http://wtb.wa.gov/LocalWorkforcePlans.asp.

 

AEROSPACE SURVEY ASKS FOR FEEDBACK ON EXPANDING SUPPLY OF SKILLED WORKERS

The Workforce Board, working with several partners, including the Aerospace Futures Alliance, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, has launched a 2016 Aerospace Skills Survey. The survey, now in its fourth 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: http://wtb.wa.gov/aerospace.asp.

 

OSPI SECURES GRANT TO IMPROVE CAREER PREP FOR YOUTH

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction was awarded a $100,000 "New Skills for Youth" grant earlier this month with the ultimate goal of increasing career pathway opportunities for all students, especially those from underrepresented populations. The grant will help the state create a detailed career readiness plan with a focus on hands-on experiences. The grant's first phase will assess Washington's career preparation system and develop an action plan. More: http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/pressreleases2016/Grant-ImproveCareerPrep.aspx

 

COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES CAN APPLY FOR STACKABLE CREDENTIAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The U.S. Department of Education and several other education-focused agencies have launched a new initiative dubbed "Mapping Upward." Over the course of a year, selected networks made up of two to four colleges, will receive customized virtual and face-to-face technical assistance to advance efforts in stackable credential design, including employer engagement, industry certification alignment, credit transfer agreements, and more. An informational webinar is slated for May 3 and applications are due May 18. More: http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/community-college-stackable-credentials

 

REGISTER FOR 11th ANNUAL CONSTRUCTION BEST PRACTICES SUMMIT IN TACOMA

The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, a Centralia College partnership, and the Construction Center of Excellence, housed at Renton Technical College, are hosting a summit May 18-19 at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. More info on the summit and how to register: http://cleanenergyexcellence.org/register-now-11th-annual-energy-construction-best-practices-summit/

 

 

April 13, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS NEXT WEEK AT SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE

The Workforce Board will meet at the Seattle Film Institute on Wednesday, April 20 to discuss implementing the state's new strategic plan for workforce development, "Talent and Prosperity for All," also known as TAP. Also on the agenda is a policy discussion centered on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Get more details: http://wtb.wa.gov/April20agenda.asp

 

NORTHWEST WORKFORCE COUNCIL HOSTS PUBLIC FORUM IN MOUNT VERNON ON FRIDAY

The Northwest Workforce Council is gathering input for local workforce planning that supports local and regional businesses and provides pathways to economic success for workers. The council is hosting a public forum this Friday, April 15, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at WorkSource Skagit in Mount Vernon. Local workforce plans are expected to be approved by the Governor and ready for implementation in July. Get more info at http://www.nwboard.org/.

 

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY EXPO CONNECTS TECH AND STUDENTS

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will bring together business, technology, and 500 students from area schools at a Digital Technology Expo, April 28, at the downtown Vancouver Hilton. The event includes a demonstration stage for business owners and others to learn about and try out technologies. Marketing experts with the Portland Trailblazers are among featured speakers at a luncheon panel discussion on how to better engage the community with digital technology. More at: http://www.vancouverusa.com/digital-technology-expo-luncheon   

 

SCREENING OF AWARD-WINNING FILM PART OF APRIL 22 EVERGREEN PRESIDENT'S INAUGURATION

An award-winning documentary that explores the roots of the U.S. education system and offers an alternative to rote learning and bell schedules will be shown April 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on The Evergreen State College campus in Olympia. It's open to the public. The film, "Most Likely to Succeed," focuses on High Tech High in San Diego, and project-based, collaborative learning that connects students to today's workplaces. The film's executive producer Ted Dintersmith will be part of a panel discussion following the film at 8 p.m. It's one event at Evergreen's inauguration ceremony and formal installation of new president George Bridges. More at: http://www.evergreen.edu/events/inauguration/

 

March 22, 2016

 

WASHINGTON'S WORK-BASED LEARNING POSTER WINS CONTEST

 A poster highlighting employment challenges faced by Washington youth, along with proposed solutions, won first place at a National Governors Association conference last week. The Workforce Board is co-leading the effort with the Governor's Office to create a policy framework to increase work-based learning for youth ages 16-29, particularly in STEM fields. View the winning poster and find out more about the policy academy at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp.

 

 

MATTKE ELECTED TO U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR FIFTH TERM

Spokane Area Workforce Development Council CEO Mark Mattke was elected for a fifth term to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council. Board membership provides a platform to guide program and policy development at the national level. Mattke is also a member of the Workforce Board. http://www.uscmwdc.org/

 

WASHINGTON DOT OFFERS HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIPS

Washington's Department of Transportation encourages women, minorities, and socially and economically disadvantaged people interested in the trades to apply for scholarships that help cover the cost of training. Eligible trades include: carpenter, electrician, cement mason, painter, truck driver, iron worker, heavy equipment operator, pile driver, laborer, and heavy equipment mechanic. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis until July 1, or until funds run out. More: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/Training/ScholarshipProgram.htm

 

SAVE THE DATE: WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE SET FOR AUGUST 7-10

The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education will hold its summer conference at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane. Registration is coming soon. http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

 

 

March 11, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS COMMENT ON WIOA PERFORMANCE TARGETS

The Workforce Board is seeking comments on draft performance targets for core programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Performance targets include participant employment and earnings outcomes, among other criteria. Deadline to submit comments has been extended to March 21 at 5 p.m. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOAPerformanceTargets.asp

 

OSPI PRESENTS CAREER GUIDANCE AWARD TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS

Some 34 Washington middle and high schools recently received a Career Guidance Award of Excellence from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. These schools are home to exemplary career and college readiness programs. View the list of award winning schools at: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/CGAwards.aspx

 

MORE THAN $50 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE ON THEWASHBOARD.ORG

 As many as 70 organizations representing 300 types of scholarships have listed their scholarships on www.theWashBoard.org, including more than $50 million in student aid. This free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington residents is also featured in the "Pay for School" section of www.CareerBridge.wa.gov   

 

REGISTER FOR 11th ANNUAL ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION BEST PRACTICES SUMMIT

Learn more about initiatives underway in Washington and at the federal level, including the EPA Clean Power Plan and the state Clean Air Rule, at the 11th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit, May 18-19 at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. The summit is the work of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, a Centralia College partnership, and the Construction Center for Excellence, housed at Renton Technical College. More info about the summit at http://cleanenergyexcellence.org/ More about the state's Centers of Excellence at: https://www.coewa.com/

 

February 23, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN TOMORROW

 The Workforce Board meets tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey campus. The Board is expected to take action on approving the state's workforce plan, titled "Talent and Prosperity for All." Also on the agenda is a policy discussion on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and a presentation on business engagement metrics. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/February24agenda.asp  

 

JEANNE BENNETT OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WDC TO CHAIR WWA

Jeanne Bennett, CEO of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, has been elected chair of the Washington Workforce Association for a two-year term that began January 2016. WWA is a nonprofit association of Washington's 12 Workforce Development Council chief executive officers. As chair, Bennett will work closely with other workforce board executives to coordinate the state's workforce system, which includes multiple state agencies, community and technical colleges, public schools, community-based organizations, businesses and labor unions. http://www.washingtonworkforce.org/  

 

GOVERNOR INSLEE SPOTLIGHTS WASHINGTON'S EDUCATION INITIATIVES AT NGA MEETING

At the recent National Governors Association winter quarterly meeting in Washington, D.C., Governor Inslee spoke about Washington's education initiatives, such as reduced class sizes, increasing investment in K-12 education, and lowering college tuition. The meeting was focused on the new Every Student Succeeds Act. Inslee chairs the NGA's Education and Workforce Committee. View the meeting here: http://www.c-span.org/video/?404618-2/nga-forum-education-policy  

 

OSPI ANNOUNCES AWARD-WINNING CTE STUDENTS

The Career and College Readiness department at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has announced students selected as Washington Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the winners of the Washington CTE Student Success Award. More than 45 students across the state were nominated for these awards. View the winning students at: http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/pressreleases2016/AwardWinningCTEStudents.aspx  

 

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF TO PRESENT AT SCHOOL COUNSELOR CONFERENCE

Workforce Board Communications Director Marina Parr will give a presentation on exploring careers and connecting students with education pathways at the upcoming March 2-4 Washington School Counselor Association Conference in SeaTac. More info about the conference at: http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?contentid=165  

 

 

February 9, 2016

 

NEW WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE NOW

The Workforce Board's popular workforce system poster is freshly updated and ready to hang on a wall or cubicle. 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! http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceDevelopmentDirectory.asp

 

NGA STAFF TO HIGHLIGHT WORK-BASED LEARNING AT HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Staff from the National Governors Association (NGA) are visiting Olympia this week and will provide an overview of the NGA's national efforts to expand work-based learning practices during a House Education Committee meeting Thursday morning. Washington is one of six states selected to participate in a grant-funded policy academy to scale up work-based learning opportunities for young people ages 16-29, with a focus on middle-skill, STEM careers. The Workforce Board was awarded a $100,000 Policy Academy grant from the NGA to help lead this effort in Washington. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp

 

WDC OF SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WINS WIOA TRAILBLAZER AWARD

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has been awarded the WIOA Trailblazer Award from the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). The award is focused on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). NAWB established the award to honor the board that has made the most progress in adopting changes envisioned in this far-reaching federal act. More: http://www.nawb.org/nawb/forum/awards_wioa_trailblazer_results.asp

 

WORKFORCE CENTRAL AND TACOMA STAR CENTER TO HOST SPRING JOBFEST

Workforce Central is partnering with the STAR Center in Tacoma to host the third annual JobFest on April 13. It's the largest youth fair in Washington and targets jobseekers between the ages of 16 and 24. Find out more or register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/jobfest-2016-young-adult-job-seeker-registration-ages-16-24-tickets-19883550234

 

 

January 26, 2016

 

WORKFORCE LEGISLATIVE PAGES GO LIVE AS 2016 SESSION MOVES AHEAD

The Workforce Board regularly updates our legislative pages, posting legislation and committee activities of interest to the workforce development community. We also post presentations and TVW links of key meetings. http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

 

WIOA STEERING COMMITTEE MEETS FEBRUARY 9

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Steering Committee will meet Feb. 9 at the Association of Washington Business in Olympia to discuss policy issues, performance negotiations, and a statewide professional development plan, among other items. The agenda will be finalized soon. http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOAsteeringcommittee.asp

 

AIR WASHINGTON CONSORTIUM SHOWS HOW SECTOR STRATEGIES, NAVIGATORS HELPED TRAIN AEROSPACE WORKERS

A new brief from the Office of Community College Research and Leadership describes how an 11-member consortium led by Spokane Community College worked together to build industry relationships, develop new courses, and add navigators at participating community and technical colleges to train more aerospace workers. The consortium, dubbed Air Washington, far exceeded original benchmarks identified in the $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant ran from 2011 through September 2015. Read more: http://occrl.illinois.edu/all-publications/

 

DEADLINE NEARS TO APPLY FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is looking for schools with outstanding high standards for developing college and career readiness. Every year, the Career Guidance Award of Excellence recognizes exemplary public middle and high schools. Don't wait! The deadline to apply is Friday, January 29. http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/CGAwards.aspx

 

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH STEM INTERESTS

Do you work with students interested in pursuing a degree in the high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or health care? Encourage them apply for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship to receive up to $22,500 in funding and additional professional development support. Applications are due February 29. For more information, visit: https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/New-Applicants/Overview

 

 

January 14, 2016

 

TIME TO WEIGH IN ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN

The state's plan for workforce development, newly named "Talent and Prosperity for All," is open for public comment through February 9. The Workforce Board approved the draft plan at its January 6 meeting. Workforce practitioners, educators, policymakers, and the public are invited to provide feedback on both the strategic and operational portions of the plan. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD INVITES PARTICIPATION IN WORK-BASED LEARNING POLICY ACADEMY

Washington was one of six states recently 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 is leading this effort and will co-chair a "Core Team" with the Governor's Office. Core Team members include key stakeholders from business, labor, and government. A "Home Team" is also being created to serve as an advisory board. More information on this new opportunity at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkBasedLearningPolicyAcademy.asp

 

ESD COMMISSIONER PEINECKE ASSUMES NATIONAL WORKFORCE ROLE

Employment Security Department Commissioner and Workforce Board member Dale Peinecke became president of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) earlier this month, a year ahead of schedule, after the previous president resigned part way through his term. Peinecke was elected the association's president-elect in October 2015. He has served as commissioner of ESD since January 2013. Prior to that, he spent more than 37 years in the aerospace and materials industries in a variety of executive positions. https://www.esd.wa.gov/newsroom/news-releases

 

FINANCIAL AID SEASON IN FULL SWING: GET RESOURCES NOW!

Looking for resources to help students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? Get tools to help students and families complete this key financial aid form, as well as the Washington Application for State Financial Aid, (WASFA). College Goal Washington is holding events throughout the state in January and February. More: http://readysetgrad.org/educators/grad/college-goal-washington

 

ANNUAL CARL PERKINS CAREER EDUCATION REPORT NOW ONLINE

The Workforce Board oversees funds from the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act--a multi-million dollar grant that helps educators better prepare students for jobs requiring technical skills. View the latest report on how this money is put to use in Washington. The report was compiled with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and covers 2014-15, http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp

 

 

January 4, 2016

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN ON WEDNESDAY

The Workforce Board will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the American Lake Conference Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to take action on the state's draft workforce plan, newly named "Talent and Prosperity for All." The Board will hear a series of panel presentations on the plan, which will undergo a 45-day public comment period before being submitted to the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor in March. More about the meeting and how to access the military base at: http://wtb.wa.gov/January6agenda.asp

 

NEW YEAR, NEW LABOR MARKET INFORMATION ON CAREER BRIDGE

We're ushering in 2016 on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov with new information on how much jobs pay, how fast they are growing, and the projected openings per year in Washington through 2018. This update from the state's Employment Security Department provides fresh data about hundreds of jobs. Click "View Job Trends" on the site and see for yourself! 

 

PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM OFFERED AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES OF SPOKANE

Community Colleges of Spokane is partnering with WorkSource Spokane to offer a pre-apprenticeship class called Skilled Trades Preparation starting today, January 4. The 11-week course will provide students with the basic knowledge and certifications they need to prepare for a trade-related apprenticeship. Students will also meet with representatives from 14 different construction trades. Those who complete the class will receive certifications in OSHA-10 Construction Safety, First Aid/CPR, Flagger, and Forklift Operator. http://www.wdcspokane.com/news/newsletters/construction-industry-pre-apprenticeship-program-spokane-homebuilders-as/

 

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SEEKS FIRMS FOR ENGINEERING WEEK

 The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council in Vancouver is seeking engineering firms and companies with STEM-related jobs, including industrial engineers, structural analysts, test engineers, and more, as part of Engineering Week, Feb. 22-26. Participating businesses are asked to provide company tours and hands-on activities, and to discuss types of jobs available, including education and training requirements, salary ranges, and opportunities at their company for job shadowing, summer employment, internships and mentoring. Deadline to apply is January 21. Contact Justin McDaniels at jmcdaniels@swwdc.org or  http://www.business-after-school.org/


 



WORKFORCE BOARD HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY ON WORKFORCE REGIONS
The Workforce Board will hold a special phone-in meeting from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 14 and take action on a recommendation to Governor Inslee that designates workforce planning regions. These designations are required under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. More details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/December2015agenda.asp

ALSO MONDAY: STATE WORKFORCE PLAN WEBINAR

Be sure to register for an open-captioned webinar that takes you through the state's key workforce strategies Monday, Dec. 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Workforce Board staff will describe the strategic section of the state's draft workforce plan, newly named Talent and Prosperity for All (TAP). Learn more about the webinar and register at http://wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp. There's also a link for captioning services on this page.
 
WASHINGTON WINS NGA GRANT FOR POLICY ACADEMY FOCUSED ON WORK-BASED LEARNING
Washington was one of six states selected to participate in a new policy academy focused on work-based learning for young adults. Governor Inslee tapped the Workforce Board to be the lead agency in applying for and implementing a $100,000 grant from the National Governors Association. The 18-month leadership program focuses on helping state teams incorporate work-based learning into their overall talent pipeline. Gov. Inslee is chair of the NGA Education and Workforce Committee. http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/2015--news-releases/col2-content/states-look-to-increase-career.default.html

DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (DVR) HOSTS DEC. 30 WEBINARS ON STATE PLAN
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Washington State Rehabilitation Council invite comments on the 2016-20 draft state plan aimed at helping individuals with disabilities get good jobs that pay well. Review the plan, which is required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and sign up for one of three webinars. The first webinar starts at 10:30 a.m. Each webinar is captioned. For more information contact Andrew.Clemons@dshs.wa.gov. View the draft State Plan: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ra/division-vocational-rehabilitation/2016-2020-draft-dvr-state-plan
 
WASA NAMES STEVEN WEBB 2016 STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR
The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) has named Dr. Steven Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools, the 2016 Superintendent of the Year. Webb has led efforts to increase program choices in grades K-12, expanded school-community partnerships that meet the needs of low-income students, and helped personalize education through one-on-one technology. More: http://wasa.informz.net/informzdataservice/onlineversion/ind/bWFpbGluZ2luc3RhbmNlaWQ9NDg0MTU3OSZzdWJzY3JpYmVyaWQ9ODE3MTA3MDYw

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON WORKFORCE PLANNING REGIONS RUNS THROUGH DEC. 8
The Workforce Board has opened up a public comment period on a proposal that would retain 12 workforce planning regions and ask for specific plans to work with contiguous Workforce Development Councils under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Also, the local planning guidelines that include questions on regional planning are available for comment. Deadline to provide feedback is December 8. More details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/workforceplanningregions.asp

WORKFORCE BOARD OPENS STATE WORKFORCE PLAN FOR PUBLIC REVIEW
Last week, the Workforce Board approved a draft version of the state's strategic plan for workforce development and also approved a new name for the plan: Talent and Prosperity for All--The Strategic Plan for Unlocking Washington's Workforce Potential. The new plan focuses on four key areas, including: business engagement, integrated service delivery to streamline customer service, accessibility and technology, and performance accountability in the evaluation of key workforce programs. The strategic plan sets the stage for a larger document that incorporates detailed, operational planning from state agencies. You can take a survey about the plan, send us an email with your feedback, and read more about the plan at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WAWorkforcePlan.asp

GOVERNOR'S STEM ALLIANCE ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN HOUR OF CODE
The Governor's STEM Education Innovation Alliance is encouraging Washington schools to have their students spend an hour learning computer coding skills during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7-13. It's part of a national Hour of Code that helps students see themselves succeeding in computer science careers by demonstrating that it's easy, engaging, and fun. Schools can register at: https://hourofcode.com/us#join or contact Caroline King at caroline@washingtonstem.org for more details.

WASHINGTON BUSINESS ALLIANCE SEEKS CTE SUCCESS STORIES
The Washington Business Alliance, a nonprofit organization of businesses and business leaders, is seeking successful examples of career and technical education in Washington, as well as stories about the need for this kind of relevant, hands-on learning. More details at: http://www.planwashington.org/career-tech-education

WORKFORCE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN NOV. 19
The Workforce Board is expected to review and take action on the state's draft workforce plan Thursday, Nov. 19 at South Puget Sound Community College's new campus in Lacey. The plan guides workforce development in Washington. The Board will also consider several recommendations from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Steering Committee. Get more details at http://wtb.wa.gov/November19agenda.asp .

WORKFORCE BOARD TO HOST VA SCHOOLS WORKSHOP NEXT WEEK IN YAKIMA The Workforce Board Veterans Education staff will host a workshop Monday, Nov. 16 from 1-4 p.m. at Perry Technical Institute in Yakima for schools working with veterans. Staff will discuss and answer questions about compliance surveys (audits). For more information, email Russell.Sonmore@wtb.wa.gov or call (360) 709-4626.

WDC OF SEATTLE-KING COUNTY RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDING TO SERVE UNEMPLOYED YOUTH
The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education have awarded $700,000 to the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County to support a project aimed at helping King County unemployed, out-of-school youth find and keep jobs through a more cohesive employment system. In King County, nearly 25,000 young people ages 16 to 24 are not in school and not working. Find out more at http://www.seakingwdc.org/latest-news/

EMPLOYERS HONORED FOR EXEMPLARY PRACTICES IN HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment and the Washington State Business Leadership Network have honored seven public and private employers for their exemplary work recruiting, hiring, retaining, and promoting individuals with disabilities. View the winners and find out more at: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/governors-committee-honors-employers-who-hire-people-with-disabilities

NEW CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR NAMED AT OSPI
George Aszklar has been named the new CTE Director at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, succeeding Betty Klattenhoff, who held the position since 2008. Aszklar worked in the Bethel School District for 37 years and is the Educational Chair for the Pierce County Construction-Manufacturing Partnership. He has built strong partnerships with business and industry over the years, and has led and implemented data-driven initiatives that promote rigorous academic standards in CTE, enabling students to be both college and career ready. More about CTE: http://www.k12.wa.us/CareerTechEd/

 

 

PUBLIC FORUM ON STATE'S WORKFORCE PLAN SET FOR LATER TODAY IN YAKIMA
The Workforce Board will host a public forum with the South Central Workforce Development Council from 4-6 p.m. today at Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center and share core themes for the state's workforce plan. The public is invited to provide feedback on the proposed plan. Draft strategies address: forging better connections between businesses and the workforce system, collaborating across a variety of workforce programs to better serve customers, using technology and other solutions to increase access to services, and putting in place a next-generation accountability system to evaluate workforce program performance. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceForums.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD LAUNCHES SURVEY TO GET FEEDBACK ON PROPOSED STATE WORKFORCE PLAN
The Workforce Board has launched a quick, three-minute survey to receive additional feedback on the state's workforce plan. If you can't attend a public forum (like the one mentioned above), this is your chance to weigh in on key sections of the plan. Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H95SCHQ
 
WORKSOURCE EVERETT REEMPLOYMENT TEAM WINS NATIONAL AWARD
The WorkSource Everett reemployment team received national recognition earlier this month when they were honored with a James F. Walls Team Award at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) conference in Indianapolis. Working out of the highest volume WorkSource office in the state, the team helped more than 15,000 people return to work in the last year by increasing weekend and evening jobseeker workshops, targeting unemployment claimants earlier, and making personal phone calls to encourage jobseekers to return to WorkSource to look for jobs. More at: https://www.esd.wa.gov/newsroom/worksource-everett-reemployment-team-wins-national-award
 
PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED PRIVATE CAREER SCHOOL RULE CHANGES
The 2014 Legislature revised the Private Vocational Schools Act. The new law allows a student whose tuition is paid by a public agency or business to file a complaint, among other changes. The Workforce Board has drafted revisions to its administrative rules (WAC 490-105) to reflect the new law. The Workforce Board has also proposed simplifying some regulations to make them easier to understand. View the proposed changes, submit comments, and learn more about an upcoming Nov. 4 public hearing webinar at http://wtb.wa.gov/pcs.asp.
 
WA STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PITCH IDEAS, WIN PRIZES WITH VERIZON APP CHALLENGE
Students are encouraged to enter the Verizon App Challenge and solve problems through teamwork, critical thinking, and entrepreneurship. No coding experience is required and there is no cost to enter. Some winning students will have a chance to be coached by MIT Media Lab professionals to build their app and bring it to the Google Play store. http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/?CMP=DMC-SMB_Z_ZZ_ZZ_Z_OO_N_X00010
 

 

ESD COMMISSIONER TO LEAD NATIONAL WORKFORCE ORGANIZATION
Employment Security Department Commissioner Dale Peinecke, who sits on the Workforce Board, was elected by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies to serve as president-elect of the organization through September 2016. He will become the association's president in October of 2016. More details:  https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/esd-commissioner-to-lead-national-workforce-organization
 
ONLINE WORKFORCE SYSTEM DIRECTORY FEATURES OVER 40 PROGRAMS
The Workforce Board has updated its online directory of Washington's workforce development programs. The directory provides a detailed look at the state's 40-plus education and training programs and the funding that flows to each program. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceDevelopmentDirectory.asp
 
DEADLINE APPROACHES TO WEIGH IN ON WORKFORCE PLANNING REGIONS
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) encourages new approaches to workforce system planning, including a requirement that the Governor identify possible workforce planning regions. The Workforce Board is soliciting input on the proposed regions. Workforce planning regions unite neighboring Workforce Development Councils with shared economic conditions, demographics, or labor pools to create regionally coordinated strategic plans. The deadline to submit comments is October 18. More info: http://wtb.wa.gov/workforceplanningregions.asp
 
REHABILITATION ACT WEBINAR SET FOR NEXT WEEK
Learn more about the federal Rehabilitation Act by participating in a webinar Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It's the second of two webinars that highlight key changes in vocational rehabilitation services. The webinar also addresses the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation's role as a core program of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Contact DVR Policy Manager Michele Mulhern at Michele.Mulhern@dshs.wa.gov, (360) 725-3621, for more information or accommodations. No pre-registration is required and the webinar is open-captioned.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED PRIVATE CAREER SCHOOL RULE CHANGES
The 2014 Legislature revised the Private Vocational Schools Act. The Workforce Board, in turn, has drafted revisions to its administrative rules (WAC 490-105) to reflect the new law. The Workforce Board has also proposed simplifying some regulations to make them easier to understand. View the proposed changes, submit comments, and learn more about an upcoming Nov. 4 public hearing webinar at http://wtb.wa.gov/pcs.asp.

 

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES COLLEGE SCORECARD
The U.S. Department of Education released a new data tool that allows prospective students to view and compare information about colleges and universities, including average annual cost, graduation rate, and salary after attending. College Scorecard also offers detailed information on cost, financial aid and debt, and student demographics. Like Washington's CareerBridge.wa.gov, College Scorecard provides labor market outcomes, which can help students make sound decisions on their education and career paths. Check it out at: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/
 
TIME TO WEIGH IN ON WORKFORCE PLANNING REGIONS
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) encourages new approaches to workforce system planning, including a requirement that the Governor identify possible workforce planning regions. The Workforce Board is soliciting input on the proposed regions. Workforce planning regions unite neighboring Workforce Development Councils with shared economic conditions, demographics, or labor pools to create regionally coordinated strategic plans. The deadline to submit comments is October 18. More info: http://wtb.wa.gov/workforceplanningregions.asp
 
LABOR DEPARTMENT ISSUES RFP FOR NEW JOB CORPS ACADEMY
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Request for Proposal to create a new start-up on the current campus of the Cascades Job Corps in Sedro-Woolley. The pilot will not be a continuation of the traditional Job Corps program currently operated on the site. The pilot is expected to focus on health care and information technology sectors and will have a two-year base period from February 2016 through January 2018, with options for renewal. The Academy will enable youth ages 16-21 to complete industry-recognized credentials, secure a job, and/or advance to higher levels of education and employment. More: http://1.usa.gov/1LkPbmJ
 
PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED PRIVATE CAREER SCHOOL RULE CHANGES
The 2014 Legislature revised the Private Vocational Schools Act. The Workforce Board, in turn, has drafted revisions to its administrative rules (WAC 490-105) to reflect the new law. The Workforce Board has also proposed simplifying some regulations to make them easier to understand. View the proposed changes, submit comments, and learn more about an upcoming Nov. 4 public hearing webinar at http://wtb.wa.gov/pcs.asp
 
WA-ACTE OPENS REGISTRATION, SEEKS PRESENTATIONS FOR FALL CONFERENCE
The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education's fall conference is set for Nov. 5-6 at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. It will focus on STEM and the arts. Interested in presenting? The call for presentations is open through Oct. 15. Register for the conference or submit a presentation proposal at http://wa-acte.org/confupcoming.php

 

 

PUBLIC FORUMS ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU
Public forums are being held to collect feedback on the state's draft workforce development plan. The first meetings were held in Spokane and Vancouver earlier this month. Draft strategies address: forging better connections between businesses and the workforce system, collaborating across a variety of workforce programs to better serve customers, using technology and other solutions to increase access to services, and putting in place a next-generation accountability system to evaluate workforce program performance. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceForums.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW IN OLYMPIA
At their meeting this Thursday, the Workforce Board will review public input from forums on the state's draft workforce development plan at a meeting that starts at 9 a.m. at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The board will also review a preliminary outline of the state plan. In addition, the board will hear a presentation on proposed workforce planning regions for implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Complete agenda: http://wtb.wa.gov/September2015agenda.asp
 
CAN'T MAKE IT TO A PUBLIC FORUM?
You can view a slide deck of the draft state workforce plan and send us an email with your comments at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceForums.asp. The Workforce Board is also working with partners to create a survey so you can respond online. We will post the survey to the web once it's complete.
 
WASHINGTON AMONG WINNERS OF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR APPRENTICESHIP GRANTS
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $175 million through its American Apprenticeship grant competition, the largest single investment to date to expand U.S. apprenticeships. The two Washington winners were the state's Department of Labor and Industries, which received a $5 million grant to fund the creation of an information technology apprenticeship program and diversify participation in existing traditional apprenticeship programs, and South Seattle College, which received $4.8 million for a project focused on creating three new and expanding 12 existing apprenticeships in the advanced manufacturing and maritime sectors. Check out the federal award at http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/grants.htm then check out WA apprenticeships on CareerBridge.wa.gov at http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Page.aspx?cid=188
 
TOMORROW IS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR WA SERVICE CORPS POSITIONS
Interested in tutoring and mentoring children, helping the unemployed land jobs, or connecting veterans and their families to community resources? The Washington Service Corps has several open positions at locations around the state. But you'll need to act now! The application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 17, with positions starting Oct. 1. http://washingtonservicecorps.org/become-a-member/how-to-apply/

 



PUBLIC FORUMS ON STATE WORKFORCE PLAN TO BE HELD ACROSS WASHINGTON
Public forums will be held in September and October throughout the state to collect feedback on the state's draft workforce development plan. The first meeting is next Friday (Sept. 11) in Vancouver. Draft strategies address: forging better connections between businesses and the workforce system, bringing together a variety of workforce programs to better serve customers, using technology to increase access to services, and putting in place a next-generation accountability system to evaluate workforce program performance. Other meetings are scheduled for Spokane, Everett, Mount Vernon, Moses Lake, and Seattle. http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceForums.asp

 
WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT OF STATE'S WORKFORCE PLAN AT SEPTEMBER 17 MEETING
The Workforce Board meets Thursday, Sept. 17 in Olympia to review input from public forums on the state's draft workforce plan. (See above news item.) The board will also review a preliminary outline of the plan. In addition, the board will hear a presentation on proposed workforce planning regions under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that recognize local labor sheds, commute patterns, economic development regions, and industry concentration. More details to come at www.wtb.wa.gov

NEW WHERE ARE YOU GOING? CAREER GUIDES AVAILABLE NOW!
The latest edition of the Workforce Board's ever-popular Where Are You Going? career guide is hot off the press. Order free copies of the guide, which includes a career quiz, information on hundreds of in-demand occupations, job interview tips, and more, at http://wtb.wa.gov/CareerGuide.asp. The guide also serves as a printed companion to www.CareerBridge.wa.gov. It's used by middle and high school students, at college career centers, and at WorkSource centers and DSHS Community Service Offices around the state. Get yours today!
 
WA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HOSTS APPRENTICESHIP MEETING IN PASCO
The Washington State Department of Transportation's Office of Equal Opportunity is hosting a meeting Sept. 22 in Pasco to discuss the pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship needs in the Tri-Cities area. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas, especially for improving training for women and minorities interested in entering highway construction-related trades statewide. http://lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Apprenticeship/NewsEvents/Calendar/default.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING ABOUT STATE WORKFORCE PLAN
The Workforce Board will hold a special phone-in meeting Monday, Aug. 17 to take action on a variety of recommendations endorsed by the WIOA Steering Committee, including the composition of the state's WIOA plan and policies on designation of planning regions, professional development, and One-Stop certification. The Board will also take action on the first three chapters of the state plan concerning Washington's economy, projected workforce demographics, and performance accountability for workforce programs. More details to come at www.wtb.wa.gov.

GOVERNOR TAPS NEW WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR
Perry England has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to chair the Workforce Board, which advises the Governor and Legislature on workforce development policy, evaluates system performance, and ensures the state's workforce services and programs work together. He succeeds Cindy Zehnder, former chief of staff for Gov. Gregoire, who served as board chair since 2010. England is Vice President of Building Performance at MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions and has been active in the commercial building industry since 1985. Read more about England and the rest of the Workforce Board at http://wtb.wa.gov/AboutUs_Members.asp

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF TO EXPLAIN WIOA'S IMPACT ON EDUCATION AT YAKIMA CONFERENCE
Middle and high school career and technical education teachers will learn more about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and how it impacts education and training programs next week at the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference, Aug. 9-12 in Yakima. Workforce Board staffers Terri Colbert and Eric Wolf will lead a session on the first major reform of the system of federal workforce programs in 15 years. The Workforce Board is a conference sponsor. More at http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

FITZGERALD TO HEAD BENTON-FRANKLIN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Jack Fitzgerald has been selected as the new executive director of the Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council in the Tri-Cities area. Fitzgerald will start his new position in mid September and succeeds Cos Edwards. He has worked for the state's Employment Security Department as a WorkSource administrator, leading the Sunnyside and Columbia Basin WorkSource offices since 2008. An aviation support equipment mechanic by trade, Fitzgerald has an MBA in Human Resource Management and a 22-year military background. http://www.bentonfranklinwdc.com/

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS STATE'S WORKFORCE PLAN AT WALLA WALLA RETREAT
The Workforce Board will hold its annual retreat July 30-31 in Walla Walla to identify strategic priorities for the state's workforce development plan. The two-day retreat will also highlight economic and demographic trends in Washington, a proposed new performance accountability system under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and innovative strategies for employer engagement. http://wtb.wa.gov/July2015agenda.asp
 
WASHINGTON TRAINING PROVIDERS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR VETERANS CERTIFICATE
The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a campaign to encourage postsecondary education and training institutions, including private career schools, to apply for a certificate that shows they are veteran-friendly. Participating institutions must meet several eligibility requirements, including implementing a system that ensures all veterans receive sound academic, career, and financial advice. Qualifying institutions must also be approved by a State Approving Agency to accept GI Bill benefits. The Workforce Board and the Washington Student Achievement Council are Washington's two State Approving Agencies. More: http://www.dva.wa.gov/benefits/partners-veteran-supportive-campuses
 
WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF TO EXPLAIN WIOA'S IMPACT ON EDUCATION AT YAKIMA CONFERENCE
Middle and high school career and technical education teachers will learn more about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and how it impacts education and training programs at next month's Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference, Aug. 9-12 in Yakima. Workforce Board staffers Terri Colbert and Eric Wolf will lead a session on the first federal reform of the workforce system in 15 years. Visit the Workforce Board's WIOA portal at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp. Register at http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php.
 
SEE WHICH WORKFORCE BILLS WERE SIGNED INTO LAW IN 2015
The Legislative session is over and now is the time to review the many workforce development-related bills that passed this session. Take a look: http://wtb.wa.gov/2015sessionbills.asp

 

 

WIOA STEERING COMMITTEE TO MEET JULY 28
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Steering Committee will review key priorities for implementing the new federal act at a meeting later this month. It's one of several WIOA meetings taking place in July. WIOA promises a higher level of coordination and integration of service delivery for job seekers, among other changes. To find out more about WIOA and associated meetings visit the Workforce Board's WIOA portal at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp
 
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE
ESD has unveiled a redesigned website that can be accessed from mobile phones, tablets, or personal computers. The site is also easier to navigate and quickly directs visitors to key categories, such as unemployment benefits, jobs and training, and employer taxes. Check it out at: http://www.esd.wa.gov/ 
 
DISABILITY LEADERS TO GATHER IN SEATTLE TO CELEBRATE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF DISABILITIES ACT
More than 100 disability-connected organizations are expected to gather at Westlake Park and Center in Seattle to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act later this month. The act was passed in 1990 to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities and also requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to enable disabled people to perform on the job. The celebration runs from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 22. More details https://www.facebook.com/events/850442358358173/
 
SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WDC LAUNCHES PROGRAM FOR VETERANS AND LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council has launched a program to help workers unemployed for at least 27 weeks, along with unemployed veterans and eligible spouses, prepare for technology and manufacturing jobs. Called Reboot NW, the program will be offered at WorkSource offices in Clark and Cowlitz counties. More at: http://www.rebootnw.org/

REGISTER NOW FOR WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE
Time to register for the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education's Aug. 9-12 conference at the Yakima Convention Center. The Workforce Board is among the sponsors of this multi-day conference aimed at CTE teachers from around the state. http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

 

 

NEW WHERE ARE YOU GOING CAREER GUIDE IN THE WORKS
Workforce Board staff are in the final stages of putting together the latest edition of our popular "Where Are You Going?" career guide. It features a career quiz, and includes information on how much occupations pay in Washington, how much education is needed to get the job, how to pay for school, and how to prepare for a job, along with resume writing and interview tips. The guides are free and are designed to work with CareerBridge.wa.gov. Order your copies today at: http://wtb.wa.gov/CareerGuide.asp 
 
HEALTHCARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE MOST COMPETITIVE SECTORS IN SPOKANE
Spokane County employment in healthcare and social assistance fields is projected to grow 50 percent faster than the average rate for all industries through 2018, according to a new industry cluster analysis commissioned by the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council. Average wages in healthcare are also 10 percent higher than the average across all industries. More at: http://www.wdcspokane.com/news/newsletters/healthcare-workforce-roadmap-st-lukes-volunteer-program/
 
OBAMA EXTENDS PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM TO CTE STUDENTS
President Obama has extended the Presidential Scholars program to students in career and technical education (CTE). The current U.S. Presidential Scholars program honors graduating high school seniors for academic excellence, artistic accomplishments, and civic contributions. Now up to 20 high school students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education fields will be honored. The first U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE will be nominated in spring 2016. https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/06/23/launch-presidential-scholars-career-and-technical-education
 
OSPI TAPS NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS
Ken Emmil is the new Assistant Superintendent for Career and College Readiness at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). He succeeds Kathleen Lopp, who has represented K-12 education on the Workforce Board as Superintendent Randy Dorn's designee. Lopp was formerly the executive director of the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education. Her successor, Emmil, has extensive leadership experience, including serving as superintendent with the Colville School District. Most recently he served as Special Assistant for OSPI's Foster Care Program.
 
WORKFORCE BOARD HIRES NEW DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Patrick Woods, a longtime senior-level public affairs professional who has worked at several state agencies and in the Legislature, has joined the Workforce Board as the agency's director of operations. He succeeds Cynthia Harris, who also had a long and varied state career, and is now retiring (We will miss you Cynthia!). Woods most recently worked at the state's Liquor Control Board, where he led the establishment of an education and outreach program. Passionate about workforce issues, Woods once worked briefly at the Workforce Board, helping pilot the Lifelong Learning Account program in the five-county Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Area. A native of Ireland, Woods is a talented singer who can bring down the house with an inspired a cappella on government projects he is working on. 

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD RESPONDS TO PROPOSED WIOA REGULATIONS AT SPECIAL MEETING FRIDAY
The Workforce Board will discuss the state's response to proposed regulations under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at a special call-in meeting, Friday, June 5. The Board will also take action on membership requirements for Workforce Development Councils. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/June2015agenda.asp
 
MICROSOFT APPRENTICE PROGRAM ACCEPTING STUDENT APPLICATIONS THROUGH JULY 1
The Microsoft Apprentice Program, which provides under-served high school students in King County with business and technology experience along with the opportunity to develop skills and networks critical to professional careers, is currently accepting applications through July 1. Students work several hours after school, Monday through Friday. The program starts in August. http://teenjobs.org/opportunities/microsoft-apprenticeship-program
 
SAVE DATE FOR WSAC CONFERENCE ON STUDENT EQUITY AND ACCESS
The Washington Student Achievement Council will host the second annual Pave the Way Conference October 5-6 in Tacoma to advance equity, access, readiness, and support for under-served students throughout the education system, from preschool through college. Proposals for the conference are being accepted now. http://wsac.wa.gov/2015pavetheway
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT CAREER BRIDGE AT SUMMER COUNSELING INSTITUTE
Workforce Board staff will talk to school counselors about updates to CareerBridge.wa.gov at the June 23-24 Guidance and Counseling Technical Assistance 2015 Summer Institute in Olympia. The conference is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington School Counselor Association. The award-winning Career Bridge website features over 6,300 education programs and recently added a video that takes visitors step by step through the site. http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org/calendar_day.asp?date=6/23/2015&event=48

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD ADDRESSES PROPOSED WIOA REGULATIONS AT MAY 28 MEETING
The Workforce Board will discuss the state's response to proposed regulations under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at its regular May 28 meeting in Olympia. The Board will also take action on WIOA Steering Committee recommendations and hear WIOA Task Force reports on implementing the act. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/May2015agenda.asp

 

 

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 are available for public review and input through noon, Wednesday, May 27. The Workforce Board will decide at its May 28 meeting on performance levels to be proposed. Note: WIA performance measures continue to be in effect during the transition year for implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WIAPerformanceTargets.asp

 

10th ANNUAL ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION SUMMIT SET FOR MAY 28-29
Learn more about new technology, industry perspectives, career readiness credentialing, and apprenticeships at the 10th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit at Bates Technical College in Tacoma May 28-29. Keynote speaker is Department of Commerce Clean Tech Sector Lead Brian Young. Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaix2r5ka70e0b59&oseq=&c=&ch=
 
SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WDC CEO MARLENA SESSIONS JOINS NATIONAL VETERANS ORGANIZATION
Marlena Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, has joined the Board of Directors of the National Association of Veteran Serving Organizations (NAVSO). NAVSO's mission is to make services for veterans and military families more effective and efficient. http://www.seakingwdc.org/latest-news/2015/5/8/for-immediate-release-wdc-ceo-joins-navso-board-of-directors

 

 

FRIDAY IS LAST CHANCE TO SHARE WIOA RULES FEEDBACK WITH WORKFORCE BOARD 
The Workforce Board is working with the state's Employment Security Department to catalogue feedback and identify places that will help us fully develop a statewide response to proposed rules for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The extended deadline is tomorrow, May 15, to get your comments to us. So don't delay! The Workforce Board will provide a consolidated set of recommendations to the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOAProposedRules.asp
 
NEW CAREER BRIDGE HOW-TO VIDEO HELPS VISITORS USE THE SITE
The Workforce Board has created a new how-to video that offers visitors a simple tutorial on how to use CareerBridge.wa.gov, the national award-winning website used everyday at WorkSource centers and in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and libraries around the state. Career Bridge features over 6,300 education programs, state labor market information on how much jobs pay and whether they're hiring, and a career quiz that helps users assess their interests and abilities, among other features. The new video includes a closed captioning option, so it's accessible to those with hearing impairments. Watch it now at www.CareerBridge.wa.gov.
 
NEW WORKSOURCE SITE TO GET NEW NAME
When the new WorkSource website launches this fall it will have a brand new name: WorkSourceWA.com. The decision to change the URL from go2worksource.com was made by the state's 12 Workforce Development Councils and the Employment Security Department. The new name freshens the brand and differentiates it from WorkSource sites in Oregon and California. http://go2worksourcenews.com/2015/05/13/new-worksource-website-url-announced/
 
LUMINA FOUNDATION DETAILS DEGREE ATTAINMENT AT NATIONAL, STATE, AND COUNTY LEVELS
The Lumina Foundation has issued its annual progress report on degree attainment, "A Stronger Nation through Higher Education," which expresses a goal of having 60 percent of Americans obtain a high-quality postsecondary credential by 2025. See how Washington fared at: http://strongernation.luminafoundation.org/report/#washington
 
SPOKANE'S NEXT GENERATION ZONE RECEIVES 2015 CHASE YOUTH COMMISSION AWARD
The Next Generation Zone has been selected to receive the 2015 Chase Youth Commission's Champion of Youth Award. Next Generation's career center is focused on young adults aged 16-24. It was created in 2007 by the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council to help young people better prepare for careers through career assessments and counseling, job search assistance, industry-recognized credentials, and connections to employers. http://www.wdcspokane.com/news/press-releases/next-generation-zone-receives-2015-chase-youth-commissions-award/

 

 


WORKFORCE BOARD RECEIVES FUNDING TO HELP WITH WIOA PLANNING PROCESS
The Workforce Board voted yesterday to receive one-time federal funding to help with planning the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Board members voted unanimously to apply $507,000 toward this process, which includes staffing and organizing committee and taskforce meetings, coordinating a series of public forums, and writing a state strategic plan, among other duties. The Board also approved distributing another $507,000 among the 12 regional Workforce Development Councils, which are responsible for local-level planning. More meeting details at: http://wtb.wa.gov/April2015agenda.asp

 

 
SPEAKING OF WHICH...WORKFORCE BOARD TO HIRE ADMIN ASSISTANT FOR WIOA PLANNING
Do you thrive on deadlines, have an eye for detail, and possess seriously strong organizational skills? The Workforce Board is hiring a project-based administrative assistant to help with multiple committees and task forces as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. But you better apply soon! Closing deadline is May 6. http://wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK SEEKS JUDGES AND COMPANY ADVISORS
Washington Business Week, a weeklong summer program that connects high school students with industry professionals in a simulated business experience at four Washington college campuses, is seeking volunteers to serve as judges and company advisors. Judges spend several hours evaluating "stockholder presentations" and invest "venture capital" with young entrepreneurs. Company advisors spend six days with a team of 10-12 students, helping them with critical thinking and providing feedback on their team's mission. More at: http://www.wbw.org/Volunteer.aspx
 
COMMUNITY/TECHNICAL COLLEGE STAFF HONORED FOR OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCE RESEARCH
The Open Education Consortium recently recognized Boyoung Chae and Mark Jenkins of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for their research into how faculty use freely available open educational resources. Chae and Jenkins categorized the benefits and challenges of using open resources and also summarized faculty responses about the support needed to adopt them. Chae is SBCTC's eLearning and Open Education policy associate and Jenkins is SBCTC's eLearning director. http://sbctc.edu/general/_n-newsarchive_2015.aspx
 
SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK ON PROPOSED WIOA REGULATIONS BY MONDAY
The Workforce Board is working with the state's Employment Security Department to catalogue feedback on proposed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act rules. The goal is to identify places that will help develop a statewide response that represents Washington's workforce system and its particular opportunities and challenges. Don't delay! Comments are due Monday, May 4. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WIOAProposedRules.asp

 

NEW CALENDAR PROVIDES DIRECT CONNECTION TO WIOA MEETING DATES, TIMES
The Workforce Board has launched a new calendar to provide a monthly look at the many meetings scheduled for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) committees and task forces. Click the link or the calendar icon to see what's going on (along with where and when) in the months ahead! http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD HOSTS SPECIAL BOARD MEETING APRIL 30
The Workforce Board will hold a special phone-in board meeting Thursday, April 30 from 2-4 p.m. The main agenda item is funding for planning required to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. More details to come. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/AboutUs_Meetings.asp 

 

AWC MAGAZINE FEATURES WIOA ARTICLE BY WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR ZEHNDER
The latest edition of Cityvision, a bimonthly magazine from the Association of Washington Cities, features an article penned by Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder titled "Winning with WIOA." She invites cities to get involved with the planning process to help "local citizens build skills, fill the jobs of local employers, and position their communities for future growth." Read the article in the "CityWise" section at: https://www.awcnet.org/resourcesresearch/Publications/Cityvisioncurrentissue.aspx

 

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY GROUP (MTAG) HOSTS MAY WORKSHOP FOR CAREER ADVISORS
The Manufacturing Technology Advisory Group (MTAG) is hosting "Career Connections: Preparing Students to Work in a Diverse Manufacturing Workplace" from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 5 at Edmonds Community College. It's among a series of workshops aimed at K-12 career advisors from around Puget Sound. Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-connections-tickets-16129970175?ref=ebtnebregn

LYON TAPPED TO BE NEW PRESIDENT/CENTER DIRECTOR OF IMPACT WASHINGTON
Loren Lyon is the new president and center director of Impact Washington, succeeding John Vicklund who retired after filling the role for 12 years. Lyon has held senior management positions at a variety of manufacturing organizations. Impact Washington is a not-for-profit organization based in Mukilteo that helps Washington manufacturers through consulting, training programs, and other resources. More about Lyon at: http://impactwashington.org/spotlight-loren-lyon

 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED WIOA RULES

 

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued proposed rules for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for public comment. But you'll need your reading glasses--there are five separate notices totaling 2,600 pages! You can respond directly to the Labor Department. Or you can send your feedback to the Workforce Board. Board staff will review all submitted comments. The Board will then develop a consolidated set of recommendations from our state. View proposed rules and email the Workforce Board at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

SPOKANE AREA WDC ANNOUNCES PASSPORT TO CAREER SUCCESS FOR YOUNG ADULTS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council has released a new downloadable multimedia tool for young adults to explore careers. This free tool, called Passport to Career Success, is designed to help young adults and educators develop career plans, learn about the local labor market, and prepare for postsecondary education and training. Persistently high youth unemployment rates prompted the creation of this tool. More at: http://www.wdcspokane.com/wdc/passport-to-career-success/
 
WASHINGTON'S LARGEST JOB FAIR FOR YOUNG ADULTS KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK IN TACOMA
JobFest, the state's largest job fair for young adults, is set for Tuesday, April 14 from 2-5 p.m. at the STAR Center in Tacoma. Over 500 jobseekers ages 16-24 are pre-registered for the event and over 54 businesses and organizations are participating. The event provides young adults with an opportunity to explore careers and connect with local employers. JobFest is sponsored by Workforce Central and supported by a wide array of organizations and businesses. More info at: http://bit.ly/1GpZPVO
 
COLLEGE BOUND H.S. GRAD RATE OVER 10 POINTS HIGHER THAN LOW-INCOME STUDENT RATE
Three quarters of the students who signed up for the College Bound Scholarship by the end of their 8th grade year in 2010 graduated from high school in 2014. That's according to the Washington Student Achievement Council, which recently released an update on this growing program that helps low-income students pay for college. In comparison, the graduation rate for other low-income students who were eligible for the program but didn't sign up was 62 percent. Read more at WSAC's news release page: http://1.usa.gov/1JpouIv
 
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE

 

The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education's summer conference is set for Aug. 9-12 in Yakima. Registration is open and advance rates are available through July 31. The Workforce Board is a sponsor of this annual event which brings together CTE teachers from around the state to learn best practices, further their professional development, and network with one another before the school year starts. More at: http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

 

WIOA BUTTON: CLICK IT OR TICKET!
Ok, we're not really going to write you a ticket if you don't click our newly revamped Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) button. But we really want you to click it to get all the info about the new act and the planning process that's underway. Check out the shiny red-white-and-blue button on the Workforce Board's home page at www.wtb.wa.gov

 

CAREER BRIDGE UPDATED WITH FRESH LABOR MARKET INFO
Wondering how fast a particular occupation is growing in our state and how much you're likely to earn if you land a job in a certain field? Get the latest labor market data on starting and average wages, along with projected openings for hundreds of occupations in Washington, on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov. The site, created and administered by the Workforce Board, was recently updated with fresh data from the state's Employment Security Department. Click on the View Job Trends section and see which occupations are hot, and which are not.

 

NEW VIDEO SHOWS HOW VETERANS GET HELP TRANSITIONING TO CIVILIAN JOBS
A new video shows how the Camo2Commerce program is helping transitioning military service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord land civilian jobs. The program, funded by a National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is a joint project of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and Workforce Central. This program provides one-on-one career counseling, business outreach, and a range of other services as the base downsizes over the next few years. See the video and get more details at: http://www.pacmtn.org/camo-2-commerce/

 

WORKSHOPS SHOW YOU HOW TO BECOME A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
The Washington State School Directors' Association is holding a series of workshops throughout the state to encourage citizens to learn about and consider school board service, ahead of the May 12 filing week. The free two-hour workshops provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a school board member and how to file to become a candidate. http://wssda.org/Events/Workshops.aspx

 

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE SEEKS CANDIDATES FROM WIDE RANGE OF BACKGROUNDS FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

The Governor's Office is actively seeking citizens with talent, skills and experience, especially those from diverse backgrounds, to serve on boards and commissions throughout the state. (See School Boards item above.) There are openings and upcoming vacancies on a wide range of boards and commissions. View "Upcoming Appointments-2015" on the Boards and Commission webpage: http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards-commissions/board-and-commissions/apply-serve-board-or-commission-0 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS MARCH 12 TO DISCUSS PROGRESS ON WIOA
TheWorkforce Board will hear an update on March 12 about progress made in planning for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which updates the Workforce Investment Act and brings greater accountability and coordination among a wide range of workforce and education programs. Also on the agenda is a presentation on Washington's Eligible Training Provider List, which requires eligible training programs to meet employment, earnings, and completion rate thresholds determined by the Board. More details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/March2015agenda.asp

 

SPEAKING OF WIOA...NEW FLOW CHART HELPS ILLUSTRATE PROCESS
A new graphic on the Workforce Board's main Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act web page gives a good overview of the committee structure and planning process currently underway. Take a peek at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

 

UNTAPPED TALENT: THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED
Marlena Sessions, CEO of the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council, wrote in the U.S. Department of Labor Blog about the need to address the large number of people who continue to be jobless even as the economy recovers from the Great Recession. Sessions writes about a new job club model in the Seattle King-County region called Back2WorkNow that helps repackage the skill sets of the long-term unemployed and connects them to career counseling, resume assistance and job interview practice. https://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/20/untapped-talent-the-long-term-unemployed/

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE NEARS FOR GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARSHIP FOR FOSTER YOUTH
Foster youth are encouraged to apply for a scholarship that helps pay for their college education at a Washington public or independent college or university. The deadline is Monday, March 9. Award amounts range from $2,000 to $4,000 and can be accessed for up to five years. Apply at https://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/wa/students/governors-application

 

UW NURSING CAMP REACHES OUT TO UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The University of Washington School of Nursing and UW Medical Center are recruiting minority and underrepresented high school sophomores and juniors to attend a free, weeklong day camp this summer. The camp runs from July 20-24. Students receive CPR training, spend a few days in actual clinical experiences, and also attend specialized sessions and workshops to prepare them for college and the nursing profession. Deadline to apply is April 15. Find out more at http://nursing.uw.edu/about/uw-nurse-camp

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ON WIOA
The U.S. Department of Labor is offering a high-level set of recommendations for states as they move toward implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). More at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=7353. View our state's progress in planning WIOA implementation at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

COLLEGE SPARK WASHINGTON INVESTS $12 MILLION IN MATH INITIATIVE
College Spark Washington is investing in a new College-Ready Math Initiative to help low-income students graduate high school with strong math skills and avoid remediation in college. The $12 million investment, spread over seven years, is designed to help 11th grade students improve their scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which measures Common Core State Standards. Grants are also helping students successfully complete Algebra I. View grant recipients at: http://www.collegespark.org/page/133/2015+AYD+and+IA+Grantees

STATE PROGRAM HELPS BUSINESS OWNERS HIRE AND PAY FOR TRAINEES
Employment Security Department staff are promoting the On-The-Job Training Program through WorkSource, the state's one-stop career center system. Employers can connect with motivated job candidates and be partially reimbursed for wages, if they agree to hire and teach workers the necessary skills to do the job. Reimbursements depend on the type of job and the extent of training needed. WorkSource staff are available for ongoing consultation during the training period.
More at: http://www.lni.wa.gov/Main/SmallBusiness/News/2015-02.asp#story3 

 

NEW WEBSITE SHOWS EARNINGS FOR WA GRADUATES EMPLOYED IN OUR STATE
A new website from the Education Research and Data Center displays earnings of students completing certificates and degrees from Washington's public schools and universities, and for those completing apprenticeship programs in Washington. The data is centered on those employed in Washington, work all four quarters in a calendar year, and whose annual earnings are at least $14,000, or roughly 75 percent of full-time hours at Washington's minimum wage. More at: http://www.erdcdata.wa.gov/esm.aspx

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFERS WEBINAR ON AID FOR REGISTERED APPRENTICES

A March 3 webinar from the U.S. Department of Education explains how federal Pell Grants, Work Study and the Job Location and Development Program can be used to support apprentices. Register at https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001503655421369544/info

 

 

NEW LOGO HELPS CONNECT STAKEHOLDERS TO WIOA PLANNING PROCESS
The Workforce Board's home page is sporting a new logo aimed at helping those interested in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act get more information about this historic, bipartisan act. Be sure to check out the red-white-and-blue WIOA Washington logo on the left side of our home page. Click on the logo and you'll be connected to our WIOA Washington web pages, where you'll find meeting information, summaries of the act, and other resources. http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

 

NEW WORKFORCE EDUCATION DIRECTOR JOINS STATE BOARD
Nancy Dick is the new director of workforce education for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Previously, Dick worked at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, where she served as a faculty member, program director and instructional dean. She developed and taught programs in multimedia and digital design, including the college's first applied bachelor's degree program. Dick succeeds Jim Crabbe who spent 15 years with the agency. 

 

LEGISLATIVE PAGES ACTIVE AS 2015 SESSION MOVES AHEAD
The Workforce Board regularly updates our legislative pages, posting legislation and committee activities of interest to the workforce development community. We also post presentations and TVW links of key meetings. http://wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

 

OSPI ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF CAREER GUIDANCE WA AWARDS
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has awarded a select group of Washington middle and high schools a Career Guidance Award of Excellence for demonstrating outstanding high standards in school-wide career-and-college readiness, using Career Guidance WA as part of their program. See: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/CGAwards.aspx

 

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF TRANSITIONS
New with the Workforce Board staff: Eric Wolf, Workforce Program and Policy Analyst. Previously, Wolf advised members of the Washington State Senate's education committees as nonpartisan legal counsel, and has a background in workforce training, K-12, private career schools, and military veteran student issues. He is helping organize committee meetings for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, overseen by the Workforce Board. He is also helping with legislative work during the 2015 session. Wolf is assisting Nova Gattman, who was recently promoted to the role of Legislative Director. Also new to the Workforce Board is Kamala Andrews, who serves as front receptionist and provides administrative support to the Private Career School/Consumer Protection Unit.

WORKFORCE BOARD YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT OUTLINES RISKS TO NEW GENERATION
A new report from the Workforce Board on the high rates of unemployment among Washington youth shows that despite an improving economy, young people need direction in choosing, pursuing, and preparing for high-wage, high-demand careers or risk a lifetime of lower earnings and a higher likelihood of joblessness. http://wtb.wa.gov/Documents/YouthEmploymentReport2014.pdf

NEW CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION REPORT NOW ONLINE
The new Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) that provides details on how Washington's secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs were implemented and assessed under the federal Carl D. Perkins Act is now available. The Workforce Board oversees funding received through the Act, an annual multimillion dollar grant that helps educators better prepare students for the workplace. The Workforce Board compiles the annual report with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp

 WORKSOURCE SEEKS TESTERS FOR NEW JOB MATCH SYSTEM POWERED BY MONSTER
The WorkSource Integrated Technology team is looking for 50 to 75 WorkSource professionals to test a new job matching and workforce program reporting system as it's being built, and again prior to implentation. It's part of a nine-month project to replace the WorkSource website (Go2WorkSource.com) and case management system (SKIES). The new system will need several user test periods throughout the project. It's being developed by Monster.com, which operates employment websites in the U.S. and internationally. More at: http://go2worksourcenews.com/

 

YOUTH APPS CHALLENGE OPEN TO WASHINGTON STUDENTS
The Technology Alliance's Youth Apps Challenge offers Washington middle and high school students the chance to design and build apps for tablets and smartphones. Teams of up to five students are eligible to participate, with prizes that include tablets and visits to local technology companies. Submissions will be accepted online from April 1 to April 10. Interested in teaching about apps? The Technology Alliance will offer training to teachers on February 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Seattle. More: http://technology-alliance.com/stemchallenge/youthapps.html

 

WORKFORCE BOARD HIRING RESEARCH INVESTIGATOR
Do you have a background in research and analysis? Check out this new position at the Workforce Board. But don't wait! The application deadline is this Saturday. http://wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS WIOA PLANNING NEXT WEEK
The Workforce Board will hold a meeting via conference call Thursday, January 29 to discuss progress made in developing a plan and gathering input to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Board will also receive an overview of the 2015 Legislative session and take action on preliminary designations of workforce areas. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/January2015agenda.asp

 

WORKFORCE TRAINING RESULTS REPORT AVAILABLE NOW
The 2015 edition tracks the results of 12 of our state's largest workforce programs and identifies potential improvements (along with those that are already underway). 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

 

WASHINGTON CENTER FOR NURSING RELEASES NEW CAREER VIDEO 
Middle school students can learn more about the field of nursing from a video created by the Washington Center for Nursing. The video, which is also aimed at school counselors and students' families, helps students explore their future in nursing and shows the steps they need to take in middle school and beyond to prepare for this key healthcare career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbxPdrT3FkE

 

WASHINGTON STATE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE TO STEM AND HEALTHCARE MAJORS
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship application is open to middle- and low-income students pursuing eligible high-demand science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or healthcare majors, and who meet other eligibility criteria. The scholarship pays up to $22,500 and is administered by the College Success Foundation. Application deadline is March 2. More at: http://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/scholarship/overview

  

WAVA SPRING CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN
WAVA, an association of career and technical education directors and administrators, is holding a spring conference at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Feb. 23-24. More at: http://www.wava-wa.org/

 

 

NEW WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE NOW
The Workforce Board's popular workforce system poster is freshly updated and ready for 2015. 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

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WISE TAPPED FOR FEDERAL COMMITTEE FOCUSED ON EMPLOYMENT AND DISABILITIES

Cesilee Coulson, executive director of the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE) has been appointed to a new national advisory committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The new committee, created by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), will advise the U.S. Secretary of Labor on ways to increase integrated employment opportunities. Integrated employment refers to jobs held by people with disabilities in workplace settings where the majority of employees do not have disabilities. More at: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20142331.htm

 

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 more people gain health insurance and the population ages. This detailed assessment of Washington's healthcare system 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 growing training opportunities and increasing placements, particularly in rural, underserved parts of the state. The Workforce Board staffs the Health Workforce Council. Read the report and view the index of health program completions at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HCTFIntro.asp

 

WIOA REGULATIONS DELAYED UNTIL SPRING
The U.S. Department of Labor has delayed the release of draft regulations for implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) until later this spring. Originally, the Labor Department had expected to release regulations later this month. The regulations are eagerly awaited as many provisions of this far-reaching federal workforce act are scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2015. Read more about the delay, and about the progress being made in Washington as our state moves forward with developing a plan and gathering input at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

 

AEROSPACE AND MANUFACTURING PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM SET TO START IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and Workforce Snohomish are offering a free, 10-week Manufacturing Academy designed to provide individuals interested in applying for entry-level jobs in aerospace and manufacturing with needed technical, hands-on training, certifications, and soft skills. The first class starts January 12. An open house runs today at WorkSource Monroe. More at: http://www.ajactraining.org/apprenticeship/manufacturing-pre-apprenticeship/

 


 

December 19, 2014

WIOA KICKOFF EVENT POSTPONED
Washington's kickoff for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act has been postponed. The event was originally slated for early January. The WIOA Steering Committee will meet on that day instead. (See next item.) We will keep you posted once a new date is set.

 

WIOA STEERING COMMITTEE TO MEET NEXT MONTH
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Steering Committee will hold its inaugural meeting Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. at the Seattle office of the Washington State Labor Council. This all-day meeting will also include co-chairs from subcommittees on education and career pathways, industry sectors, and performance accountability. The section of the meeting that includes subcomittee co-chairs is open to the public and starts at 11:30 a.m. More meeting details to come as they are finalized at http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

 

WASHINGTON STUDENTS TO GET FINANCIAL AID HELP STARTING NEXT MONTH

Financial aid experts and trained volunteers will be on hand at 60 different locations throughout the state to help students--and those returning to school--apply for financial aid to help pay for their education. The events, which will take place in January and February, are being organized by College Goal Washington and the Washington Student Achievement Council. For a list of locations, see: http://readysetgrad.org/educators/grad/college-goal-washington

 

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PNAA ANNUAL AEROSPACE CONFERENCE
The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance is hosting one of the region's largest aerospace conferences February 10-12 in Lynnwood. Learn about supply chain trends and the changing global marketplace, and get the latest industry forecast from Richard Aboulafia, a top aviation-industry analyst. http://www.pnaa.net/events/annual-conference/2015-aerospace-conference

 

STILL TIME TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE SMALL BUSINESS FOR AWARD
The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations in a variety of categories, including Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service and Women's Business Center of Excellence awards. The nomination deadline is Jan. 5. https://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/user

 

 

December 10, 2014

 

ONLINE INVENTORY OF WASHINGTON WORKFORCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES AVAILABLE
A county-by-county inventory of workforce and economic development resources has been updated on the Workforce Board's website and provides key contacts and other information to help spur business growth and a skilled workforce in every area of the state. Check it out: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceEconomicInventoryCounties.asp

 

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR 2015 CAREER GUIDANCE AWARD
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction invites public middle and high schools to apply for the Career Guidance Washington Award of Excellence 2015. The award recognizes schools with superb career guidance programs. Applications are due January 22, 2015. Find out more: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/CGAwards.aspx

 

NEW SELF SUFFICIENCY STANDARD RELEASED BY SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
A Washington family of four must spend 46 percent more on average to make ends meet today than 13 years ago, according to the 2014 Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington report released by the Seattle-King County WDC and the University of Washington. The report calculates how much individuals and families must earn in each of the state's 39 counties to cover housing, food, childcare, healthcare, taxes, transportation and other necessities. View the report at http://www.seakingwdc.org/WA14_SSS-Web_111414.pdf or use the calculator at http://www.thecalculator.org/

 

MULTI-GENERATIONAL WORKFORCE DYNAMICS TOPIC FOR TOMORROW'S REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPO

Kris Johnson of the Association of Washington Business will talk Thursday about how different generations perform in today's workforce and how they impact workforce dynamics. The session is one of several slated for the 2014 Regional Economic Forecast and Innovation Expo on Dec. 11 at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council CEO Cheryl Fambles is a facilitator. To register: http://www.thurstonedc.com/

 

WORKFORCE BOARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO SPEAK ON MULTI-GENERATION ANTI-POVERTY MODELS
Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis is one of several panelists who will talk Friday about the benefits of a two-generation approach to improving family economic security and policy opportunities in the upcoming legislative session. It's part of the Dec. 12 Budget Matters 2014 conference at the Washington State Convention Center.

December 2, 2014

HEALTH WORKFORCE COUNCIL TO DISCUSS ANNUAL REPORT WEDNESDAY IN PUYALLUP

The Health Workforce Council will meet Wednesday at Pierce College in Puyallup from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to discuss the council's annual healthcare report, to prioritize recommendations for the upcoming legislative session, and to create a 2015 work plan. The council is staffed by the Workforce Board. Meeting details and materials at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/December2014HealthWorkforceCouncilmeeting.asp

 

GOVERNOR INSLEE PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTHWORKS INITIATIVE, WDCs AWARDED FUNDS
Gov. Inslee joined students at Spokane's North Central High School last month to highlight the YouthWorks initiative, which will create internships and work experience for thousands of students across the state. The $1.9 million grant also will help re-engage those who have dropped out or are at risk of not graduating from high school. The state's Employment Security Department is administering the grant. The Workforce Board is collecting promising and best practice information. Each of the state's 12 Workforce Development Councils received funding for regional implementation of  the program. More: http://wtb.wa.gov/YouthWorks.asp

 

NATIONAL SKILLS COALITION RELEASES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WIOA STATE PLANS
The National Skills Coalition has released a new report that provides advice to states on how to establish strategies through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to close the skill gap and help workers and businesses succeed. The report's co-author, Bryan Wilson, is former deputy director of the Workforce Board. Read the report at: http://bit.ly/1A87H7W

 

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE IN SEATTLE

The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County is hosting the 43rd Annual Economic Forecast Conference on January 15 at the Washington State Convention Center. It's considered to be the largest such event in the Northwest. This year's conference will feature several nationally recognized experts. Find out more and register at: http://edc-seaking.org/news-media/events/43rd-annual-economic-forecast-conference/ 

 

VIDEO: CLARK COLLEGE HEALTHCARE PROGRAM BRIDGES GAP BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE
Find out how the Healthcare Core Partnership program between Clark College and Vancouver area high schools gives students the chance to earn college credits in career and technical education classes related to healthcare professions, and puts them on a pathway to an early degree.  Watch the video on this groundbreaking program which could be replicated for other areas and professions. Note: the Workforce Board's own CTE Program Specialist,Terri Colbert, is featured in this video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDkQ2R5KtSg&list=UUkgqG-qn2q5VIqTSUVdBQ6Q

 

November 13, 2014

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS WIOA WORK PLAN
The Workforce Board will meet Nov. 20 in Olympia and discuss the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) work plan, committee structures, and how to ensure an open and inclusive process. Jeff Johnson of the Washington State Labor Council and Gary Chandler of the Association of Washington Business will lead the discussion. Meeting materials will be posted soon. http://wtb.wa.gov/November2014agenda.asp

 

WORKSOURCE LAUNCHES NEW VETERANS CROSSWALK TO CIVILIAN JOBS
A Veterans Military Crosswalk that converts Military Occupation Codes into specific jobs that match veterans' skills and experience has launched and is available at Go2WorkSource.com, the website for WorkSource, the statewide one-stop career center system. The tool works on mobile devices and can send email notifications to users when it finds appropriate job openings. Washington is home to 632,000 veterans and their overall unemployment rate last year was 7.1 percent. Check it out: http://workinwashington-veterans.jobs/

 

STUDENTS FROM THREE COUNTIES TO ATTEND CAREER DAY IN PUYALLUP TODAY
Over 2,300 students from Pierce, King, and Thurston Counties are registered to attend Pierce County Career Day being held today at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. This annual event, now in its sixth year, offers students the chance to experience construction, manufacturing, transportation, and utility industries through exhibits and hands-on demonstrations.  More info: http://www.workforce-central.org/regional-strategies/key-sectors/construction/career-exploration/pc-career-day


COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS LAUNCHES QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

The Washington State Council of Presidents (COP), an association of Washington's six public four-year colleges and universities, has launched a quarterly newsletter that highlights news and achievements of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The newsletter also focuses on the activities of the council's education partners and policymakers, including the state Legislature. View the COP Connection Newsletter at the lower right corner of the organization's home page: http://www.councilofpresidents.org/

 

HAVE YOU SEEN HOOTIE?
Ok, this is a seriously funny video about a human-sized, tie-wearing owl who is planning for his fledgling's future. Brought to you by the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) folks at the Washington Student Achievement Council. You'll be inspired to start your own 529 Prepaid College Tuition Plan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVvvoY_ghmk&list=UUlfGIcGiFl7Cw_Yx1iuEmDw

October 30, 2014

GOVERNOR NAMES WORKFORCE BOARD STATE'S OFFICIAL "WIOA BOARD"
Gov. Inslee has designated the existing Workforce Board as the state board for implementing Washington's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Board, a first step in implementing this far-reaching federal act that replaces and expands upon the Workforce Investment Act. Inslee writes, "There is much to do to implement WIOA. I believe that the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board is best positioned to make that happen." The governor also affirmed the Workforce Board's structure, which is equal parts business, labor, and government. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

 

PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR BUILDING BRIDGES TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE IN SPOKANE
A Washington State Higher Education Technology Conference, dubbed Building Bridges, will be held March 12-13 in Spokane. This new forum, sponsored by Eastern Washington University and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, will bring together educators and technologists to gain a better understanding of how technology can maximize student success. Presentation proposals are due by Nov. 7. More at: http://www.buildingbridgeswatech.com/call-for-proposals/

 

WASHINGTON WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF POLICY & PLANNING
The Washington Workforce Association, which represents the state's 12 Workforce Development Councils, has hired Kathy DiJulio as the new Director of Policy and Planning. She has been involved in workforce development in Washington for more than 30 years. She managed and operated programs in King and Snohomish counties for over 15 years, and under both administered the Job Training Partnership Act and the Workforce Investment Act programs, including key parts of the one-stop system. Contact Kathy at Kathy@WashingtonWorkforce.org.

 

MAKE IT IN WASHINGTON PROJECT EXPANDS TO SIX MORE COUNTIES

Six additional counties have been added to the Make It In Washington project, extending the reach of this $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Workforce Board is administering this project, which helps manufacturers in largely rural and often economically disadvantaged parts of the state, funding tuition for targeted employees to gain skills and technology know-how to expand productivity and advance their careers. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/MakeitInWashington.asp

 

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFFER TO PRESENT AT CHAMBER CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK

Mike Brennan, who manages the Make It In Washington grant for the Workforce Board, will present details of this new education and training initiative at an upcoming conference sponsored by the Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives and Oregon State Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver, Wash., Nov. 6-7. The project provides technical assistance and funding for employee education and training to advance manufacturing in Washington's rural counties. http://www.wcce.org/

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.

 


 

December 17, 2013

WORKFORCE BOARD SKILL GAP ANALYSIS IDENTIFIES HIGH EMPLOYER DEMAND FIELDS
Check out the Workforce Board's Skill Gap Analysis at http://wtb.wa.gov/HighDemandFields.asp and see which mid-level occupations are in high demand and face a shortage of skilled workers in Washington through 2021. Then see the overall supply and demand for educated workers at all levels in "A Skilled and Educated Workforce 2013 report," also on this web page.

 

NEW REPORT: LARGE ECONOMIC IMPACT FROM WASHINGTON'S MARITIME CLUSTER
A new report from the Workforce Development Council Seattle-King County details the direct and indirect impacts of Washington's maritime cluster. According to the report, the maritime cluster generates $15.2 billion in gross business income and another $14.8 billion in induced and indirect output, for a total contribution effect of $30 billion to Washington's economy.

http://www.seakingwdc.org/reports/reports-publications.html

 

INNOVATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS CAN HELP WASHINGTON ADDRESS SKILLS GAP
A new report from America's Edge, a national business leaders group, shows innovative high school models, such as career academies, along with work-based learning supported by business and community partners, can help address a persistent skills gap. The report, "Ensuring Washington State's Global Success," was unveiled at a press event hosted by the Association of Washington Business.
http://www.americasedge.org/news-item/olympia-business-watch-heres-how-education-is-changing-to-help-students-and-the-economy/

 

TRIBAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW

The Washington Student Achievement Council is accepting applications for the 2014-15 American Indian Endowed Scholarship awards. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2014. Historically, award values have ranged from $500 to $2,000 per recipient per year. More at http://www.readysetgrad.org/college/american-indian-endowed-scholarship

December 6, 2013

 

MID-LEVEL HEALTH CARE SKILL GAP ANALYSIS NOW ONLINE
See which mid-level health care occupations face a shortage of skilled workers in Washington. http://wtb.wa.gov/HighDemandMidLevelHealthOccupations.asp. Then read more about the state's health care shortage task force addressing this problem, and view the overall supply of health care graduates at http://wtb.wa.gov/HCTFIntro.asp

NEW STUDY POINTS TO SHIFTS IN WORKFORCE NEEDS AMONG NW ELECTRIC POWER EMPLOYERS

The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College has released a new labor market study that illustrates the workforce needs of electric power employers across the five-state region. Weak economic conditions have reduced entry-level hiring and apprenticeship opportunities--a trend that presents challenges to hiring, recruiting and training new employees. The report was conducted by the Washington State University Energy Program. http://cleanenergyexcellence.org/resources/

 

CENTER FOR VETERANS OPENS AT WORKSOURCE EVERETT
Workforce Snohomish cut the ribbon in mid November on a brand new WorkSource Center designed to help veterans, military, and their families receive tailored employment and training services. Located at the Everett Station, in partnership with the City of Everett, the Serve Center is designed to meet the needs of the 60,000 veterans, military members, and their families in Snohomish County. http://www.wdcsc.org/press/

 

 

 

November 26, 2013

STATE LABOR MARKET DATA UPDATED ON CAREER BRIDGE
The CareerBridge.wa.gov website was recently updated with fresh labor market data from the state's Employment Security Department for nearly 800 occupations. Visitors to the site can click View Job Trends and see an occupation's growth rate, projected openings per year, entry and average level wages, and more. http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Home_ViewJobTrends.aspx

 

IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO AEROSPACE & ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CENTER WEBSITE

The Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing recently updated their website and now posts jobs for industry partners and stakeholders. The site also is able to connect students with available job postings that match their training. http://www.coeaerospace.com/ 

 

GREATER SPOKANE INC. INTRODUCES BUSINESS AFTERSCHOOL
Greater Spokane Inc. is launching a new program called Business AfterSchool that connects students in grades 8-12 to the world of business. The program features a series of open house events during four industry weeks, with business leaders showcasing their workplaces; meeting with students, parents and educators; and sharing what it takes to work in a particular industry. The program kicks off with Engineering Week in February 2014.
http://www.greaterspokane.org/business-afterschool.html

 

 

November 13, 2013
 

 

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS THURSDAY AT NORTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The Workforce Board will discuss and take action on a five-year Adult Education Plan, a resolution supporting the Common Core State Standards, and the process for certifying Workforce Development Councils. More at: http://wtb.wa.gov/Nov2013agenda.asp


ONLINE DIRECTORY OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM UPDATED
Workforce Board staff have updated the online directory of Washington's workforce development programs. The 40-plus programs are sorted several ways, including alphabetically, and by youth, adults, and industry. http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceDevelopmentDirectory.asp
 
EVERGREEN LEADERSHIP TEAM RELEASES 2013 REPORT
Legislation in 2009 created an interagency team to coordinate the state's efforts to create "green" jobs and to train workers in the skills needed for these jobs. The team's 2013 report lists the progress of the state's many initiatives and identifies barriers and opportunities for success. http://wtb.wa.gov/EvergreenJobsTeam.asp
 
WORKFORCE BOARD DEPUTY DIRECTOR BRYAN WILSON TAKES JOB AT NATIONAL SKILLS COALITION
Bryan Wilson, the Workforce Board's longtime deputy director, has taken a position in Washington, D.C., as the new State Policy Director for the National Skills Coalition. The coalition has a mission of increasing mid-level skills across the nation. Wilson will provide policy advice to governor offices, legislatures and state agencies around the country.

 

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS NEW RESEARCH INVESTIGATOR
The Workforce Board is seeking a researcher to serve as principal analyst and author for research reports evaluating the performance of the state's workforce development system. Read more about this job and other openings at: http://wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

 

October 31, 2013

 

 

 

LATEST HEALTH CARE GRADUATE REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

Workforce Board staff have completed an annual summary of completers of programs for health care professions in Washington. This report goes into detail regarding 35 health care disciplines and provides a regional breakout for an even larger number of health care disciplines.

 

 

 

NEW STUDENT DATA REPORTING SYSTEM FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

 

The Workforce Board launched a new portal for private career schools and some Eligible Training Providers to report their annual student data. Annual report deadline is November 22.

 


WORKFORCE BOARD NEWS TRANSITIONS TO NEW EDITOR

 

Tim Sweeney, the Workforce Board's marketing director, retires this week. Marina Parr will take over sending out this weekly newsletter. Learn more.:  

 

SPEAKING OF TRANSITIONS: COMMUNICATIONS POSITION OPEN
The Workforce Board has an opening on its communications team.

 

 

 

October 23, 2013

WORKFORCE PROGRAM PERFORMANCE RESULTS UPDATED
The Workforce Training Results for 12 of the state's most active workforce development programs have been updated for 2013 with new earning and employment results. You can view results at a glance and access the complete and updated chapter of results for each program.

TECHNOLOGY WILL DELIVER RURAL CONFERENCE TO A LOCATION NEAR YOU
This year's Washington Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference will be held simultaneously at 14 locations around the state on November 15. After a web-delivered, interactive keynote address by entrepreneurship expert Becky McCray. participants at each location will turn to their own regional issues with the assistance of a local panel.

WASHINGTON AWARDED FEDERAL "MAKE IT IN AMERICA" GRANT
The U.S. Departments of Commerce and Labor have awarded Innovate Washington a $2.65 million "Make It In America Challenge" grant. The Workforce Board is a partner with Innovate Washington.

AWB HOSTS MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE
The Association of Washington Business (AWB) is hosting a conference focused on manufacturing Friday, Oct. 25 at Cedarbrook Lodge near SeaTac. The conference includes a discussion of national and statewide trends in manufacturing, including regulatory and workforce development issues.

October 17, 2013

 

WORKFORCE BOARD CONVENES HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE ON OCT. 29
The Workforce Board will convene the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Pierce College-Puyallup. Meeting materials are coming soon. http://wtb.wa.gov/HCTFIntro.asp
 
AWB NAMES KRIS JOHNSON NEW PRESIDENT
Kris Johnson has been named the new president of the Association of Washington Business (AWB), succeeding Don Brunell, who sits on the Workforce Board and will retire from AWB after 28 years. Johnson will work closely with Brunell and assume his new role at AWB in January. http://www.awb.org/2013-press-release/?id=389
 
NEW GRANT TO MAKE HIGHER EDUCATION MORE AFFORDABLE TO WASHINGTON STUDENTS
The Washington Student Achievement Council received a $22,000 grant from USA Funds to help more students apply for financial aid and enroll in higher education. The funds directly support College Goal Washington, a statewide program that helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). http://www.collegegoalsundaywa.org/
 
STUDENTS LEARN MONEY SKILLS AT SPOKANE'S NEXT GENERATION ZONE
Students at Next Generation Zone are learning about personal finances as part of Fun Money, Inc. a new six-week course that touches on banking, credit, savings, insurance and more. Students learn to better manage their money, establish good credit, and make informed decisions about car, renters and health insurance. Next Generation Zone is the Spokane area's youth career and employment center. http://www.wdcspokane.com/next-generation-zone

 

October 2, 2013

 

STATE'S WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS RECOGNIZED FOR MEETING PERFORMANCE TARGETS
The Workforce Board formally honored and recognized all 12 Workforce Development Councils for exceeding performance goals in the 2011-2012 program year.
 
DSHS REPORT EXAMINES POSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENT PATTERNS OF CLIENTS
A recent report from Washington's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) examines enrollment of students who received social and health services while in high school, finding that, on average, students who received DSHS services in high school were less likely to enroll in higher education in the year following graduation compared to graduates who did not receive DSHS services.
 
NEW HOME AND NAME FOR SNOHOMISH WDC 
The Workforce Development Council Snohomish County has a new shortened name, "Workforce Snohomish". The new name coincides with a new location: 808 - 134th St. SW, Suite 105,Everett, 98204. Email addresses are changing and soon a new website.
 
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE DIRECTOR SERVING ON NATIONAL GREEN BUILDING EDUCATION GROUP
Shana Peschek, director of the state's Construction Center of Excellence, now serves as a chair for the Northwest region for the Center for Green Schools

 

September 19, 2013

WORKFORCE BOARD LOOKS AT HOW VETERANS ARE TRANSITIONING TO CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT
The Workforce Board will hold its regular meeting in Olympia on Sept. 26. A panel will discuss how organizations are working together to smooth the transition of veterans into civilian life. Other agenda topics include Adult Basic Education, Work Integrated Learning, Disadvantaged Populations workgroup progress, a review on how to improve consumer protection for students of private career schools and an update on the Governor's Results Washington initiative.

SPOKANE DEPLOYS FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY WEBSITE
Community Colleges of Spokane recently launched Start Next Quarter, an online eligibility tool. designed and also used by Seattle Community Colleges, to connect potential students to workforce financial aid resources quickly and easily. A simple questionnaire allows the users to determine immediately if they may qualify for Worker Retraining, WorkFirst, Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET), Opportunity Grant and/or Workforce Investment Act funding.

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR WAVA FALL CONFERENCE
WAVA, a group representing Washington Career and Technical Education administrators, is holding its fall conference Oct. 8-9 in Wenatchee. Register

September 9, 2013

 

START YOUR SCHOOL YEAR WITH UP-TO-DATE CAREER COUNSELING TOOLS
You can sharpen your skills in using the free CareerBridge.wa.gov website with our step-by-step instruction manual. You can also check out our printed companion for the Career Bridge, the "Where are You Going" guide at: www.wtb.wa.gov/CareerGuide.asp

SBCTC ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STEM BACHELOR DEGREES
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has awarded seed money to five community colleges to assist in the design of new applied bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and build on-ramps to those degrees with local high schools.

URBAN INSTITUTE OFFERS LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED SERIES
The Urban Institute has assembled a series of reports on the long-term unemployed, including detailed information on who is unemployed, the consequences and the factors causing the lengthy unemployment.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT MONTH
The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals has designated September as National Workforce Development Month to honor all those individual professionals who play such a vital role in our nation's economic recovery efforts.

 

August 27, 2013

 

CONSUMER ALERT: DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU ENROLL
As the new school year gets underway, many Washington residents may consider additional education and training to boost productivity or land a better job.  But it's best to do some research to see if an education program can deliver the results promised.

 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO LAUNCH NEW ONLINE STUDENT DATA SYSTEM
The Workforce Board is launching a new, online student data reporting system that rolls out this fall to private career schools and some of the schools with programs on the state's Eligible Training Provider list. The new system will increase the efficiency of agency staff, boost accuracy, and improve security for the 400-plus schools who provide student data each year to the Workforce Board. 

 

HADLEY TO STEP DOWN FROM GREATER SPOKANE INC NEXT YEAR
Rich Hadley, President and CEO of Greater Spokane Inc., has decided to leave the combined Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce in April of 2014. A longtime workforce advocate, he served in the position the past 20 years. A CEO Search Committee will form in September.

August 8, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL CTE PARTICIPANTS MORE LIKELY TO BE EMPLOYED THAN NON-PARTICIPANT COUNTERPARTS
The Workforce Board's net impact study shows Washington students that participate in career and technical education programs in high school are more likely to be employed three years after completing than similar high school students that don't attend CTE programs. To learn more about CTE, consider attending next week's Washington Association of Career and Technical Education Conference in Yakima featuring presentations by Workforce Board staff.

URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT IDENTIFIES HOW STATES COPED WITH DECLINING WORKFORCE FUNDING
The Urban Institute's report on "The Public Workforce System's Response to Declining Funding After the Great Recession" is now available online.

CONSTRUCTION CENTER OF EXCELLENCE PUBLISHES INTERACTIVE RESOURCE GUIDE
The Construction Center of Excellence, located at Renton Technical College, has published an interactive Program and Resource Guide which has the appearance of an online book and provides access to videos and other resources. Print copies also are available.

 


NEW REPORT SHOWS SHIFT IN COURSES, REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
A new report from Jobs for the Future shows how different states, including Oregon, are changing high school graduation requirements and what the potential impact might be on graduation rates and preparation for education after high school.

 

July 24, 2013
 
GOVERNOR INSLEE SCHEDULED TO OPEN WORKFORCE BOARD RETREAT
Governor Jay Inslee will kick off the Workforce Board's retreat July 30 at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater. The retreat will focus on youth unemployment, the long-term unemployed and the labor market skill gap. Paul Harrington, a professor and researcher with Drexel University, is a guest speaker. The retreat is a public meeting but the Workforce Board will make no formal decisions during the two-day event.
 
2013 BUDGET SUMMARY OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
The Workforce Board staff has prepared a summary of the two-year budget that went into effect on July 1. This summary focuses on workforce development investments.
 
WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF TRANSITIONS
Two long-time Workforce Board staff members are retiring this summer: Chief Operating Officer Walter Wong and Policy Analyst Martin McCallum. New with the Workforce Board staff in recent months: John Murray, reception and office support; Judy Loveless-Morris, assistant research manager; Cynthia Harris, human resources and office manager; and Glena Red Elk, financial analyst.

 

July 18, 2013

 

HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE TO REVIEW REPORT ON ENTRY LEVEL OCCUPATIONS & MILITARY HEALTH CARE 
The Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force, staffed by the Workforce Board, will meet at Thursday, July 25, 1 p.m. at Pierce College in Puyallup. The Task Force will consider a recent report on the labor demand for five key entry level health care occupations and a report on a couple military medical technician training programs and how they might crosswalk into the civilian health care field.
 
EASY ACCESS TO CAREER CLUSTERS ON CAREER BRIDGE
A new feature on CareerBridge.wa.gov allows students, teachers, and counselors direct access to all 16 Career Clusters, and the many occupations within them. The clusters are located on the Explore Careers page. Previously, the only path to the clusters was through the Career Quiz.
 
HELP UPDATE OUR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORY
The Workforce Board is doing its annual update of its online directory of workforce development programs. Staff invite you to use this tool and if you have correction or updates, please let us know using the email contact on the page.
 
BROOKINGS REPORT CITES WASHINGTON EXAMPLES IN PROMOTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A paper published by the Brookings Institution yesterday features work of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and the Workforce Board.  The paper summarizes results from a forum that included as panelists Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Daniel Malarkey, former Deputy Director, Washington Department of Commerce, and Marlena Sessions, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

 

July 10, 2013

HEALTH CARE, ENERGY CAREERS GET SPECIAL FOCUS ON CAREER BRIDGE WEBSITE
One of the products of the the Workforce Board's activities in managing federal Recovery Act projects on health care and energy efficiency job training is new content for CareerBridge.Wa.Gov that focus on these two fields. See the "Featured Careers" box on the site's Explore Careers page.
 
AGENCY WEBSITE FEATURES WORKFORCE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES BY COUNTY 
The Workforce Board website now offers a list of key contact information for every Workforce Development Council, Economic and Associate Development Council, and Small Business Development Center in the state broken out by county.
 
SEATTLE MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES SNOHOMISH WDC'S WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT
For the second year in a row, Workforce Development Council Snohomish County has been named one of the Best Companies to Work For in Washington by Seattle Business Magazine.

REGISTER FOR WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE NOW
Registration is open for the Aug. 11-14 Washington Association of Career and Technical Education conference at the Yakima Convention Center. The conference features several days of workshops and networking for CTE teachers and is co-sponsored by the Workforce Board and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

 

 

June 26, 2013
 
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO PRESENT AT THIS WEEK'S WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING
The Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board will meet Thursday in Olympia for its regular meeting. Dr. Gene Sharratt, the new executive director of the Washington Student Achievement Council will discuss the council's 10-year road map which is under development. Additional presentations will cover the Workforce Board's operating plan, an update on Programs of Study, a review of the area Workforce Development Council plans and possible action on the State Core Measures that evaluate Washington's workforce programs.
 
WORKFORCE BOARD DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT THIS WEEK'S SCHOOL COUNSELORS CONFERENCE
Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis is Wednesday's keynote luncheon speaker at the Guidance and Counseling Summer Institute put on by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction June 26-27 at the Olympia Red Lion Inn. She will speak about the need to connect youth to work experience both inside and outside the classroom. Workforce Board communications staffer Marina Parr will provide a CareerBridge.wa.gov presentation Thursday.
 
COMMON CORE STANDARDS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES
The Ready Washington coalition is launching a campaign to help parents and the public understand Common Core State Standards. These learning standards in math and English language arts will be implemented in Washington public schools in all grades in the 2013-14 school year.

 

June 11, 2013

 

EARLY NOTICES ON UPCOMING WORKFORCE BOARD AND HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE MEETINGS
The Workforce Board will hold its regular meeting in Olympia on June 27 and the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force will hold its meeting in Puyallup the following month, July 25.

GOVERNOR SETS GOAL FOR EMPLOYING WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES
Gov. Jay Inslee last month signed an executive order to help promote hiring of people with disabilities within state government and the private sector. Currently, only 36 percent of working-age people in Washington with disabilities are employed.
 
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR CREATING NEW INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP ZONES
Innovation Partnership Zones bring together research, workforce training and private sector businesses in close geographical proximity to create new companies, products and jobs oriented around industry clusters. The state's Department of Commerce is accepting applications for new zones.

COLLABORATIVE REPORT DRAWS ATTENTION TO ROLE OF CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
The Association of Washington Business, the AWB Institute and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges have assembled key information on the state's 10 Centers of Excellence and the industries they serve. See the latest results of their "Listening Tour"

 

May 30. 2013

GOVERNOR INSLEE REAPPOINTS ELENI PAPADAKIS AS WORKFORCE BOARD DIRECTOR
Last week, Governor Jay Inslee officially reappointed Eleni Papadakis as the Executive Director of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, a position she has held since 2007.
 
LATEST PRINTED CAREER GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AND FOR ORDER

 

The most thorough and popular (according to us) Washington-focused career guide has just been updated with expanded career entries and updated salary information and demand projections. This paper companion to CareerBridge.wa.gov is free to Washington-based schools, WorkSource Centers and counseling offices.

LEGISLATIVE SPECIAL SESSION CONTINUES
The Legislature continues in special session. There have been few public committee meetings held. However, we have updated our bill tracker page and included a tool that allows you to view key milestones via TVW.  See: www.wtb.wa.gov/2013sessionbills.asp
 
SCHOOL COUNSELING WORKSHOP SET FOR LATE JUNE
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is hosting the 2013 Guidance and Counseling Summer Institute in Olympia, June 26-27.

 

May 16, 2013

WORKFORCE TRAINING RESULTS REPORT AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IN PRINT
Curious about the performance of many of the state's key workforce programs? See how these programs helped participants with employment, earnings and skills attainment. a summary of the most current Workforce Training Results is now available in printed form, as well as online.

GOV. INSLEE ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ON VETERANS EMPLOYMENT
Governor Jay Inslee has called for an aggressive campaign to help veterans find and keep employment in an executive order released this week. See news release.

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. A draft proposal of the targets will be available for public review on Friday, May 17.

 

SEATTLE TIMES CORRECTS OP-ED STORY
The Seattle Times corrected the online version of a Guest Column that ran in the May 5th edition after receiving accurate data from the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The article, not written by Seattle Times staff, significantly overstated the cost of training which is correctly portrayed as ranging between $1,500 to $6,500 per particpant. Full response and links to the Seattle Times article.

NEW REPORT CALLS FOR DATA DRIVEN CAREER PLACEMENT
A new report shows how data-driven "report cards" for education programs have the potential to help those who are retraining make better decisions. The Washington Career Bridge website, for example, makes these report cards publically available, showing employment, earnings and completion rates for thousands of education programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 8, 2013

WORKFORCE RESPONSE TO SEATTLE TIMES GUEST EDITORIAL
The Sunday Seattle Times editorial page had a guest opinion that attacked workforce development programs and used incorrect information. Cindy Zehnder, chair of the Workforce Board, and Tom Peterson, vice-chair of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, authored a response that will appear in the Seattle Times letters to the editor, which is limited to 200 words. Here is the full response.

CONGRESSMAN KILMER INTRODUCES LIFELONG LEARNING LEGISLATION
Washington's Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) program (www.lila.wa.gov) was featured by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer last week when he introduced federal legislation that would promote the employee owned, employer matched savings plan nationwide. Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder and LiLA employer Julianne Hanner of Hanner Enterprises attended the announcement in Tacoma.

STATE BOARD TO CONSIDER BACCALAUREATE PROPOSALS
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges meets this week to consider approval of new Bachelors of Applied Science (BAS) degrees: Information Technology, Network Administration, and Security at Green River Community College; and International Business at North Seattle Community College.

GOVERNOR APPOINTS NEW MEMBERS TO STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL
Governor Jay Inslee announced four new appointments to the Washington Student Achievement Council, including Jeff Charbonneau, a Zillah High School math and science teacher recently honored by President Obama as the National Teacher of the Year, and former Employment Security Department Commissioner Karen Lee.

AJAC LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) has a newly redesigned website that features occupations in aerospace and manufacturing along with apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training. http://www.ajactraining.org/

 

May 2, 2013

LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS WITH OPERATING BUDGET ISSUES UNRESOLVED
When the Legislature reconvenes for a special session on May 13, it will need to reconcile differences from the budgets proposed by Governors Gregoire and Inslee and the House and Senate. We have assembled a table showing the various budget positions on workforce development related budget items.

 

SNOHOMISH COUNTY WDC AWARDED RAPID RESPONSE FEDERAL DOLLARS
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Workforce Development Council Snohomish County $150,000 in Rapid Response Additional Assistance funds to help as many as 700 aerospace workers affected by The Boeing Co.'s recent reduction in force announcement.

 

UPDATED CAREER GUIDES WILL BE READY FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
We are in the middle of redesigning our popular "Where are you going?" Career Guide. With over 200,000 copies of the current version in circulation, the career guide is broadly used in career counseling offices, WorkSource offices and schools. The new version will be more closely integrated with www.CareerBridge.wa.gov.

CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN VETERANS AND THEIR TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE
Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead will be one of the presenters at this year's Women Veterans Summit held by the Washington State Department of Veteran's Affairs, Saturday, June 29, in Tacoma.

 

April 11, 2013

 

LEGISLATURE TURNS ATTENTION TO FINAL BILL PASSAGE AND BUDGET
The Legislature is wrapping up its committee work and focusing more on deliberation in full assembly. Bills that have not passed committee, with the exception of budget bills, are likely not to be considered again during this session. We have updated our list of workforce development bills that are still active this session at: www.wtb.wa.gov/2013sessionbills.asp

COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES PLAY ROLE IN FILLING STEM SKILL GAP
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has produced a fact sheet on the role community and technical colleges play in addressing the state's need for workers prepared for occupations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

AEROSPACE CAREER PATHWAYS GUIDEBOOK AVAILABLE
The Center for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing has produced a guidebook with student pathway options that lead to careers in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. It's available to teachers, counselors, parents and students. Pre-order your copy at

HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON EDUCATION PIPELINE
Hear from national leaders in health care reform about the Affordable Care Act's impact on workforce development and the education pipeline at a June 7 conference at South Seattle Community College's Georgetown campus. Health care educators may qualify for travel cost assistance.

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK GEARS UP FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS
Washington Business Week, which offers business focused programs for high school students, starts its summer program in June. To learn more about the program and how to volunteer.

 

April 4 2013

MID-LEVEL SKILL GAP ANALYSIS IDENTIFIES FUTURE SHORTAGES IN KEY OCCUPATIONS
The Workforce Board staff has completed its annual mid-level skill analysis which estimates what shortages will occur in the future if mid-level education and training programs remain at current levels. Manufacturing and production, installation, maintenance and repair and protective services show the largest gap between demand and supply.

WORKFORCE BOARD RESEARCH DEPARTMENT SEEKS ASSISTANT MANAGER
The Workforce Board has an opening for an Assistant Research Manager. This position assists in managing the agency's responsibilities related to performance measurement, program evaluation, analysis and forecasting of skilled labor supply and demand, and survey assessment.

STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN SPOKANE
Greater Spokane Inc. has partnered with the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council to launch "Work 101," a new internship program that matches high school students with local employers. Participating employers commit to providing youth meaningful worksite learning experiences that build academic, technical, and workplace skills.

COMMUNITY SUMMIT SCHEDULED FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
The Division of Developmental Disabilities is hosting a "Community Summit" June 19-21, 2013 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. The Summit will bring together individuals committed to building inclusive communities. People with developmental disabilities and their families and friends, staff that provide residential, employment, educational and personal supports, state and county staff, and local activists and leaders are invited.

March 28, 2013

YOUTH WORK EXPERIENCE LEGISLATION MAKES IT TO HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Senate Bill 5754, which would create a public-private partnership focused on creating greater access to work-integrated learning experiences for youth, has been approved by the full Senate and the House Labor and Workforce Committee. The House Appropriations has until April 9 to consider the bill. Other bills of interest.:

WALLA WALLA COMMUNITY COLLEGE WINS ASPEN PRIZE
Walla Walla Community College was awarded the Aspen prize along with $400,000 for its success at training students to work in emerging job markets. In 2011, new graduates from Walla Walla earned $41,548, close to double the wages of other new hires in the region.

CAREER BRIDGE FEATURES NEW LINK TO APPRENTICESHIPS
Wondering how to get more info about apprenticeship programs? CareerBridge.wa.gov now connects you with apprenticeship coordinators from around the state and connects you directly to apprenticeships

NEW STUDY SUGGESTS DUAL ENROLLMENT FOSTERS ACADEMIC SUCCESS
A recently released Columbia University study suggests that students who participated in dual enrollment as part of their high school career pathway were more likely than similar students in their school district to graduate from high school, enroll in four-year colleges, and persist in college.

 

March 18, 2013

WORKFORCE BOARD & PARTNERS ALIGN FEDERAL CTE INVESTMENTS WITH STATE STRATEGY
At last week's meeting, the Workforce Board approved a proposal that calls on community and technical colleges and school districts to indicate how they will use federal Career and Technical Education funding to further the objectives and strategies of Goal 1 of High Skills, High Wages, the state's comprehensive plan for workforce development.

HOUSE LABOR & WORKFORCE COMMITTEE TO HEAR WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING BILL
On Thursday, the House Labor & Workforce Committee will hear testimony on SB 5754 (the ASSET bill) which seeks to increase access to youth internships and other work-integrated learning opportunities. Calendar and bills of interest:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION RELEASES NEW REPORT
The Washington Economic Development Commission has released its final economic development and jobs report, Driving Washington's Prosperity. The report outlines recommendations for boosting the state's competitiveness, including "Make Talent a Top Prioirty."

AJAC FEATURES WOMEN IN AEROSPACE TRADES
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) has released a series of videos that show women at work in traditionally male-dominated aerospace jobs, including machinists and aircraft mechanics.

March 11, 2013

BOARD TO REVIEW LATEST SKILL GAP PROJECTIONS, APPRENTICESHIP EXPANSION
The Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board meets Thursday, March 14 in Olympia. The agenda includes action on the state's Eligible Training Provider policy, a review of the latest skills gap projection, a panel on apprenticeship programs and more. Agenda and materials.

HOUSE APPROVES HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES RESOLUTION
The state House of Representatives has passed HCR 4403 which endorses the Workforce Board's recently adopted strategic plan for workforce development, High Skills, High Wages. Also, the Senate has passed SB 5754 which encourages increased connections between students and work-integrated learning opportunities. Another active bill (HB 1472)aims to encourage more students to consider computer science. Our legislative tracking list

TEMPORARY POSITIONS OPEN AT WORKFORCE BOARD
The Workforce Board is looking to fill a couple of key positions that will help the agency keep up with its workflow over the next few months. In particular, the Workforce Board is seeking a management analyst to help the agency manage its contracts and provide data management support as well as a part-time office assistant. www.wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

 

Also, Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women is seeking a new executive director - www.anewaop.org

 

March 1, 2013

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY SHIFTS FROM COMMITTEE TO FLOOR DEBATE
This is the last day for bills to be considered in committee before activity shifts to the House and Senate floors. The Legislature's self-imposed deadline means that only bills that have cleared policy and fiscal committees in their house of origin can be considered further this session. View our bill tracking list.

 

CASE STUDIES: WA HEALTH CARE WORKERS MOVE AHEAD WITH EMPLOYER HELP
Workforce development programs and career ladders for frontline health care workers can address many quality and workforce issues, according to a national study led by the Work Force Institute at the Washington State Hospital Association. The just released report, funded by the Hitachi Foundation, features case studies from around the country including from Group Health Cooperative and Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle) and Providence St. Peter Hospital (Olympia).

HIGHER PAID PROFESSIONS ARE LEADING SPOKANE'S JOB RECOVERY
Some of the occupational fields experiencing the largest job growth in Spokane pay higher on average than some of the fields that had the biggest job losses during the Great Recession. The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council has identified this trend on its website.

LEGISLATIVE WORK SESSION ON SKILL CENTERS
The House Education Committee will conduct a work session on high school Skill Centers on Thursday, March 7. See next week's legislative schedule.

 

February 22, 2013

WORKFORCE BOARD'S SURVEY SHINES LIGHT ON EMPLOYER HIRING NEEDS & PRACTICES
The Workforce Board has released the results of its 2012 Employer Survey. Conducted late last year and consisting of over 2,800 responses from Washington employers, the survey shines a light on hiring and training practices. Based on survey responses, roughly 60,000 employers hired workers last year.

HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING BILL FOR AT-RISK YOUTH
The House Labor and Workforce Development Committee unanimously approved HB 1871 this week. The Governor-requested bill creates the Alliance for Student Success in Education and Training (ASSET) program designed to increase connections to work-integrated learning opportunities, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Also, this morning, the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Committee passed the Senate companion bill, SB 5754.

TODAY IS A KEY LEGISLATIVE DEADLINE
The Legislature clears its first self-imposed deadline for legislation by end of the day. After today, the Legislature will only consider bills that have passed a policy committee, with the exception of bills currently in a fiscal committee such as Appropriations or Transportation. The deadline for bills passing fiscal committees is next Friday, March 1. Our legislative page is tracking over 70 bills of interest to the education and workforce development community. See:

February 15, 2013

GOVERNOR INSLEE REQUESTS WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING LEGISLATION

Governor Jay Inslee has included work-integrated learning legislation as part of his Washington Jobs package. This legislation is consistent with the Workforce Board's strategic plan recommendation for increased work-integrated learning opportunities. The Governor's proposals (HB 1871 and SB 5754) will receive hearings next week.

 

WORKFORCE BOARD REPORT IDENTIFIES HEALTH CARE OCCUPATIONS IN SHORTAGE
The Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force 2012 report outlines the emerging issues related to the supply of health professionals in Washington. The report includes Workforce Board data on graduations by health care occupation and a projection of future demand compared to current supply. While noting success in closing the gap in nursing, the report warns about shortages in home health aides and physicians.

 


HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES RESOLUTION
After hearing from representatives from the Association of Washington Business, the Washington State Labor Council, the Employment Security Department, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee unanimously approved the resolution endorsing the Workforce Board's High Skills, High Wages strategic plan. The resolution is in House Rules Committee.

 

 

February 5, 2013

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL CONDUCTS STATEWIDE LISTENING TOUR
The Washington Student Achievement Council is holding meetings around the state--including one in Ellensburg tomorrow from 4:30 to 6 p.m.--to discuss a 10-Year Roadmap aimed at boosting education attainment. The council is conducting a Listening Tour to get feedback from local communities on creating an effective education system. Other cities on the council's schedule: Vancouver, Seattle, Olympia, Pullman and Walla Walla. Find out what was said at previous meetings in Bellingham and Spokane at: http://feedback.wsac.wa.gov/
Info on upcoming meetings at: www.wsac.wa.gov/
 
CAREER BRIDGE SOCIAL MEDIA SHARES EDUCATION & CAREER NEWS
With the upgrade of CareerBridge.Wa.Gov last spring came a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Through these social media tools, CareerBridge.wa.gov shares information about career fairs, employment programs, conferences, articles of interest and recent reports. One recent posting comes from the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council on the role of the local WorkSource office in helping a displaced worker get a new job. Facebook: www.facebook.com/careerbridge.wa.gov
 
LEGISLATIVE PAGES ACTIVE AS LEGISLATURE MOVES INTO SECOND MONTH
We are tracking legislation and committee activities of interest to the workforce development community. We also post presentations and TVW links of key meetings. www.wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

 

February 1, 2013  

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES RESOLUTION INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE
House Concurrent Resolution 4403, outlining the High Skills, High Wages strategic plan for workforce development adopted by the Workforce Board last year, will be introduced in the House on Monday. The resolution has 14 sponsors so far, including Reps. Mike Sells, Matt Manweller, Larry Seaquist, and Larry Haler.

DIRECTORY SHOWCASES WORKFORCE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR EACH COUNTY 
The Workforce Board has updated its directory that helps connect you to the Workforce Development Council, Associate Development Organization and Small Business Development Center for each of Washington's counties. This directory is on our Employer Resource page.

SEATTLE REPORT FOCUSES ON VALUE OF SOFT SKILLS IN ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS
The Seattle Jobs Initiative, a nonprofit organization that targets low-income jobseekers, has released a report indicating that while three out of four employers say soft skills were at least as important as technical skills, they differ on what types of soft skills are needed.

IT'S CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH!
February is National Career & Technical Education month. This year's theme is "Career and Technical Education Works." To see how well it works, you can view our latest performance results for Secondary CTE. For more on CTE Month, view the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education website

January 25, 2013

NEW PAPER: MULTIPLE PATHWAYS FOR YOUNG ADULTS SHOULD START EARLY
A new Workforce Board report emphasizes career and education pathways that begin in high school and include career guidance and planning, work-integrated learning and technical skill training.

WORKFORCE BOARD UPDATES WORKFORCE SYSTEM AT A GLANCE
The Workforce Board's poster charting workforce development program funds and services in Washington has been updated. You can see it online and get one mailed to you.

HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE HEARS FROM OPPORTUNITY INTERNS

The House Education Committee reviewed the Workforce Board's interim report on the Opportunity Internship Program and heard the stories of three Tacoma youth who did internships as high school students and have since progressed on to college. Report and presentation slides.

MORE LEGISLATIVE- WORKFORCE NEWS

January 17, 2013

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS NEXT WEEK
The Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board holds its first meeting of 2013, Thursday, Janaury 24 in Tumwater. The agenda includes a review of the history of state core measures, the agency's recent Employer Survey and more.

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES STRATEGIC PLAN AVAILABLE ONLINE & IN PRINT
The Workforce Board's new state strategic plan for workforce development, High Skills, High Wages, has been printed. View the printed version online or order free copies.

AEROSPACE REPORT SUGGESTS GREATER GROWTH EXPECTED
A new report, jointly produced by the Workforce Board and the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, defines aerospace and related industries, identifies programs of study whose graduates are hired by this industry and estimates, based on an employer survey, that job growth might be greater than national economic models currently suggest.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION HAILS THE COMING OF AGE OF SECTOR-BASED STRATEGIES
This week, the National Governors Association released a policy paper that highlights state strategies that use industry sectors as an organizing principle for workforce development. The report singles out Washington for its statutory definition of sector strategy, its use of Industry Skill Panels and its 10 Centers of Excellence.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY PAGES GET ACTIVE AS LEGISLATURE RETURNS
The 2013 Washington legislative session began this week. We are tracking legislation and committee activities of interest to the workforce development community. We also post presentations and TVW links of key meetings.

January 10, 2013

INSLEE NAMES NEW AGENCY LEADERS
Governor-elect Jay Inslee announced five new members of his administration, including Deputy Commissioner for Employment Security Joel Sacks who will head up the state's Department of Labor & Industries, and the past chair of the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County and a CEO of an aerospace manufacturing firm Dale Peinecke to be the new Commissioner for the state's Employment Security Department.

ANNUAL 2012 REPORT SUMMARIZES OUTGOING STRATEGIC PLAN PROGRESS
The Workforce Board staff has released an  annual report on progress with the state's workforce development strategic plan. This is the final report on the plan developed in 2008 and approved by the Legislature in 2009. The Workforce Board adopted a new strategic plan in September. The 2012 annual progress report

FIRST WEEK OF 2013 SESSION INCLUDES WORKFORCE-RELATED PRESENTATIONS
The 2013 Legislative Session starts next Monday. On January 16, Workforce Board Deputy Director Bryan Wilson will present to the House Labor Committee information about the Workforce Board and its new strategic plan.  On January 18, Executive Director Eleni Papadakis will present the Opportunity Internship Program to the House Education Committee. Workforce development related legislative schedule.

ESD NEWSLETTER FEATURES CAREER BRIDGE TIP OF THE MONTH
Workforce professionals who receive the NewSource newsletter from the state's Employment Security Department can learn new ways to get more out of Career Bridge each month. The newsletter now features a Career Bridge Tip in the upper left corner. Recent tips have included ways to pay for school and what to do if a program is not on the Eligible Training Provider list.

January 3, 2013

WORKFORCE BOARD SUBMITS ANNUAL REPORT ON FEDERAL CTE FUNDS
The Workforce Board oversees funds received through the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act--a multi-million dollar grant that helps educators better prepare students for postsecondary education and the workplace. To fulfill federal requirements, the Workforce Board submits an annual report on how the federal funds are used for Career and Technical Education programs around the state.

LAST CHANCE TO HELP US WITH FEEDBACK SURVEY
The Workforce Board's annual feedback survey will close January 8. If you've taken it, thank you. If not, please do!  

NEW WEB SITE AIMED AT ENTREPRENEURS
The U.S. Department of Labor and Small Business Administration have created an online Self-Employment Assistance Center to provide information and resources for those eligible for Unemployment Insurance.

FREE SOFTWARE COURSES EXPANDED
All working-age residents of Washington are eligible to access free online classes that teach how to use computer software programs. Over the last two years, the Employment Security Department has provided free access to online Microsoft courses. Now the free course selection includes instruction on software by Adobe, Apple, IBM, Intuit, SAP and others. Registrations are processed through WorkSource.

 


 

December 12, 2012

INTERNSHIP GIVES WHATCOM STUDENT A CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT ENGINEERING
Valerie Elizondo, an 18-year-old Whatcom Community College, talks about her internship experience at a Ferndale engineering firm. Hear from Valerie, her father and her employer about the importance of internships to young adults in this the fifth and last video in our Opportunity Internship series.

WASHINGTON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL TARGETS FIVE ISSUES
The Washington Student Achievement Council has published "Critical Crossroads: A Call for Action," targeting five issues associated with student achievement.

GATE WEBSITE FOCUSES ON KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL
A new website that launched in late September is aimed at dropout prevention and serves as a source of information for students, parents, community members and education professionals. It's part of the Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) initiative led by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  

PLEASE TAKE THE WORKFORCE BOARD FEEDBACK SURVEY

November 27, 2012

BOARD WILL HOLD SPECIAL CONFERENCE CALL MEETING THURSDAY
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will take action on the High Skills, High Wages 2012: Accountability Chapter at a special board meeting, November 29, 3 p.m. at the Workforce Board's main conference room, in Olympia. Here's the strategic plan.

PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN OUR ANNUAL SURVEY
We hope you can find time to take our survey on the Workforce Board's performance and reports. Your feedback helps us gauge how we're doing and improve. It should take no more than 10 minutes of your time to tell us what you think. Thank you.  

AWB INSTITUTE REPORTS ON THE STATE OF HEALTH CARE IN WASHINGTON
The AWB Institute, an affiliate of the Association of Washington Business that focuses on workforce issues, has released another Industry Report as part of its "listening tour." Find the latest report on Health Care.

SEATTLE JOBS INITIATIVE OFFERS ANALYSIS OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY TRENDS
The Seattle Jobs Initiative has released its "analysis of past, present and future trends in the manufacturing industry." Report.


NEW WEBSITE FOR WSBEA
See the new online home of the Washington State Business Education Association

November 14, 2012

CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE, SECTOR INITIATIVES & CTE INVESTMENTS
Three Centers of Excellence, two community and technical colleges, two school districts, and three Workforce Development Councils will be featured in panel presentations before the Workforce Board in tomorrow's meeting in Seattle. See agenda

HELP US DO A BETTER JOB, TAKE OUR ANNUAL SURVEY
The Workforce Board would greatly appreciate if you could take five minutes to take our annual online survey regarding our services and reports. Thank you: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/Y76JQ76

LIFELONG LEARNING ACCOUNT VIDEO SHARES EXPERIENCE OF EMPLOYERS, PARTICIPANTS Since 2009, the Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) pilot program has operated in three counties in Washington. A New video relates the experiences of two employers (Steck Medical and Hanner Enterprises) and their employees with this educational co-investment benefit.

November 8, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS IN SEATTLE NEXT WEEK
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on November 15, in Seattle, at the Divers Institute of Technology. Agenda and material

STATE ENERGY SECTOR PARTNERSHIP CONNECTS WITH VETERANS

The State Energy Sector Partnership, funded through a federal Recovery Act grant, has placed 313 veterans into apprenticeship programs through the Helmets to Hardhats program. Follow the story of this Tacoma-based veteran.

CAREER BRIDGE IN SEATTLE TIMES: PULLOUT LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE

The Seattle Times ran a four-part career planning series featuring Career Bridge. The series is designed to be used in the classroom as well as by parents and their children. Complete series.

October 31, 2012

NEW CAREER BRIDGE INFORMATION CARDS AVAILABLE
Handy, two-sided rack cards have been redesigned to reflect new improvements to Washington's Career Bridge website. Order yours today (360) 709-4600.

FOLLOW YOUNG ADULT'S SUCCESS THROUGH OPPORTUNITY INTERNSHIP VIDEO
We're now featuring Jesse Barr's experience with the Opportunity Internship Program on our website. This video shows how work experience at the City of Vancouver Water Resources Education Center helped Jesse focus on his academic and career goals. 

LAST WARNING ON OUR NEW OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS
Earlier in the year, our office phone numbers were switched. While some numbers still work, others are starting to be reassigned to new telephone customers. Please take note of our new number.

SYMPOSIUM SHOWCASES REGIONAL ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS
Calvin Goings with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Dr. William Lyons with Boeing Research and Technology will be the headline speakers at Collaborative Innovation 2012 in Tacoma, November 6. 

October 24, 2012

CAREER BRIDGE STEP BY STEP GUIDE AVAILABLE
Get more out of CareerBridge.wa.gov with worksheets that take you step by step through this awarding-winning website. A table of contents helps direct you to specific sections.

FEDERAL GRANT FOR ADVANCED MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING

A workforce and economic development partnership in Southwest Washington was awarded almost $2.2 million for a project in advanced materials and manufacturing. Partners include Columbia River Economic Development Council, Impact Washington, Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, and the Oregon Microenterprise Network.

NEW DEFINITION OF CAREER, COLLEGE READY LAUNCHES
A broad national coalition, which includes the association of state directors of career and technical education, is offering a new definition of what it means to be career-ready. The Career Readiness Partner Council says a shift is needed from a primary focus on college entrance and completion to mastery of key knowledge, skills and habits.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR FALL WA-ACTE CONFERENCE
Workforce Board staff will provide information on work experiences for youth at the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education fall conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, November 1 & 2.

October 11, 2012

LEGISLATIVE REPORT ON AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING TRAINING RELEASED
Staff of the Workforce Board and State Board for Community and Technical College have produced an interim report on training programs in Washington for aerospace workers as required by legislation last session.   Aerospace employers have another week to complete survey which will contribute to the final version of the 2012 report.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS POLICY ANALYST/LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
The Workforce Board' has an opening for policy analyst and legislative liaison. Applications will be accepted through October 22.

WORKPLACE-BASED LEARNING INITIATIVE SEEKS FOCUS GROUP PROVIDER

The Workforce Board seeks a contractor to conduct serveral focus groups regarding the agency's Workplace-Based Learning initiative. The Request for Qualifications closes November 26.

ESD AWARDS ANNUAL WIA DOLLARS TO AREA WORKFORCE COUNCILS
The state's Employment Security Department has announced this year's distribution of U.S. Department of Labor funding for the Workforce Investment Act this year to the state's 12 Workforce Development Councils based on population, unemployment levels and number of disadvantaged people.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE INCLUDES WORKFORCE SYSTEM SESSION
The Entrepreneurship Symposium (October 25-26 in Tacoma) will feature a breakout session with Employment Security Department on "Self-Employment within the Unemployment and Workforce Systems."

October 3, 2012

VIEW WEBCAST OF INNOVATION SUMMIT WITH WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR
You can view Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder, Commerce Director Rogers Weed and others in a panel on collaboration at last month's Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit. Go to the "Content on Demand" option and choose Chapter 3.

MT. TAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF WORK EXPERIENCE
Ryan Patajo's internship with the Tacoma Public Library media lab helped his employer reach out to young people while allowing Ryan to experience the work environment. View this Opportunity Internship Program success story

SCHOOLS TO CAREERS PLUS: SEATTLE-KING WDC INVESTS IN LOCAL SCHOOLS

Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County will invest up to $200,000 in career education in area school districts, starting this fall in Auburn and Renton. The new initiative, called Schools to Careers Plus, connects high school students with industry through career-awareness curriculum, a career navigator, and industry mentors.

SPOKANE WEBSITE TO BRING TOGETHER STUDENTS, JOBSEEKERS AND EMPLOYERS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council recently launched Inspire Washington, a new initiative to connect students, career seekers, and educators with employers so they gain business and industry knowledge.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR HIGHLIGHTS RURAL STRENGTHS

A webinar supported by the state's Department of Commerce entitled "Country Strong: Tapping Hidden Strengths for Rural and Frontier Development" is set for Oct. 10.

September 26, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING TOMORROW TO REVIEW LEGISLATIVE/BUDGET REQUESTS
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board meets tomorrow in Seattle for its regular meeting. The agenda includes review and possible adoption of the High Skills High Wages strategic plan for workforce development and a review of the Workforce Board's policy and budget requests for the 2013 legislative session.

HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE TO MEET IN PUYALLUP

Washington's Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force will meet Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Pierce College-Puyallup. The task force's goal is to address current and projected shortages of health care workers in Washington.

EMPLOYERS SURVEYED ON IMPORTANT WORKFORCE ISSUES
The 2012 Washington Employer Survey is now in the field. In previous years, close to 3,000 employers have responded to this survey. Employers are encouraged to complete the survey and return it. A separate survey will soon be asking aerospace employers about their workforce needs. 

WASHINGTON COMMUNITY  & TECHNICAL COLLEGES RECEIVE FEDERAL LABOR GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded grants of over $15 million to Washington community and technical colleges recently. Primary grant recipients include Bellevue College (as part of a larger community and technical college health care consortium), Edmonds Community College and Shoreline Community College. See Senator Patty Murray announcement.

STATE'S WORKSOURCE CENTERS FOCUS ON OLDER WORKERS
Inspired by National Employ Older Workers Week, Sept. 24-28, Washington's WorkSource system created an online calendar of events--including workshops, job clubs and training labs.

September 19, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DECIDE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will meet September 27 at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College. The Workforce Board will review and possibly take action on the proposed workforce development strategic plan, High Skills, High Wages 2012 - 2022. Agenda and support materials

REPORT: CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION: FIVE WAYS THAT PAY ALONG THE WAY TO THE B.A.
A just-released Georgetown University report examines the five pathways that provide career and technical training that lead to the 29 million jobs that pay "middle class" wages.

WASHINGTON CTE AND CTC TECHNICAL PROGRAMS SHOW POSITIVE RESULTS
Washington's high school level Career & Technical Education programs and Community and Technical College technical programs show positive returns on investments for participants and the taxpayer. View results on 12 of the state's largest workforce development programs.

NEW WEBSITE HELPS CONNECT WIA TO REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee and the Apprenticeship & Nontraditional Employment for Women have launched a new online reference to help frontline WorkSource staff locate guidelines for connecting the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to registered apprenticeship programs as well as other useful links and information.

US CHAMBER SPEAKER TO PROVIDE KEYNOTE FOR STATE WORKFORCE PANEL
The AWB Institute is hosting a panel, "Training America's Next Generation of Workers," on October 10 from noon to 2 p.m. in Seattle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will provide a keynote address at the event which features education and industry leaders.

September 12, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING COMING UP
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Meeting will meet September 27, at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College. Agenda and materials will be available by end of next week.  

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT MONTH
The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals has designated September as National Workforce Development Month to honor professionals who play a vital role in our nation's economic recovery efforts.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION HOSTS INNOVATION SUMMIT
The Pacific Northwest Economic Region and Washington Economic Development Commission are hosting a Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit in Seattle September 17-19 as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Seattle World's Fair.

GREATER SEATTLE SECTOR SKILLS ACADEMY SEEKS APPLICANTS
A new academy, sponsored by SkillUp Washington, is offering a year-long program of workshops, mentoring, technical assistance and peer support for up to 25 leaders across the workforce development field. Deadline for applications is Oct. 1.

 

 

September 5, 2012

CAREER GUIDANCE LESSONS FEATURE CAREER BRIDGE
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has posted updated lessons to supplement broader career guidance curriculum like Navigation 101. One of the lessons features resources of the the recently updated www.CareerBridge.wa.gov website.

WASHINGTON CENTER FOR NURSING AWARDED $300,000 GRANT
The Washington Center for Nursing has been awarded a two-year, $300,000-grant to advance state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. Washington was one of nine states chosen to lead the work.

NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION INVITES PROPOSALS
The National Association of Workforce Boards is holding a March forum and inviting session proposals from workforce professionals, educators and employers as part of Forum 2013: Dialogue for Workforce Excellence. Proposal deadline is October 15.

MARITIME INDUSTRY LEADERS FOCUS ON TRAINING CURRICULUM
Last week, the Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology and South Seattle Community College hosted an outreach event for industry, education, apprenticeships and workforce development professionals. The program, which featured speakers from the marine industry, focused on the current and future workforce needs of the important marine manufacturing, repair and technology sector. To learn more about the Center of Excellence or curriculum, please contact Ann Avary at or Danette Randolph.

WORKFORCE BOARD/CAREER BRIDGE TWITTER FEEDS ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EVENTS
If you use the social news feed service Twitter, try following the Workforce Board feeds. We use Twitter to share the news above as well as other announcements of local events. https://twitter.com/WorkforceWash

August 22, 2012

 
WORKFORCE BOARD BEGINS TO POLL EMPLOYERS FOR 2012 EMPLOYER SURVEY
Employers around the state have started providing insight about their workforce issues in response to the Workforce Board's Employer Survey, conducted every other year. The only comprehensive survey of its kind in Washington, it is co-sponsored by the Association of Washington Business and Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives. Results will be available in the fall. www.wtb.wa.gov/EmployerSurvey.asp
 
WASHINGTON FEATURED IN PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT POLICY GUIDE
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning cites Washington as one of its state case studies in its recently released public policy guide on Prior Learning Assessment. The report mentions state legislation passed in 2011 that called for, among other things, increasing the number of students who receive credit for prior learning and increasing the number and type of prior learning credits that count toward certificates and degrees. www.cael.org/pdfs/College-Productivity-Resource-Guide2012
 
NEW NGA CHAIR CHAMPIONS INITIATIVE AIMED AT WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES
National Governors Association Chair, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, is pursuing a year-long initiative to increase employment among individuals with disabilities. www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/page_2012/col2-content/new-nga-chair-announces-year-lon.htm

 

August 15, 2012   

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR COMMENT ON WORKFORCE STRATEGIC PLAN
The Workforce Board staff will accept comment on the draft strategic plan for workforce development, High Skills High Wages 2012 - 2022, through August 27. A revised draft plan, based on comments received through public forums, virtual online business meetings, and through emails, will be presented to the Workforce Board in September. 

WORKFORCE BOARD DIRECTOR DISCUSSES MULTIPLE PATHWAYS STRATEGY IN ARTICLES
In two recently published articles, Eleni Papadakis, executive director for the Workforce Board, addresses the "college for all" debate within the context of the multiple pathways strategy (see previous item) outlined by the Workforce Board's draft strategic plan. Crosscut: and The Columbian

2012 EVERGREEN JOBS INITIATIVE UPDATES PROGRESS WITH RECOVERY ACT GRANTS
The Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team, co-chaired by staff from Department of Commerce and Workforce Board, has produced its third annual report as required by state law. The report provides updates on the use of Recovery Act grants and other funds targeted to the "green" economy and offers recommendations on how to foster growth in this field.

FORMER WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR APPOINTED SBCTC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has selected Marty Brown as its new executive director to replace Charlie Earl who is retiring. Brown is currently director of the state Office of Financial Management. He also served as the chair of the Workforce Board prior to Cindy Zehnder's appointment as the current Workforce Board chair.

August 8, 2012

SYSTEMWIDE WORKFORCE TRAINING RESULTS PUBLISHED 
The latest performance results for the state's workforce system is now available on our website. The Workforce Board tracks the results and the taxpayer return on investment for 12 of the state's largest workforce programs. The new system summary explains the method for tracking performance and looks at trends across the system. More detailed results are in the specific program chapters. www.wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceTrainingResults.asp

PARENTS' GUIDE TO APPRENTICESHIPS
A new booklet is available to help parents better understand apprenticeships in our state, including career options, requirements, how to apply and contact information. The booklet was created by the state's Department of Labor and Industries and is on their website. 

http://www.lni.wa.gov/FormPub/Detail.asp?DocID=2548   You can also find available apprenticeships on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov .

CHANCE TO COMMENT ON SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICES EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM PLAN
Comment on the draft plan for this program that serves unemployed, low-income Washington residents aged 55 and older. Comment deadline is August 19. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/SeniorCommunityEmployment_Dir..asp

CONSTRUCTION COE LAUNCHES SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR WEBSITE
The Construction Center of Excellence has added a feature for new companies that includes information on marketing, finance and licensing and has a "Network of Experts." The Center's website also includes information on jobs and apprenticeships. www.constructioncoejobs.com/

 

August 1, 2012

WORKFORCE STRATEGIC PLAN FORUMS IN SPOKANE & YAKIMA
The Workforce Board is holding a public forum in Spokane Valley today and Yakima tomorrow as part of its efforts to collect public comment on its draft strategic plan. Written comments are accepted as well.

GOOD EVALUATION AND GOOD MONTH FOR REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS
A U.S. Department of Labor study released yesterday shows strong positive returns from registered apprenticeships (a career salary and benefit difference of over $300,000 difference between apprenticeship completers and nonparticipants).

Also, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the enactment of the National Apprenticeship Act, Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell co-sponsored a resolution making August "National Registered Apprenticeship Month."

WASHINGTON JOINS ALLIANCE FOR QUALITY CAREER PATHWAYS
Washington is one of 10 states participating in a national effort to create a framework of benchmarks and measures of success for adult career pathway initiatives. Led by the Center for Law and Social Policy, the "Alliance for Quality Career Pathways" was launched two weeks ago.

July 24, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD RETREAT WILL FOCUS ON FUTURE WORKPLACE, STRATEGIC PLAN
The Workforce Board will hold a two-day retreat at The Evergreen State College in Olympia July 25-26. The meeting is open to the public. To view the discussion topics and the one action item (submission of the state State Integrated Workforce Plan to U.S. Department of Labor), see: www.wtb.wa.gov/2012retreat.asp

HIGH SKILLS HIGH WAGES STRATEGIC PLAN FORUMS IN YAKIMA AND SPOKANE
The Workforce Board will be in Spokane August 1 and Yakima August 2 to hold public discussions on its proposed High Skills High Wages 2012 - 2022 strategic plan for workforce development.

VANCOUVER STUDENT CONNECTS TO GRAPHICS FIELD THROUGH INTERNSHIP
Noel Solis, a Fort Vancouver High School student, describes how an internship with a sports apparel company has inspired him to pursue a graphic design program after graduation in this Opportunity Internship video.

WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE FEATURES PROGRAMS OF STUDY 
Terri Colbert (Workforce Board staff) along with Phouang Hamilton (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) and Tiffany Merkel (State Board for Community & Technical Colleges) will highlight progress for statewide Programs of Study at a session at the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference in Yakima Aug. 5-8.

July 18, 2012 

STRATEGIC PLAN MEETINGS THIS WEEK AND FIRST WEEK IN AUGUST
The Workforce Board is on the road this week in Everett and Tacoma and in two weeks in Yakima and Spokane to receive public comment on its draft strategic plan for workforce development. To review the proposed plan, learn more about the public forums and to submit comments, see: www.wtb.wa.gov/highskills2012.asp 
 
DEMAND-DECLINE LIST NOW ON CAREER BRIDGE
A regional look at which occupations are in-demand, and which are not, is now available on Career Bridge. The state's Demand-Decline list, maintained by the Employment Security Department in consultation with Workforce Development Councils, gives job counselors and jobseekers an easy way to see what the labor market looks like. The link is located in Career Bridge's Explore Careers area: www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Page.aspx?nid=ExploreCareers

HOW MUCH DOES A COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE PAY?
This paper from Columbia University provides an estimate of the labor market returns to different types of community college credentials across different fields of study, using data supplied by Washington's community college system. The authors find associate's degrees lead to positive increases in wages, but that the magnitude of these effects varies greatly by field. http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/Publication.asp?UID=1101

 

July 11, 2012 

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON WASHINGTON'S DRAFT WORKFORCE STRATEGIC PLAN
The Workforce Board is holding public forums on proposed strategies for educating and training Washington's workforce. The meetings will be in Everett July 18, Tacoma July 19, Spokane August 1 and Yakima August 2. Also, comments will be accepted by email. Draft strategic plan and forum schedule.

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT STATE PLAN DRAFT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT
The Employment Security Department and the Workforce Board invite you to comment on the draft 2012-2016 State Plan for the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act. Deadline for comments are July 23. The Workforce Board is expected to take action on the plan by the end of the month Copy of the draft plan and comment information

STUDENT INTERNS & EMPLOYERS STAR IN NEW VIDEOS
The state's Opportunity Internship Program is featured in a set of recently produced videos. But the real stars are the participating students and the hosting employers from Tacoma, Vancouver and Bellingham.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL REPLACES HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
Effective July 1, 2012, the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board was replaced by the Washington Student Achievement Council. Council members are expected to be named later this summer.

WASHINGTON'S EFFORTS ON SKILLS CERTIFICATION FEATURED IN INSTITUTE'S WEBINAR
Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director and Dean Susan Hoyne with Shoreline Community College were presenters in a Manufacturing Institute webinar on Washington's efforts to implement a skills certification system.

July 3, 2012

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING PUBLIC FORUMS
The Workforce Board is hosting forums to facilitate public comment on its draft strategic plan (available on July 9). The forums will be in Everett July 18, Tacoma July 19, Spokane August 1 and Yakima August 2. See news release

WORKFORCE BOARD DIRECTOR ELECTED TO NATIONAL CTE COMMITTEE

Last month, Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director, was elected as the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho & Alaska) region representative on the board of directors for the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOCUS OF JULY WEBINAR
Workforce professionals qualify for discounted registration for a webinar (sponsored by Department of Commerce and the Workforce Board) focused on boosting business in small and mid-sized firms through customized training. Use the coupon code l3ff3 to receive the discounted rate of $35 for this July 10 workshop, and select "other" from the member list and then indicate WTB. 

SPOKANE WDC HEADING TOWARD NON-PROFIT STATUS & NEW PARTNERSHIP
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) will become a stand-alone nonprofit organization, separating from its 38-year relationship with the City of Spokane, and it will establish a new partnership with Community Colleges of Spokane.  www.wdcspokane.com/news.html 

June 27, 2012

HISPANIC PARTICIPANTS ARE FOCUS OF PERFORMANCE REPORT
The Workforce Board research unit has released a report on the performance results of workforce training programs for Hispanic participants.

WORKSOURCE OFFERS FREE (KEYTRAIN) ONLINE REFRESHER COURSES
The Employment Security Department has contracted with KeyTrain to make online refresher courses available for free to Washington residents - both employed and unemployed. These online courses contain 200 lesson plans on topics such as reading, math, work habits, how to locate information, business etiquette and others. To gain free access, register at a local WorkSource center.

NEW TOOL TO HELP ENSURE MORE STUDENTS COMPLETE FAFSA
The U.S. Department of Education has released a new tool to help high school counselors and school leaders monitor FAFSA completions and better help students access higher education. School officials can now track FAFSA submission and completion statistics at individual high schools on the FAFSA Completion website.

CTE TEACHERS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY TO CORE STANDARDS GROUP
The Financial Education Public-Private Partnership and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are seeking applicants to be part of a Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and financial education workgroup to be held on August 2 in the Seattle area. Ten Washington State educators will be selected to participate. Application forms are due June 29.  

THIRD STATE GREEN ECONOMY REPORT RELEASED
The Employment Security Department has released "2011: The Green Economy Jobs Report."  

June 21, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD CONSIDERS DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN, WIA TARGETS & PERKINS FUNDING
The agenda for the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board's June 28 meeting in Olympia includes possible action items on a review of a draft statewide workforce development strategic plan, performance targets for the Workforce Investment Act programs, a distribution formula for federal Carl Perkins Act dollars, and the agency's operating plan and budget. See:

COMPLETE AGENCY WORKFORCE TRAINING RESULTS POSTED FOR 2011
The Workforce Board's research unit has posted online its 2011 Workforce Training Results for 12 workforce development programs, based on the state's workforce core measures--a set of performance measures that gauge program performance based on earnings, employment, participant and employer satisfaction and return on investment.

WORKFORCE CENTRAL AWARDED FEDERAL INNOVATION GRANT
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $6 million Workforce Innovation Fund grant to Workforce Central, the Workforce Development Council for Pierce County. News release

MAJOR GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGNS PARTICIPATE IN THIS WEEK'S ENERGY SUMMIT
On Friday (June 22), gubernatorial candidate and former Congressman Jay Inslee and Todd Myers, a representative for Attorney General Rob McKenna, will participate in an event to close the 7th Annual Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit: Energizing America's Workforce for Tomorrow at the Regional Education and Training Center, Satsop Campus in Elma. All summit events are free but registration is required

BUSINESS WEEK PROVIDES BIG DISCOUNT TO LAUNCH AGRI-BUSINESS PATHWAY

Washington Business Week, which offers week-long business focused programs for high school students during the summer, is launching an agri-business pathway week at Central Washington University, July 22-28. The price for the week, which includes room, meals and the program, is $200. For more information, contact Herman Calzadillas

June 14, 2012

WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM GARNERS ATTENTION AT HOME AND D.C.
The Opportunity Internship Program and a talented Vancouver-area intern received attention for a White House presentation conducted last month. The (Vancouver) Columbian article and other success stories.

WORKSOURCE AREA DIRECTOR RECEIVES GOVERNOR'S MANAGEMENT AWARD
Gov. Chris Gregoire has presented the Governor's Leadership in Management Award to Julie Lord, a WorkSource area director with the Employment Security Department, for establishing a new WorkSource facility in Monroe, "increasing access to employment services in remote parts of Snohomish County and achieving a 17 percent jump in customers finding jobs."

WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOCUS OF JULY WEBINAR
Workforce professionals qualify for discounted registration for a webinalr led by Lindsey Woolsey focused on boosting business in small and mid-sized firms through customized training. Use the coupon code l3ff3 to receive the discounted rate of $35 for this July 10 workshop, and select "other" from the member list and then indicate WTB.

MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT NEXT BOARD MEETING

Jennifer McNelly, president of the Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, will give a presentation to the Workforce Board at its upcoming meeting in Olympia, June 28.  Full agenda and more information in next week's email.

May 30, 2012

NEW CAREER BRIDGE PROVIDES EASIER ACCESS TO PERFORMANCE RESULTS
The wait is over! The new www.CareerBridge.wa.gov is easier to navigate, offers performance results on more education programs & delivers quicker searches. Washington's official site for its Eligible Training Provider list is now faster, easier and smarter.

UPDATED MILITARY OCCUPATIONS TO HELP VETERANS

The Military Occupational Classification (MOC) crosswalk has been updated (over 10,000 occupations) by the Department of Defense and incorporated into O*NET OnLine and My Next Move for Veterans. Transitioning military personnel can use their military code or title to discover related civilian occupations/careers within O*NET Online's Military Crosswalk Search or at My Next Move for Veterans site.

NEW APPRENTICESHIP REPORT SHOWS CONTINUED DROP
The 2011 annual report from the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council shows the overall number of active apprentices in this state continued to drop largely because of the hard hit construction industry. A bright spot: Aircraft oriented machinists increased under Governor Gregoire's aerospace initiative.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HOLDS SUMMER MEETING IN SPOKANE
The Washington Economic Development Association's Spring/Summer Conference, "Tools for Statewide Success," will be June 12-13 in Spokane. 

May 23, 2012

OPPORTUNITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FEATURED AT WHITE HOUSE PRESENTATION

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis participated in a roundtable discussion with White House staff and other administrators in Washington D.C. today. The state delegation, which included Southwest Washington WDC Executive Director Jeanne Bennett and Workforce Board staff Mike Brennan, highlighted features of the Opportunity Internship Program as part of a discussion on Career and Technical Education and the President's Summer Jobs+ initiative.

COUNTDOWN TO ENHANCED CAREER BRIDGE...JUST TWO DAYS LEFT
A new-and-improved Career Bridge website will be unveiled Friday afternoon. Improvements include the ability to save your searches to a personal dashboard, a career interest quiz and easier access to program performance results. Connect with regular updates.

NEW VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TARGETS HIGH DEMAND OCCUPATIONS
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) is giving unemployed veterans aged 35 to 60 financial assistance to train for high demand occupations. The program started last week, with applications reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

WASHINGTON'S STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT INITIATIVE REVIEWED
A new report from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University looks at the performance of Washington's 34 community and technical colleges since launching the Student Achievement Initiative in 2007. The report details progress made on a variety of measures, including credit accumulation, completion of degrees and certificates and improved performance on basic skills assessments.

May 8, 2012

FIVE INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP ZONE PROJECTS RECEIVE STATE FUNDING
The state's Department of Commerce has announced the recipients of $13.5 million in Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZ) project funding. IPZs foster partnerships between research entities, the private sector, and workforce training to collaborate and develop commercially viable technologies.  

OSPI MANUAL TO HELP WORKSITE LEARNING PROGRAMS
A new manual created by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provides a guide for school districts implementing worksite learning programs.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM
See how six community college-nonprofit partnerships are working together to help low-income adults succeed in the classroom and the labor market. Shoreline Community College's partnership with the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council helped create a successful automotive service technician program featured in the report..

YOUTH WORK EXPERIENCE FOCUS OF SURVEY ENDORSED BY AWB INSTITUTE
A new survey seeks your opinion on how communities can increase work opportunities for youth. The survey includes an eight-minute video on youth employment issues and is promoted by the AWB Institute (an affiliate of the Association of Washington Business) and Community Forums Network which has a mission of fostering public discourse.

TIME MAGAZINE ARTICLE IDENTIFIES  CTE OBSTACLES AND BENEFITS
Time Magazine recently published an article on Career and Technical Education programs in Arizona that identifies the struggles they face and the benefits they create.

April 25, 2012

 

CAREER BRIDGE POSTERS: GET YOURS TODAY! 
New Career Bridge posters are now available and come in two styles: one for high school and middle schools, the other for adult career centers. Take a peek at www.wtb.wa.gov/CareerBridge.asp and order your free posters today.

 

 

 

WORKFORCE COST-BENEFIT REPORT SLATED FOR MAY 3 BOARD MEETING

 

The Workforce Board will be presented with a cost-benefit report on the state's key workforce programs, listen to a presentation from regional Workforce Development Councils and their executive directors, and hear about what Association of Washington Business found is on the minds of employers across the state at a May 3 board meeting in Olympia. More details to come at www.wtb.wa.gov .

 


NATIONAL ASSOCIATON SEEKS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY ANALYST
The National Governors Association (NGA) is accepting applications for a policy analyst position in its Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division to work with governors workforce advisors and state workforce officials on workforce development policy issues, located in the other Washington (D.C.)
www3.recruitingcenter.net/Clients/nga/PublicJobs/controller.cfm?jbaction=JobProfile&job_id=10183

 


WASHINGTON WOMEN IN TRADES TO HOLD 33rd ANNUAL CAREER FAIR
Be a part of what Workforce Board member Lee Newgent calls "the Super Bowl of Career Fairs." Find out more about the May 11 career fair in Seattle. www.wawomenintrades.com/jobfair.html

 

April 19, 2012

SESSION ENDS, LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGET UPDATES
The Legislature approved a supplemental budget and has adjourned. View the workforce-related bills that have been approved and a budget summary from a workforce development perspective.www.wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

OPPORTUNITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH JOBS
Five Washington communities are helping students gain internship and pre-apprenticeship experience as part of a program that builds work readiness, school and employment success. Find out more about the Opportunity Internship Program

CHARLIE EARL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Charlie Earl, executive director for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, announced his plan to retire, effective July 31. The State Board announced it will launch a regional and national search for a new executive director.

FEDERAL COMMITTEE HEARS WIA REAUTHORIZATION BILL

The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing this week on H.R. 4297, which seeks to streamline the system by consolidating more than 20 programs into a single Workforce Investment Fund.

SNOHOMISH WDC SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR SEVERAL OPENINGS
The Workforce Development Council Snohomish County is seeking a program manager for its youth programs and has other open positions as well. See: www.wdcsc.org/about/jobs/

April 12, 2012

NEW PHONE NUMBERS FOR THE WORKFORCE BOARD
The Workforce Board has a set of new telephone numbers starting today. If you dial one of our numbers that has changed, you will get a new number referred to you. But you can also get a complete listing of all our new numbers.

FEDERAL REQUIREMENT WILL INCREASE TRAFFIC AT WORKSOURCE CENTERS
Between now and the end of the year, 55,000 emergency-benefit recipients will be scheduled for a required meeting at a WorkSource employment center, according to the state Employment Security Department. A new federal law requires recipients to attend the meeting to avoid having to repay some or all of their unemployment benefits.

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR PACIFIC MOUNTAIN WDC
The Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council has announced Cheryl Fambles as their new executive director, replacing the retiring Mike Kennedy. Fambles has been the executive director for the Washington Workforce Association and before that she directed the WIRED project for the five-county Pacific Mountain area.

JOINT FEDERAL DEPARTMENT LETTER ENDORSES CAREER PATHWAYS SYSTEMS
Policymakers are encouraged to use career pathways approaches to promote alignment among their public workforce, education and social and human services systems in a joint letter from U.S. Department of Labors' Employment and Training Administration, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

April 4, 2012

ONLINE DIRECTORY OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT UPDATED
The Workforce Board has updated its online directory of Washington workforce development program with details on over 40 programs, including funding sources, participation and more.

FEDERAL REPORT IDENTIFIES FUTURE GROWING JOB FIELDS
Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook, which identifies the next decade's fastest and largest growing occupations and offers some insights into the characteristics of these jobs.

OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The newly-created Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year. Created in 2011, this public-private partnership aims to help low-income and middle-income Washington residents earn degrees in high employer demand fields. Application deadline is April 16.

March 29, 2012

WORK GROUPS FORMING FOR HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES PLAN
The Workforce Board staff is preparing to hold work sessions on the 2012 edition of High Skills, High Wages, the state's comprehensive plan for workforce development. Work group sessions will be three to four hours long and held in April and May. Learn more about these sessions and the comprehensive planning process.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS PROPOSALS TO TELL THE LILA STORY
The Workforce Board is seeking proposals from journalists/videographers to tell the story of the Lifelong Learning Account program which was recently defined in state statute. Deadline for proposals is April 18. :

WORKSOURCE STANDARDS & INTEGRATION DIVISION INQUIRY EMAIL ADDRESS
The Employment Security Department's WorkSource Standards and Integration Division now has a single email address for questions related to performance, funding, customer complaints and more -  WSID@esd.wa.gov.   

SPOKANE AREA WDC SEEKS AEROSPACE "NAVIGATOR" PROPOSALS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council is seeking proposals to fill a position that will work with job seekers and college students to help them navigate the aerospace industry from education through employment. The deadline to submit proposals is April 6. 

March 22, 2012

 

NEW CAREER BRIDGE READY FOR A TEST DRIVE
Be among the first to preview the beta version of the new Career Bridge website, as we prepare for a full launch in the weeks ahead. Get the link to the beta site after clicking the "like button" on our Facebook page. Sign into our social media at www.wtb.wa.gov/CareerBridge.asp.
 
IMPROVED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE MAY REDUCE MAXIMUM UI BENEFITS 
A drop in Washington's unemployment rate will likely result in fewer weeks of UI benefits starting in April reports the Employment Security Department http://tinyurl.com/7nt8wrc. Get the latest count on UI exhaustees at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Retool_UIExhaust.asp

 

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS PROPOSE WIA REAUTHORIZATION
Three members of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce have proposed legislation to expand training opportunities for workers, help businesses staff high-skilled and open positions, and ensure taxpayer dollars are well spent. See http://go.usa.gov/EDv

ENERGY SKILLS TRAINING RFQ ISSUED BY SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WDC
Workforce Development Council Seattle-King County is seeking proposals for training for energy efficiency skills as part of the Workforce Board's State Energy Sector Partnership grant.The deadline to submit proposals is April 10. www.seakingwdc.org/meetings/request-for-proposal.html

HEALTH & SAFETY WORKSHOP FOR WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES
"Staying Safe at Work: Teaching Workers with Developmental Disabilities About Health and Safety on the Job" is being held May 3 in Tukwila and May 4 in Spokane. It's co-sponsored by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the University of Washington. Register at http://tinyurl.com/78ozljh .

 

March 14, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING TO FOCUS ON HIGH SKILLS HIGH WAGES PLAN 
The Workforce Board will meet March 21 in Olympia. A significant portion of the meeting will be background briefings as the Workforce Board prepares to update the state's comprehensive workforce development strategic plan (High Skills, High Wages). Agenda and materials (available Wednesday afternoon)

PRESIDENT OBAMA PLAN FOR JOB TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
On Monday, President Obama announced a sweeping training and employment services plan that would fold the current Trade Adjustment Assistance program into a "Universal Displaced Worker Program." His announcement did not make any reference to the proposed reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act.

SPOKANE AREA WDC SEEKS ENERGY EFFICIENCY TRAINING PROPOSALS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council is seeking proposals for training in and related to energy efficiency as part of the Workforce Board's State Energy Sector Partnership grant. The deadline to submit proposals to the SAWDC is March 30.

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS

Registration season has opened for Washington Business Week programs which include concentrations in business, health care, manufacturing, energy and agri-business. The non-profit business and education organization connects high-school age participants to career pathways through week-long summer programs. Volunteers and business mentors are needed as well.

STILL TIME TO APPLY FOR LEGISLATIVE LIAISON/POLICY ANALYST POSITION
But hurry.

March 8, 2012  

LEGISLATURE SCHEDULED TO END 2012 SESSION TODAY
The Legislature's 60-day regular session ends today. However, if a supplemental budget is not adopted, the Legislature will likely get called back into a special session at some point. Our budget analysis page reviews four budget proposals in relation to workforce development.

GOVERNOR SIGNS LIFELONG LEARNING ACCOUNT BILL
Washington became the first state to formally recognize a permanent Lifelong Learning Account program as an optional benefit for employees. For three years, a small pilot LiLA program has been operating with employers in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. The legislation (SB 6141) may make it possible for the program to become more widely available. News release

SNOHOMISH WDC SEEKS GREEN AND MANUFACTURING TRAINING PROPOSALS
The Workforce Development Council Snohomish County is seeking proposals for providing green skills training to apprentice to journey-level workers as part of the Workforce Board's State Energy Sector Partnership grant. Another request for proposals is for group Individual Training Accounts in aerospace and advanced manufacturing occupations. Requests for Proposals

Department of Commerce hosts "Community Survivors 6" Port of Everett April 11-13
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February 29, 2012

NEW LOOK AND FEATURES COMING TO CAREER BRIDGE WEBSITE CareerBridge.wa.gov will soon make it easier for you to search its database of 5,000 education and training programs and save those searches for later review. The new look will premiere later in March but you can follow our progress and be part of our testing team. Learn more at: www.wtb.wa.gov/CareerBridge.asp

LEGISLATURE ENDORSES LIFELONG LEARNING ACCOUNT PROGRAM
Legislation (SB 6141) is now before the Governor that will create the Lifelong Learning Program. The legislation was inspired by a pilot program that the Workforce Board has operated under a grant from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Derek Kilmer and Representative Phyllis Kenney (House companion bill). Find this bill and other workforce related bills at: www.wtb.wa.gov/2012sessionbills.asp

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WDC SELECTS A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council has selected Jeanne Bennett, a leader in promoting science education and research, to serve as its new executive director. Bennett succeeds Lisa Nisenfeld, who now heads the Columbia River Economic Development Council. Learn more at: http://www.swwdc.org/  

THE LATEST WORKFORCE-RELATED BUDGET DEVELOPMENTS

February 22, 2012

MULTI-AGENCY REPORT IDENTIFIES HIGH EMPLOYER DEMAND FIELDS

The recently released report, "A Skilled and Educated Workforce," identifies employment categories in which demand for workers is expected to outstrip our postsecondary system's ability to supply those workers through at least 2019. The report is a collaboration between the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Workforce Board.  

HOUSE PROPOSES 2012 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET
House Democrats have proposed a state supplemental budget which was heard before the House Ways and Means committee yesterday . Legislative page provides a view of workforce-related items in this proposed budget as it relates to the Governor's proposal as well as information on active workforce-related bills and committee hearings.

WASHINGTON WDC DIRECTORS ACTIVE ON NATIONAL LEVEL
Two of Washington Workforce Development Council directors made news on the national level recently. Mark Mattke, Executive Director of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, was elected to the United States Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council Board of Directors. Meanwhile Marléna Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, testified in Washington D.C. before the U.S. Senate subcommittee on employment and workplace safety chaired by Senator Patty Murray on the topic of addressing workforce needs at the regional level.

APPRENTICESHIP CONFERENCE WILL FOCUS ON EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT
The 2012 Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference will be April 17 & 18 in Bellingham. The conference focuses on employer engagement with featured speakers from the Aspen Institute and the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia, as well as Mike Hudson of the Association of Washington Business.

February 15, 2012

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY RETURNS TO COMMITTEE LEVEL
The Washington Legislature has cleared a self-imposed deadline for bills introduced in the house of origin. Starting today, only bills that have been passed by either the House or Senate can be considered, unless they are necessary to implement the budget. Activity now shifts back to the committee level. Follow committee hearings and find out what bills are still active with our legislative page.

RETIREMENT OPENS UP POSITION ON WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF
Wes Pruitt, who has been the Workforce Board's legislative liaison and K-12 policy analyst for 16 years and a state legislator prior to that time, is retiring after this legislative session. The Workforce Board is seeking candidates for his job.

PRESIDENT'S FACT SHEET ON "COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO CAREER FUND"
President Obama announced his proposed budget for 2013 this week. His budget proposal includes $8 billion in funding for community colleges and states to partner with businesses to train workers in high-growth and in-demand areas such as health care, transportation and advanced manufacturing.

February 8, 2012

HOUSE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE TO GET PREVIEW OF JOINT REPORT
The House Higher Education Committee will review the results of the collaborative supply and demand report soon to be released by the Workforce Board, the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. You can learn about other legislative activities and get a preview of some of the slides from the presentation.

WORKERS TO GAIN COLLEGE CREDITS WITH WORKPLACE-BASED LEARNING
Workers will earn college credits, receive online instruction, and advance their career prospects with the help of their employers as part of a new Workplace-based Learning Initiative. The Workforce Board selected three programs for funding, with the focus on Vancouver area hospital workers, child care workers in Whatcom and Skagit counties, and machinist apprentices statewide who will now be able to pursue engineering careers.
BEST PRACTICE AWARDEES TO BE HONORED IN THE CAPITOL THURSDAY
Recipients of the Governor's Best Practice Awards in Workforce and Economic Development will be officially honored on Thursday, 3 to 4 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL SEEKING CHAIR
The Department of Commerce is currently recruiting for a Developmental Disabilities Council Chair. This is a governor-appointed volunteer position with a three-year term. Applications needed by March 5, 2012.

February 1, 2012

HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE REPORT FEATURES PROGRAM COMPLETIONS
The 2011 annual report of the state's Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force features program completion data and a projection of supply and demand for 36 health care professions in Washington. 

AWB SHARES RESULTS OF MANUFACTURING FOCUS GROUPS
The Association of Washington Business has summarized its findings from a recent series of focus groups with manufacturers in Moses Lake, Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett and Mount Vernon. See "2012 Challenges & Opportunities for Manufacturers in Washington."

WORKFORCE BOARD FILES FEDERAL PERKINS REPORT
Lost in the end of year rush and winter snows was the filing of the Consolidated Annual Report under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. This technical report contains details about Washington activities funded by federal Perkins dollars.

CAREER AND COLLEGE ADVISING TOOLS FOCUS ON DISADVANTAGED RESIDENTS
Seattle Jobs Initiative has just released two new online tools designed to advance the efforts of community-based providers in assisting low-income and low-skill residents to prepare for, access and persist in college on their way to obtaining a credential and a better-paying career.

BILLS ARE MOVING THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE
The 2012 Legislative session shifts its activities temporarily away from committees and hearings to full assembly debates and voting this week and next week. You can learn about workforce-related bills under consideration on our legislative page.

January 26, 2012

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING MATERIALS NOW ONLINE
If you've been to our Workforce Board meeting agenda page and not found materials posted for tomorrow's meeting in Tumwater, please try now. The Workforce Board begins its work at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

EVERGREEN LEADERSHIP TEAM RELEASES 2011 REPORT
Legislation in 2009 created an interagency team to coordinate the state's efforts to create "green" jobs and to train workers in the skills needed for these jobs. The team's 2011 report lists the progress of the state's many initiatives and identifies barriers and opportunities for success.

SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WDC CEO HONORED BY U.S. MAYORS CONFERENCE
The U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council has awarded Marléna Sessions, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, with its first-ever Distinguished Service Award.

50 BILLS RELATED TO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BEFORE THE LEGISLATURE
Three weeks into the 2012 Legislative Session, our tracking list contains more than 50 bills related to workforce development.  See: www.wtb.wa.gov/2012sessionbills.asp

January 19, 2012

LEGISLATURE CONTINUES TO MEET DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER
Relatively few legislative hearings have been cancelled during the snow and ice storm (Cancellations just announced for all of today's 3:30 p.m. committee meetings and for tonight's Pathways to Prosperity joint House committee session) Meanwhile, a number of workforce-related bills have been introduced. We have updated our legislation page and will add next week's calendar of committee activities by Friday noon.

WORKFORCE BOARD TO REVIEW HIGHER EDUCATION/TRAINING NEEDS REPORT
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Friday, January 27 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Department of Labor & Industries Building in Tumwater. The online agenda will include meeting materials when we recover from the snow.

RETOOLING INITIATIVE HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS STORIES, ACHIEVEMENTS
The Workforce Board staff and its partners have prepared the Retooling Washington's Workforce 2011 report detailing how Washington's workforce development system is "addressing today's needs and building a stronger economy." The report includes a dashboard of performance indicators and detailed examples from the state's workforce development areas.

January 12, 2012

FIELD OF STUDY CAN BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EDUCATION LEVEL
When measured soon after graduation, people with community college certificates or applied associate's degrees, on average, have slightly higher earnings in Washington than the average of those with four-year degrees, according to a presentation made by Workforce Board Deputy Director Bryan Wilson. However, the field of study can make a bigger difference in earnings and employment level. Dr. Wilson's presentation before the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Committee yesterday received advance attention in a KPLU story.

HARVARD REPORT AUTHOR TO TESTIFY BEFORE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES
William Symonds, author of a Harvard education reform report calling for multiple pathways, will present to the Senate Education Committee and a joint meeting of three House committees on Thursday, January 19. View the legislative schedule.

NATIONAL EFFORT ENLISTS EMPLOYERS IN SUMMER YOUTH WORK EMPHASIS
The White House announced Summer Jobs+, a new call to action for businesses, non-profits, and government to work together to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON STATE CAPITAL
The Washington Economic Development Association Winter Conference will feature a legislative panel, a variety of economic development presentations as well as updates on Project Pegasus (aerospace) and the Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative. The conference is in Olympia, Februrary 13-14,

JANUARY 5, 2012

LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS NEXT MONDAY
The Legislature starts its 2012 session with a week of committee hearings, many covering education and training topics. The Workforce Board maintains a calendar of legislative activities and bills related to workforce development issues .  .  . Starting now

WASHINGTON REPORTS ON STATUS OF MANUFACTURING SKILLS CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
Washington's progress in embracing a manufacturing skills certification system is detailed in a report submitted to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) last week. The Workforce Board and a number of important stakeholders submitted the report which included a survey of community college use of five NAM-endorsed certifications.

FOREIGN WORKERS HELP FILL STATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SKILLS GAP
In 2010, Washington firms employed almost 18,000 workers (predominantly information technology professionals) from other countries through a federal work visa program. Washington's use of the H-1B visa program is above the national average. See new report.

MEASURING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR
The Washington Department of Commerce, Washington Economic Development Association and the Association of Washington Cities are sponsoring a one-hour webinar presentation by Miles Friedman on measuring the impact of economic development, 10 a.m. January 17. To learn more and register ($35 for association members and $60 for non-members).

 


 

December 21, 2011

PROGRESS REPORT ON HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES PLAN
The 2010-2011 Annual Report on the state's comprehensive workforce development strategy, High Skills, High Wages 2008 - 2018 is now available on the Workforce Board's website.

EVERETT PAPER PLANT WORKERS ELIGIBLE FOR TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE
Workers laid off as a result of the Kimberly Clark tissue paper plant closing in Everett will be eligible for additional benefits through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Act, according to an announcement yesterday by U.S. Representative Rick Larsen.  Also, WorkSource has a web page specifically to help plant workers.

WORKFORCE BOARD CHOOSES TO DEVELOP AN INTEGRATED WORKFORCE PLAN
The Workforce Board voted today to direct its staff and workforce development partners to develop a new state plan for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Wagner-Peyser Act following U.S. Department of Labor's instructions for an Integrated Workforce Plan. Background memo and adopted resolution.

NEW CTE VIDEO RELEASED
A new video highlights students in a mix of industries in which Career and Technical Education helps them succeed. Video run time is 90 seconds.

December 15, 2011

LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS AFTER PASSING AEROSPACE AND BUDGET BILLS
The 2011 Second Special Legislative Session ended yesterday, after the House and Senate approved a Governor-request bill to establish a grant program to high schools and skill centers. The high school grants will be for programs that either prepare students for jobs as entry-level aerospace assemblers or create specialized courses in science, technology, engineering and math. Skill center grants would enhance manufacturing skills programs. The Legislature also trimmed the current budget by $480 million through cuts, fund transfers and delayed payments. See: www.wtb.wa.gov/2011session.asp

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES K-12 EDUCATION REFORM PROPOSALS
Gov. Chris Gregoire yesterday announced a series of reform proposals for the state's K-12 education system. As part of the package, the Governor proposes allowing students to meet the culminating project high school graduation requirement through participation in Navigation 101 or by receiving a Career & Technical Education program completion certificate.

JOB GROWTH UP, SO IS THE NUMBER OF U.I. BENEFIT EXHAUSTEES
Washington added an estimated 12,100 jobs in November, the largest one-month gain in four years, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD). Meanwhile, ESD began informing Unemployment Insurance recipients about the phasing out of federally authorized extended benefits which will result in them losing benefits sooner. Over 67,000 Washington workers have already exhausted benefits.

WALLA WALLA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ONE OF THE TOP COLLEGES NATIONALLY
The Aspen Institute named Walla Walla Community College one of the top five community colleges in the nation this week. Contributing to its recognition is the college's results in student completion as well as earnings and employment after college. See news release: http://tinyurl.com/6rz6fhn

December 8, 2011

AEROSPACE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED, HEARINGS CONTINUE
The Governor's proposals for aerospace training have been introduced in the Legislature and hearings will be held next week. Also scheduled for next week are presentations on job creation proposals, apprenticeship use, women in trade professions and an overview of employment and earnings outcomes of two- and four-year college and university programs. Visit our legislative page to keep current with workforce-related legislation and hearings.

CTE STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE RELEASES PROGRESS REPORT

In 2011, the Legislature directed OSPI to create a statewide strategic plan for Career and Technical Education (CTE). The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has issued a progress report outlining the areas being considered as part of the development of the strategic plan. A final plan is due December 1, 2012.

JOBS PORTAL CONNECTS EMPLOYERS WITH JOB SEEKERS WITH DISABILITIES
Think Beyond The Label, a national private-public partnership that aids job seekers with disabilities, has launched an online portal that connects job seekers with disabilities to employers actively looking to hire them. This new job-search engine gives free access to nearly 1 million job listings from more than 90,000 screened employers.

November 29, 2011

SPECIAL SESSION ACTIVITIES AND BILLS TRACKED ON WEBSITE
The Workforce Board has updated its legislative web page to include a workforce summary of the Governor's proposed budget and a calendar of hearings related to workforce issues. For instance, the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee will hold a work session on the state's workforce development system on Friday. The web page is updated regularly and will include information on workforce-related legislation as well.  

HELP US DO A BETTER JOB, TAKE OUR ANNUAL SURVEY
The Workforce Board would greatly appreciate if you could take five minutes to take our annual online survey regarding our services and reports.  Thank you:

VETERANS LEARN ABOUT CAREERS VIA NEW WEBSITE
My Next Move for Veterans is a new interactive tool designed to help U.S. veterans learn about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military.  

LESSON PLANS NOW AVAILABLE FOR CAREER BRIDGE, CAREER GUIDE
New supplemental lesson plans are available to help students navigate the Career Bridge website and explore the Where Are You Going? career guide. View these free lesson plans from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Grades 9-10 and 11-12 sections.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR APPRENTICESHIP CONFERENCE
The Second Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference will be April 17 & 18, 2012 at the Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal.  Information and registration at:

November 23, 2011

INDUSTRY CLUSTERS LIST GUIDES INVESTMENT IN STATE'S WORKFORCE AREAS
A region-by-region ranked list of the state's top industry clusters was recently adopted by the Workforce Board. The list identifies areas of economic activity that have been successful and offer good paying jobs. The list is intended to guide and inform policy and investment decisions for workforce education and training.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT KEY IN NEW NATIONAL HEATLH CARE GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Service has announced that up to $1 billion will be awarded to innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high-quality health care services and lower costs. Priority will be given to projects that rapidly hire, train and deploy new types of health care workers. Letter of intent due by December 19.

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS GATHER TO ADDRESS EMPLOYMENT ISSUES
The Mental Health Employment Consortium, a statewide group that focuses on ways to help individuals with mental illness get jobs, will meet December 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Quinta Inn in Tacoma. This public meeting is hosted by the Department of Social and Health Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Washington Insitute for Mental Health Research and Training. Contact is Andres Aguirre.

NEW LOCATION AND CHAIR FOR WASHINGTON WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION
Mark Mattke, executive director of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, is the new chair of the Washington Workforce Association, which includes all 12 of the state's Workforce Development Councils. The association's office is now in Lacey. Phone number, email and website have not changed.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SEEKING NEW DIRECTOR
Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council is seeking a new executive director. Deadline is December 1: www.swwdc.org/

TELL US HOW WE'RE DOING, TAKE OUR FIVE-MINUTE ON-LINE SURVEY
www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22DWSTG8GAX

November 16, 2011

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES STATE AEROSPACE TRAINING INITIATIVE
Workforce strategies play a key role in Washington's strategy to ensure that the Boeing Company's newest aircraft (737MAX) is built here. Governor Chris Gregoire announced the strategy, developed by a partnership of business, labor and government leaders, at Renton Technical College this morning. Handouts and presentation 

WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS RECOGNIZED AS BEST PRACTICES
Governor Chris Gregoire has recognized four Washington programs for their ability to strongly connect workforce training to employer needs. The 2011 Governor's Best Practices Awards for Workforce and Economic Development were announced yesterday. An awards ceremony will be held in Olympia in early 2012.

NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ALLOW CTE COURSES TO COUNT FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT
The Washington State Board of Education amended high school graduation credit requirements and policies at its recent November meeting. The changes included, among others, an increase in English credit requirements and a two-for-one policy that would enable students taking a CTE-equivalent course to satisfy two graduation requirements while earning one credit.

COMMERCE FORMS A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION
Washington's Department of Commerce is creating a program to provide education and training to economic and workforce development practitioners in the region. The Northwest Professional Development Partnership is developing a set of monthly webinars available to individuals and organizations starting in January. Currently, the Partnership is conducting a survey to identify topics of greatest interest. 

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY POSTS NEW UI EXHAUSTEE DATA

New demographic data is available on Washington residents who have exhausted their Unemployment Insurance benefits. Detailed information is provided as part of the Retooling Washington's Workforce effort to encourage more hiring of long-term unemployed workers.

November 10, 2011

WORKFORCE BOARD TO MEET AT APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING CENTER NEXT WEEK
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold its regular meeting, November 17, at the Southwest Washington Pipe Trades and Apprenticeship Training Center in Lacey. The agenda includes presentations on the Workforce Board's federal stimulus grant projects, Eligible Training Provider standards and 2012 workforce system legislative and budget requests. Agenda and materials

NEW WORKFORCE EXPLORER WEBSITE LAUNCHED TODAY

A new website that makes it easier to access the labor market and economic reports and information available through the Employment Security Department premieres today. The existing Workforce Explorer website is still available during the transition. 

DRAFT MATERIALS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF JOB REFERRALS
The Employment Security Department, working closely with the state's Workforce Development Councils, has developed tools and materials to improve the quality of job referrals made by the state's WorkSource centers.

END OF $200 TEXTBOOKS: STATE LAUNCHES OPEN COURSE LIBRARY
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has officially opened the Open Course Library, a collection of educational materials for 42 of the state's highest enrolled college courses. The materials which include textbooks, syllabi and more cost $30 or less per student and are freely available online. The project is set to expand to 81 courses by 2013.

November 2, 2011

STATE FILES ANNUAL REPORT ON FEDERAL WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAM
Washington's annual report on the state's actiivities under the federal Workforce Investment Act Title I-B was not printed because of budget reductions. However, the report, by the Workforce Board, Employment Security Department and regional Workforce Development Councils, is available online.

JOBS FOR WASHINGTON'S GRADUATES LAUNCHES STATEWIDE
Washington has become an active state with Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) with the launch of a new statewide nonprofit aimed at keeping students in school and helping them find employment. Jobs for Washington's Graduates will be unique among JAG organizations because it is the only state, so far, that links directly to career and technical education classes and allows for industry certifications. Read news release

NEW REPORT SHOWS COLLEGE ATTENDANCE, REMEDIATION RATES BY DISTRICT
The percentage of Washington high school graduates who enroll in postsecondary education and training, and the percentage who enrolled in post high school remediation courses, is the focus of a new report from the state's Education Research and Data Center. The P-20 High School Feedback  reports provide Class of 2009 data by school district and high school. 

CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE OFFERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION
The latest workshop in the Technology Transfer series by the Centers of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology, Construction, and International Trade will feature an economic outlook by Dave Wallace, acting chief economics with the Employment Security Department. The free session is at Highline Community College, January 27, 2012. See:

October 19, 2011

RETOOLING FORUM ECONOMIC PRESENTATION AND NOTES AVAILABLE
Over 150 people attended the Retooling Washington's Workforce Forum earlier in the month. If you missed it or would like the materials from that meeting, see: www.wtb.wa.gov/OctoberForum.asp  

SPOKANE SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKES CTE EVENT PLANNING TOOLKIT AVAILABLE

Spokane School District's Career and Technical Education office is sharing its extensive expertise in organizing student career conference and awareness days. These toolkits include sample budgets, letters and planners. Eight different types of events are covered, including the award-winning "Pizza Pop & Power Tools" event. See: http://tinyurl.com/CTEToolKits

GUIDE PROVIDES DETAILED LOOK AT WASHINGTON'S COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGES
The Washington State Community and Technical College Field Guide 2011-2012 is online as a single PDF document, by chapter, or college.

FORUM FOCUSES ON PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENTS
A free three-hour forum hosted by SkillUp Washington will look at how Washington can pursue a more uniform approach in evaluating prior learning for college credit, November 3, at South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus.

October 5, 2011

TOMORROW'S RETOOLING FORUM STREAMING AND TWEETING
The Retooling Washington's Workforce Forum is closed to further registration, but you will be able to follow the events as they happen tomorrow--technology allowing. Workforce Board Member Mike Hudson, of the AWB Institute, will provide live reports via Twitter (hashtag: #ReToolWa) and will be streaming video of the key speakers and panel discussion during the day.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS TO EXPAND INDIVIDUALIZED CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board has issued a Request for Qualifications for a consultant to help take Lower Columbia College's Individualized Certificate Program (ICP) to scale across the state's community and technical college system. This effort aims to make on-the-job training more accessible and effective, and aligns with Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative.

GRANT TO BOOST COLLEGE READINESS FOR STATE'S LOW-INCOME STUDENTS
A six-year, $27 million grant promises to boost college readiness for 6,500 low-income Washington students in 40 middle and high schools statewide. The Higher Education Coordinating Board, in partnership with other organizations, will administer the grant--which succeeds a previous one which expired. It's awarded through the U.S. Department of Education's national GEAR UP program. Read more about Washington's GEAR Up at

September 28, 2011

$20 MILLION TRADE ADJUSTMENT ACT GRANT LANDS IN WASHINGTON
Spokane Community College's Air Washington Program, a consortium of 14 colleges across Washington, two aerospace companies and an apprenticeship committee,will be awarded a $20 million grant, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will go toward curriculum development and to train people for the aerospace industry. List of grant awards

VIDEO EXPLAINS HOW TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS WORKS
The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, in partnership with the Employment Security Department, recently debuted an outreach video for the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Request free copies from Caitlyn Felling, cfelling@wslc.org.

SOUTHWEST WDC DIRECTOR TO MOVE TO COLUMBIA RIVER EDC
Lisa Nisenfeld, the executive director of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, has been selected to be the new president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council. Local article

REPORT FOCUSES ON WASHINGTON'S FIRST-TIME COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS
A paper from the Community College Research Center uses Washington data to chart pathways of community college students, and examines the characteristics of students who do and do not achieve key milestones.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR GEAR UP WEST
Registration is now open for Gear UP West, a multi-state regional conference for teachers and counselors who help disadvantaged students prepare for education beyond high school. The conference, featuring a presentation by Workforce Board staff, is Oct. 16-18 in Portland.

September 15, 2011

SEPTEMBER WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING PACKED WITH PRESENTATIONS
Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn,  Employment Security Department Commissioner Paul Trause and Keith Loeber of the Microsoft's IT Academy headline a series of presentations at the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board meeting, September 22 at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. Review the agenda and materials (available on Friday) at:

RETOOLING STORIES TO ENLIVEN FORUM'S NETWORKING SESSIONS
Workforce professionals will share their stories of connecting unemployed workers with the employers who need them, forming partnerships, and leveraging resources during the networking sessions at the Retooling Washington Workforce Forum, October 6, in Seattle. Registration is required and is limited. Agenda and registration.

REGISTRATION EXTENDED FOR POST 9/11 GI BILL TRAINING
Registration has been extended until Monday, Sept. 19 for a free training session aimed at non-degree granting schools serving veterans. The training takes place Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Clover Park Technical College.

LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED NUMBERS CONTINUE TO GROW
The number of unemployed Washington workers who have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits is over 60,000. You'll find the July report along with information on the next Motivational Interviewing training sessions for frontline staff at: www.wtb.wa.gov/Retool_UIExhaust.asp

August 31, 2011

WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR, HARVARD DIRECTOR TEAM UP ON EDUCATION REFORM ARTICLE
"Our young people deserve multiple pathways to viable, living-wage jobs instead of a one-size-fits-all approach that too often doesn't fit," concludes an Everett Herald guest column co-written by Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder and Harvard Pathways to Prosperity Project Director William Symonds. www.heraldnet.com/article/20110827/OPINION/708289943

RETOOLING TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME
The Retooling Washington's Workforce Forum for October 6 in Seattle has travel scholarships available on a first come, first serve basis. However, applications for scholarships must be turned in no later than September 8. To learn more about the forum, its agenda and registration, see: www.wtb.wa.gov/OctoberForum.asp

WORKFORCE BOARD LAUNCHES RFP FOR WORKPLACE-BASED EDUCATION
The Workforce Board is requesting proposals to develop three pilot Learning Laboratory Partnerships that will deliver, test and expand workplace-based education and training options in Washington. The pilots will be funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant. For more information, see: www.wtb.wa.gov/LearningLaboratoryPartnerships.asp

HEALTHCARE TRAINING REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ALSO UNVEILED BY WORKFORCE BOARD
The Workforce Board is requesting proposals to deploy $429,600 in U.S. Department of Labor grant money to help move more low-wage workers into better paying, high-demand health care professions. See: www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthTrainingRFP2011.asp

HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL SHORTAGE TASK FORCE MEETS NEXT WEEK
The Healthcare Personnel Shortage Task Force will meet Thursday, September 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at Pierce College, 1601 39th Avenue Southeast in Puyallup at the College Center building, Room 250. Get the agenda here. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HCTFmeetingslist.asp

August 25, 2011

SPEAKERS FOCUS ON ECONOMY AND NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE AT ONE-DAY FORUM
Michael J. Parks, former editor of Marple's Business Newsletter, and Lee Foley, senior D.C. lobbyist specializing in workforce and economic development, will speak at the Retooling Washington's Workforce Forum, October 6, in Seattle.

DIRECTORY SPOTLIGHTS AEROSPACE AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing, working with a consortium of 26 aerospace and advanced manufacturing education and training organizations called Air Washington, has released a new directory describing all of its programs.

KING COUNTY FORECASTS TALENT SHORTAGE IN TRANSPORTATION FIELD

A study commissioned by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County attempts to project supply and demand in King County for 184 occupations within three industry sectors. The study's forecast is for the years between 2014 and 2019 and covers health care, transportation and logistics and manufacturing.

SNOHOMISH WDC ADDRESSES LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED IN EVERETT ARTICLE
Sue Ambler and Heather Villars with the Workforce Development Council Snohomish County cite the state' Employment Security Department's survey on people who have exhausted their unemployment insurance in a guest editorial run by The Herald (Everett).

August 9, 2011

58,000 UNEMPLOYED HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR U.I. BENEFITS 
A recent survey shows that only 25 percent of those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits in Washington have found work. The survey was conducted by the Employment Security Department as part of the Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative. A separate Retooling report shows that almost 58,000 residents in Washington have exhausted their benefits as of June 30, 2011.  

CONGRESSIONAL REPORT TARGETS TRAINING ROLE DURING SLOW RECOVERY
The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee released a new report last week highlighting the long-term unemployment crisis and the need for workforce training investment. "The challenge for policymakers is to begin to cut into these high rates of long-term unemployment and to do so quickly."

TWO WEEKS TO TURN IN BEST PRACTICES NOMINATIONS
The Governor's Best Practices Awards for Workforce and Economic Development are the only awards in the nation that recognize programs and projects that demonstrate excellence and achievement in both workforce development and economic development. Nominations for the 2011 award will be accepted through August 22. See: www.wtb.wa.gov/BestPracticeAwards.asp

HARVARD PATHWAYS REPORT FEATURED AT CTE CONFERENCE

The Washington Association of Career and Technical Education summer conference will have William Symonds, lead author of the Pathways to Prosperity report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as its opening speaker on August 15.

July 21, 2011

WORKFORCE BOARD SCHEDULES JULY RETREAT
Members of the Workforce Board will gather at The Evergreen State College, July 27 and 28 for the Board's annual retreat. Agenda and materials

WORKFORCE PRESENTATION PART OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COURSE

The nationally accredited 20th Annual Northwest Economic Development Course is in Ellensburg, August 22-26. This year's program includes a class by Mike Brennan, staff with the Workforce Board, and Sue Ambler, chief executive officer of Workforce Development Council Snohomish County. Course, agenda, general information, and online registration

NEW REPORT EXAMINES ECONOMIC PROSPECTS OF 26-34 YEAR OLDS
A new report from Public Agenda surveys young adults who graduated from high school and those who obtained a post-high school degree ffor a first-hand look at how they view their economic prospects. "One Degree of Separation" highlights how both groups diverge in their views on higher education and employment prospects, and what the policy implications are for their future prosperity.

July 13, 2011

NOMINATE THIS YEAR'S BEST PRACTICES WINNER

Nominations are open until August 22 for the 2011 Governor's Best Practices  Awards for Workforce and Economic Development. Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Commerce and Workforce Board, this coveted award recognizes excellence in programs and projects that provide benefits to the economy (particularly employers) and workers. Application packets at: www.wtb.wa.gov/BestPracticeAwards.asp

NATIONAL JOURNAL ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS 2010 BEST PRACTICES WINNER SUCCESS
The King County Jobs Initiative, a green jobs program that won a 2010 Governor's Best Practices Awards (See above item), is featured in the most recent Solutions, a bimonthly electronic magazine targeting workforce, economic development and education professionals. See Page 14

JUST A FEW MONTHS LEFT FOR FREE MICROSOFT E-LEARNING
Users must register by Oct. 31 to access free online courses that teach Washington residents how to use Microsoft software products. The courses cover basic computer literacy, Office and Windows products, and training for IT professionals. Learn more and register online at www.Go2WorkSource.com by clicking on the "Wow!" icon on the right.

PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY FEATURED AT CTE SUMMER CONFERENCE
The Harvard Graduate School of Education Pathways to Prosperity project is getting attention nationwide, including a recent CBS broadcast regarding Boeing's need for skilled workers. The project lead, Bill Symonds, will speak at the Aug. 14-17 conference sponsored by the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education. State Superintendent Randy Dorn will also speak. Register at: wa-acte.org/confsummer.php

June 22, 2011

WORKFORCE BOARD APPROVES OPERATING PLAN & BUDGET
At its regular meeting last week, the Workforce Board approved the agency's 2012 operating plan and operating budget. The board also approved the distribution of over $20 million in federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act dollars. See board's agenda and materials.

COMMERCE ACCEPTING INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP ZONE APPLICATIONS
The state Department of Commerce has released the official competitive solicitation for the 2011 Innovation Partnership Zone designation. This designation is intended to promote collaboration and cover relatively small areas that have a concentrated industry cluster. Information teleconference sessions are June 27 and July 12. Application deadline is September 1.

LAYOFF RESPONSE TOOLS HIGHLIGHTED AT AUGUST CONFERENCE
A conference showcasing layoff aversion and response tools to help Washington businesses and workers is slated for Aug. 3. The Washington State Labor Council, in partnership with the state’s Employment Security Department and Department of Commerce, is hosting the conference. Register here.

REPORT TOUTS ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Federal spending on career training for adults provides a significant return on investment, according to a new report from the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education and the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation. The report comes as lawmakers begin work on a 2012 budget that could cut spending on adult and career education.

June 16, 2011

GOVERNOR APPOINTS WORKFORCE BOARD DIRECTOR TO AEROSPACE COUNCIL
Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis has been appointed by Governor Gregoire to the Council on Aerospace and charged with compiling and maintaining a thorough review of aerospace education and training opportunities in Washington. The appointment sharpens the council's focus on ensuring a skilled workforce for the state's largest manufacturing industry. News Release.

NEW LEGISLATIVE LIAISON JOINS WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF
Sonja Hallum has joined the Workforce Board as the agency's new policy analyst/legislative liaison for adult workforce issues. Hallum, an attorney, formerly served on State House committee staff for five years. She occupies the position once held by Madeleine Thompson and, temporarily, by Carolyn McKinnon during the recent Legislative session.

WEBSITE HELPS THOSE WITH DISABILITIES CONNECT TO CAREERS
The Department of Social and Health Services has launched a new website designed to give job seekers with disabilities new tools to find employment without worrying about losing health care benefits in the process. It includes information on health coverage, an online resume builder and video success stories.  

ANNUAL BEST PRACTICES EVENT TARGETS SMART GRID TECHNOLOGIES

"Smarter Grid Innovations 2011" is the title of this year's best practices summit hosted by the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy and the Washington State Construction Center of Excellence. The event is June 23-24 at the Regional Education and Training Center, Satsop Campus.

June 9, 2011

ECONOMIC PRESENTATIONS HEAD UP JUNE WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING
Greg Weeks, Labor Market and Economic Analysis director with Employment Security Department, will present on trends in middle-wage jobs and a forecast of aerospace jobs to the Workforce Board when it meets Thursday, June 16 in Olympia. Agenda and materials

SPOKANE WORKSHOP WILL FOCUS ON EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOLS
Association of Washington Business Institute's Mike Hudson and Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis will be conducting a pre-conference workshop highlighting the importance of work-based learning and employer engagement in education at the Summer Conference of the Washington Association of School Administrators and the Association of Washington State Principals, June 25.

INTERVIEW TRAINING TARGETS DISCOURAGED CUSTOMERS
It's not too late for frontline ESD and WorkSource partner staff to sign up for Motivational Interviewing training being offered at six WorkSource locations statewide. These sessions will help staff engage more effectively with discouraged customers.

VETERANS EDUCATION PROGRAM MANAGER TO SPEAK AT CAREER COLLEGES CONFERENCE
Lee Williams, program manager for the Workforce Board's State Approving Agency for veterans education, will talk about recent legislative changes to the Post-9/11 Veteran Educational Improvement Act at the 42nd Annual Northwest Career Colleges Federation conference in Stevenson, Wash on June 17.

PARTNER AGENCY MANAGERS RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE
Two managers from partner agencies were honored with the 2011 Governor's Award for Leadership in Management. While interim director of the Benton-Franklin workforce development area for the Employment Security Department, Joe Perez developed a strategic plan to improve service for long-term unemployed. Jan Yoshiwara of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges was instrumental in the Student Achievement Initiative that created incentives to increase certificate and degree completions.

June 2, 2011

SEATTLE TIMES EDITORIAL SUPPORTS BROADER DEFINITION OF "COLLEGE FOR ALL"
This week, the Seattle Times lead editorial writer Lynne Varner proposed that education reform should "broaden 'college for all' to include meaningful post-high-school credentials." Her editorial was inspired by the Harvard Graduate School of Education report, Pathways to Prosperity.   

OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FEATURES AWARD-WINNING STUDENT DOCUMENTARY
Shorewood High School students won first place in the Washington Board of Education Student Video Contest for their documentary on the Shoreline School District's Career and Technical Education programs. The video is featured on the Workforce Board YouTube channel:

NATIONAL WEBSITE FEATURES  SUCCESS STORIES FROM WASHINGTON STATE
Workforce Investment Works, a campaign by the National Association of Workforce Boards to educate people about the nation's workforce development system, has developed webpages that tell success stories from all over the country. The Washington page

May 26, 2011

LEGISLATURE FINISHES LAST NIGHT BY PASSING 2011-2013 BUDGET
The Washington State Legislature closed out its special session yesterday by approving a two-year operating budget that becomes effective, subject to signature by the Governor, on July 1, 2011. You can review a workforce-related summary of the budget and a list of workforce-related bills that were adopted during both the regular and special sessions.  

WORKFORCE STAFF RESPOND TO SPOKANE VALLEY SCHOOL CLOSURE
Staff of the Workforce Board's Private Career School program were in Spokane Valley this week meeting with students and staff of Alpine College--a private career school that closed suddenly last Friday. Students are encouraged to contact the Workforce Board about their rights.

2011 WAVE SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED

The Workforce Board has announced this year's Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholars. While the WAVE program did not receive funding for scholarships this year, the current operating budget directs the program to recognize scholars for their achievements. The WAVE program is suspended for 2012 and 2013. See winners listed by legislative district  

BEST PRACTICE PROGRAMS FEATURED IN RECENT CROSSCUT ARTICLE
In a recent article about the importance of aligning training programs with employer needs featured in the online publication Crosscut.com, Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis highlighted an online nurse training program (RONE), the new environmental center at Walla Walla Community College and the King County Jobs Initiative.  See:

May 18, 2011

SKILL GAP PROJECTION: CERTAIN JOB OPENINGS WILL EXCEED NEW WORKER SUPPLY
The Workforce Board's annual 2011 Skill Gap Analysis reports that there will be more net job openings in manufacturing, accounting, and installation and maintenance than there will be newly trained Washington workers to fill them. The skill gap analysis compares the most recent data on the number of newly prepared workers with the forecast of future job demand.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
The Spring-Summer Conference of the Washington Economic Development Association will be in Vancouver, June 14-15 and will feature presentations by four regional Workforce Development Council executive directors (Mark Mattke, Lisa Nisenfeld, Sue Ambler and Linda Nguyen). Cheryl Fambles, executive director of the Washington Workforce Association will offer welcoming remarks, Workforce Board Chair Cindy Zehnder will be a luncheon speaker and Dan Fey of Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council will close the meeting.

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT HOSTS ECONOMIC SUMMIT IN SPOKANE, EVERETT
The Labor Market and Economic Analysis branch of the Employment Security Department is hosting the 2011 Spokane Economic Symposium this Friday, May 20. Another session will be held June 21 in Everett.

May 12, 2011

EMPLOYER SURVEY RESULT REPORTS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Complete survey results of the Workforce Board's 2010 Employer Survey are now available online. The reports provide state summaries, comparisons with 2007 results and breakouts by industry and workforce development areas.

ROBO-CALLS EXTEND REACH OF WORKSOURCE SERVICES TO U.I. EXHAUSTEES
The state Employment Security Department is using automatic dialing machines to deliver recorded messages (robo-calls) to the nearly 50,000 people who have run out of unemployment benefits. The calls encourage them to seek job-search assistance from their local WorkSource center. The outreach effort is part of the Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative.

NEW LABOR MEMBERS JOIN THE WORKFORCE BOARD
Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed Lee Newgent, executive secretary of the Seattle Building Trades Council, to the Workforce Board as one of the three members representing labor. Meanwhile, the Senate Labor, Commerce, & Consumer Protection Committee has approved the Governor's Board nomination of Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council. The Workforce Board has equal representation from labor and business.

NEW CAREER BRIDGE INFORMATION CARDS AVAILABLE
Handy, two-sided rack cards have been redesigned with quick tips to make navigating Washington's Career Bridge website even easier. Order yours today. 

Remember the STEM Agenda forum with Harvard's Pathways to Prosperity author Bill Symonds, May 19!

May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON'S COMPETITIVENESS, HIGH-DEMAND OCCUPATIONS, NO DANN-MESSIER
The Workforce Board will hold its regular meeting May 5 in Olympia. The agenda includes presentations on Washington's competitiveness by Department of Commerce's Daniel Malarkey and an analysis of high-demand mid-level occupations by David Pavelchek, the Workforce Board's research director. Brenda Dann-Messier will NOT attend as previously announced. The assistant secretary for Vocational and Adult Education with the U.S. Department of Education had a change in travel plans.

NEW STAFF GRACE THE WORKFORCE BOARD OFFICE

Last week, Katherine Mahoney joined the Workforce Board staff as a management analyst who will be handling, among other things, contracts associated with our Recovery Act grants. This week, Darlene Bartlett stepped in as a secretary to fill in for Destiney Harrison who is on extended leave.

HARVARD PATHWAYS REPORT AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT STEM CONFERENCE
Bill Symonds, author of Pathways to Prosperity, will speak at "Connecting STEM with Workforce Education" put on by the Maufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle. The Workforce Board is one of many sponsors and Executive Director Eleni Papadakis will be on a panel with Seattle Community Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield. 

MARINE TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS HOSTS WET LAB WORKSHOP
Congressman Rick Larsen will speak at a free professional development workshop at Skagit Valley College's new marine technology campus in Anacortes on May 20. Sponsored by three Centers of Excellence, the workshop also will feature a demonstration and hands on exercises of the Composites Wet Lab. To register:

LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGES CONTINUED TO TRACK SESSION ACTIVITIES
Keep up with legislation and committee meetings regarding workforce issues during the special session.

April 21, 2011

 LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS THIS WEEK
The 2011 regular legislative session ends this week. The House and Senate have each approved an operating budget for the 2011-13 biennium and now are attempting to negotiate a budget that both legislative bodies can support. If a budget is not approved by session's end, the Legislature will need to come back into a special session to approve one. Our legislative page continues to track workforce development issues as it relates to the budget and bills that have passed or are still pending.  

WORKFORCE BOARD WELCOMES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR
Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for Vocational and Adult Education with the U.S. Department of Education, is scheduled to attend the next Workforce Board meeting in Olympia on May 5.  Agenda and board materials will be available closer to the meeting time.

LATEST JOB-VACANCY SURVEY SHOW JOB OPENINGS UP 31 PERCENT
The Employment Security Department released its fall 2010 job-vacancy survey today. Most of the growth in job openings appears to be coming from smaller firms. 

HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD REPORT TARGETS HIGH DEMAND
The Higher Education Coordinating Board has released a regional analysis of workforce needs which urges the state and its higher education institutions - public and private - to continue to ramp up degree production in high-demand, high-wage fields.

CHAMBER REPORT RECOGNIZES IMPORTANCE OF NON-BACCALAUREATE DEGREES
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report last month that identifies a lack of awareness among business and education leaders regarding the demand for workers with career credentials and associate's degrees. The report urges businesses to work collaboratively with community colleges and similar institutions to ensure they are producing graduates with the competencies they require. 

April 14, 2011

SENATE ROLLS OUT BUDGET AS SESSION END APPROACHES
The Workforce Board's legislative web page now offers a comparison (from a workforce development perspective) between the House, Senate and Governor proposed operating budgets for the upcoming two-year period. You'll also find the latest list of workforce-related bills and their status. The regular session ends Sunday, April 24.

CAREER BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS MAKE SITE EASIER TO USE
You can now navigate more easily among the more than 5,000 public and private education and training programs on www.CareerBridge.wa.gov. Recent upgrades make it easier to find and print detailed program information and performance results. Users can also search the website's database by location and get all branches of a school in the search results. More improvements to come by the end of this year.

MATCH DEGREES TO MARKETPLACE FOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS
A new National Governors Association report says that higher education "cannot help drive economic growth in their states unless student's academic success is linked to the needs of the marketplace." The report features Washington's experience and cites research from the Workforce Board and State Board for Community and Technical College.

April 7, 2011

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS BUDGET
The House Ways and Means Committee has approved HB 1087, the state's operating budget for 2011-2013. The Workforce Board has summarized the proposed budget's effects on workforce development programs.

U.I. EXHAUSTEE DATA UPDATED FOR MARCH
The Employment Security Department has updated its statewide and county data on Washington residents who have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits. As of March 26, almost 47,000 state residents had exhausted their benefits. The occupation group with the most people running out of unemployment insurance is office & administrative workers, followed by construction, management and production workers.

STATE'S STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT INITIATIVE SERVES AS MODEL
A Community College Research Center brief looks at the policy choices Washington's community and technical college system faced when designing and implementing the Student Achievement Initiative across 34 colleges. The paper is titled "Performance Incentives to Improve Community College Completion: Learning from Washington State's Student Achievement Initiative."

EARLY NOTICE ON CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE
The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education will hold its summer conference August 14-17 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center.

March 31, 2011  

WORKFORCE BOARD LEGISLATION TRACKING CONTINUES
As the session wears down, the number of bills that survive narrows. See what the Legislature is considering in relation to workforce development.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS TEMPORARY SECRETARY
The Workforce Board has an immediate opening available for a non-permanent secretary to provide temporary clerical support for the Private Vocational Schools Act, as well as other agency programs.

SAVE OCTOBER 6 FOR RETOOLING WASHINGTON FORUM
The Workforce Board will hold a forum featuring speakers and panels highlighting the successes and learnings from Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative. The one-day forum will be held in the Seattle area. Location and agenda will be announced later in the summer. Also, we have made minor corrections and fixed the link on the Workforce and Economic Development directory available on the Retooling webpage.

YOUTH CAREER CAMPS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Washington Business Week programs including Business Week, Healthcare Week, Get AMPT (Manufacturing) Week and Energy Week are accepting applications for volunteers and high-school age participants for the week long summer camps. These programs were featured in in the Workforce Board's recent white paper, Help Wanted: Work Experience for Young Adults. For more on Washington Business Week, see: www.wbw.org .

WASHINGTON'S RETURN ON INVESTMENT RESEARCH FEATURED IN CTE REPORT
The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education has a new paper that discusses Washington's calculations for return on investment and net impact for Career and Technical Education participants. The publication is available at: http://www.nrccte.org/

March 23, 2011

STATE WILL SEEK EXTENSION OF CURRENT WIA PLANS
At the invitation of the U. S. Department of Labor, the Employment Security Department is requesting that it be able to extend our state's current Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser Plan through June 30, 2012. The Employment Security Department is also requesting the renewal of three WIA waivers. Learn more

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS POLICY ANALYST/LEGISLATIVE LIAISON

The Workforce Board is looking for a policy analyst/legislative liaison to provide analysis of emerging issues relevant to our state's workforce and to assist in policy development.

NEW DIRECTORY LAYS OUT WDCs, EDCs BY COUNTY
A new, free directory from the Workforce Board lists Workforce Development Councils, Economic Development Councils and Small Business Development Centers by county.

TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE MEETINGS START NEXT WEEK
The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is hosting regional WA-TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) Partnership meetings, starting March 30 in Mount Vernon, to share information and increase access to the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The Labor Council, in partnership with the state's Employment Security Department, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide enhanced technical assistance.

BEYOND BASIC SKILLS: NEW REPORT EXPLORES PATHWAYS FOR LOW-INCOME
A new report from CLASP offers state strategies to connect low-skilled students to employer-valued postsecondary education.

March 16, 2011

RETOOLING PAGE FEATURES SURVEY RESULTS OF BUSINESS OUTREACH
The Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative has surveyed business outreach professionals from a wide range of state and local organizations. These results will help guide the Retooling efforts to increase coordination and to share best practices. 

BEST PRACTICE AWARDS RECEPTION CELEBRATES JOB CREATION
Snow slowed us down but did not stop us. We will hold our long awaited Governor's Best Practices Awards reception, Thursday, March 24, 3 -4 p.m. in the Legislative building's State Reception Room. Snow plows stand ready to keep this event open to the public

MANN TAKES OVER AS AREA DIRECTOR
Starting today, Michelle Mann, formerly the executive director of the Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council, is now Employment Security Department's Area Director for the Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Area.   

NEW STAFF AT THE WORKFORCE BOARD
Jon Agnone has joined the Workforce Board in its research department. Also, Carolyn McKinnon has been back working with the Workforce Board during the legislative session and Michelle Treece-Pang has been brought on temporarily to help the Veterans Program Approval Process.  

SESSION ROLLS ON THROUGH ANOTHER CUTOFF
Legislative deadlines for bills has narrowed the field of legislation. This week and next week, House committees will be reviewing Senate bills and vice versa. Follow what's alive and what's not.

March 10, 2011

EARLY LEARNING REPORT EXTENSIVELY CITES WORKFORCE BOARD'S RESEARCH
America's Edge, a national organization composed of business owners and senior business management, cited the Workforce Board's Skill Gap Analysis and 2010 Employer Survey in its recent report promoting investment in early learning in Washington state.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKING PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
The Workforce Board is seeking quality candidates for an opening on its staff.

SEATTLE ENGINEERING FIRM WINS NATIONAL GREEN JOBS AWARD
McKinstry Co. was honored by the National Association of Workforce Boards for its collaboration on green jobs and skills with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

CENTRALIA COLLEGE'S CENTER OF EXCELLENCE EXPANDS

Centralia College's Center of Excellence for Energy Technology has expanded into a multi-state Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy. The new center includes: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah. Read more in the inaugural issue of the newsletter Smart Energy.

STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST FOCUSES ON ROLE OF CTE AND STEM

The Washington State Board of Education has announced the start of its second annual student video contest. This year's contest will focus on the important role of math, science, technology, and/or Career and Technical Education courses. The contest due date is Monday, May 2.

March 3, 2011

WORKFORCE BOARD MEMBERS GATHER FOR MARCH MEETING
The Workforce Board will meet Thursday, March 10, in Olympia. The agenda includes presentations on green jobs, career and technical education, private career colleges and research on the state's skill needs. Agenda and materials

SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WDC RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP URBAN BOARDS

A national report recognizes Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council for its success in helping its clients obtain high earnings compared to other urban workforce boards around the country. The report highlights distinguishing practices and policies of the Seattle-King WDC and other top workforce investment boards.

RETOOLING WEB PAGE OFFERS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXHAUSTEE DATA
Over 41,000 Washington residents had exhausted their unemployment benefits as of mid-February, according to Employment Security Department reports available on the Retooling Washington's Workforce web page. The UI Exhaustee project, which includes county specific reports, is one of three priority projects that comprise the Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative

EARLY DISCOUNT REGISTRATION STILL AVAILABLE FOR RURAL CONFERENCE
Rural Washington Conference 2011 has extended its early bird discount for registrations made by March 7. The Workforce Board is a co-sponsor of "Pathways to Prosperity" to be held March 18-19 in Moses Lake. Conference agenda:  

FOLLOW WORKFORCE-RELATED LEGISLATION AND ACTIVITIES

February 24, 2011  

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS STATE'S LEADERSHIP IN MONITORING TRAINING RESULTS

Washington state already monitors training programs in a manner recommended by a recent GAO report, says Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director, in a Crosscut article published this week.

BEST PRACTICE AWARD RECEPTION POSTPONED
Snow and ice forced us to cancel today's reception for recipients of the Best Practice Awards in Workforce and Economic Development. We will reschedule in March.

FEDERAL BUDGET PROPOSALS TAKING SHAPE
The President's 2012 budget information
The U.S. House of Representatives summary of its budget proposal (HCR 1)

NEW NAVIGATION 101 REPORT SHOWCASES PROGRESS
OSPI has released a new report on Nav 101, outlining current initiatives and recommendations for this comprehensive career and college readiness program. 

PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY REPORT: GO BEYOND COLLEGE
A Harvard Graduate School of Education reports college is not necessarily for everyone. The Pathways to Prosperity Report contends that the U.S. needs new pathways for our young adults to succeed, including more program options that link work and learning.

February 17, 2011

CAPITOL RECEPTION PLANNED FOR BEST PRACTICE PROGRAMS
The Governor's Best Practices in Workforce & Economic Development award program will honor winners at a reception in the Legislative Building, Thursday, Feb. 24, 3-4 p.m.

COMMERCE SEEKS WORKFIRST PROGRAM CONTRACTORS

The state Department of Commerce has issued a Request for Applications for those interested in becoming a Commerce WorkFirst Programs contractor. Deadline is February 24.

LEGISLATIVE PACE QUICKENS AS COMMITTEE DEADLINE LOOMS
The Legislature's self-imposed deadline for committee bills is next week. After February 25, activity shifts from committee rooms to the full Senate and House bodies. Track workforce-related legislation

STATE CHAMBER HONORS EMPLOYERS FOR WORKPLACE EXCELLENCE

The Association of Washington Business recognized four employers for providing their employees training and advancement opportunities.

TEMPORARY LAYOFF, HOLIDAY CLOSES WORKFORCE BOARD OFFICE
Because of a state holiday and a budget mandated-temporary layoff, the Workforce Board's office will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Normal office hours return February 23.

February 10, 2011

EDUCATION REFORM BILL CLEARS INITIAL COMMITTEE

The House Education Committee this morning approved HB 1443 which adopts recommendations by the Quality Education Council, including a requirement that school districts develop a policy defining a high school credit and authorizes the State Board of Education to repeal a seat-time based definition. Learn more about education and workforce bills being considered by the Legislature

WAVE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NEXT WEEK

The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence applications need to be submitted by school coordinators no later than February 18, 2011. Learn more about this scholar recognition program

WORKFORCE BOARD MEMBER TO CHAIR REHABILITATION COUNCIL

Mike Hudson, a business representative on the Workforce Board, was elected last month to serve as the 2011 Chair of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council. Hudson, a project manager for the Association of Washington Business Institute, has represented business and industry on the State Council for a year and a half.

RURAL WASHINGTON CONFERENCE WILL FEATURE WORKFORCE SESSIONS

A conference that focuses on Washington's small, rural communities and how to create opportunities to grow their economy and advance their workforce will include presentations by executive directors of two Workforce Development Councils and an Economic Development Council regarding health care access, industry clusters, youth employment and our Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative. Early bird registration still available

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION
(CTE) PROGRAM EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlighted the ShopGirls team at Granite Falls High School in a recent speech, praising the program as an example of the new CTE. In 2010, the all-female group built the Iron Maiden, a vehicle that went 470 miles per gallon and placed first in a national competition.

February 3, 2011  

EDUCATION REORGANIZATION BILLS INTRODUCED
Bills that change the administration and planning of the state's education system are being considered by legislators. For instance, the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee hearing received testimony from Governor Gregoire and the Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding Senate Bill 5522 which would make the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction a part of a new department of education under the Governor. You can follow the progress of these bills at our legislative web page

U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT UPGRADES RE-EMPLOYMENT PORTAL
The U.S. Department of Labor has updated its re-employment website, creating a single source for information on jobs, career training, unemployment benefits and food, housing, health care and utility payment assistance.  

NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT TO HELP MILITARY SPOUSES, OTHERS
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a National Emergency Grant of around $4.8 million to WorkForce Central and the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to help 825 displaced military spouses and civilian defense workers in Pierce and Thurston Counties gain skills and find employment. Grant partners include the state's Employment Security Department, Thurston County Economic Development Council and the City of Lakewood.

January 27, 2011

WORKFORCE-RELATED BILLS INTRODUCED IN OLYMPIA
Legislation centralizing community college financial aid information, modifying unemployment insurance and fostering prior learning credit are just some of the workforce-related bills you will find detailed on our legislative web page.

ANNUAL REPORT DETAILS STRATEGIC PLAN PROGRESS
The Workforce Board released its Annual Progress Report to the Legislature regarding the state's comprehensive plan on workforce development, High Skills, High Wages, in November. You can now get printed copies of this 16-page report by request or download an electronic copy at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Activities_HighSkills.asp

HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION WORKGROUP RELEASES LEGISLATIVE REPORT
The Building Bridges workgroup yesterday released its latest set of recommendations to the Legislature for the development of a comprehensive K-12 dropout reduction initiative.

U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT UPGRADES RE-EMPLOYMENT PORTAL
The U.S. Department of Labor has revamped its re-employment website, creating a single source for information on jobs, career training, unemployment benefits and food, housing, health care and utility payment assistance. The site is aimed at recently laid-off workers, those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and those seeking to change careers.

January 20, 2011

WORKFORCE BOARD TO REVIEW NET IMPACTS, AEROSPACE APPRENTICESHIPS
The Workforce Board will meet January 27 in Olympia for its regular meeting. Agenda items include a review of the net impact study of workforce training programs, a presentation on aerospace apprenticeship programs and proposed action on a recommendation regarding local area strategic plans. Agenda and materials

NEW REPORT CALLS FOR MORE WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Washington young adults, 18 through 24, chronically suffer from unemployment at rates double that experienced by other workers. But in a down economy, an unemployment rate of 22 percent is frightening, and is heading Washington and the nation towards an unanticipated crisis. View the Workforce Board's legislative report, Wanted: Work Experience for Young Adults

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES REVIEW WORKER RETRAINING, INDUSTRY CLUSTERS
Legislators continue their busy pace next week with committee sessions on the worker retraining program, Industry Cluster strategy and programs, a proposed Puget Sound Corps and the Workforce Board's net impact study on selected workforce programs. Get a complete workforce-related committee schedule.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECOGNIZED FOR IMPROVING RETENTION
Yakima Valley Community College has been recognized by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit organization, for its success in improving student retention rates. The college increased the percentage of students who stay in school from fall to winter to 81 percent from 75 percent.

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT FOR WEDA WINTER CONFERENCE
The Washington Economic Development Association will hold its winter conference, February 14-15 in Olympia. Early registration discounts end January 30.

January 13, 2011  

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REVIEWS WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT
The House Labor and Workforce Development Committee will hear an overview of the Workforce Investment Act and the Worker Retraining Program Tuesday, January 18 in Olympia. For more information on bills and hearings related to workforce issues, visit our 2011 legislative page

NEW REPORT CALLS FOR MORE WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Washington young adults, 18 to 25, chronically suffer from unemployment at rates double that experienced by other workers. This edition of the Workforce Board's legislative report is Wanted: Work Experience for Young Adults.

NATIONAL JOURNAL FEATURES STATE'S OPEN COURSE LIBRARY
The Chronicle of Higher Education features the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges' pioneering work in providing instructional materials online. Fueled by two legislatively created task forces, this initiative is helping lower the cost of attending school.  

HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD LAUNCHES BLOG
The Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a new blog to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas by members of the higher education community and the general public. http://hecbwashington.blogspot.com/

January 6, 2011

NEW SESSION MEANS MORE LEGISLATIVE NEWS
With the 2011 legislative session starting Monday, we continue our tradition of providing timely information on workforce-related legislative activities. You can view next week's calendar of relevant committee hearings now on our legislative page.

GOVERNOR PROPOSES CREATING CABINET LEVEL EDUCATION POSITION
This week, Governor Chris Gregoire proposed to consolidate education administration under a cabinet-level administrator. Governor's announcement.

FIRST GROUP OF BEST PRACTICE NURSES GRADUATE, GET PINNED
The first group of graduates of the Rural Outreach Nursing Education (RONE) program of Lower Columbia College were honored at pinning ceremonies in Longview and Republic. RONE, a winner of a 2009 Best Practices Award in Workforce and Economic Development, provides nursing education through classes delivered over the web. See article

COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERNMENTS SHOWCASES CAREER BRIDGE

Career Bridge, the state's award-winning career guidance website, is featured in an article on the Council of State Governments' website. http://tinyurl.com/csgaward

 


 

December 29, 2010

GOVERNOR'S COMPETITIVE OJT GRANTS: NEW DEADLINE
The deadline to apply for On-The-Job Training grants from the Governor's 10 Percent Workforce Investment Act Discretionary Fund has been extended to Jan. 6. Some $1.5 million is available to train workers in high-growth areas, including: aerospace, life sciences, health care, green industries and information technology. Learn more at

WAVE APPLICATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED
The current and proposed supplemental and 2011-2013 budgets do not fund any additional new WAVE scholarships. However, state law still directs the Workforce Board to designate and recognize recipients of this award. Even without an accompanying monetary scholarship, WAVE recipients are recognized by colleges, universities and employers as hard working, achievement-oriented leaders.

AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE FEB. 1
The Higher Education Coordinating Board is taking applications for the 2011-12 American Indian Endowed Scholarship awards. Awards range from about $500 to $2,000. Priority is given to upper-division and graduate-level students.

December 20, 2010

CONSUMER PROTECTION ALERT: BEWARE OF UNLICENSED SCHOOLS
The Workforce Board advises potential students to make sure a school is licensed before enrolling. In a down economy, students are vulnerable to claims from unlicensed schools promising jobs. The Workforce Board regulates many private career schools and provides a list of these licensed schools. See this Consumer Advisory news release and other information. 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT ON INDUSTRY CLUSTER COORDINATION RELEASED
A progress report on Substitute House Bill 1323 calling for the coordination of workforce and economic development around strategic industry clusters has been transmitted to the Legislature.

STATE COMMERCE CLUSTERS GRANT APPLICATION DUE JANUARY 13
The Department of Commerce is overseeing a competitive grant to fund economic development activities to further regional cluster growth.

BUDGET SUMMARY FOCUSES ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IMPACTS
The Workforce Board has prepared a list of the effects of the Governor's proposed 2011-2013 operating budget on workforce development activities. The summary also includes effects of the recently approved supplemental budget.

December 13, 2010

THREE STAFF POSITIONS OPEN AT WORKFORCE BOARD
The Workforce Board is seeking a research investigator, a policy analyst/legislative liaison, and a temporary secretary.

WASHINGTON AWARD FOR VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
The application process for the 2011 Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) is now underway. The Workforce Board administers this recognition program for outstanding career and technical education students at high schools and community and technical colleges around the state. See .  

KELSO CHAMBER CEO TALKS TO WHITE HOUSE ABOUT SKILL GAPS
Rick Winsman, a Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council board member and the CEO of the Kelso Chamber of Commerce, was part of a national employer delegation that met with the Domestic Policy Council and Office of Management and Budget in Washington D.C. last month.

December 6, 2010

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES BEST PRACTICE AWARD WINNERS
Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the winners of the 2010 Workforce and Economic Development Best Practice Awards. Both winners featured projects involving green jobs. Two other nominees were honored as "ones to watch." The Best Practice Award is jointly sponsored by the Workforce Board and the Department of Commerce.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS RESEARCH INVESTIGATOR
The Workforce Board is seeking a research investigator with the technical and analytic skills to complete critical research projects, and the ability to clearly communicate those results.

GIVE US A PIECE OF YOUR MIND
The Workforce Board wants to know what you think of our reports, publications and initiatives. Our annual survey should take only three minutes or so and help us improve our service.  

November 29, 2010

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHY STUDENTS SHOULD VERIFY SCHOOL LICENSE
After receiving several student complaints, the Workforce Board's Private Career School program threatened legal action against CT Communications in Everett for operating as a private vocational school without a license.Learn more about which schools are licensed and the protections that licensing provides students.  Also, CareerBridge.Wa.Gov now provides detailed information on over 5,000 training programs in Washington.

PAPADAKIS AND CARNEVALE SHARE PODIUM AT SEATTLE FORUM

Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis and Tony Carnevale of the Georgetown University Center on Education & Workforce will be part of a panel on skill gaps and the importance of post-secondary credentials at the Seattle Jobs Initiative's annual Community-Based Organization--Community College Forum, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 1, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle.

NEW "GREEN ECONOMY" REPORTS AVAILABLE
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has released new reports on the green economy of Seattle-King County and the Puget Sound covering the job outlook, supply chains and other information related to green jobs in the Puget Sound area.

November 22, 2010  

PROGRESS NOTED ON HIGH SKILLS HIGH WAGES PLAN
The Workforce Board's annual report on progress made with Washington's strategic plan for workforce development, High Skills, High Wages is available online. 

WORKFORCE BOARD'S BUDGET REVIEW RESULTS IN RECOMMENDATIONS
At last week's meeting, members of the Workforce Board approved a resolution requesting the Governor and Legislature to prioritize certain "programs and activities for continued funding for the current operating budget and for the 2011-2013 operating budget."

NATIONAL WORKFORCE WEBSITE WANTS YOUR SUCCESS STORIES
A new website that showcases how workforce development keeps communities strong, "Workforce Investment Works," is being launched in January by the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). They want Washington's workforce success stories to be a part of the site, now in its test phase. Submit a story.

AD CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Washington is among 30 states to feature a national ad campaign promoting the hiring of people with disabilities. The goal of the humorous, edgy campaign is to raise awareness of the need for diversity in the workplace and counter stereotypes about people with disabilities.

November 15, 2010

WORKFORCE BOARD WILL ACT ON "RETOOLING" INITIATIVE AT NOVEMBER MEETING

The Workforce Board meets in Olympia Thursday, Nov. 18 and is expected to take action on work plans developed through the statewide Retooling Washington's Workforce initiative  and will review proposed agency workforce development budget and legislative policy requests.

CROSSCUT OUTLINES UPSKILL BACKFILL WORKER STRATEGY
Crosscut, a Seattle-based online new forum, features an article today by Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis that goes into more detail regarding efforts to train current entry-level employees for higher skilled positions as a job-creation strategy.

RESPONSE GUIDE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXHAUSTEES AVAILABLE
As federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits begin to phase out at the end of November, phone calls and emails from affected people are expected to rise. The Employment Security Department has created a fact sheet that provides background details and contact information for calls that come your way.

3.2.1: INGRAHAM H.S. TO LAUNCH ROCKETS IN NATIONAL CONTEST

Two teams of Career and Technical Education students from Seattle's Ingraham High School are headed to Huntsville, Ala., in April, to participate in NASA's Student Launch Initiative. Led by teacher Peter Schurke as part of the school's first-ever Aerospace Engineering class, 20 students who designed and constructed rockets capable of traveling one mile above ground level will compete with teams from across the country.

EDC REPORT PROPOSES APPROACH ON TALENT ATTRACTION

A new report from the Washington Economic Development Commission showcases policies of other states and nations and recommends several ways Washington could improve its performance. Authored by GSP Consulting, the report entitled "Innovation Policy: Opportunities for Washington" focuses on four program areas, including ways Washington can attract and retain talent.

November 8, 2010

UPSKILL BACKFILL INITIATIVE HELPS TO CREATE NEW JOB OPENINGS
"By up-skilling reliable employees with more training, the employer creates jobs that can be backfilled by entry-level applicants," says Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director in her latest blog about a Recovery Act project on Governor Gregoire's website.

WASHINGTON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS TRACKED IN OUTCOME STUDY

A new paper from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University uses data on Washington students who pursued Information Technology (IT) coursework at the state's community colleges, and then entered the labor market. The paper presents findings on employment outcomes of IT students by the type of preparation they completed, and the types of employers who hired them.

FORUMS TO SHARE RESULTS OF MANUFACTURER SURVEY

Impact Washington, formerly Washington Manufacturing Services, will be holding forums to share results of a statewide manufacturing CEO survey. The forums start in Yakima on November 17 and finish in Richland February 11.

October 28, 2010

RETOOLING WASHINGTON INITIATIVE NARROWS FOCUS
The Workforce Board's Retooling Washington initiative has divided into three workgroups addressing the top issues that arose from three stakeholder meetings, an online survey and an employer focus group. The workgroups will be presenting to the Workforce Board at its next meeting, November 18.

NATIONAL ENERGY GROUP TARGETS WASHINGTON FOR PILOT

Washington will be one of eight states that will be working with 5,000 low-income, young adults to prepare them for careers in the energy industry, under a recent grant award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Center for Energy Workforce Development received the $1.37 million grant and has issued a news announcement.

$11 MILLION GRANT BOOSTS KING COUNTY HEALTH CARE TRAINING
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County will receive more than $2.2 million a year for five years to provide job training through the Health Careers for All program. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At least 970 economically disadvantaged people will receive training to enter jobs in the fast-growing health care field.

October 21, 2010

STATE BOARD COLLECTING INPUT ON PROPOSED GRADUATION REQUIREMENT CHANGES
The State Board of Education will consider final adoption of its proposed new high school graduation requirements at its November 9-10 meeting. (The Workforce Board will also look at this issue at its November 18 meeting.) The proposed graduation requirements result from three years of work by the State Board of Education and many other stakeholders. Review a presentation, documents and participate in a survey.

COMPREHENSIVE DROPOUT PROGRAM RECOMMENDATIONS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
The Building Bridges Work Group has submitted funding recommendations to the Quality Education Council to address the dropout issue. These initial recommendations are the first set of recommendations called for in legislation passed earlier this year directed at developing a means for funding and implementing a comprehensive K-12 Dropout Prevention, Intervention, and Retrieval system.

SYMPOSIUM TO FOCUS ON WASHINGTON'S ECONOMY
The Labor Market and Economic Analysis branch of the Washington State Employment Security Department will hold its 16th Annual Economic Symposium, Friday, October 29 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.

October 7, 2010

NEW WIA ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED
Washington has submitted its annual report on the state's activities with the federal Workforce Investment Act Title I-B funds. The report covers the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010 and includes state activity highlights, reports from workforce development councils, Recovery Act investments and more. See NEW report

WORKFORCE BOARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED TO NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis and Israel Mendoza, Adult Basic Education Director at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, will serve on a national advisory committee for the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. The center will explore ways to increase the number of low-income adults and disadvantaged youth who earn postsecondary credentials.

WASHINGTON LOTTERY TO HELP FUND WAVE SCHOLARSHIP, OTHER PROGRAMS
A new state law directs more of the lottery proceeds into a new Washington Opportunity Pathways Account created to fund state education programs and priorities including WAVE scholarships, State Need Grants, State Work Study awards, and the Washington Scholars program.

GEAR UP REGIONAL CONFERENCE SLATED FOR OCT 24-26 IN VANCOUVER
Registration is open for the regional Gear Up West conference in Vancouver. Administered by the Higher Education Coordinating Board, Gear Up contracts with school districts to help disadvantaged middle school and high school students prepare for college and gain access to financial aid.

September 22, 2010

TRAINING RESULTS, EMPLOYER SURVEY ON WORKFORCE BOARD AGENDA
The September 23 meeting of the Workforce Board will feature presentations on the agency's evaluations of training programs and this summer's 2010 Employer Survey. There will also be an update and discussion on the Retooling Washington initiative.

 GET YOUR BRAND NEW (FREE) WHERE ARE YOU GOING GUIDE
The new 2010 edition of the Where Are You Going career guide is being printed as you read this. This edition navigates the user through the process of identifying career options. Useful to anyone looking to start their first or their next career. Order your free copies now!:

CAREER BRIDGE WINS NATIONAL AWARD
The Council of State Governments has recognized CareerBridge.wa.gov with a 2010 Innovation Award. The website was recognized for its ability to bring a wide range of career exploration and education information under one site, including detailed information on 5,000 Washington programs.

FORT VANCOUVER STUDENT VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF CTE
Fort Vancouver High School students received a video production Gold Medal at the SkillsUSA 2010 National Championship. Students Jesse Chiem and Nathan O' Meara produced a video highlighting Fort Vancouver's Career and Technical Education offerings. The video can be found on the Workforce Board's YouTube Channel.

September 15, 2010

NEW COMMISSIONER NAMED AT EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
Paul Trause has been named the new commissioner of the state's Employment Security Department. He was the agency's deputy commissioner under Karen Lee, who held the post for five years. He also served as deputy commissioner at Employment Security under two previous commissioners. The new Deputy Commissioner is Joel Sacks, former assistant commissioner for Budget, Policy and Communications.  

BUILDING SKILLS CONFERENCE FEATURES WORKFORCE BOARD PRESENTATIONS
Workforce Board staffers Mike Brennan, Marina Parr and Karen Pyle will speak at the Building Skills Conference in Wenatchee, Oct. 12-14. Brennan along with Terry Lawhead from the Department of Commerce will explain how to better integrate workforce development with economic development. Parr and Pyle will provide a live tour of the Career Bridge web site, home to over 5,000 education and training programs, including apprenticeships.

FREE MICROSOFT E-LEARNING AVAILABLE AT WORKSOURCE CENTERS
Starting this week, the state's Employment Security Department will be rolling out Microsoft's complete e-learning library at area WorkSource career centers. The goal is to help job seekers build their computer skills and become more competitive in the job market. The e-learning courses will first be available at WorkSource offices in Everett, Redmond, Spokane, Thurston County, Vancouver and Walla Walla. It will be expanded to job seekers statewide on Oct. 1. Once people complete the coursework, they'll be able to take free exams to earn credentials in Microsoft's Office and Technology Associate programs.

FORTUNE MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS WASHINGTON'S BUSINESS CLIMATE
Washington and its workforce is featured in the current "Fastest Growing Companies" issue of Fortune magazine. The 12-page section showcases Washington's high level of international trade and notes the state was the first to join President Barack Obama's export initiative.

September 1, 2010  

SEEKING YOUR IDEAS FOR RETOOLING WASHINGTON'S WORKFORCE
Members of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board are seeking ideas on ways the workforce system can better serve its customers as our economy slowly recovers. An online survey, facilitated discussions and a virtual meetings are being deployed.

TEN DAYS LEFT TO SUBMIT YOUR BEST PRACTICE NOMINATIONS
The nomination period for the Governor's Best Practices Awards in Workforce and Economic Development closes September 10. Our prestigious panel of judges will start the review the following week with an announcement of winners in October.

WASHINGTON STUDENTS EXCEL AT SKILLSUSA
Students from Washington high school and college technical education programs won the nation's highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Industry leaders representing over 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 96 hands-on occupational and leadership contests. View our medalists by selecting Washington

STATE TRAINING ACADEMY STARTS NEWSLETTER
The Employment and Career Development Division Training Academy in Lacey has begun sending out a newsletter detailing new classes and links to resources. The Training Academy, which opened its doors in June 2009, has served over 1,000 job counselors from around the state. Its overseen by the states Employment Security Department. See the August newsletter

August 25, 2010  

FEDERAL GRANT WILL BOOST STATE'S LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEM IN EDUCATION
The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences has awarded a $17.3 million grant to Washington for enhancing and expanding its system of longitudinal education data capacity across several agencies, including pre-school to graduate school (P-20) education data, as well as workforce and social service outcomes.

CAREER BRIDGE WEBSITE IS A REGIONAL FINALIST
CareerBridge.wa.gov has been named one of nine Western regional finalists for a 2010 Council of State Governments Innovations Award. The website allows users to find education and training, including Eligible Training Providers, by searching for their preferred job. The Council of State Governments will decide in September which regional finalists advance to the national finals.  

DISABILITY CONFERENCE BRINGS RUTTLEDGE HOME
Lynnae Ruttledge, commissioner of the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration, will be one of the featured speakers at the Washington Disability Inclusion Conference, October 4, at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond. The event is hosted by the Washington State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management.

BEST PRACTICES AWARD NOMINATIONS ARRIVING
The Workforce Board and Department of Commerce have started to receive nominations for the Governor's Best Practices Awards in Workforce and Economic Development. The deadline for submitting a nomination is September 10.

August 12, 2010

ESD COMMISSIONER TO MOVE TO SEATTLE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee announced last week that she has accepted a position as the CEO of Pioneer Human Services in Seattle. Her last day will be September 30. Read more at:

ONLINE RECIPE AVAILABLE FOR PIZZA, POP AND POWER TOOLS
A toolkit now available online can help you develop an event similar to Spokane Public Schools annual "Pizza, Pop and Power Tools" day that showcases the construction trades to female middle school students. A 2007 winner of the Governor's Best Practices Award, the hands-on awareness day engages over 400 students with participation from 12 different apprenticeships.

NATIONAL SURVEY ON BRIDGE PROGRAMS
The Workforce Strategy Center is conducting a nationwide survey on "bridge programs" which assist students in obtaining the necessary academic, employability, and technical skills they need to enter and succeed in post-high school education and training programs.

BUILDING SKILLS CONFERENCE KEYNOTE TO FOCUS ON MOTIVATION
Dr. Beverly O. Ford will speak on Motivating the Unmotivated at the next Building Skills conference, October 12-14 in Wenatchee. This conference is designed to provide skill building opportunities for front line and supervisory staff who work in the workforce development field.

August 4, 2010  

APPROPRIATIONS BILL PROPOSES KEY WORKFORCE INVESTMENTS
Last week, Senator Patty Murray announced she secured funding in a subcommittee version of the 2011 federal appropriations bill for a number of workforce investments in Washington, including projects that would be managed by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council and the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board. If the subcommittee budget is approved by Congress and signed by the President, the Workforce Board would receive $1 million to fund the next generation of Industry Skill Panels.

STUDY SHOWS THAT SECTOR INITIATIVES INCREASE WORKER EARNINGS
A six-year study claims there is compelling evidence that industry-specific training programs can increase the earnings of a range of disadvantaged populations. Public/Private Ventures, a national policy and research organization, has released Tuning In to Local Labor Markets which tracks the progress of four mature sector initiatives.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DIRECTOR MEETING WITH BUSINESSES AROUND STATE |
State Department of Commerce Director Rogers Weed will lead a presentation of the state's economy and budget followed by a discussion on key policy questions. The goal of these forums is to gain perspectives from businesses and economic development groups, local governments, and community-based organizations. The meetings will be in Longview, Tacoma, Spokane, Walla Walla and Port Angeles starting in mid-August.

DON'T FORGET BEST PRACTICES AWARDS APPLICATIONS
The deadline for the 2010 Governor's Best Practices application is September 10, 2010.

July 27, 2010

SEARCH FOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS ON CAREER BRIDGE
CareerBridge.wa.gov now allows you to search for the 250 occupations trained through registered apprenticeship programs. Now, you can learn more about how to connect with apprenticeship programs that pay you while you work and learn. Career Bridge.wa.gov is also home to the state's Eligible Training Provider List and includes detailed listings of more than 5,000 programs--from one-week training courses, to two-year associate's degrees to four-year bachelor's degrees and beyond. To learn more about this website's full potential, contact: Marina Parr.

WASHINGTON JOB OPENINGS ON THE RISE
Job openings in Washington increased for the first time in nearly three years, according to the Employment Security Department's Spring 2010 Washington Job Vacancy Survey. The most recent twice-yearly survey showed a 21 percent increase in job openings since the previous Fall 2009 survey.

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR AUGUST WA-ACTE CONFERENCE IN SPOKANE
The Workforce Board is a sponsor of the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education summer conference in Spokane, Aug. 8-11. Conference attendees will be able to learn more about Washington's career search website, CareerBridge.wa.gov, at a featured presentation and at the Workforce Board's information booth. 

July 14, 2010

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR GOVERNOR'S BEST PRACTICES AWARD
The Workforce Board and Department of Commerce have opened nominations for the 2010 Governor's Best Practices Awards in Economic and Workforce Development. Winners this year will need to demonstrate how their practice benefits both workforce and economic development. Deadline is September 10.

MOTHER'S ELOQUENT LETTER HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF CTE, WAVE AWARD
Janice Maxson of Shoreline has written the Workforce Board about how Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center's welding classes have made a difference in her son's life. Read how this amazing young man found his calling through the Skills Center and won a WAVE scholarship while battling autism.

WORKFORCE BOARD SCHEDULES JULY RETREAT

Members of the Workforce Board will gather at The Evergreen State College, July 28 and 29 for their annual retreat. An agenda for the retreat will be posted later this month. Check the Workforce Board page

July 8, 2010

TEMPORARY LAYOFF WILL CLOSE WORKFORCE BOARD OFFICE
The Workforce Board will be one of 52 state agencies closed on Monday, July 12 as a result of a temporary layoff mandated by state law. The budget saving measure temporarily lays off all Workforce Board staff for that day and 10 others during the course of the fiscal year. The Workforce Board office will be open again for business on Tuesday. 

WORKFORCE BOARD APPROVES FEDERAL CTE FUNDING & OPERATING BUDGET
At its June 24 meeting, the Workforce Board approved the distribution of federal Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education funds and the Workforce Board's agency operating budget for fiscal year 2010. Agenda and materials.

NEW WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORY PRINTED AND ONLINE
The Workforce Board has updated its Workforce Development Directory and printed copies are now available. You can always access detailed information on the 40+ Washington-based state and federally funded workforce development programs on our website. But if you would like a hard copy of this directory (copies are limited), let us know.

June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON SCHOLARSHIP WEB SITE LAUNCHES
The Washington Scholarship Coalition has launched theWashBoard.org, a new, free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse that is Washington-focused. The site is for students, as well as scholarship providers, counselors, and career specialists. For more information, visit online or contact Mary Beth Lambert, Washington Scholarship Coalition, at (206) 335-0191.

MORE EMPLOYERS TO REQUIRE SOME COLLEGE, REPORT SAYS
Between 2008 and 2018, retirements and new job creation will result in 1 million job vacancies, of which 67 percent will require some post high school education, according to a report by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. The report forecasts that the number of jobs requiring at least a two-year college associate degree will outpace the number of people qualified to fill those positions.

TRAINING FOR WORKFORCE PROFESSIONALS ENGAGED WITH REFUGEE POPULATION
The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center at Highline Community College is hosting a training session for front-line service providers and program managers seeking tools to cope with incoming refugee populations and the realities of resettlement, July 27-29.

APPRENTICESHIP COUNCIL MEETS IN TUMWATER IN JULY
The next regular quarterly meeting of the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council is July 15-16 in Tumwater.

June 10, 2010

WORKFORCE BOARD TO LEARN ABOUT RURAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will meet in Colville, June 24. The Workforce Board will hear a report on rural workforce development and a number of other business matters. Agenda and memos will be available on our website by June 17.

ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE SHOWCASE BEST PRACTICES
David Allen of McKinstry Industries and Charlie Earl of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will be the keynote speakers at the Fifth Annual Energy & Construction Sustaining Innovation Summit, June 24-25 at the Satsop campus in Elma. The event is hosted by the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology and the Center of Excellence for Construction.

WOMEN GAIN, MEN FALL FARTHER BEHIND IN POST-HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION
Women now account for a disproportionate share of the enrollments of higher-education institutions at every degree level and are likely to dominate further in the coming decade, according to a new U.S. Education Department report.

NATIONAL WORKFORCE POLICY GROUP IDENTIFIES NEED FOR LONG-TERM APPROACH
Low-skilled workers will reap the benefits of growth in the green energy economy if training targeted to them is within the context of long-term career advancement rather than short-term training and job placement, according to a study by the Workforce Strategy Center. See "A Workforce Strategy Center Discussion: Green Jobs and Community Colleges"

June 3, 2010

ONLINE DIRECTORY OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM UPDATED
The Workforce Board has updated its online directory of Washington's workforce development programs. A printed directory will be available later in the month but you can access online detailed information about the 44 programs inventoried now. To order a directory, contact Marina Parr.

WORKFORCE BOARD ENGAGED IN FEDERAL GRANT FOR STATE DATA SYSTEM
Washington will receive a $17.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to design and build a statewide integrated data system that tracks Washington student progress from early childhood education to adult employment. The Workforce Board will participate in this initiative through improving its data system for collecting performance information about private career schools and by summarizing over 10 year experience working with employment records for the benefit of other potential users. See the Governor's announcement.

FINANCIAL AID CHALLENGE: TOO FEW COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS APPLY
A new report from the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center found that millions of dollars are left on the table each year by low- and moderate-income students attending community colleges. Even though they are eligible for need-based federal financial aid, these students are the least likely to apply for funds.

PUGET SOUND ENERGY PROJECT MEETS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIREMENT
The Department of Labor & Industries announced recently that Puget Sound Energy used registered apprentices to complete at least 15 percent of the work that expanded a wind and solar power generation facility near Ellensburg. In doing so, the utility company met a new state requirement that links renewable energy development with green job training.

May 25, 2010

FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF IS NEW WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIR
Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed her former chief of staff, Cindy Zehnder, as the new chair of the Workforce Board. Ms. Zehnder succeeds Marty Brown who served as an interim chair after David Harrison retired last year. Read more about Ms. Zehnder's extensive background

GOVERNOR'S WEBSITE FEATURES CAREER BRIDGE
Workforce Board Director Eleni Papadakis urges future students to do their homework by exploring www.CareerBridge.wa.gov before they enroll in a program in an article featured on the Governor's home page.

TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE OUR "WHERE ARE YOU GOING?" CAREER GUIDE
The Workforce Board will print the 2010 edition of the Where are You Going? Career Guide this fall. This will be the first edition printed since the advent of our online career website www.CareerBridge.Wa.Gov. Make it the best ever by checking out the current career guide and give us your feedback by answering our survey questions.

May 12, 2010

STATEWIDE EMPLOYER SURVEY LAUNCHED
In the coming weeks, over 4,000 businesses in Washington will receive a written or phone survey asking about their experience and practices in trying to achieve a skilled workforce. The 2010 Workforce Board employer survey is underway.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS GRANT AND PROJECT MANAGER
The Workforce Board seeks applicants for a new project position that will manage several workforce initiatives, including two projects funded by U.S. Department of Labor grants. Applications will be accepted through June 4, 2010.

STATE BOARD SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR HOSPITAL TRAINING FUNDING
Washington's community and technical colleges_e-wkforcehospitalemployee are invited to apply for Hospital Employee Education and Training (HEET) grant funding. A successful proposal will involve a collaboration between at least one community or technical college and one labor-management partnership to enhance the accessibility of college education for hospital workers.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION SUMMIT FEATURES WORKFORCE PANEL
The Workforce Board is a sponsor of the Regional Innovation and Jobs Summit hosted by the Washington Economic Development Commission in Tacoma. 

May 5, 2010  

WORKFORCE BOARD FOCUSES ON DROPOUTS AND I-BEST
The Workforce Board meets Monday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m. in Tumwater. Among other items, the morning session includes an in-depth look at how Washington is addressing dropout prevention, intervention and reengagement as compared to national policy recommendations. The afternoon session includes an update and look at the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, a nationally recognized model being used at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. Agenda and handouts

GOVERNOR SIGNS SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING BUDGET
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a supplemental budget yesterday that closes the budget deficit through a combination of cuts, federal funding and new revenues.Workforce Development Perspective of new supplemental budget.:

2010 WAVE SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED
With budget uncertainties now resolved by the 2010 supplemental budget, the Workforce Board has announced the 2010 WAVE scholars.  Because of budget cuts, only the top scoring 2010 scholar from each legislative district will be eligible for a scholarship for the upcoming school year. The other WAVE scholars will be recognized for their achievement. See our news release:

April 28, 2010

SPOKANE SKILLS CENTER GRAPHIC ART STUDENT DESIGNS 2010 WAVE POSTER

Melanie Hoff connected her passion for drawing to commercial design work after taking a CTE class her sophomore year of high school. Now, as a Spokane Skills Center student, she designs posters, logos and clothes, including the 2010 WAVE poster. Check out her story and the design that won the 2010 WAVE poster design contest, as well as order free printed copies for next year.

ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION SUMMIT SET FOR JUNE AT SATSOP
The fifth annual Energy and Construction Summit is slated for June 25-26 at the Regional Education and Training Center at the Satsop Campus in Elma. The 2010 conference theme is Sustaining Innovation and features David Allen, executive vice president of McKinstry Company, as keynote speaker. Contact Shana Peschek at speschek@rtc.edu (425) 235-2352, ext. 2217.

HIGH TECH U COMES TO SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
With a goal of encouraging more students to pursue careers in math, science and technology, Southwest Workforce Development Council and its partners will bring High Tech U to more than 85 students in Southwest Washington this spring.

April 22, 2010

INTRACOASTAL ALLIANCE GETTING ACTIVE AS MARINE INDUSTRY BOUNCES BACK
The Intracoastal Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Industry Alliance is making a difference at a key time in the economic recovery for the maritime industry in 12 Western Washington counties. Read more about the Alliance and how the Industry Skill Panel concept and strategic funding are contributing to this important regional industry cluster.

STUDY IDENTIFIES LINK BETWEEN TRAINING AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
A new Berkeley National Laboratory study examines the workforce needs of the energy efficiency services sector, and finds the speed with which employment grows depends in part on how effectively the nation deploys training and education programs for the energy efficiency workforce.

NATIVE AMERICAN ASSET BUILDING CONFERENCE IN SPOKANE
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Native American Programs offers a conference in Spokane, June 2-3. "Asset Building: A Pathway to Economic Self-Determination" includes workshops that focus on workforce development, TANF best practices, financial education and more.

April 13, 2010

LEGISLATURE APPROVES BUDGET, WORKFORCE SYSTEM IMPACTS REVIEWED
The Legislature wrapped up business and adjourned after approving a tax package and budget yesterday. Review a summary of how the budget affects Washington's workforce development system.

GOVERNOR & SUPERINTENDENT KICK OFF RACE TO THE TOP PROCESS
Governor Chris Gregoire and Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced the start of Washington's Race to the Top application process last week by calling on all 295 school districts to sign on and participate in the federal grant competition. 

CENTRALIA COLLEGE PART OF A SMART GRID RECOVERY ACT AWARD
Centralia College was awarded almost $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to develop an online smart grid training and information portal for utilities, businesses, and consumers. The project will deliver smart grid training for utility workers in a four state region (Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon). Washington State University ($2.5 million) and Incremental Systems Corporation of Issaquah ($3.6 million) also received funding for smart grid workforce training. See Governor's announcement

BELLEVUE COLLEGE JOINS NATIONAL HEALTH IT INITIATIVE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Bellevue College nearly $3.4 million as part of a national effort to advance the widespread adoption and use of health information technology. Bellevue College is one of five regional grant recipients that will lead a consortium of colleges to create non-degree training programs that can be completed in six months or less by individuals with appropriate prior education and/or experience.

April 8, 2010

HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE LAYS OUT 2010 WORKFORCE AGENDA

Strategies for growing the state's health care workforce, and avoiding ongoing shortages in key occupations including nurses, physicians, pharmacists and physical therapists, are contained in the latest report just issued to the Governor and Legislature by the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force.

PERCENTAGE OF EMPLOYERS OFFERING MEDICAL COVERAGE CONTINUES TO DECLINE
The percentage of employers offering medical insurance continued to decline in 2009 for the fifth consecutive year, according to an annual employee-benefits report released this month by the state's Employment Security Department.

APPRENTICESHIP CONFERENCE LINES UP GOVERNOR AND SPONSORS
Governor Chris Gregoire will speak at the Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference, May 19-20, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.The Workforce Board is a sponsor of this event which will feature best practice "recipes" for apprenticeship programs serving youth and adults.

April 1, 2010  

WORKFORCE BOARD UPDATES ITS WORKFORCE SYSTEM AT A GLANCE
The Workforce Board's matrix charting workforce development program funds and services in Washington has been updated. You can see the poster online and get one mailed to you. 

FORUMS WILL FOCUS ON OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT
A series of spring employment forums will focus on, among other topics, developing strategies for serving people with the most significant barriers to employment. Sponsored by the Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, these free forums will be held in May around the state.

BUILDING A LEARNING AGENDA AROUND DISCONNECTED YOUTH
The MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy research organization, has published a new paper on promising strategies to reengage disconnected young people and improve their long-term outcomes.

March 25, 2010 

STATE RELEASES SECOND ANNUAL GREEN JOBS SURVEY RESULTS 
The second annual green jobs survey reveals there were almost 100,000 green jobs in Washington in 2009. The state's green jobs initiative isheaded up by the Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team.

SPOKANE OPENS DEDICATED YOUTH CENTER
Spokane now has a career and education center designed just for youth. Next Generation Zone is no longer the name for only Workforce Investment Act services; it is the branding for all career, education, and mentoring services offered in a separate facility next to Spokane's WorkSource Center.

PRESIDENT PROPOSES CHANGES TO EDUCATION ACT

The Obama administration has released its "blueprint" for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which would ask states to adopt college- and career-ready standards and reward schools for producing dramatic gains in student achievement.

BUSINESS WEEK SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
Washington Business Week has opened registration to its 35th summer of programs. High school students and volunteer business advisors are immersed in a week of business-world experiences that allow students to more readily connect school learning with a future career.

March 12, 2010

REGULAR SESSION ENDS, SPECIAL SESSION BEGINS
Last night, the Governor called the Legislature into special session after the regular 60-day session came to an end without agreement on how to close the $2.8 billion budget gap. Our legislative budget page was updated this week to reflect the most current budget proposals, as well as details on workforce-related bill delivered the Governor for her consideration, and we will continue to update our legislative pages throughout the special session.

OLYMPIC COLLEGE ACCREDITED FOR FOUR-YEAR DEGREES

Olympic College has announced that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has awarded bachelor degree accreditation to the college. The accreditation applies retroactive to September 2008, when Olympic College began its bachelor’s of science in Nursing.

WORKFORCE BOARD'S BRENNAN TO SPEAK AT RURAL SUMMIT
Workforce Board Economic Development Specialist Mike Brennan will be one of the speakers at a rural development conference set for March 19-20 in Moses Lake. Hosted by Washington State University Extension Horizons, in partnership with the state's Department of Commerce, the "Rural Reflections Summit" will address asset development, community leadership, public policy and economic development issues.

STUDY SHOWS NEXT GENERATION COULD BE THE MOST EDUCATED
While it's too early to be definitive, a Pew Research study shows that the generation currently 18 to 29 years old is on course to become the most educated generation in American history.

March 5, 2010

RANDY DORN & SCOTT CHENEY WILL SPEAK AT WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING
Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, a Workforce Board member, will speak about the future of K-12 education at the Workforce Board's regular meeting March 15 in Olympia. The day-long meeting also will feature a live phone conversation with Scott Cheney, staff director for Employment and Workplace Safety subcomittee of the the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Agenda and support materials

TAXPAYER BENEFIT REPORT TOPS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD AGENDA
The Higher Education Coordinating Board will hold its regular meeting March 10 in Olympia, including a meeting with its advisory council to review a Rand Corporation study on the taxpayer benefits resulting from increased educational attainment.

LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENTERS LAST WEEK OF REGULAR SCHEDULE
Today is the last day the Legislature can consider non-budget related legislation. The Legislature will spend the last week of this session reconciling legislation that is in dispute and negotiating changes to the current biennial budget. As always, you will find the latest information on workforce-related issues on our website, including updates on the supplemental budget. 

NATIONAL STUDY SAYS PRIOR LEARNING PROCESS IMPROVES ACADEMIC RESULTS
An extensive review of college educational records indicates that students who received credit for prior learning were more successful academically than their counterparts. Prior learning is a process by which many colleges evaluate for academic credit the college-level knowledge and skills an individual has gained outside of the classroom. The study comes at the same time that the Washington State Legislature has adopted Senate Bill 6357 calling for the creation of policies for awarding credit for prior work experiences.

KENNEWICK HIGH SCHOOL SENDS TEAM TO NATIONAL ENGINEERING CONTEST
For the second year in a row, Kamiakin High School in Kennewick is sending a state champion team to compete in the national Real World Design Challenge in Washington D.C. later this month. Terrance Casey is the team's coach.

February 26, 2010

HOUSE & SENATE RELEASE NEW SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET

This week, the House and Senate released a budget and tax package designed to close the state's projected $2.8 billion shortfall. You can learn about how these supplemental budget proposals affect WAVE, Worker Retraining, Navigation 101 and many other workforce-related issues on our regularly updated budget summary page.

WALLA WALLA COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAUNCHES "CAREER COACH"
Walla Walla Community College has a new website called Career Coach that blends job demand and job opening information with training programs at the college.

MORE STATES LOOKING AT ADOPTING WORK SHARE PROGRAM
At least seven state legislatures are considering creating work-share programs which provide an alternative to laying off employees. The program provides partial unemployment compensation to eligible workers whose hours have been reduced. Washington's Employment Security Department, an early program adopter, has the highest participation rate of employers and employees in the country. Learn more. 

APPRENTICESHIP CONFERENCE OUTLINES BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference has posted its breakout sessions, including "cross system"sessions designed to appeal to all attendees. The conference is May 19-20 in Tacoma.

February 19, 2010

LEARN HOW CAREER BRIDGE LINKS YOU TO OVER 5,000 PROGRAMS
Career and technical educators will discover how Career Bridge links to over 5,000 education and training programs and provides detailed performance results at the Transitions Conference, March 4-5.  To learn more about how to use CareerBridge.Wa.Gov, contact Marina Parr at mparr@wtb.wa.gov to schedule a training. 

LEGISLATIVE NEWS GROUND DAILY ON WEBSITE
Which workforce bills are still active and which ones are not? What impact will the Senate budget bill to be released early next week have on workforce training? You will find the latest workforce-related legislative information, including a list of bills and their status updated daily, on our legislative webpage.

ROLE MODELS HIGHLIGHT THIS YEAR'S WOMEN IN TRADES FAIR
Students and other attendees will be able to chat with women who worked during World War II in a variety of non-traditional jobs as part of the 31st Annual Washington Women in Trades Career Fair at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, April 30.

February 12 , 2010

WASHINGTON HEALTH CARE PARTNERSHIP SECURES RECOVERY ACT GRANT
A health care worker retraining team, headed up by the Workforce Board, has received a $5 million Recovery Act grant to provide training for low-wage health care workers, creating additional entry level health care jobs in the process. Learn more about this exciting project

ADULT WORKER STRATEGY FEATURED ON GOVERNOR'S WEBSITE
"Washington's competitive advantage may very well rest on how well Washington workers are able to realize their full potential," writes Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis in a story featured on the Governor's website:

WORKFORCE BOARD MEMBERS SPEAK TO PROJECTED SKILL GAPS
The Workforce Board issued a news release last week with quotes from members Rick Bender and Mike Hudson regarding how Washington is going to need more bookkeepers, nurses, lab technicians, and aircraft mechanics in the coming years.

GOVERNOR SAYS SYSTEM REVIEW SHOULD WAIT FOR WIA REAUTHORIZATION
Governor Chris Gregoire has announced that she would like to wait until Congress reauthorizes the federal Workforce Investment Act before proceeding with any further workforce system review.  Learn more about the review

PREMIERE APPRENTICESHIP EVENT FEATURES MIDDLE-SKILL REPORT AUTHOR
Dr. Robert Lerman, co-author of "America's Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs" headlines the Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference, May 19-20 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

February 5, 2010

CAPITOL ACTIVITY INTENSIFIES AS SESSION PROGRESS
The focus of attention shifts to floor debates in the next week and a half as the Legislature finishes its initial round of committee work. Find out what workforce development bills are moving--and which ones are not-- on our legislative page (updated daily)

E-LEARNING REPORT PROMOTES ANYTIME, ANYWHERE CURRICULUM
The final report on Workplace Digital contains eLearning best practices, recommendations on increasing student access and methods to increase the number of open course materials that deliver "anytime, anywhere" curriculum to working students.

SEA-KING WDC DIRECTOR TESTIFIES ON SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
Marléna Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, testified last month at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services hearing titled How to Save and Create Jobs.

MORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS NEED FAFSA HELP
The recession spurred more students to attend community college. But too few filled out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) in advance, delaying their ability to enroll. Read about the consequences of the enrollment surge in a new American Association of Community Colleges report.

SHORELINE CROSS-TOWN RIVALRY SPURS NATIONAL ATTENTION FOR CTE PROGRAM

It started with Shorecrest High School's video production class doing a music video and challenging their Shoreline District rival Shorewood High to top it. If national attention and YouTube viewings are any measure, Shorewood did just that. Shorewood teacher Marty Ballew and the lead student Javier Caceres have been guests on a national talk show, providing another shining example of the magic of Career and Technical Education programs. See both school videos on our YouTube channel.

January 29, 2010  

WORKFORCE BOARD IDENTIFIES SPECIFIC IN DEMAND JOBS
At this week's Workforce Board meeting, members reviewed the list of jobs projected to be in demand. The Workforce Board staff updates its Skill Gap Analysis annually.

SENATE COMMITTEE ACTS ON BUILDING BRIDGES RECOMMENDATIONS
The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee has passed dropout prevention legislation based on the Building Bridges Work Group Report. SB 6403 is now in Senate Rules Committee. To view the work group report, see: To learn more about this and other workforce legislation, see our Legislative Page.  

FEBRUARY FOCUSES ATTENTION ON CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Starting with National Job Shadow Day on Groundhog's Day (February 2) and running through National Entrepreneurship Week (February 20-27), February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. Check out the many activities that highlight CTE's role in preparing youth and adults for successful careers at: http://www.acteonline.org/ctemonth.aspx?terms=cte+month  

WASHINGTON'S RETURN ON INVESTMENT WORK FEATURED IN WEBINAR
Bryan Wilson, deputy director of the Workforce Board, participated in a webinar recently that highlights the work being done in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington to collect return on investment data on career and technical education. You can find the link to the archived webinar at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Activities_IPI.asp

PLUS 50 CONFERENCE TARGETS GROWING WORKFORCE
Workers who are over 50 are expected to grow to 22 percent of the state's workforce by 2030. At the Northwest Region Plus 50 Conference, you can learn from the state's experts on how to help this important workforce upgrade their skills and prepare for a new career. The all-day conference is at Clark College in Vancouver, February 10. Free registration at: https://sites.google.com/site/nwregionplus50conference/

January 22, 2010

JANUARY BOARD MEETING COVERS SKILL GAP, LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
The Workforce Board's first meeting of the year is January 28 at the State Investment Board Office in Olympia. The all-day meeting will include updates on the Workforce Development System Review and the 2010 legislative session as well as reports on the Workforce Board's projections regarding which mid-level skilled occupations are and will be in high demand and the status of the state's health care workforce. Agenda and materials

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ACTIVITY HEATS UP
Next week's hearing schedule includes legislation that addresses the state's competitiveness for "Race to the Top" education grants, port district job training and the Quality Education Council Recommendations. Our legislative web page.

WASHINGTON AWARDED GREEN JOBS TRAINING GRANT
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded an almost $6 million Recovery Act grant to the Washington Energy Sector Partnership, a broad-based public-private team headed by the Workforce Board. The grant will fund three Workforce Development Councils (Snohomish, Seattle-King County & Spokane) to provide training for targeted populations in high demand, professional-technical occupations needed for energy efficiency in commercial and public buildings.  

E-LEARNING REPORT PROMOTES ANYTIME, ANYWHERE CURRICULUM
A print version of the Workplace Digital Learning final report is available online. This report contains eLearning best practices, recommendations on increasing student access, and methods to increase the number of open course materials that deliver "anytime, anywhere" curriculum to working students.

NEW STAFF JOIN THE WORKFORCE BOARD
Paul Stern, formerly of the Social & Economic Sciences Research Center with Washington State University has filled an opening on the Workforce Board's research staff. Also, Joyce Ahlering, who previously worked as a policy analyst for the Washington State Senate, will join us as a policy analyst focusing on economic development issues starting February 1.

January 15, 2010

QUALITY EDUCATION COUNCIL APPROVES 2010 LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS
The Quality Education Council has issued recommendations to the 2010 Legislature regarding the process for phasing in last year's education reform bill (HB 2261).

WORKFORCE-RELATED LEGISLATION
Get the latest information on workforce-related legislation and hearings at our Legislative Report page

RICHLAND NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS REGION'S PARTNERSHIP

Featured at last year's Workforce & Economic Development Conference in Spokane, the Tri-Cities team approach to economic development is put on further display in the most recent newsletter from the City of Richland Economic Development Office. The newsletter also includes an article on WorkSource Columbia Basin.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS IDENTIFY LOCAL IMPACT OF GREEN JOB GRANTS
Three Workforce Development Councils have provided information on how the recently awarded Recovery Act green job grants will affect their communities.

STATE BUSINESS RECRUITMENT WEBSITE FEATURES WORKFORCE CONTENT
ChooseWashington.com, the website that showcases what Washington has to offer to businesses considering locating or doing business here, has gone through a makeover with a new look and updated content. Several web pages feature workforce development resources such as the Job Skills Program, Customized Training and Lifelong Learning Accounts.

WORKFORCE ALLIANCE MARKS DECADE WITH A NAME CHANGE
The Workforce Alliance, a national workforce policy advocacy organization, has become the National Skills Coalition. The new name comes with a new office location and website.

January 12 , 2010

HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE TO HEAR DROPOUT BILLS
This Friday, the House Education Committee will hear the results of Building Bridges Work Group report on recommendations to address the dropout issue as well as bills targeting dropout prevention while Executive Director Eleni Papadakis will be detailing the Workforce Board's budget priorities before the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Committee.  For more information on this and other legislative activities.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORY UNDERGOING UPDATE
Workforce Board staff is collecting information from the wide range of programs that make up our state's workforce development system for purposes of updating an online program directory and poster that illustrate the state's workforce development system. Learn more at:  

WASHINGTON SCORES RECOVERY ACT GREEN JOBS TRAINING GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a new batch of green job grants to 25 recipients across the nation, including $3.8 million to the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council in Washington and $5 million to the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which includes a partnership with Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council. See Governor's release.

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPLOYS A CALL BACK SYSTEM FOR CLIENTS
The Employment Security Department has added a telephone service that gives customers the option of being called back instead of waiting on hold, without losing their place in line. Learn more.

ERIC LIU'S GUIDING LIGHT NETWORK HOSTS "CLOSING THE GAP" CONFERENCE
The Guidling Lights Network, founded by Eric Liu who was our well-received keynote speaker at last year's conference, is hosting a weekend conference on the art of mentoring and community-building in Seattle, January 29 & 30.

January 6, 2010

WORKFORCE BOARD OFFICE OPEN ON FRIDAYS AGAIN
The Workforce Board is no longer participating in a pilot project that closes some state offices on Fridays. Office hours are now Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for holidays. As always, you will find lots of information on our website 24/7:

COMMITTEE WILL HEAR UPDATE ON STRATEGIC PLAN/WORKFORCE LEGISLATIVE PAGE ACTIVATED

The Workforce Board will report on progress made in 2009 toward achieving the state's strategic plan for workforce development (High Skills, High Wages) to the House Higher Education Committee, on January 12. We will have a complete calendar of legislative meetings involving workforce issues available on our legislative news page by Friday.

WHY STUDENTS LEAVE COLLEGE & WHAT MIGHT BRING THEM BACK

Young adults who attended college but left without graduating say their need to work and make money was a bigger factor in leaving school than tuition and other college costs, according to a survey by Public Agenda and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They also say flexible scheduling and financial aid for part-time students is as important as cutting college prices.

CONGRESS PASSES UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENSION
Last month, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 3326) containing several short-term provisions affecting the unemployment insurance program. The bill extends through February and contains an additional $25 weekly benefit, 100 percent funding for the State Extended Benefits program and a 65 percent COBRA insurance subsidy for unemployed workers. Read Department of Labor directive to states on the unemployment insurance changes.COBRA info

FOOD PROCESSOR'S EXPO OFFERS FREE ADMISSION TO EDUCATORS & STUDENTS
The annual NW Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Jan. 17 - 20 seeks job postings and resumes for its Talent Pipeline and Education Pavilion. Registration fees (but not meal costs) are waived for educators and students. See website or e-mail: expo@nwfpa.org .

 


 

 

December 22, 2009

2010 WAVE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Despite uncertainty about whether the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholarships will be funded next year due to the budget shortfall, Workforce Board staff is still encouraging students to apply for 2010 in case funding is secured during the upcoming legislative session. Student application deadline is February 5, 2010.

CAREER BRIDGE INFORMATION CARDS NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH
Handy, two-sided rack cards that provide quick tips to navigating Washington's Career Bridge website are now available in Spanish. CareerBridge.wa.gov is the new home of the Eligible Training Provider list and includes performance results of thousands of education and training programs statewide.

STUDY SHOWS MID-LEVEL SKILL CREDENTIALS GROWTH
Postsecondary education awards below the bachelor's degree constitute a large and growing segment of U.S. postsecondary credentials, according to a new report, "Changes in Postsecondary Awards Below the Bachelor's Degree: 1997-2007," from the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Education Department's statistical arm.

NATIONAL COUNCIL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ADULT EDUCATION INNOVATIONS
The National Council of State Directors of Adult Education issued a report last month highlighting examples of adult education strategies in other states (alas, Washington is not included in the review.)

December 15, 2009

STAFF SUMMARIZES GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED BUDGET EFFECT ON WORKFORCE SYSTEM
Workforce Board staff has prepared a summary of the Governor's proposed supplemental budget and its effect on workforce programs. The current proposal closes the $2.6 billion budget gap through cuts. Gov. Gregoire said she will offer a second budget in January that will restore several of the most critical programs threatened by this proposed all-cuts budget.

STATE BOARD SEEKS COLLEGES INTERESTED IN ACADEMIC I-BEST
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is seeking colleges interested in piloting an academic focused I-BEST program to improve student achievement in communication and quantitative skills.

HELP WANTED: PLEASE TAKE OUR ANNUAL WORKFORCE BOARD SURVEY
Your opinion matters to us. Please take a few minutes from your busy schedule and take our annual workforce board survey.

FINAL REPORT FROM E-LEARNING WORK GROUP RELEASED
A cross-sector work group, operating as part of the Workplace-Based Digital Initiative launched by Senate Bill 6295, has released its final report on e-Learning.

ACTE, U.S. ARMY SIGN EDUCATION MEMORANDUM
Representatives from the U.S. Army and the Association for Career and Technical Education signed an official memorandum of understanding providing a cooperative framework to increase collaboration and improve the educational experiences, postsecondary readiness and career and technical pathways for the nation's high school students.

GOVERNOR POSTPONES FINAL SYSTEM REVIEW REPORT
Last week, the Governor directed that the workforce development system review be postponed until March 31, 2010.

NATIONAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD SURVEY IDENTIFIES LABOR PERSPECTIVE
In August, the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute conducted a national survey of labor representatives who serve on the nation's 600 Workforce Investment Boards across the country. See the final report from that survey

December 8, 2009

WORKFORCE BOARD SURVEY FOCUSES ON PLANNING & RESEARCH
You can help the Workforce Board improve its services by taking a short survey seeking your satisfaction level with the range of planning, research and information sharing services.

WORKFORCE BOARD RECOMMENDS POSTPONEMENT OF WORKFORCE SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS

On December 7, the Workforce Board voted to recommend o Governor Gregoire that she extend the due date for recommendations from the Workforce Development System Review from December 15 to March 31, 2010.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SEEKS PROMISING PRACTICES
The National Association of Workforce Boards has created a Promising Practices section on its website and is actively collecting more best practices from around the country. This section features one-page descriptions of each promising practice, along with contact information.

SPOKANE CAREER AWARENESS VIDEOS FEATURE MANUFACTURING & OTHER FIELDS
The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council has produced six career awareness videos that provide information about key local industries and educational programs. The manufacturing video highlights Wagstaff and Spokane Community College which were featured in the manufacturing tour at this year's Workforce & Economic Development Conference. View all the videos on our YouTube channel.

December 2, 2009

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING WILL ADDRESS SYSTEM REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold a Special Board meeting December 7, at 9:30 a.m. at its main conference room in Olympia. Board members will discuss the recommendations generated from the Workforce System Review. For more information, contact Julie Anderson (360.753.5677).

LABOR DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES ONLINE CHALLENGE FOR BEST JOB-SEARCH TOOLS
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced an online challenge to find the best free job-search tools for connecting job-seekers with careers in promising industries. Toolmakers and developers will be allowed to present their free online job tools to workforce development experts and jobseekers for discussion, rating, and voting. The tools that receive the most votes will be shared broadly with the workforce investment system and jobseekers, and listed on government Web sites like www.CareerOneStop.org .

NEW BRIEFING PAPER LINKS CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION TO INCREASED LITERACY
A new Issue Brief by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) titled, "Career and Technical Education's Role in Adolescent Literacy," explains how career and technical education (CTE) can increase adolescent literacy engagement and achievement.

EVERETT PROGRAM TO ENLIGHTEN TEACHERS, PARENTS ON APPRENTICESHIPS
"Pathways to Apprenticeship," a day-long program that educates teachers, counselors and parents on the range of career opportunities and top-notch post-high school training available across Washington high demand industries, will be February 23, 2010, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC facility in Everett.
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November 25, 2009

PRELIMINARY WORKFORCE SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS RELEASED
The Workforce System Review, requested by Governor Chris Gregoire earlier in the fall, has produced a draft set of recommendations. The review is being conducted by the Employment Security Department and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, with participation from the Workforce Board. Comments are due on this draft by December 7 with a final report going to the governor by December 15.

WORKFORCE BOARD ENDORSES SPENDING ON WORKER RETRAINING
At its meeting November 19, the Workforce Board adopted resolutions calling on the Governor and Legislature to adjust spending priorities and legislation to meet the high demand for worker retraining. See approved motions.

COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGES FLOODED WITH RECORD ENROLLMENT
This week, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced record enrollments (nearly 9.5 percent increase) at the state's 34 community and technical colleges for fall quarter.

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS TO FILL TWO OPEN POSITIONS
The Workforce Board is looking to fill two open positions on its staff: a research investigator and a policy analyst. Details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

GREEN JOB RECOVERY ACT GRANTS AWARDED TO WASHINGTON
Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women, a Seattle-based nonprofit received a $100,000 grant for its green jobs training program and the state's Employment Security Department received a $1 million grant to combine green jobs data with existing workforce information to create a comprehensive set of tools and reports to assist job seekers and job counselors in transitioning people into green jobs. See: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/GreenJobsandWorkforceDevelopment.asp

November 17, 2009

WORKFORCE BOARD TAKES UP FULL AGENDA THIS WEEK
The Workforce Board's regular meeting is Thursday, Nov. 19 at Renton Technical College. Complete agenda and background materials.

TEST DRIVE A SOFT SKILLS ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
Featured at this year's workforce & economic development conference in Spokane, the Workforce Readiness Skills assessment program is available for viewing online. The Association of Washington Business Institute, in partnership with Learning Resources, Inc., is promoting the availability of this resource which can complement academic and technical skills assessments. For more information, contact Al Lesure.  

RACE TO THE TOP RULES RELEASED
The U.S. Department of Education has released the final rules for the Race to the Top Competition--a national competition among states for $4.35 billion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to improve education quality and results statewide. The development of the state's proposal is being monitored by Governor Gregoire, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Mary Jean Ryan--all of whom must sign the application. The first deadline is January 19, 2010. 
For detailed information about the state process.
Recent U.S. Dept. of Education rules

VIEW VIDEOS OF BEST PRACTICES AWARD WINNERS ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL
WashingtonWTB, the Workforce Board's YouTube Channel, now features videos of this year's Workforce and Economic Development Best Practices awardees. David Harrison who was bestowed the Governor's Lifetime Achievement award at the Spokane conference is also featured in a video. Best Practices Page.

November 5, 2009

WORKFORCE AND HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARDS MEET TOGETHER
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board meets Thursday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Renton Technical College. Part of the meeting will include meeting with members of the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Agenda and support materials will be available closer to the meeting. For more information, contact Julie Anderson.

TVW LINKS AND OTHER CONFERENCE MATERIALS AVAILABLE ONLINE
The 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Conference held in Spokane last week brought together 400 professionals to share ideas and listen to a wide range of speakers. The conference page contains links to TVW segments, presentations and handouts, best practices awards, the program and the registration list.

WDC SNOHOMISH COUNTY & COLLEGES AWARDED FEDERAL GRANT
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Workforce Development Council Snohomish County, in partnership with Cascadia, Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges, a grant of almost $500,000 to create and provide shorter, more compressed instructional programming, as a way of benefitting working adults and displaced workers pursuing degrees and credentials from community colleges. News release

WDCs RESPOND TO BOEING DREAMLINER DECISION
Three Workforce Development Council executive directors responded with a public pledge to continue working with the Employment Security Department and other partners to "deliver high quality workforce development services to Washington's aerospace and defense industry worker." News release

POLICY FORUM FOCUSES ON LOW-SKILLED ADULTS
Port Jobs and SkillUp Washington will host a free policy forum, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College. Featured speakers include, among others, Irwin Kirsch author of "America's Perfect Storm," Julie Strawn of the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Mark Martinez with Pierce County Building and Construction Trades Council.

October 20, 2009

WORKFORCE SYSTEM REVIEW SURVEY AMENDED
If you have taken the online survey on the Washington workforce system already, we ask that you answer one more question which has been revised to conform with the question used in the in-person focus groups. The survey and focus groups are part of a review being conducted at the request of Governor Gregoire.
Use this link if you have already taken the survey
OR
Use this if you have NOT yet taken the survey

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES BEST PRACTICES AWARDS
Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the winners of the 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Awards last week. Five projects were recognized as models of success in creating jobs, building a skilled workforce and enhancing the economy in communities around the state. The best practices awards ceremony will be the closing event of next week's Workforce & Economic Development Conference in Spokane.

OBAMA TAPS WORKFORCE BOARD MEMBER FOR HIS ADMINISTRATION
President Obama announced last week that he has nominated Lynnae Ruttledge to be his Commissioner for the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education. Lynnae is the director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for the state's Department of Social and Health Services. She also has been the department's designated representative on the Workforce Board for almost four years. White House news release:

October 13, 2009  

WORKFORCE BOARD REPORTS PROGRESS TO LEGISLATURE ON HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
The 2008-2009 annual report to the Legislature charting progress on goals outlined in High Skills, High Wages 2008-2018 is now available online. This report groups progress made in workforce development programs along eight immediate strategic opportunities outlined at the front of the plan. See:  

GOVERNOR TOURS AVIATION PROGRAM, SO CAN YOU
Gov. Chris Gregoire toured the Spokane Community College Aviation Maintenance Program, which prepares students for airframe and power plant certification last week as part of the Aerospace Summit. You can take the same tour as well as attend a Future of Aerospace session at the 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Conference, Oct. 27-29. It's not too late to register or reserve a room at state per diem rates at the Davenport Hotel. For more information, see:

REGISTER NOW FOR TRANSITIONS, LEARNING & WORK CONFERENCE
TheTransitions, Learning & Work Conference is aimed at professionals working in schools, one-stops, counseling organizations and human resource departments. Registration for the conference, which is in Lynnwood, Feb. 1, 2010, is now open.

SAVE THE DATE FOR APPRENTICESHIP CONFERENCE
The Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference will be in Tacoma, May 19-20. For more information, e-mail: Apprenticeship2010@gmail.

October 6, 2009

WORKFORCE SYSTEM REVIEW FEATURES SCHEDULED MEETINGS
A series of meetings are being held across the state in October to get public input from stakeholders about the state's workforce development system. Governor Gregoire asked for the systemwide review in August and tapped the Employment Security Department and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, together with the Workforce Board, to lead the process. A report is due to the Governor on December 1.

IMAGINATION FIRST AUTHOR WILL OPEN OCTOBER CONFERENCE
Conference Keynote Speaker Eric Liu has just released his latest book, Imagination First.  Former speech writer and policy advisor for President Clinton as well as a current member of the Washington State Board of Education, Eric has been moderating public discussions throughout the country on the importance of imagination in America's ability to compete in a global marketplace. He will open the 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Conference on October 28 in Spokane.

REPORTS, VIDEO TELL SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM STORY 
While the Summer Youth Employment Program officially ended September 30 and was not funded for the next summer, the 2009 conference in Spokane will host a discussion of the program, its benefits and its policy implications.  Also, we have gathered reports and other information about the summer youth employment program, including a cool video produced by Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, at this webpage.

September 29, 2009

SURVEY ASKS YOUR VIEW ON THE STATE'S WORKFORCE SYSTEM
Governor Gregoire has asked the Employment Security Department and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, with the participation of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, to conduct a review of Washington's workforce development system. The final report and recommendations are due to the Governor by December 1, 2009. To supplement ongoing focus groups, the review team is using an online survey. You are invited to offer your views..

RECOVERY ACT GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR ELECTRIC INDUSTRY WORKFORCE TRAINING
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the availability of $100 million in funding from the Recovery Act to support workforce training for the electric power industry. This initiative will expand job creation and career advancement opportunities associated with smart grid and electricity transmission projects and will help establish training programs for workers in the utility industry and electrical manufacturing sectors. Applicants may include, among others, colleges and universities, trade schools, and labor organizations. Applications are due by November 30, 2009.

REPORT ENDORSES STATE'S PURSUIT OF TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS
An advisory committee created by last year's career and technical education bill (SB 6377) has found that technical innovation high schools "can play an important role in closing achievement gaps, improving graduation rates and . . . will increase students' access to engaging, rigorous, and practical educational experiences." The 2009 Workforce & Economic Development Conference will feature a session on technical high schools and this report's findings. See the report now.

September 22, 2009

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS SYSTEM REVIEW AND INCENTIVE FUNDS
The Workforce Board meets Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Tyee Event Center in Tumwater at 8:30 a.m. to discuss, among other things, progress on the workforce system review requested by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Also, a panel of Workforce Development Council directors and a representative from the Employment Security Department will update the board on expanding employment and training services using state incentive money and funds from the Workforce Investment Act and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Agenda and materials

CENTER MARKS FIRST YEAR OF HELPING IMMIGRANTS RE-ENTER HEALTH CARE FIELD IN U.S.
The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center at Highline Community College celebrates its first year of operation this month. The Center offers counseling and educational programs to internationally trained health professionals living in Washington so that they may re-enter their profession in the United States. This program will be featured at a session during the October 27-29 Workforce and Economic Development Conference in Spokane.

EMPLOYER SURVEY CONTRACTOR SOUGHT FOR WORKFORCE BOARD STUDIES
The Workforce Board has issued a request for proposals for a contractor to administer two separate but related surveys that involve learning about the workforce needs and practices of a large sample of employers and measuring the satisfication of employers who have hired workforce program trainees. Proposals are due by September 28.

September 14, 2009

CTE CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON HIGH DEMAND JOBS

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education will hold the "Integration Creates High Demand Opportunities Workshop," November 5-6, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. Session topics include financial literacy, green manufacturing and construction, power and energy and more.

September 2, 2009

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2009 CONFERENCE
The 2009 Workforce and Economic Development Conference is now open for registration. The conference will be in Spokane, October 27 - 29 at the historic Davenport Hotel. Pre-conference activities include tours to manufacturers, the Fairchild Air Force Base, Sirti and WSU's Applied Sciences lab, area health care facilities and education and training facilities. Register early to secure your place at the conference. To view information on speakers, tours, hotel reservations and registration, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Conference2009.asp

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS CONTRACTOR FOR NET IMPACT STUDY RESEARCH

The Workforce Board has issued a request for proposals for a study that will evaluate short and long term impacts of 13 training programs in Washington. This net impact study contributes to the Workforce Board's biennial Workforce Training Results report. The deadline for responses is October 8, 2009. 

WOMEN VETERANS TOPIC OF SEPTEMBER CONFERENCE
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Advisory Committee is hosting the "Celebrating Women Veterans Legacy of Service Summit," Saturday, September 12th from 7:30 am to 5 pm in Tacoma. For more on this free event which will feature sessions on career planning, networking and employment, see: http://www.dva.wa.gov/women_vets.html

August 26, 2009

AUGUST DECLARED LIFELONG LEARNING LEARNING MONTH
In recognition of employers and employees signing up to participate in the Washington Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) program, Governor Chris Gregoire declared August Lifelong Learning Month. Three employers from Grays Harbor and Pacific counties were early adopters of the pilot program that allows workers to receive a match to their monthly educational savings account.

GOVERNOR CALLS FOR REVIEW OF WORKFORCE SYSTEM
Governor Gregoire has called for a new review of the workforce development system "that builds upon prior efforts for improvement and provides recommendations that will enhance the state's workforce training and services." By "prior effort", the Governor was referring to Washington Works, a review released in early 2007.

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WDC LAUNCHES NEW E-NEWSLETTER
Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council has redesigned its newsletter delivered electronically, called "Working News," providing the latest workforce development news affecting and involving Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties.

WORKSOURCE STAFF BENEFIT FROM NEW TRAINING ACADEMY
A new academy that trains frontline WorkSource staff about a variety of worker retraining and unemployment programs opened in June at the Employment Security Department's Lacey campus. The training academy rotates in new WorkSource staff during three-week sessions where they learn the nuts and bolts of programs such as the Workforce Investment Act, Training Benefits and Trade Adjustment Assistance.

August 13, 2009

STATE RECOVERY ACT WEBSITE RANKS AS ONE OF THE TOP IN THE COUNTRY
A recent survey of state American Recovery and Reinvestment Act websites, by watchdog organization Good Jobs First, rated Washington's Recovery Act website as the third best site in the country overall and the second best site for reporting highway Recovery Act projects.

EMPLOYER PARTNERSHIP FEATURED AT THE OCTOBER CONFERENCE
The 2009 Workforce and Economic Development Conference will feature Andrew Brower, executive director of The SOURCE of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This not-for profit employee-support organization was founded by area employers to help their employees receive training and move into better jobs within and across companies. This unique public-private partnership will be highlighted at the October 27-29 conference in Spokane. 

STUDY APPLAUDS STATE'S ROLE IN SHINING LIGHT ON PROMISING LOCAL/REGIONAL INITIATIVES
The state's role in linking economic and workforce development tends to work best as a support or "heat lamp" for promising regional and local initiatives, according to a three-state case study released earlier this year. Seedco, a New York-based nonprofit that conducts policy research on workforce and economic policy, has produced a "A Tale of Two Systems: Linking Economic Development and Workforce Development."

August 6, 2009

STRATEGIC PLAN REPRINT INCLUDES LINKS TO PERFORMANCE CHAPTER
The latest reprint of High Skills High Wages 2008 - 2018 includes a copy of the unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 8404 that approves and recognizes High Skills High Wages as the state's comprehensive plan for workforce training. Also included in the reprinting is a link to a new online chapter "Performance Accountability."

GOVERNOR ENDORSEMENT PROCESS ESTABLISHED FOR GREEN JOB GRANT APPLICATIONS
The Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team, co-chaired by the Workforce Board and the Department of Commerce, in consultation with Gov. Gregoire's staff, has developed a process and a set of criteria for how Recovery Act energy sector competitive grants can receive the Governor's endorsement.

2009 PRIVATE CAREER SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
The Northwest Career College Federation awarded $1,000 scholarships to 538 students from 247 high schools. The tuition award is good at any of the 48 private career colleges that are members of the Federation. The Careers That Work! Scholarship makes three $1,000 tuition scholarships available to every high school in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

July 31, 2009

SENATOR MURRAY SECURES FUNDING FOR WORKPLACE-BASED DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM
The Workforce Training Board is in line to receive funding to establish up to six regional learning laboratories for workplace-based distribution of post-high school education and training for low-wage adult workers in Washington. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray was successful in including the funding in the 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. The project involves a large public-private partnership that has been working on a workplace-based learning initiative (http://www.wtb.wa.gov/E-Learning.asp) Also, see Sen. Murray's news release.

WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Eric Liu, Seattle author and a former speechwriter for President Clinton who serves on the Washington State Board of Education, and Dr. Arun Raha, executive director of Washington's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, will be keynote speakers at the 2009 Workforce and Economic Development Conference in Spokane, October 27 - 29. Registration will open at the end of August.

TWO WASHINGTON WORKFORCE PROFESSIONALS SELECTED FOR ASPEN FELLOWSHIP
The Sector Skills Academy, operated by the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative, has selected Jamie Krause of Pacific Mountain Workforce Consortium and Lauren O'Brien of Seattle Goodwill Industries to participate in a year-long leadership academy designed to help them develop and enhance a sector-oriented approach to job training in their community. Only 26 professionals in the country were selected for this year's fellowships.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY CALCULATOR UPDATED WITH 2009 DATA

The Self-Sufficiency Calculator, a website hosted through a partnership that includes Washington's workforce development councils, has been updated to include the latest cost of living research in every county in Washington. The new expenses were calculated based on this report:f.

July 21, 2009

WEBSITE TO TRACK GREEN JOB TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS
Organizations in Washington state who are seeking a competitive green jobs grant from the U.S. Department of Labor should keep the Governor's Office informed of their plans by submitting a brief information form to the Governor's Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team. The Team is compiling a list of applicants for the Governor's office and other state agencies. The clearinghouse list will be posted on a public website, available for stakeholders to find grant partners and leverage resources. Copy of the form is at: 

WORKFORCE BOARD RESEARCH CITED IN ECONOMIC REPORT
The Workforce Board's 2008 Workforce Training Results are cited in the President's Council of Economic Advisers' latest report, "Preparing Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow." Citing performance results of Washington's Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language programs (See Pages 14 & 15), the report identifies the need to commit to investing and improving federal training programs.  Read more at

WASHINGTON MIGRANT STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM TWO LARGE FEDERAL GRANTS

Washington is among 11 states awarded 16 grants totaling just over $7.1 million by the U.S. Department of Education to help migrant students obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and then go on to either work or postsecondary education. Nearly $475,000 is headed to Heritage University in Toppenish and just over $400,000 will go to the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Yakima.

PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL FOCUSES ON COMMUNITY COLLEGES
President Obama's American Graduation Initiative calls for an additional 5 million community college graduates by 2020. The proposal targets workforce skills as well as academic learning and specifically addresses the ongoing challenge of improving completion rates.

July 9, 2009

GOVERNOR'S BEST PRACTICE AWARD NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN
The deadline for submitting a best practice nomination for outstanding workforce and economic development is Monday, July 27. Award winners will be honored during the Oct. 27-29 conference in Spokane. Get more details about the conference and nomination criteria at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Conference2009.asp 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STUDY DOES NOT INCLUDE WASHINGTON STATE EXPERIENCE
A recent New York Times article delivers a harsher verdict on the Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker program than may be justified by the U.S. Department of Labor study the article cites. The study found wide variation in results among 12 state programs (Washington was not included in the study). The study found that on average the program had positive impacts on employment and earnings, but the impact on earnings was not sufficient to conclude that the differences were due to the program. The Workforce Board has conducted very similar studies to this national study in Washington, finding a positive impact on both employment and earnings in our state. See Workforce Training Results:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE INCLUDES WORKFORCE PRESENTATION
The 18th annual Northwest Economic Development Course Aug. 16-21 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg features the Workforce Board's own Mike Brennan, who will explain what workforce development means and what resources are available at the regional and state levels. The conference is sponsored by the state's Department of Commerce (transitioning from being called the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development).

July 2, 2009

CAREER BRIDGE SITE NOW PROVIDES TRAINING RESULTS
CareerBridge.wa.gov, the new website that allows you to identify your interests, the jobs that fit those interests and the training needed to compete for those jobs, now offers performance results on many of the training programs featured on the website. To get a tour of the site by phone or to order a supply of free Career Bridge cards contact Marina Parr at mparr@wtb.wa.gov

O*NET REPORT IDENTIFIES NEW AND EMERGING GREEN OCCUPATIONS
"Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations," investigates the ways that work is changing in response to stronger consumer demand for environmentally conscious production. This new report by the O*NET (Occupational Information Network) Resource Center looks at the impact of the green economy on existing occupations and identifies new and emerging green occupations.

WORKFORCE BOARD REQUESTS FEDERAL WAIVER FOR PERFORMANCE MEASURES
The Workforce Board at its June meeting approved a request to the U.S. Department of Labor for a waiver that will reduce the number of performance measures reported by the state to comply with the Workforce Investment Act.  Once granted, the waiver will save performance measurement costs for the Workforce Board, Employment Security Department, and Workforce Development Councils. Information on this and other June board meeting actions

WIA STATE PLAN MODIFICATION SUBMITTED TO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Washington State Employment Security Department and the Workforce Board have submitted the 2007-2010 State Plan Modification for Title I-B of the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act. Included in the plan update is a separate document that describes how the WIA Recovery Act funds will be used in Washington.

June 24, 2009

WASHINGTON TEAM FOCUSES ON GREEN JOBS AND RECOVERY GRANTS
The Workforce Board and Department of Commerce (formerly CTED) are co-chairing a business, labor and government group working to fulfill the promise of House Bill 2227. This Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team is also coordinating the state's efforts to apply for U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) energy efficiency and renewable energy sector grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Just this week, DOL announced the criteria for five categories of competitive green job training grants. For more information regarding the grants, contact Martin McCallum, 360-586-0151.

HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE REVIEWS BUDGETS CUTS AND RECOVERY ACT OPPORTUNITIES
The Health Care Personnel Shortage Task, a group of business, labor, education and government created by legislation to address the current and projected shortages of health care workers in Washington, met on June 24 to review the effects of state budget cuts and opportunities posed by federal Recovery Act funds. Agenda and meeting materials.

WHITE PAPER ARGUES FOR WORKFORCE SYSTEM THAT ENCOURAGES WORKING LEARNERS
Working adults are served by a system that is overly focused on crisis intervention at the point of unemployment, and not focused sufficiently on the need for training and education, states a new paper by the national think tank, Center for American Progress. The paper offers strategies to reduce barriers to training and education for working adults.

MORE FREQUENT E-MAIL NEWS FROM SNOHOMISH WDC
Workforce Development Council Snohomish County has started sending out brief informative e-mails about its activities every two weeks. In a format that you will likely recognize, these News Briefs will bring you the latest in workforce activities in Snohomish County. Review past editions and sign up.

June 18, 2009

WORKFORCE BOARD TAKES UP FUTURE OF BASIC EDUCATION
The Workforce Board's next regular meeting is June 25 at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater, starting at 8:30 a.m. Among other topics, the Workforce Board will hear from Representatives Pat Sullivan and Skip Priest who will discuss legislation that was adopted during the 2009 session that affects the K-12 education system. See Agenda.

NEW WEBSITE EXPLORES BUSINESS INVOLVEMENT IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
The AWB Institute, an affiliate of the Association of Washington Business, has launched a new website that focuses on the training and development of high quality workers in this state. The site provides information about workforce development programs, along with resources for employers looking to enhance employee training, industry-specific information about worker training, legislative updates and more.

TEACHERS TO LEARN ABOUT AEROSPACE, ENGINEERING IN SPOKANE
Greater Spokane Inc. is hosting a series of summer workshops as part of the popular Teach the Teachers program, where educators learn first-hand about careers and how to better prepare their students for them. This summer's first workshop focuses on graphic design and kicks off June 30. Other topics include: aerospace (July 21), engineering (July 29) and manufacturing (August 5). More information:

June 11, 2009

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR GOVERNOR'S BEST PRACTICE AWARDS
The Workforce Board is seeking nominations for the Governor's Best Practice Awards as part of the 2009 Washington Workforce and Economic Development Conference, Oct. 27-29, at Spokane's Davenport Hotel. Deadline for nominations is July 27, 2009.

BOARD RECOMMENDS TO GOVERNOR SPENDING PLAN FOR WIA 10 PERCENT FUNDS
At a special meeting on June 8, the Workforce Board adopted a resolution which recommends to Governor Chris Gregoire how she might spend discretionary federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding during the next fiscal year.  On July 1, Washington will receive $56 million in Workforce Investment Act formula funds. Ten percent of these funds are available for statewide activities identified by the Governor. The Workforce Board's recommendations are not binding on the Governor.

WEBSITE WALKS YOUTH THROUGH SUMMER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION PROCESS
Youth in 11 Washington counties can determine their eligibility for the summer youth employment program using a new website thanks to a collaboration of five Workforce Development Councils. Youth, ages 14 - 24, who live in Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston or Wahkiakum Counties can determine their eligibility for the federal Recovery Act funded program and fill out an application before scheduling a visit to their area WDC.

FLEXIBLE WORK WEEK PILOT EXTENDED THROUGH SUMMER
The Workforce Board office, along with the offices of the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, will continue to be closed on Fridays as part of the Governor's pilot project to test whether a four-day work week can save energy and other costs while still maintaining quality service. The Workforce Board's office is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Some Workforce Board employees telecommute on Fridays and can be available to participate in Friday meetings.

June 3, 2009

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETINGS STAYING CLOSE TO HOME THIS YEAR
As part of the agency's efforts to trim costs in these tight budget times, the Workforce Board has relocated meetings originally scheduled this year to be in Colville, Walla Walla and Wenatchee to the Olympia area. List of currently scheduled Workforce Board meetings and locations.

SPECIAL WORKFORCE BOARD MEETINGS TO ADDRESS WIA 10 PERCENT
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold a subcommittee meeting Thursday June 4 and a special full board meeting on Monday, June 8 (Both meetings start at 1:30 p.m.). The board will use these meetings to discuss the proposed recommendations to the Governor on use of federal Workforce Investment Act 10 Percent funds. The meetings will be held in the Workforce Board's main conference room, sixth floor of the Raad Building, 128 10th Ave., S.W., Olympia. To make arrangements to listen/participate via teleconference, please contact Julie Anderson, 360-753-5677.

NEW L&I WEBSITE INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO APPRENTICESHIPS
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has a new website designed to introduce K-12 students to the world of apprenticeship. This visually attractive and well-written site covers the why, what, who and how of apprenticeships. According to a recent Workforce Board analysis, almost 80 percent of apprenticeship participants reported employment six months after leaving the program and the median annualized income for those recent participants was over $40,000.
On a related topic, you can access the latest quarterly and annual reports on the Labor and Industries Apprenticeship program at:

NEW REPORT FOCUSES ON COLLEGE DEGREE ATTAINMENT

A recent Jobs for the Future report entitled Cost, Commitment and Attainment in Higher Education focuses on college success rates among countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, suggesting that the U.S. should pay more attention to completion strategies for two and four year institutions.

AARP FREE WEBINAR FOCUSES ON JOB HUNTING STRATEGIES

AARP, a nonprofit membership organization offering services to people over 50, is offering a free one-hour webinar (June 11 at 5 p.m. PST) focusing on strategies for coping with job loss when you are over 45. The AARP also offers a free checklist with step-by-step tips and resources to help people succeed in their job search.

May 29, 2009

STATE SEEKS COMMENT ON WIA/WAGNER PEYSER PLAN
The Workforce Board and the Employment Security Department invite public comment on the updated 2009-2010 State Plan for WIA Title I-B and Wagner-Peyser until June 19. Just over $56 million in Workforce Investment Act funds will be available to the state on July 1, 2009, for services to low-income youth, adults, and dislocated workers. To qualify for these and Wagner-Peyser Act funds ($14.6 million), the state must submit an updated state plan to the U.S. Department of Labor by June 30, 2009. The modified plan includes a new section describing both adjustments to current strategies and new activities related to Recovery Act implementation. Copies and comment.

FINAL SUMMARY OF WORKFORCE-RELATED LEGISLATION AND BUDGET
Governor Chris Gregoire has completed her process for approving and vetoing the almost 600 bills and resolutions adopted by the Legislature during the 2009 session. The Workforce Board has updated its web pages describing the new budget and legislation related to workforce issues to reflect the Governor's vetoes.  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009Session.asp

RECOVERY ACT FUNDS AMERICORPS POSITIONS
Gov. Chris Gregoire has announced $3.4 million is now available for Washington under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support nearly 300 AmeriCorps service positions in local communities to help meet social needs resulting from the economic crisis. Grant recipients include Employment Security Department and the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County. Follow Washington's ARRA activities at: http://www.recovery.wa.gov/ 

FORUM WILL ADDRESS WORKING ADULT DEGREE COMPLETION
Seattle King County Workforce Education Collaborative (of which the Workforce Board is a partner) and Port Jobs, a non-profit workforce development partnership, are hosting a forum to discuss strategies to improve degree completion for working adults. Workforce Board Chair David Harrison will provide opening remarks at the three-hour morning forum, June 5 at Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College. Agenda

COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATIVE HOSTS MEETING ON BROADBAND RECOVERY ACT GRANTS Communities Connect Network, a public-private collaborative, and Microsoft invite organizations involved in expanding public access and use of techology applications to a meeting designed to foster competitive applications for federal Recovery Act dollars dedicated to broadband technology. The meeting is June 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Microsoft Redmond campus.  

May 15, 2009

GOVERNOR GREGOIRE CREATES COUNCIL ON AEROSPACE
Gov. Chris Gregoire this week signed an executive order creating the Washington Council on Aerospace. Among other responsibilities, the Council on Aerospace will coordinate and organize the related worker-training programs at Washington's community and technical colleges.

POTENTIAL COLLEGE STUDENTS FAIL TO CONNECT TO RESOURCES

A new report shows too many low-income students are missing out on college and living-wage careers because they are not using available financial resources. Difficulty accessing grants and loans is just one hurdle low-income students face, according to "Promoting Economic Mobility by Increasing Postsecondary Education." The report makes the case that workers need to go beyond a high school diploma to secure a decent job and a good life.

TRANSFORMATION FORUM ADDRESSES RECOVERY ACT
The May 12 Economic Recovery and Transformation Forum hosted by the Workforce Board through a grant with the U.S. Department of Labor offers insight on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, green jobs and the role of regional clusters. View presentations,  handouts and a special video message by U.S. Senator Patty Murray at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/RecoveryForum2009.asp

MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER NAMED WA-ACTE DIRECTOR

The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (WA-ACTE) has selected long-time agriculture education teacher Tim Knue of Mount Vernon as the association's new Executive Director. He succeeds Kathleen Lopp, who held the position for 23 years and is now Assistant Superintendent of Career and College Readiness for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

May 8, 2009  

NEW CTE BROCHURE FEATURES WORKFORCE BOARD RESEARCH
"Career and Technical Education: Invest in Success" is a handy brochure that lays out the strong financial argument for supporting and participating in career and technical education (CTE) programs. CTE participants are more likely to be employed, earn more and to satisfy employer needs, according to Workforce Board research. Free copies of the brochure are available by request using the e-mail on the brochure. Also, for complete results of the Washington Workforce Core Measures for career and technical education and other workforce programs, visit our Workforce Training Results page.

WAVE SCHOLARS HONORED AT CEREMONIES ACROSS THE STATE
Honor some of the most amazing students in Washington at the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence  (WAVE) ceremonies being held now through June 11 in locations around the state. WAVE Page .

WASHINGTON ENERGY SUMMIT DRAWS STANDING ROOM ONLY
On May 4 in Seattle, Gov. Chris Gregoire addressed business and community leaders in the energy industry and discussed the opportunities for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

NEW FEDERAL WEBSITE FEATURES DOL SERVICES AND ENCOURAGES GOING BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL
Today, President Barack Obama announced the launch of a new website that will serve as a resource for those seeking training or retraining. In making the announcement, he called on each American "to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. It can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship.  . ." The website includes a page titled:  Department of Labor Tools

May 1, 2009

WORKFORCE BOARD REVIEWS LEGISLATIVE SESSION, VETERAN PROGRAMS
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will meet May 5 at the Southwest Washington Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Training Center in Lacey. The agenda for the all-day meeting includes a panel on transitioning military into a civilian workforce, a legislative and budget review and a panel of Governor Gregoire staff discussing the allocation of the Governor's Workforce Investment Act 10 Percent funds.

BUDGET AND LEGISLATIVE SUMMARIES UPDATED FOR SINE DIE
The Workforce Board has updated its legislative page to reflect the final actions of the Legislature which adjourned April 26.

APPRENTICESHIP QUARTERLY AND ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
Washington had over 18,000 active apprentices learning and working during the 12-month period ending March 31 according to the Department of Labor and Industries Office of Apprenticeship new quarterly report. The annual report by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council is also available.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SINGLES OUT WASHINGTON I-BEST PROGRAM AS MODEL
In April 24 remarks on higher education, President Barack Obama said the United States is investing $2.5 billion in innovative initiatives like the I-BEST program in Washington state that combines basic and career skills classes to ensure that students not only complete college, but are competitive in the workforce from the moment they graduate.

TEEN SUMMER CAMPS IN HEALTH CARE, CONSTRUCTION and BUSINESS
Enrollment is still open for the summer high school youth programs developed by Washington Business Week and held at four college campuses in the state. Besides traditional Business Week, this summer includes Healthcare Week where teams of youth form clinics to develop medical response plans on a variety of national health issues. Construction Week organizes youth into general contractors that put together bids to build a commercial project. College credit is available.

April 24, 2009

VIEW THE HOUSE AND SENATE'S BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR 2009-2011
The House and Senate released details Friday surrounding the 2009-2011 operating budget, which as currently written cuts about $4 billion in state spending.

LATEST CTE NEWSLETTER FEATURES DUAL CREDIT CAPABILITIES
The latest edition of Career and College Connections, a monthly newsletter from Career and Technical Education in Washington, features an article on dual credits.

HEALTH CAREER EXPO FEATURES WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF
Workforce Board Policy Analyst Madeleine Thompson will describe how you can lock up your future with a career in health care at the Healthcare Career Expo at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 14.  Ms. Thompson also staffs the Washington State Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force which works to address the severe current and projected shortages of health care personnel in Washington. See Task Force page:

April 17, 2009

LEGISLATURE ENDORSES JOB TRAINING AND EDUCATION STRATEGY 
The state House and Senate have voted unanimously to endorse the state's comprehensive plan for workforce development, High Skills, High Wages 2008-2018. The resolution, SCR 8404, notes that the plan, developed by the Workforce Board, includes assessments of Washington's employment opportunities and skill needs and identifies more than 60 strategies for meeting the state's workforce challenges as well as the organizations responsible for making those strategies happen.

NEW PROJECTION IDENTIFIES SUPPLY AND DEMAND FOR POSTSECONDARY TRAINING
The state's current supply of workers with mid-level preparation is estimated to be only 87 percent of what will be needed in the labor market during 2011-2016, according to a new joint report of the Workforce Board, Higher Education Coordinating Board, and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The report provides projections for the need for bachelor degrees and graduate degrees as well. 

2010 WAVE SCHOLARSHIP POSTER WINNER SELECTED
Irene Jones and Kyle Kemper, graphic art students at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, have designed the next poster for the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence. Featuring five colorful figures conveying motion, the artwork was selected from nearly 70 entries submitted by art students from across Washington. To pre-order copies of the poster for the next academic year, e-mail Julie Anderson.

CREATIVE VITALITY INDEX FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AREAS
The number of architects in Spokane is growing and while the creative vitality index for eight of the 12 workforce development regions declined in 2007, the state's overall index went up. What's a creative vitality index? It's an annual measure of the economic health of the arts-related creative economy using readily available data.

April 10, 2009

WAVE AWARDS RECOGNIZE SCHOLARS FROM EACH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
The Workforce Board announced the winners of the 2009 Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholarship grants. Established by the Legislature in 1984, the WAVE awards pay undergraduate tuition for two years (six quarters or four semesters) at an accredited public or private college or university or licensed private vocational school--capped at an annual benefit of $6720.

LEGISLATORS ADOPT ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION BILL
The Legislature has approved SHB 1323, which creates a framework for coordinating workforce and economic development at the state and local levels. Sponsored by Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney, the legislation amends state law to create clarity and consistency in workforce and economic development terms, improve coordination of workforce and economic development initiatives, and focus investments on cluster-based economic and workforce development strategies. To get information on this and other workforce-related bills, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009Session.asp

REQUEST FOR CONFERENCE PROPOSALS EXTENDED
At the request from folks who have been busy with Recovery Act issues, the Workforce Board has extended the deadline for proposals for presentations at the annual Workforce & Economic Development Conference to April 28. The conference is October 27-29, 2009. For more information, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Conference2009.asp

NEW PAPER RECOMMENDS STRENGTHENING ONE-STOP CAREER CENTERS
A new Brookings Institution paper explores the role that One-Stop Career Centers play in helping the unemployed build new skills and find new jobs. One-Stops or WorkSource Centers annually provide about 15 million workers nationwide with information about available jobs, strategies to land the best possible new jobs, and the benefits and costs of enrolling in training programs. The paper cites Washington state several times as setting a positive example for action, including the Workforce Board's activities in developing "high-quality accountability systems" such as the Washington Workforce Core Measures.

April 3, 2009

2009 LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY COMING TO A HEAD
The 2009 Washington State Legislative Session has started its last month. Many bills that have not cleared specific legislative hurdles are considered inactive or dead for the rest of this session. But many other issues, including the state's two-year budget, are still very active. To review a comparison of the various proposed budgets and a summary of active legislation related to workforce development, visit our legislative page

MARLENA SESSIONS TAPPED TO HEAD UP SEATTLE-KING COUNTY WDC
The board of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has named Marlena Sessions its new chief executive officer. See press release

FEDERAL RECOVERY ACT BROADENS DEFINITION OF VETERANS AND YOUTH FOR TAX CREDITS
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act has expanded the definition of veterans and youth for purposes of receiving the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION'S REPORT FOCUSES ON INNOVATION
The Washington Economic Development Commission has released a draft of an economic development strategy that "seeks to unleash the innovation capacity of businesses, institutions and communities in our state." The report, "The Washington Innovation Economy: A New Economic Strategy for Prosperity" stresses the importance of innovation and is organized around three innovation drivers: Talent and Workforce Development; Investment and Entrepreneurship and Infrastructure.

EPA SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR BROWNSFIELDS JOB TRAINING GRANTS
The Federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a request for applications from eligible governmental entities and nonprofit organizations to provide environmental job training projects to coincide with federal recovery act job creation in the assessment, remediation, or preparation of brownfields sites for sustainable reuse. The closing date for receipt of applications is April 20, 2009.

CURRENT STATE WIA PLAN WILL BE UPDATED BY JUNE 30

On April 15, the Washington State Employment Security Department expects to notify the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) of its intent to extend the current 2007-2009 State Plan for Title I-B of the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act through June 30, 2010. In the coming months, this current plan will be modified in accordance with DOL's Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 14-08 to reflect new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act initiatives. Following a public comment period, including adoption by the Workforce Board on June 24, the modified plan will be submitted to DOL on June 30, 2009.

March 31, 2009

HOUSE & SENATE ROLL OUT PROPOSED STATE OPERATING BUDGETS
Today, ranking majority members of the Washington House of Representatives rolled out a proposed operating budget. Yesterday, the Senate also proposed a two-year spending plan. The Workforce Board has prepared a comparison of the House, Senate and Governor proposed budgets as they relate to workforce development programs and issues.

OSPI LAUNCHES NEW CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
NEWSLETTER
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has launched a public awareness campaign to inform the general public about CTE and the many career and educational doors it opens through career counseling and career-focused classes. As part of this campaign, the program sends out a monthly newsletter. March's newsletter features comments by Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis.

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK TAKING REGISTRATIONS

The Washington Business Week is accepting applications through June 5 with an Early Bird deadline of April 15. Founded by the Association of Washington Business, this summer program provides high school students with the opportunity to live on a college campus and experience a simulated work environment. Business and community sponsors subsidize a significant portion of the program's cost and additional financial assistance is available.

March 26,2009

DEADLINE FOR CONFERENCE PROPOSALS IS APRIL 13
The deadline is fast approaching for proposals from presenters and speakers for our 2009 Washington Workforce and Economic Development Conference, Oct. 27-29, at Spokane's Davenport Hotel. This conference is hosted by the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board and Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.

BUILDING SKILLS CONFERENCE FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROVIDERS
Building Skills 2009, a conference designed to provide information and skill building to frontline and supervisory staff in workforce development, is April 14 - 16 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. Workforce Board staffers will be presenting: Wes Pruitt on dropout prevention and Karen Pyle demonstating our new www.careerbridge.wa.gov site.

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHITE PAPER ENDORSES CTE
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has published a white paper on career and technical education declaring the challenge is not just getting students through high school, but also effectively engaging them during high school so they continue to postsecondary education and effectively manage their careers. The report outlines the role business can play in promoting career and technical education.

SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM PROPOSALS SOUGHT
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council seeks proposals from organizations interested in providing services for the Summer Youth Employment Program, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Deadline is April 10.

March 20, 2009

WORKFORCE WEBSITE OFFERS FREE WEBINAR SERIES ON RECOVERY FUNDS
Workforce3One, a technical assistance website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, is offering a series of webinars that provide guidance to the nation's workforce development system regarding federal funds and grants available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The series begins on Monday, March 23.

REGIONAL WORKFORCE STRATEGIC PLANS TAKING SHAPE
Washington's 12 regional Workforce Development Councils are preparing updates to their strategic plans. Final versions of the updates are due April 30. These updates are intended to ensure each plan focuses on its region's unique needs, priorities and resources as well as align with the action steps identified in the state's new strategic plan for workforce development, High Skills High Wages, 2008 - 2018. 

WORKFORCE BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING MARCH
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The Workforce  Board will hold a special meeting March 25,  3:30 p.m. to discuss and possibly take action on recommendations to the Governor on the rapid deployment of the additional Workforce Investment Act discretionary (10 percent fund) dollars available. The meeting will be in the Workforce Board's main conference room in Olympia.  For more information on how to attend the meeting, please contact Julie Anderson, 360-753-5677.

BUSINESS GROUP LAUNCHES NATIONAL WORKFORCE TASK GROUP
Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations, announced the launch of "The Springboard Project," a commission of education, business, union and government leaders with a nine-month mandate to develop recommendations on how to help American workers acquire the new skills and education needed to thrive in the 21st century.

GET THE LATEST WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LEGISLATIVE NEWS FOR WASHINGTON: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009Session.asp

March 13, 2009

WORKFORCE BOARD ADOPTS STRATEGIC CLUSTER INVESTMENT POLICY
On March 12, the Workforce Board adopted policy guidelines and criteria for identifying strategic industry clusters for workforce development. The policy, which recognizes the value of locally provided supplemental data in refining the strategic cluster list, is intended to guide policy and investment decisions for workforce education and training. See: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/StrategicClusterPolicy.asp

LEGISLATIVE DEADLINE PASSES, WORKFORCE BOARD BILLS SURVIVE
The Legislature returned to committee activity today after almost two weeks of floor action. Bills that have not been approved where they originated - either the House or Senate - will no longer be considered for passage this session unless necessary to implement the state budget. The Workforce Board's agency-request bills, including a bill that would establish closer coordination between workforce and economic development to bolster key industry clusters, survived the legislative cutoff. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009WorkforceLegSchedule.asp

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION FORECASTS CONTINUING SHORTAGE OF MIDDLE SKILLED WORKERS
A recently published paper by the Brookings Institution forecasts a "robust" demand for middle-skill workers relative to the supply of workers. While global competition challenges our labor market, the paper argues that jobs in sectors such as health care, construction, public safety and law enforcement cannot be offshored. "Given the specific nature of the skills these jobs require, middle-skill occupations will continue to provide well-paying jobs for the workers who fill them even if the broader labor markets around them are sluggish."

March 6, 2009

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING WILL ADDRESS FEDERAL RECOVERY, GREEN JOBS
This month's Workforce Board meeting will feature a telephone conversation about the federal economic recovery act with Gerri Fiala, Sen. Patty Murray's Staff Director for the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, and Crystal Bridgeman, also with the HELP Committee. The agenda for the all-day meeting schedule also includes a presentation on Green Jobs. See complete agenda and support materials

CAREER BRIDGE REPLACES ETP LIST AND DOES MUCH MORE
The Workforce Board is proud to introduce www.Careerbridge.wa.gov , our new one-stop web site that combines education and training information with career planning assistance, labor market data and more. This site combines the Eligible Training Provider (ETP) list with other education and training programs yet still allows you to search exclusively for programs on the ETP list. The site will receive a more formal launch in June when it will include performance results for many of the programs. Please let us know what you think when you visit: http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov .  

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS NEW RESEARCH MANAGER
The position calls for someone who is skilled at making research data and results accessible to policy-makers, agency stakeholders, and other interested parties, among other duties.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY CALCULATOR RECEIVES INNOVATION AWARD
NPower Seattle, an organization devoted to helping other nonprofits use technology effectively, has recognized the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County for developing the Self Sufficiency Calculator, an online financial tool. The Calculator uses research from the University of Washington to show the cost of covering a family's basic needs with no outside assistance, based on the family's unique composition and the area in which they live in Washington. It also shows subsidies and work supports (such as child care or energy assistance) for which a family might qualify. Check it out: http://www.thecalculator.org

February 27, 2009  

SPECIAL WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING SLATED NEXT WEEK
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. at the Workforce Board's main conference room, sixth floor of the Raad Building, 128 10th Ave. S.W., Olympia. At this meeting, the board is expected to take action on the rapid redeployment of the unobligated Workforce Investment Act 10 Percent funds. Most of the board members will participate by telephone. Those interested in attending or calling into the teleconference call, should contact Julie Anderson at 360-753-5677.  

WASHINGTON LAUNCHES STIMULUS WEBSITE
The Governor's office has launched a new website to provide easy access to all the state's activities regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the federal stimulus package.) The website provides links to sources of money and contact information that local governments can use to find out how to apply for funds and state and federal agency websites that contain more information about agency recovery efforts. More information, including how to apply to have projects certified by Governor Chris Gregoire, will be added soon.  See:  

GREEN JOBS, JOB SKILLS PROGRAM TO BE DISCUSSED IN COMMITTEE SESSIONS
Over the next two weeks, the House and Senate will deliberate on bills in full session. Committee activity will be limited. However, two meetings of interest include a House Community and Economic Development and Trade Committee work session on "Green Economy Jobs Initiative" on Wednesday and a House Higher Education Committee public hearing on legislation regarding the Job Skills program (SB 5554), Customized Training (SSB 5616) and Lifelong Learning Accounts (ESSB 5555) on Friday. Check status of workforce development bills before the Washington Legislature.

February 20, 2009

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES APPROVE HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
The House Higher Education Committee and the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee have approved a resolution endorsing High Skills, High Wages, 2008 - 2018, Washingtons strategic plan for workforce development. These resolutions (HCR 4403 and SCR 8404) are now in House and Senate Rules Committees. See calendar of legislative hearings on workforce issues and a list of workforce-related bills and their status.

WEBINAR ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM ON TICKET-TO-WORK
The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Employment and Training Administration are conducting a Ticket to Work Webinar for workforce development organizations considering the option of becoming an Employment Network or are currently an approved Employment Network. Under the Ticket-to-Work program, SSA issues tickets to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational goal. The webinar is Friday, February 27, 11 a.m.

WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE PLANS SHAPING UP
The Workforce Board and Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development will be issuing a call for presentations next week for a conference to be held in Spokane this October. The conference will have sessions on the policy developments and issues arising from the economic stimulus package. Please mark your calendar for October 27 - 29. See our conference page for updates and the call for presentation (when available next week).

February 13, 2009

DUAL CREDIT & DROPOUT REPORTING BILLS ON NEXT WEEK'S LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE
More bills are passing out of state Senate and House policy committees as the Feb. 25 committee deadline approaches. See calendar of legislative hearings on workforce issues and a list of workforce-related bills and their status.

NEW PERFORMANCE REPORT ON WASHINGTON WORKFORCE PROGRAMS
As Washington's performance accountability agent, the Workforce Board has produced results of 12 of the state's largest workforce programs. "Workforce Training Results 2008" offers a printed summary that is also available online along with more detailed program results.

WORKFORCE BOARD, SBCTC REPORT ON WORKPLACE-BASED LEARNING

The Workforce Board and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges have submitted a preliminary report to the Legislature on how Washington might better provider higher education access, especially to low-wage adult workers. The report details the progress of the Workplace Digital Learning Initiative launched last year at the direction of the Legislature and lists 13 key strategies for program success identified by the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University after conducting a national review of private employer workplace-based digital learning programs.

February 6, 2009

HOUSE, SENATE COMMITTEES PASS INDUSTRY CLUSTER BILL
Both House and Senate Committees have passed the Workforce Board's bill on workforce and economic development coordination (HB 1323 & SB 5048) which incorporates recommendations from the statewide industry cluster academies held last year and the Workforce Board's report "Skills for the Next Washington." A summary of 2009 proposed legislation related to workforce development.

HEARINGS ON DROPOUT LEGISLATION, FINANCIAL AID & CTE
Legislative committees will take up legislation that would: create a dropout reengagement system (SB 5805); consolidate financial aid, including phasing out the WAVE scholarship program (HB 2021); and encourage career and technical education courses at the middle school level. Our committee schedule on workforce development bills

NEW STUDY OFFERS POSSIBLE MEASURES FOR SKILL PANELS
An analysis of how to evaluate Industry Skill Panels, commissioned by the Workforce Board, recommends a set of impact and outcome evaluation measures for future skill panels and other employer partnership programs. The analysis identified that skill panels have been effective in leveraging investment, reducing job vacancies and training workers.

ACTE PAPER HIGHLIGHTS WASHINGTON LAW ON CTE ACADEMIC CREDIT
Washington is part of an emerging national trend of recognizing Career and Technical Education courses for academic credit. An Association of Career and Technical Education paper highlights findings from a state survey, describes innovative ways states and localities are employing this strategy and offers recommendations on how to effectively implement and systemize course development. Specifically, the paper cites Washington's law requiring high schools or local school districts to develop procedures to approve CTE courses for whole or partial academic credit.

January 30, 2009


SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE TAKES UP WORKFORCE BILLS
The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Committee w will hold a public hearing on the Workforce Board's three agency-request bills and a resolution endorsing "High Skills, High Wages 2008 -2018," the state's strategic plan for workforce development on Feb. 3, 10 a.m. See our legislative page for more information.

CONGRESS MOVES CLOSER TO ADOPTING STIMULUS PACKAGE
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The full U.S. Senate is expected to take up its version of the stimulus package early next week. Senator Patty Murray has announced that the Senate bill includes $55 million for job training in Washington state.

HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE TAKES UP DROPOUT LEGISLATION
The House Education Committee will hear legislation recommended by the Building Bridges Workgroup (HB 1418 & HB 1813) on Feb. 6, 8 a.m.

LILA, CUSTOMIZED TRAINING AND JOB SKILLS BILLS MOVE OUT OF COMMITTEE
This week, the state House Community & Economic Development and Trade Committee approved HB 1129 which requires the Workforce Board to establish a steering committee to develop recommendations for a statewide Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) program. Also, today, the Senate passed legislation on customized training (SB 5616) and the Job Skills program (SSB 5554).

GREEN JOB LABOR MARKET STUDY RELEASED THIS WEEK

Washington State 2008 Green Economy Jobs, a green jobs labor market study by the Employment Security Department, is now available online. The study shows an estimated total employment of 47,194 in four green core areas among private-sector employers.

January 23, 2009

HOUSE COMMITTEES TO HEAR WORKFORCE BOARD LEGISLATION
The Workforce Board's bill on workforce and economic development coordination (HB 1323) will be heard before the House Community & Economic Development & Trade Committee, Jan. 29. This meeting also will feature a Workforce Board presentation on the industry cluster-based strategy, described in Skills for Next Washington. Other Workforce Board legislation on high demand definitions (HB 1395) and the strategic plan timeline (HB 1394) will be heard by the House Higher Education Committee on Tuesday. Many other workforce topics are taken up by committees next week. See: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2009Session.asp

YOUNG ADULT WHITE PAPER IDENTIFIES KEY ELEMENTS IN SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS
Washingtons federally-funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program embodies the key elements of programmatic success advocated by the Levithan Youth Policy Network and highlighted in a Workforce Board review of best practices from around the country. In its recently released paper, Reconnecting Young Adults 18 -24, the Workforce Board advocates for an enhancement of the WIA youth program as well as setting out other recommendations. See:

POSTER ILLUSTRATES WASHINGTON'S WORKFORCE PROGRAMS
The Workforce Board has created a poster which charts the state's workforce development programs, their funding and their services. The Workforce Board maintains a comprehensive listing of programs on its website . To view the poster and order a copy of your own, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/workforcematrix.pdf

THREE WASHINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGES RECEIVE FEDERAL GRANTS

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded nearly $123 million to 68 community colleges and community-based institutions that competed successfully under the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants Initiative, including: Seattle Community Colleges, $1,919,441; Tacoma Community College, $1,941,098 and Whatcom Community College, $1,848,707.

January 16, 2009

HOUSE COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WORKFORCE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTEGRATION
Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis will participate in a work session on connecting workforce and economic development conducted by the House Community and Economic Development and Trade Committee, January 19. At that same meeting, the committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 1129 which would establish a lifelong learning account steering committee.  Also, next week, the House Education Committee will devote a work session to the Building Bridges Program, Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. The Workforce Board's legislative page has more information on these meetings and other workforce-related legislative issues.

WORKFORCE BOARD LOOKS AT JOBS MARKET AND "GI BILL"
The Workforce Boards will meet January 22 at the State Investment Board Office in Olympia. The all-day meeting will cover issues ranging from current and future job demand to a discussion about developing a "GI Bill" for Washington Workers. Materials and agenda.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE TO HEAR STATE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
The Workforce Board will present Washington's strategic plan for workforce development, High Skills High Wages 2008-2018 to the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, Jan. 21, 3:30 p.m. High Skills, High Wages 2008-2018 is now available in printed version. You can view the PRINTED VERSION online and request a copy.

SKILLS2COMPETE TO HOST PANEL TO BRIEF LEGISLATORS AND STAFF
Skills2Compete-Washington and The Workforce Alliance are hosting a panel discussion at the state capitol in the Columbia Room, January 26, 6 p.m. on its report Washingtons Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs. Panelists will discuss the importance of training Washington residents not just for high-skill jobs, but for the family-sustaining "middle-skill" jobs, which require more than high school but less than a four-year degree, and make up more than half of our economy.

January 9, 2009

WORKFORCE YEAR IN REVIEW
In an open letter to Workforce Board members and stakeholders, Executive Director Eleni Papadakis has summarized/recapped the Workforce Boards 2008 highlights in an open letter to board members.

WORKFORCE LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGE ACTIVATED
The 2009 Washington Legislature Session begins Monday. As we have in previous session, the Workforce Board will be maintaining a web page detailing the schedule of legislative committee meetings related to workforce issues and information on workforce-related legislation. The first week of session is an active one for workforce issues.

SENATE BILL INTEGRATES WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS
Senator Derek Kilmer has introduced Senate Bill 5048 that incorporates the recommendations from Skills for the Next Washington a plan for coordinating workforce and economic development at the state and local levels focusing on a cluster-based approach.

 


 

December 18, 2008
WORKFORCE SUMMARY OF GOVERNOR'S BUDGET
Governor Chris Gregoire proposed a budget for 2009-2011 that would balance the "largest budget gap in state history." The $5.7 billion shortfall was addressed through a combination of measures, including program reductions. View our brief summary of the Governor's proposed budget impact on the state's workforce development system.

TEACHING THE TEACHERS WORKSHOPS IN SPOKANE
Starting in January, Greater Spokane Incorporated will launch a new season of Teaching the Teacher workshops focused on careers in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Architecture, and Physical Therapy.

WAVE POSTER CONTEST: WHERE RIGHT & LEFT BRAIN INTERSECT
The 2009 WAVE poster contest is also underway. High school students are encouraged to submit artwork that celebrates career and technical education, and promotes the WAVE scholarship. The winning design will become the WAVE poster for 2010 and will be used as the cover for the 2010 application. The deadline is Feb. 20.

December 15, 2008
NEW INDUSTRY CLUSTER ANALYSES IDENTIFIES REGIONAL ECONOMY STRENGTHS
Professors Paul Sommers (Seattle University) and William Beyers (University of Washington), and Andrew Wenzl have completed their industry cluster analyses for Washington and for each of the 12 workforce development areas. Sommers, Beyers and Wenzl used detailed industry data to develop maps of industry clusters and tables of information that enable policy leaders to prioritize clusters for regional development purposes. The Workforce Board will review this information at its January 22, 2009 meeting.

CTE PLAYS LEAD ROLE IN CAREER GUIDANCE
The Association for Career and Technical Education's new issue brief, "Career and Technical Education's Role in Career Guidance," explores the leading role career and technical education plays in the area of career guidance and improving student success through career-development services. The paper points to the national average student/counselor ratio of 479 to 1 as indication that more needs to be done to provide students with strong career guidance.

WASHINGTON STATE IMAGINATION AWARD OPEN FOR APPLICATION
A Washington elementary school could win $5,000 in recognition of its efforts to encourage and incorporate imaginative thinking across its curriculum, from art to English to the natural sciences. Applications for the Washington State Imagination Award are being accepted until February 9.
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December 9, 2008
BUDGET CRISIS THREATENS TO WIDEN SKILL GAP
The current supply of workers trained by our community and technical colleges, and other training programs, already falls short of what employers will need to fill many family-wage jobs, according to a forecast by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Anticipated enrollment cuts as a result of the down economy will further widen the gap. See Workforce Board news release on the projected skill gap and the Workforce Board's recommendations for the 2009-11 biennial budget.

WORKPLACE-BASED DIGITAL LEARNING INITIATIVE LAUNCHED
With the support of Legislators, educators, and business and labor representatives, the Workforce Board kicked off a new initiative dedicated to expanding access to education and training to busy, working adults. The "Workplace-based Digital Learning," initiative has its roots in legislation passed last session, SB 6295.

2009 WAVE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN
The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholarship application period is open, and career and technical education students from around the state are encouraged to apply. The annual award administered by the Workforce Board pays up to two years tuition based on state university tuition rates. Two high school students and one community college student from each of the state's 49 legislative districts are eligible to win the award, for a total of 147 potential winners.

PLEASE TAKE OUR NEWSLETTER SURVEY
Already comments provided to us through our survey has improved our website by pointing out the need to reformat the tables on the Workforce Directory (done!). If you haven't taken this SHORT survey, we would be honored it you took it now: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB228HHB3EKLA
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November 26, 2008
WORKFORCE BOARD RECOMMENDS POLICY REVISIONS TO CONGRESS
At its November meeting, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board forwarded to Gov. Chris Gregoire recommendations to guide Congress as it considers new or amended federal legislation addressing workforce investment. These recommendations represent a consensus among state and local stakeholders. The Workforce Board reserved the right to comment further on the national workforce development debate.

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED
The Employment Security Department, the Workforce Development Councils and the Workforce Board have issued the Annual Report on the Workforce Investment Act, Title I-B which includes local and state highlights and accomplishments and performance results for Program Year 2007 (July 2007 through June 2008). For a printed copy of the document, contact ESD's Kathryn Scott, KScott@ESD.WA.GOV.

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON WDC SCORES STEM AWARD
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $2 million grant to the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council to help fund educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One of only five grants awarded, the funds will be used to provide a variety of career coaching, mentoring and related services in the Southwest Washington region of Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties and the Portland metropolitan area. Read about their latest STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) summit.

November 17, 2008
WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING WILL FOCUS ON LEGISLATIVE & CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will meet Thursday, Nov. 20, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Association of Washington Business, 1414 Cherry Street S.E. in Olympia. The agenda includes, among other things, recommendations on federal workforce development legislation, workforce development agency budgets, and a report and recommendations on young adult unemployment.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL JOINS THE LEGISLATURE
Tim Probst, chief executive officer of the Washington Workforce Association, was elected to represent the 17th Legislative District (Clark County) in the Washington House of Representatives. Tim will be sworn in when the state Legislature goes back into session at the start of next year.

VIEW CONFERENCE VIDEOS OF BEST PRACTICE WINNERS
You can watch the short videos that honor the five winners of the Governor's 2008 Best Practices awards through the Workforce Board website. These videos were shown at the award ceremony in September as part of the Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Conference.

November 6, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD ADVISES BASIC EDUCATION FINANCE TASK FORCE
At its special meeting October 27, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board formally recommended to the Basic Education Finance Task Force that the following components be included in basic education funding formulas: a comprehensive guidance program, improved funding for career and technical education, improved coordination and enhanced funding for at-risk students and dropouts, and additional funds to support the State Board of Education graduation requirement "CORE 24"proposal.

EMPLOYER SURVEY REPORT RESULTS AVAILABLE ON LINE
One out of three Washington employers said that their overall productivity suffered in 2007 because they had difficulty finding enough qualified workers. The Workforce Board has made available three ways to view its biennial employer survey results: statewide, by industry and by workforce development area. The survey was conducted in collaboration with the Association of Washington Business.

WDC SNOHOMISH COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW "CAREER TREES" WEBSITE
A new website that links Snohomish County residents with the education and training they need to move into, and ahead, in their careers launched in August. This interactive online tool from Workforce Development Council Snohomish County shows both students and adult job candidates how to climb a career tree in 10 industry clusters targeted as high-growth in Snohomish County.
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October 27, 2008

STRATEGIC FUND REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS RELEASED THIS WEEK
The Workforce Board will release the High Skills, High Wages Strategic Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28. Using federal Workforce Investment Act dollars reserved by Gov. Chris Gregoire, the board will award grants of up to $200,000 to Workforce Development Councils and Associate Development Organizations who have been pursuing this type of economic strategy, described in more detail in the Board's Skills for the Next Washington report. The new $850,000 grant fund is called the High Skills, High Wages Strategic Fund.

POSTIVE LONG-TERM IMPACTS OF CAREER ACADEMIES MEASURED
The MDRC report on the long-term impacts of career academies released this summer indicates that academies produce sustained earning gains averaging 11 percent over the control group. The MDRC is a a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy research organization. "Investments in career-related experiences during high school can produce substantial and sustained improvements in the labor market prospects and transitions to adulthood of youth. In fact, Career Academies are one of the few youth-focused interventions that have been found to improve the labor market prospects of young men." See the report at:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURES SIGN LANGUAGE FRONT AND CENTER
A Department of Social and Health Service Division of Vocational Rehabilitation YouTube video reinforces the importance of tapping the workforce talent of all Washingtonians as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The video is among the first public service announcements done primarily in sign language, and features David Hankinson using American Sign Language as a narrator (Steve Williams) translates the public service announcement.
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October 20, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS YOUTH ISSUES VIA CONFERENCE CALL
The Workforce Board members will convene via a teleconference call to discuss and take action on the recommendations for Basic Education funding on Monday, October 27, 2 p.m. Those interested in attending or calling into the teleconference call should contact Julie Anderson at 360-753-5677. dd

WORKFORCE BOARD PROPOSES CLUSTER LEGISLATION & MORE
At its September meeting, the Workforce Board endorsed three legislative proposals. Before these proposals can become agency-request legislation for the 2009 session, they must be reviewed by the Office of Financial Management. Two of the proposals are versions of bills that were considered last session. The other bill addresses coordinating workforce and economic development and industry cluster concepts recommended in the Board's Skills for the Next Washington report.

WORKING POOR WORKING HARD BUT STILL FALLING SHORT
The number of low-income working families nationwide has increased by almost 10 percent since 2002, according to the latest report by the Working Poor Family Project, which is now active in 24 states including Washington. The new report provides state-by-state rankings on low-income working families and other related information. For instance, the report ranks Washington fifth in the nation for its percentage of adults 18 to 64 with who have had a least some education beyond high school.
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October 13, 2008

STRATEGIC FUND TARGETS REGIONAL INDUSTRY CLUSTER EFFORTS
As part of the Governor's economic strategy, the Workforce Board will soon be investing in regional industry cluster initiatives. Using federal Workforce Investment Act dollars reserved by Gov. Chris Gregoire, the board will award grants of up to $200,000 to Workforce Development Councils and Associate Development Organizations who have been pursuing the type of economic strategy that is described in more detail in the Board's Skills for the Next Washington report. The new $850,000 grant fund is called the High Skills, High Wages Strategic Fund.

SECURITIES REGULATOR PROVIDES TIPS TO PROTECT DISLOCATED WORKERS
A job layoff can lead to even more money woes when workers are approached by companies offering faulty or even fraudulent financial advice. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has published a helpful brochure that walks dislocated workers through their financial inventory, from 401(k)s to pension benefits , to how to handle a sudden loss of income. As the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the U.S., FINRA oversees nearly 5,000 brokerage firms.

SEATTLE JOBS INITIATIVE GOES GREEN WITH HELP FROM NATIONAL GRANT
The Seattle Jobs Initiative is one of eight recipients of a 2008 Strategic Venture Fund Grant from the National Network of Sector Partners. The Seattle nonprofit received $5,000 and will proceed with work that grew out of the City of Seattle's interest in the green economy. Seattle Jobs Initiative will continue to explore the growing green economy, its impact on jobs and career pathways, labor market trends, and more.
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October 6, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD OFFICE GOES TO FOUR-1O SCHEDULE
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board office begins a new work schedule this week as part of a pilot project launched by Gov. Chris Gregoire to test whether a four-day work week can save energy and other costs while still maintaining quality service. The Workforce Board's participation in this trial means that the building it shares with another participating agency, the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, will be closed on Fridays. Workforce Board operating hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The pilot is expected to run six months; however, the office is exploring alternatives when the Legislative session begins to adequately staff this busy and significant time of the year.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON J.O.B.S. PROJECT TARGETS MANUFACTURING, HIGH TECH
With nine major companies constructing new manufacturing and high-tech facilities in Grant County in the past year and a half, a skilled workforce is more critical than ever. Enter Central Washington J.O.B.S. which has brought together businesses, cities, port districts, community colleges and more to help meet that need. A custom-made industrial skills training program, a booklet that maps out career pathways at local businesses, a job fair and employer panel, and a web site with over 3,000 local openings are all helping move workers into new careers.

NEW EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE WELCOMES RETURNING INJURED MILITARY
America's Heroes at Work, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service, was recently launched. This public education campaign focuses on the employment challenges of service members with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, and provides information and tools to help injured military personnel succeed in the workplace.
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September 29, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD ENDORSES CLUSTER-BASED STRATEGY
At its regular meeting last week, the Workforce Board adopted a plan for coordinating workforce and economic development at the state and local levels focusing on an industry cluster-based strategy. "Skills for the Next Washington" fulfills a mandate by Gov. Chris Gregoire and her economic plan, "The Next Washington" which calls for improved partnerships among workforce and economic development efforts at the state and regional levels. "Skills for the Next Washington" sets forth ways that workforce and economic development can better align resources to benefit regional industry clusters.

MURRAY INTRODUCES FEDERAL BILL EMPHASIZING PATHWAYS
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced major legislation last week that would "increase graduation rates and prepare America's next generation of highly skilled workers." The Promoting Innovations to 21st Century Careers Act would create a federal grant program for state and regional partnerships that help students move from high school to a wide array of post-secondary education options and to skilled careers. Senators Ted Kennedy, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sherrod Brown and Bernard Sanders are co-sponsors.

PIERCE COUNTY PATHWAYS TO APPRENTICESHIP AT BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Bates Technical College will play host Oct. 10 to a day-long Pathways to Apprenticeship event designed to introduce teachers, parents, school administrators and counselors to the career opportunities available through the registered apprenticeship programs of Washington state. The event is slated for the college's South Campus at 2201 South 78th St., in Tacoma. For more info or to register, contact: Kristi Grassman, (253)404-3983.

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September 22, 2008

OVER 600 ATTEND WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2008
The Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Conference in Lynnwood earlier this month attracted over 600 attendees who attended sessions on industry cluster development, innovation partnership zones, green economy and others. Special guests included Ned Hill, Mary Jo Waits and Gov. Chris Gregoire who announced this year's Best Practice award winners.
Check out the award winners.

NEW WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORY PRINTED AND ON-LINE
The Workforce Board has updated its workforce development directory, making it easier to access on the web. The directory features over 40 Washington-based workforce development programs and provides each program's purpose, history, funding, participant eligibility, and contact information. The directory offers plenty of program details for policy analysts and legislative staff, as well as eligibility and contact information for case managers and counselors.

HEALTH CARE PROVIDER SHORTAGES AND TRAINING
If you missed the joint session of the Washington House of Representatives Higher Education and Health Care committees held earlier this month, you can view the TVW video of the two-hour meeting on the web. The meeting featured a presentation by the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force Chair Michele Johnson (Chancellor Pierce College District) on the task forces most recent plan and update. The legislative committee also heard about incumbent worker training program and rural nursing education.
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September 16, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD TO ACT ON HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
The Workforce Board meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 25 at the University of Washington to discuss approving an updated High Skills, High Wages, the state's blueprint for workforce development through 2018. The board will also act on Skills for the Next Washington, which coordinates workforce and economic development.
View High Skills, High Wage
View Skills for the Next Washington


ADA REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION STUDY
Persons with disabilities, their employers and service providers are encouraged to participate in a survey to learn more about perceptions regarding job accommodation requests and provision. This online study is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education, and conducted by the University of Maryland and the DBTAC: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.

WEDA FALL CONFERENCE IN LEAVENWORTH
The Washington Economic Development Association fall conference is October 8 - 10 in Leavenworth and will feature a presentation by Workforce Board staff Mike Brennan and Carolyn McKinnon on opportunities for workforce development partnerships to support regional industry clusters.

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August 29, 2008

MARTIN BEAN OF MICROSOFT JOINS WORKFORCE BOARD
Martin Bean, a Microsoft executive, has joined the Workforce Board. He is one of the three business representatives on the board, which is noted for its balanced membership of business and labor.  Mr. Bean has nearly 20 years experience in the training and education marketplace and has held executive management roles in leading information technology organizations, including Novell, Sylvan Learning Systems, Thomson Learning, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Inc.  For more on our board members: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/AboutUs_Members.asp

 GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE SAVING PAPER, OFFERS CLOCK HOURS
The Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Conference in Lynnwood on Sept. 3 and 4 is making a special effort to reduce paper use by providing online access to handouts and schedules. Presentations will be added throughout the week. Attendees are encouraged to carpool and use hotel shuttles as well. Also, the conference has been approved for four clock hours of vocational in-service credit for teachers.   

WASHINGTON YOUTH DO WELL AT NATIONAL SKILLSUSA
Career and technical education students from Washington high schools and colleges won 19 medals at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in a wide range of competitions including Precision Machining Technology, Culinary Arts, Internetworking, and Automated Manufacturing Technology. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. For a list of winners by state, see: http://www.skillsusa-register.org/reports/medalists.aspx

August 15, 2008

PROGRESS REPORT TO LEGISLATURE ON HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
As you prepare your comments on this year’s update to High Skills, High Wages, check out the recent highlights in workforce development in the Annual Progress Report to the Legislature. Each highlight takes aim at one or more of the workforce development goals identified in the current High Skills, High Wages workforce development strategic plan.  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/HSHWAnnualReport-2007.pdf

WEBSITE FEATURES EMPLOYMENT SUCCESS STORIES
Imagine a website that honors working people with disabilities and allows you to post your own employment success story. The Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, a training and technical assistance organization primarily for the developmental disability employment community, has a website with 90 such stories and it’s growing by the day. By showing people with developmental disabilities, the website provides inspiration to other people with disabilities, employers, vocational service providers,and the community as a whole. Check it out: www.peopleworking.wikispaces.com

TWO NEW STAFF JOIN THE WORKFORCE BOARD TEAM
Carolyn McKinnon, formerly Cummins, will start with the Workforce Board, August 25 as the agency’s policy analyst for economic development. Carolyn was recruited from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges where she was an economic development policy associate.

Isabel Munoz-Colon will start with the Workforce Board on September 1 as the agency’s research manager, replacing Carl Wolfhagen who now works for the Office of Financial Management. Isabelwas previously with the Washington Department of Transportation where she oversaw the development of a new performance accountability system.
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August 7, 2008

MORE PUBLIC FORUMS ON HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES
Public forums on August 11 and August 26 will bring the latest draft of the strategic workforce development plan for Washington to six locations in Western Washington. One may be near you. The discussions at these open forums have been lively and productive. If you cannot make one of the forums, written comments are welcome as well.

HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL TASK FORCE PROGRESS REPORT
The Health Care Personnel Task Force has released its annual progress report along with an update to its plan and performance measures. Created in 2003 to address the severe current and projected shortages of health care personnel in Washington State, the 20-member task force has representatives from health care, business, labor, education and government.

WORKFORCE BOARD RETREAT
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will hold its annual retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 13 at the University of Washington Botanical Gardens Issacson Classroom in Seattle. For more information, contact Julie Anderson.

July 31, 2008

NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE CTE OPTION
Running counter to the national trend of focusing exclusively on requirements that lead to college entry, the State Board of Education, earlier this month, set new state minimum high school graduation requirements recognizing the importance of career and technical education. The "Core 24"graduation requirements allow for both career and college options unless a student specifically chooses to pursue only a career emphasis or only a college emphasis.

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES ROAD SHOW HITS WESTERN WASHINGTON
Vancouver, Olympia and Bremerton will host the next High Skills, High Wages public forum on August 11. Another forum is scheduled for August 26 for Seattle, Tacoma and Mt. Vernon. The public may participate either in person or by videoconference. Written comments are welcome as well. Meeting locations and a copy of the draft strategic workforce development plan for Washington state

YOUTHSOURCE RENTON EARNS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARD
The U.S. Department of Labor honored YouthSource Renton, a multi-agency education, employment and development center for at-risk youth, with a Recognition of Excellence Award at the national 2008 Workforce Innovations Conference in New Orleans earlier this month. The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a key funder and partner of YouthSource.

July 18, 2008

  WDC RELEASES REPORT ON STATE DEMAND FOR MIDDLE SKILLS
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and policy analysts at The Workforce Alliance state in a recently released paper that middle-skill jobs - those that require more than high school but less than a four-year degree -continue to make up half of all jobs in our state today. The paper is part of a national initiative called Skills2Compete in partnership with The Workforce Alliance-a Washington D.C.-based organization. The initiative is encouraging "America to address U.S. competitiveness in a way that includes the vast majority of America's future workers-that is, adults already in the workforce-and the largest portion of jobs in the U.S. economy-that is, jobs in the middle of the skilled labor market." 

 HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES ON TVW & TOURING EASTERN WASHINGTON
TVW taped last week's Workforce Board meeting including a staff presentation of the 2008-2018 draft of the High Skills, High Wages plan, the Workforce Board's strategic workforce development plan for Washington state. The public is welcome to comment on this draft and will have an opportunity to do it in person at a series of public forums in Eastern Washington next week. Western Washington forums will be scheduled in August. Please note the locations for the Moses Lake and Omak sites have changed.

 NEW CAREER GUIDE AVAILABLE FOR ORDERING
The 2008 edition of "Where Are You Going?" is available in print and available for download through our website. This popular 80-page publication provides a step-by-step guide for making career choices-whether you're selecting your first career or your next one. To order copies, call 360.753.5662.

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July 9, 2008

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES PUBLIC FORUMS COME TO EASTERN WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington residents have a chance to comment later this month on the 2008 draft plan of High Skills, High Wages, the Workforce Board’s strategic workforce development plan for Washington state. Meetings will be held the week of July 21 in  Spokane, Wenatchee and Yakima, with live ITV links available in Walla Walla, Omak, Moses Lake and Pasco. Get more details

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE
Reserve your seat for the Governor’s 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference in Lynnwood, Sept. 3-4. The conference features an update from Gov. Chris Gregoire on The Next Washington along with presentations on everything from the power of industry clusters to reaching unemployed youth. Sign up at: http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/economy/conference/

SENATOR MURRAY WIA LETTER PLAYS ROLE IN BUDGET PROCESS
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a 2009 workforce spending plan in late June, increasing Workforce Investment Act funding by $25 million over fiscal year 2008 levels. Prior to that decision, Senator Patty Murray of Washington joined with Senators Edward Kennedy, Barbara Mikulski, Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama and others in a letter to Senators Tom Harkin and Arlen Specter asking the committee to reject WIA cuts proposed by the administration. The appropriations bill now must go to the Senate floor for consideration. To read the letter: http://murray.senate.gov/labor/wia-letter.pdf
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July 2, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD TO MEET WITH WDC CHAIRS AND DIRECTORS
The Workforce Board will meet with Workforce Development Council chairs and directors starting at 4 p.m., July 9, at the Doubletree Guest Suites, 16500 Southcenter Parkway in Seattle. On July 10, the Workforce Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at the same location from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agenda.

CANTWELL ASKS CONGRESS TO RESTORE WIA FUNDING LOSSES
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has penned a letter to ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of job training funds that were cut during the 2008 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) rescission. The $250 million rescission required states to return unspent funds from workforce programs aimed at youth, adults and dislocated workers.

GAO STUDY HIGHLIGHTS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ONE-STOP LINKS
A new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows how community and technical colleges are integrating with one-stop career centers to better meet state workforce needs. The GAO visited 20 colleges in six states, including Washington and Oregon, to arrive at the results. Washington colleges included: Bates Technical College, Bellingham Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College District, Skagit Valley College, Tacoma Community College and Whatcom Community College. Read the report at:.

TIME LEFT TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR GOVERNOR'S AWARD
The Washington state Governor's Office invites nominations from workforce professionals for the Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Awards. Nominations are due July 15. There are three award categories, including a Workforce Best Practices Award. Awards will be presented at the Governor's 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference, Sept. 3-4, in Lynnwood.
Nomination form
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June 13, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR THREE OPENINGS
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board is seeking quality applicants for three openings: research manager, industry policy analyst and temporary research analyst. The Workforce Board is a partnership of labor, business and government dedicated to helping Washington state residents obtain and succeed in family-wage jobs, while meeting employers' needs for skilled workers. As a state agency, the Workforce Board oversees a workforce development system that includes 18 education and training programs receiving almost $900 million. For application information:http://www.wtb.wa.gov/EmploymentOpportunities.asp

BEST PRACTICES AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
The Governor's 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference award nominations will be accepted through July 15. The Governor will present the awards at this year's conference scheduled for September 3-4 in Lynnwood. Please save the date. Registration information will be coming soon. For nomination information, see: http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/economy/conference/pdf/Award_Nomination.pdf

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK PROGRAMS BEGIN
Washington Business Week launches its summer of programs designed to provide high school students hands-on experience in business, construction, health care and accounting. Programs are held throughout the state.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS FOR JUNE
Community, Trade & Economic Development released its June newsletter: http://stats.images11.com/rwcode/content.asp?SID=0&Section=245955&SiteID=10928

TEACHING THE TEACHERS WORKSHOPS
This summer, Greater Spokane Incorporated is offering workshops for teachers that focus on careers in manufacturing, law, aerospace, engineering and health care. For more information

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June 3, 2008

FALL CONFERENCE & AWARD NOMINATIONS ONLINE
A new Governor's office web page provides current information on the Governor's 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference, scheduled for Sept. 3 - 4, in Lynnwood. Nominations for the Governor's Economic and Workforce Development awards to be presented at the conference must be submitted by July 15 (yes, the deadline has been extended). This year's workforce best practice award will recognize the vital public/private partnerships necessary for success in a complicated employment market. For more, see: http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/economy/conference/

NATIONAL AWARD RECOGNIZES SPOKANE WORKSOURCE CENTER
The International Association of Workforce Professionals has selected the Spokane WorkSource center as the best one-stop career-service center in the United States - out of more than 1,800 centers nationwide. Mark Mattke, director for workforce strategy and planning at the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, attributed the recognition to how the one-stop center has "worked to consolidate assessment, education and training efforts to make it easier for employers to find the people they want, and for would-be employees to find the services they need." For more, see: http://www.wdcspokane.com/Awards.html

WOMEN MICRO ENTREPRENEUR EVENT
The Northwest Make Mine a Million $ Business Event will be June 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. The event is dedicated to helping women micro entrepreneurs grow and build sustainable businesses, create jobs and develop innovative products and services.

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May 23, 2008

GRADUATION PROPOSAL HAS CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION OPTION
The Workforce Board has endorsed proposed new high school graduation requirements that prepare students for college but also allow other career paths. The draft "Core 24" proposal by the State Board of Education details the graduation credits needed for a four-year college-track student but also provides a career and technical education (CTE) path to graduation. Unless a student selects a particular track, the default option combines both tracks. In endorsing the proposal at its May meeting, the Workforce Board suggested some additions, including allowing some courses to satisfy more than one graduation requirement and strengthening career planning requirements.
See the Workforce Board's full resolution endorsing Core 24:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/Core24adoptedmotion.pdf

GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
Nominations for the Governor's Economic and Workforce Development Awards are due by July 1. The Governor will present the awards during the 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference, Sept. 3-4. More on the conference soon.

SENATOR MURRAY ANNOUNCES NEW LABOR STAFF DIRECTOR
U.S. Senator Patty Murray has hired Gerard "Gerri" Fiala as staff director for the HELP Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. Previously, Fiala served as Director of Workforce Research at the National Center on Education and the Economy and with the Department of Labor. See Sen. Murray's press release:  http://murray.senate.gov/news.cfm?id=298007

OSPI ANNOUNCES SECONDARY I-BEST GRANT DEADLINE
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is accepting grant applications from skill centers for pilot programs that test integrated basic education and skills training (I-BEST) at the secondary school level. These pilots will allow team and co-teaching by academic, career and technical, and English-as-a second-language teachers. Application deadline is June 13. For a full copy of the announcement:  http://www.k12.wa.us/BulletinsMemos/memos2008/M025-08.doc

May 16, 2008

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES GOES TO EASTERN WASHINGTON
Discussions on the 2008 High Skills, High Wages strategic plan will shift to Eastern Washington in July. The Spokane meeting is July 22, Wenatchee's meeting will be in the morning of July 23 and Yakima in the afternoon of July 23. For more information on the process and how to participate, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Activities_HighSkills.asp

WORKER RETRAINING FUNDS OPEN TO VETERANS
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has announced that colleges may now use Worker Retraining program funds to help veterans who have separated from U.S. armed services within the last 24 months with tuition and related school expenses. Under this program, veterans are also eligible for career counseling, job search support, educational, study skills and other services. News release: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/general/n_index.aspx

SHORELINE'S CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE TO CLOSE
The Center for Manufacturing Excellence at Shoreline Community College will close its doors June 30, 2008 after five years of creating materials and opportunities that promote manufacturing careers. The center, among other activities, co-sponsored and funded the Dream It-Do It campaign. Meanwhile, Shoreline Community College is building a computer numerical control machining program with a focused I-BEST approach and is seeking a National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certified Program. For more information about the state's Centers of Excellence, contact Jim Crabbe, jcrabbe@sbctc.edu or visit.: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/College/_e-wkforcecentersofexcellence.aspx

THURSTON EDC PRESENTS 2008 ECONOMIC UPDATE
The Thurston Economic Development Council presents its "2008 Economic Update" featuring Erik Pages of EntreWorks Consulting as its guest speaker onJune 12 at the new Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. Program runs from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Contact: Crista at 360-754-6320 or register online at: http://www.thurstonedc.com/.

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May 5, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS IN SPOKANE
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will meet May 14, starting at 8 a.m. at Greater Spokane Incorporated (Spokane Chamber Main Conference room), 801 W. Riverside. The board will review, among other topics, performance measure results for major workforce programs, draft strategies for the High Skills, High Wages 2008 plan and recommendations to the Governor for how to distribute Workforce Investment Act, 10 Percent Funds. Agenda and support materials available at: http://wtb.wa.gov

WAVE CEREMONIES IN MAY AND JUNE
Regional ceremonies around the state are scheduled to honor recipients of the Washington Awards for Vocational Education. The Workforce Board notified winners last month. For a schedule of the ceremonies and more information on WAVE, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WAVEWebpagenew.asp

RUNNING START FOR THE TRADES SYMPOSIUM
On Thursday, the Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien will host the "Symposium for Incentive and Demonstration Grant Partners," featuring Best Practices on programs that lead to apprenticeship entry, including presentations by representatives from Edmonds School District's Carpenty/Construction Trades Program, Whatcom Tech Prep's Construction Careers Academy, Spokane Schools' Pre-Apprenticeship Program and others.  For more information, contact Shana Hunter at shunter@RTC.edu  or 425-235-2352 ext. 2217.

ASSET BUILDING CONFERENCE IN YAKIMA
The Washington Asset Building Coalition will hold "Building Assets, Strengthening Communities," June 4 and 5, at the Yakima Convention Center. This conference will explore ways to help individuals and families improve their financial management skills, increase their savings, and build wealth. 
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April 28, 2008

STATE CTE CAMPAIGN LOOKING FOR IDEAS
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is developing a campaign to raise awareness among teachers, counselors, students, parents, principals, school administrators, and the public about the opportunities offered by rigorous career and technical education programs. Knowing that many high school and college programs are doing a great job of promoting their individual CTE programs and high-demand careers, the OSPI team has put out a call for current and past CTE promotional materials. To share your materials and promotional campaign with this effort, contact Diane Carver at Diane.Carver@k12.wa.us.

ONLINE CALCULATOR SHOWS COST OF LIVING, SUPPORT SERVICES
A new online household expense calculator links Washingtonians with valuable work support services--including child care assistance, housing subsidies and food stamps. Launched in October 2007, the Washington State Self Sufficiency Calculator builds on a previous calculator developed by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, and allows individuals and case managers to test different strategies for achieving financial, career and education goals. Development of the site was funded by a $100,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and contributions from a partnership of Workforce Development Councils statewide and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. View the calculator at http://www.thecalculator.org/

WASHINGTON BUSINESS WEEK SETS SUMMER SCHEDULE
High school students from across the state will soon be heading to a college campus for Washington Business Week 2008, a week-long program that gives ninth through 12th graders the chance to run a business, examine workplace ethics and learn directly from career professionals. Applications are due June 6. The program is held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Gonzaga University in Spokane, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and Western Washington University in Bellingham and covers career pathways in growing fields including construction, health care, accounting and finance. Students may also earn college credits. Find out more at www.wbw.org .
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April 21, 2008

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AGREES TO ADJUST WIA TARGETS
The Department of Labor has accepted the Workforce Board's recommendation to make changes to the state's Workforce Investment Act performance targets (seven were lowered and two raised). States that miss their targets lose out on incentive money and, if missed by a lot, can be sanctioned. View DOL's official approval letter at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/DOLpeformancetargetsletter2008.pdf 

WORKFORCE WEB SITE LAUNCHES IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY
Workforce Development Council Snohomish County has launched a new web site, Blueprint 2015, which puts the spotlight on nine key industries and the associated jobs that come with them. By focusing attention on the county's top economic engines, or clusters, education and training programs can be developed to help fill those jobs, creating a skilled workforce and, it's hoped, even more jobs. View the site at www.snocoblueprint.org.

PAPADAKIS TO SPEAK TO SKILLSUSA STATE CONFERENCE
Eleni Papadakis, executive director of the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board, will speak at the opening ceremony of the SkillsUSA State Conference in Olympia, April 24-26. SkillsUSA is a student-based leadership organization that prepares students to be high performance workers. Over 500 students will compete in a wide range of events during the conference. Check out the organization and the event at http://www.skillsusawashington.org/
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April 11, 2008

Career and technical education (CTE) students awarded scholarships
Three high-achieving CTE students from each of the state's legislative districts will receive two years free tuition at a Washington public or private school of their choice from the Washington Award for Vocation Excellence (WAVE) scholarship program. View this year's scholarship winners and the new 2009 WAVE poster at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/WAVEWebpagenew.asp

New job mentorship program helps students pursue careers in health care
The Opportunity Partnership pilot program pairs community college students with role models as they study health care occupations. The pilot project was launched on both sides of the state recently. The South Central Workforce Development Council in Yakima and the Seattle King County Workforce Development Council each received $190,000 from the Workforce Board to implement the pilot program. Find out more at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/OpportunityPartnershipPressRelease.pdf

Washington workforce system highlighted in two recent reports
Two recent publications highlight workforce development activities in this state. Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization released a review of state policies that help low-skilled adults enter and succeed in college and careers. “Overcoming Obstacles, Optimizing Opportunities” cites research by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Workforce Board and identifies Opportunity Grants, industry skill panels, Centers of Excellence and the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program as models for other states. A new book published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute, "A Future of Good Jobs," highlights the Workforce Board's net impact study in identifying the merits of apprenticeship programs in Washington.

Our latest net impact study is featured in Workforce Training Results:
http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/wtr06.pdf  (Apprenticeship results are on page 22)

Find the Jobs for the Future policy paper: http://www.jff.org/

Learn more about "A Future of Good Jobs": http://www.upjohninst.org/publications/titles/fgj.html

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April 4, 2008

 GOVERNOR SIGNS SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET
The Workforce Board has updated its supplemental budget web page focusing on workforce development funding. The updates include the Governor's vetoes and accompanying messages. http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2008SupplementalBudget.asp

JOHN GARDNER FEATURED AT SNOHOMISH COUNTY ANNUAL MEETING
The Workforce Development Council Snohomish County is hosting its annual meeting April 15 at Everett Station featuring John Gardner, Washington State University vice president of economic development and extension.

NEW LICENSING REQUIREMENTS PRIMER
Get up to speed on changes to private career school regulations and what it takes to be part of the Eligible Training Provider list Wednesday, April 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien. Contact Donna at dashman@wtb.wa.gov or at 360-753-5673.  Also, the Private Vocational Career School Advisory Committee will meet April 10, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/PCS_AdvisoryCommittee_MeetingDates.asp

WEDA SPRING CONFERENCE
The Washington Economic Development Association's spring conference is April 29 to May 1 in Lynnwood.  The Conference will focus on "Leading Practices for Economic Development." 
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March 28, 2008

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING GRANTS
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will award $2.75 million in job skills grants over the next 15 months. The next round of applications is due April 23 with subsequent application rounds monthly until the state appropriation is spent. The job skills program funds industry-education partnerships that can deliver customized, short-term and job-specific training. For program guidelines and more information:http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_e-wkforcejobskillsprogram.aspx

HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES WORK BEGINS
Work groups are starting to meet and discuss the contents of the 2008 version of High Skills, High Wages, the Strategic Plan for Washington's workforce development system. Groups have formed around three broad areas: Adults, Youth and Industry. For more information on the process, support materials and information on how to participate, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Activities_HighSkills.asp.

WORKFORCE BOARD HIRES TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Bill Olfert has joined the Workforce Board to oversee the development and launch of Washington's project on Lifelong Learning Accounts (LiLA) initiative. Bill is working with a state steering committee representing business, labor, higher education, and workforce development. Learn more about LiLA at http://www.wtb.wa.gov/LiLAPressRelease.asp. Marina Parr is the Workforce Board's new communications consultant. One of her first projects is preparing the 2008 Workforce Development Directory for publication.
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March 20, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETS MARCH 27
The Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board will hold its regular meeting, Thursday, March 27, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the State Investment Board conference room, 2100 Evergreen Park Drive S.W. in Olympia. The all-day meeting includes presentations on the state’s workforce, an employer survey on hiring skilled workers and the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s master plan. For a complete agenda and supporting materials: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Agenda_MeetingAgenda.asp

STATE COLLEGES SCORE FEDERAL TRAINING GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded over $3.6 million to Washington colleges under the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants Initiative. Bellingham Technical College (BTC) will receive $1.85 million for its “Pipeline to Advanced Manufacturing Careers” project, a regional partnership with three workforce development councils, four colleges (BTC, Grays Harbor, Olympic and Peninsula) and several companies. Bellevue Community College will also receive a $1.8 million grant to expand its nursing program, add new health-care training programs, and attract new students into health care professions by reaching out to high school students, especially those from underserved populations.
For more on BTC’s grant: http://www.btc.ctc.edu/Welcome/News/BTCGrantleader.pdf

COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENGINEER WINS TEACHING AWARD
Everett Community College engineering instructor Eric Davishahl is the first community college instructor in the region to receive the American Society for Engineering Education's 2008 Outstanding Teaching Award for the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana & western Canada). He's now one of 12 regional winners eligible for the national Outstanding Teaching medal. The award committee applauded Davishahl's outstanding teaching, curriculum development, advising and educational scholarship, noting his leadership for engineering initiatives in Washington.
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March 14, 2008

 THE 2008 SESSION ENDS
The Legislature adjourned Thursday, March 13, after adopting a supplemental budget and a pile of other bills. The attention now moves to the Governor who has 20 days, excluding Sundays,  to consider whether to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature during the last week of business.  The Governor had five days to act on any bills passed earlier in the session, as she did when she signed into law the Green Jobs bill, HB 2815, on Thursday. View our update of where workforce development bills stand, including a summary of the legislatively-adopted supplemental budget from a workforce development perspective.

NEW DIRECTORY WILL LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING
The 2008 Workforce Development Directory is nearing completion. But there's still time to give us your thoughts on how to improve it. We want the directory to be your go-to guide on the many workforce training and education programs available statewide. We are looking to make this next edition of the directory more accessible and easier to use over the web.  So take a look at our current directory.  Drop us an email at mparr@wtb.wa.gov or give us a call at 360-586-8679 and let us know what you think.

SUMMER JOBS BILL PROPOSED
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced yesterday that she introduced legislation to create a summer jobs program.  As proposed, the Summer Jobs Stimulus Act of 2008 (S. 2755) would authorize $1 billion for youth activities under the Workforce Investment Act and provide 1 million jobs to young people across the country.  Sen. Murray media release.

March 7, 2008

SESSION WINDING DOWN
A green jobs bill goes to the Governor, some bills await concurrence with the other legislative body and still others are pending action in the budget.  Our list of workforce development bills can help you follow what's happening.  We will do a new update on our website by Monday noon.  See: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/BillDigest.asp

U.S. SEN. MURRAY TO HOST WORKFORCE/EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will host a roundtable discussion at the Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center in Everett, Tuesday, March 18, to explore ways to help students acquire skills needed in today's job market, while helping local businesses obtain the skilled workers they require. This is the second in a series of workforce conversations Murray is holding across the state. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 9001 Airport Road.
For more on Sen. Murray's workforce development initiative, see:  http://murray.senate.gov/news.cfm?id=287984

GOVERNOR APPLAUDS DVR'S "WAIT" REDUCTION
Using cost-cutting measures, new service delivery approaches and partnerships with other community service programs, the state's Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation slashed a lengthy waiting list for people needing employment or vocational training. The agency shrunk the waiting list from a peak of 12,250 individuals in January 2007 to zero as of mid-February. Last year, DVR helped over 1,800 individuals with disabilities get productive jobs allowing them to move toward self-sufficiency. Congratulations to Director Lynnae Ruttledge and the dedicated team at DVR.
See the Governor's press release: 
http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/news-view.asp?pressRelease=805&newsType=1 .
For more on the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, see: http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/

COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE BOARD MEETING
The State Board of Community & Technical Colleges meets March 12 and 13 in Olympia to start the process for developing the next biennial budget.  See: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/general/n_index.aspx
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February 29, 2008

HEALTH CARE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Two House committees will meet together Wednesday, March 3 to consider the confluence of health care and economic development. The House Health Care & Wellness Committee and the House Community & Economic Development & Trade Committee will conduct a work session with employers, labor representatives and health care experts to talk about access to health care and the need for more trained health care workers. Meeting starts at 9 a.m. in House Hearing Room A.

SENATE PASSES SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET
View our comparison of the Governor, House and Senate budgets from a workforce development perspective.

WASHINGTON CENTER FOR NURSING PRODUCES NURSE CAMP SCHEDULE
Learn about nursing through one of almost a dozen summer programs, compiled conveniently by the Washington Center for Nursing. Check out this flyer but do it soon. The application for summer paid internships is due March 21. Other, shorter programs have later application deadlines.

TWO WDCs AWARDED BUILDING BRIDGES GRANTS
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has selected 15 applicants to receive Building Bridges grants. This recently-authorized program nurtures partnerships that build a comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval system. The Workforce Development Council Snohomish County and the Olympic Workforce Development Council received grants.
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February 21, 2008

HOUSE BUDGET ADDRESSES WORKFORCE ISSUES
The state House Democrats released its supplemental budget yesterday. This proposed budget differs from the one proposed earlier by the Governor. For instance, the House budget includes $3 million for the Secondary Career & Technical Education bill. Also, the House budget provides $1 million for training hospital workers for high-demand health care careers which appears to replace the $3 million increase the Governor proposed for expanding nursing training.  Here's a more detailed description of the workforce development budget elements in the House proposed supplemental budget.

BEST PRACTICE PROGRAM RECEIVES $100,000 ANNUAL GRANT
A partnership between Shoreline Community College and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County was of one six partnerships nationwide selected by the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative to join a three-year demonstration project. The"Automobile Career Pathways Project" will build on Shoreline's award-winning (2007 Governor's Award for Best Practices in Workforce Development) program of combining entry-level automobile technical training with English language and basic skills to open automotive service careers to non-traditional populations.

February 15, 2008

SECONDARY CTE PAYS OFF
In proposing to eliminate all Perkins Act funding in the 2009 federal budget, the Bush administration has questioned the effectiveness of secondary CTE. Perhaps the administration should look closer at the Washington experience. Our data shows that students who complete a secondary CTE program are more likely to be employed and earn more money than those who do not. Three years after leaving secondary school, students who completed a CTE program on average earn $1,664 more per year than a student who did not. A CTE completer also generates tax revenue that exceeds the cost of the program, providing a net benefit to our tax receipts.  For information on the proposed federal budget cuts, go to: http://www.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget09/summary/edlite-section2c.html

WORKFORCE NEWSLETTER KEEPS G-P WORKERS CONNECTED
The 210 workers who lost their jobs when the Georgia Pacific Bellingham tissue mill closed in December have not lost their connection to each other or their community, thanks to a monthly newsletter designed just for them. Gary Smith, regional manager with the Northwest Workforce Development Council, said the G-P Labor Management Committee of union leaders, plant managers, and workforce and education professionals, formed as a result of the plant closure, knew that workers would need a wide-range of information at different times in the ensuing months. Delivered by e-mail and postal service, the two-page color newsletter provides a steady flow of information regarding job services, educational offerings, workshops and programs, including the G-P notification of Trade Act certification which now makes available U. S. Department of Labor Trade assistance.
December G-P Newsletter
January G-P Newsletter
February G-P Newsletter

LEGISLATURE MOVES BACK INTO A COMMITTEE SCHEDULE
After more than a week of intensive full session activities, the state House and Senate move back into committee schedule to review and take testimony on bills passed by the opposite body.  Starting Feb. 20 , there will be hearings on:  SB 6261 on Adult Youth; HCR 4408 on the HEC Board Master Plan; HB 2608 on clarifying terms such as "high demand" and the comprehensive CTE bill which has passed the House and Senate (two companion bills) without any "no" votes. Keep up with the latest on workforce development legislation, the status of the bills and the hearing schedules at:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_State_Session2006.asp

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February 8, 2008

BOARD OPPOSES BACHELOR DEGREE REQUIREMENT FOR NURSES
At its January meeting, the Workforce Board opposed a recommendation by the Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) to require that after 2020 all  newly-licensed registered nurses have a bachelor of science in nursing or higher degree or obtain one within five years to be qualified to continue working as a registered nurse in the state. The Workforce Board's opposition was based, in part, on the severe shortage of registered nurses in Washington.  In the same motion, the Workforce Board urged the WCN to include in its draft plan for nursing education strategies that would expand associated degree nursing education opportunities in Washington. Separate skill gap analyses done by both the Workforce Board and the WCN indicate that we will need to increase nursing graduates by 400 to 500 nurses per year to meet future demand. To view the resolution, staff memo and the WCN draft master plan, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Agenda_MeetingAgenda.asp and look for the nursing education agenda item.

CTED LAUNCHES E-NEWSLETTER
Congratulations to the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development which has started the International Trade and Economic Development e-newsletter.  Agency Director Juli Wilkerson, who is also a Workforce Board participating official, says the newsletter provides information about the division's efforts, and those of its many partners, to retain and attract businesses and jobs. You can view and subscribe to their newsletter at: http://stats.imageslot.com/rwcode/content.asp?SID=0&Section=200140&SiteID=10928

WEDA WINTER CONFERENCE IN OLYMPIA
The Washington Economic Development Association will hold its annual policy and winter conference in Olympia on Feb. 20 and 21. The event features, among other activities, lunch with a panel of legislators.

LEGISLATURE PASSES DEADLINE BUT NOT ALL BILLS
Following its tradition of keeping to a strict schedule for bill passage, the state legislature has cutoff any further consideration of bills that have not passed a policy committee. The "cutoff"  narrows the field of legislation. Bills of workforce development interest that are still active include the comprehensive career and technical education bill developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Workforce Board's agency-request legislation that standardizes definitions such as "high demand," and bills addressing green jobs training, work-site learning and young adult research. You can learn more about these and other bills by going to our legislative page at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_State_Session2006.asp

February 1, 2008

WORKFORCE BOARD ENDORSES MATH ELECTION PROPOSAL
Yesterday, the Workforce Board formally endorsed the direction taken by the State Board of Education (SBE), at its January meeting, in regards to how high school students can complete a third credit of math. The SBE has directed its staff to develop a draft rule, allowing students to elect to pursue an approved program of study that would replace the Algebra II requirement.  Students would instead complete mathematics coursework that furthers their approved program of study.  See the Workforce Board resolution: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/Tab8Complete.pdf

WORKFORCE BOARD STAFF MEMBER ELECTED CHAIR OF REHABILITATION COUNCIL
Martin McCallum, Workforce Board policy analyst, was elected chair of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council at its January meeting in Olympia.The counciladvises the state's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation on improving consumer satisfaction and accountability.The council’s mission is to strengthen the quality of the division's services and to increase the number of people with disabilities in the workforce. The council meets quarterly. For more information, visit its website at: http://www.wastrehabcouncil.org .  

GOVERNOR ENDORSES $3 MILLION FOR APPRENTICESHIPS
Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Tuesday that she and state legislative leaders will seek to add $3 million to this year's state budget for aerospace and technology apprenticeship programs.The Workforce Board estimates that Washington, in the next five years,is expected to produce only about one-third of the skilled workers necessary to meet industry’s demand for aircraft mechanics and technicians.

MARITIME CAREER DAY
The Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center in Seattle is hosting the 10th Annual Maritime Career Day, Thursday, Feb. 7, from 8:30 am to 3 pm.  This free event introduces secondary students and adults to career pathways and opportunities in the maritime and fishery sectors. For more information, call 206.374.4000 ext. 110 or visit www.ody.org.

LEGISLATIVE NEWS
On Feb. 5, the House Capital Budget Committee will take testimony on HB 3330, which would authorize $130 million in state bonds to finance capital improvements of skill centers, including satellite and branch campus programs for underserved populations in rural and high-density areas.

Legislative committees have passed bills addressing strategic planning, green jobs, and other topics.  To review workforce development bills and their status, go to legislative webpage: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/BillDigest.asp

January 25, 2008 Update

WORKFORCE BOARD MEETING -- The Workforce Board will meet Jan. 31 at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater.   The full-day public meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.  Agenda and support materials are available at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Agenda_MeetingAgenda.asp. Topics for this meeting include, among others, the Algebra II math requirement for high school graduation, revised rules for private career colleges, the Washington Center for Nursing’s draft plan for nursing education and a presentation on Washington’s apprenticeship program.

LAST CALL FOR PERKINS PLAN COMMENTS-- No later than Jan. 31, mail comments to Terri Colbert, Workforce Training Board, PO Box 43105, Olympia, WA 98504; or email to tcolbert@wtb.wa.gov.  Draft plan is at:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp

HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSES DEFINITION BILL -- Earlier this week, the House Higher Education Committee passed SHB 2608 which clarifies workforce and economic development terms.  An interagency work group produced this agency request bill to ensure consistent use of terms such as “cluster,” “sector” and “high demand.” The Workforce Board supported the substitute which added "apprenticeship" within the definition of “high employer demand program of study.”  The bill is now in House Rules committee. The Senate companion bill (SB 6264) will be heard on Jan. 28 by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

NEW VERSION OF HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES REPORT BILL-- Rep. Fred Jarrett has introduced HB 3210 which calls on the Workforce Board to use a 10-year planning horizon for its comprehensive plan, instead of the current two-year horizon. The House Higher Education Committee is expected to hear the bill within the next week.  Jarrett’s bill also calls for updates to the plan every four years with the first report to be completed by Dec. 1, 2008.  A previous version of the bill, HB 2596, by Rep. Deb Wallace, would have established a five-year planning horizon for the Workforce Board. After receiving testimony on HB 2596 (at the Jan. 14 Higher Education Committee meeting), Rep. Jarrett introduced this new bill with Reps. Wallace, Chase, Kenney and Seaquist as co-sponsors.   

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET WOULD BOOST HEALTH WORKFORCE SURVEY -- The Governor's 2008 supplemental budget included $323,000 for the statewide health workforce survey. These funds will be used to increase survey response rates.  In 2006, the Legislature directed the Department of Health to conduct the survey, in collaboration with the Workforce Board. Early results from the first three professions surveyed indicate more follow up will improve response rates and ensure the usefulness of the data for workforce development areas. Advocated for by the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force, the survey is intended to improve our understanding of the composition and supply of our health workforce, and to better target resources where most needed.

January 18, 2008 Update

PERKINS COMMENT DEADLINE -- The Workforce Board staff has finished its five-stop hearing tour on the draft five-year plan designed to guide the spending of federal money provided through the Carl D. PerkinsCareer and Technical Education Act of 2006. However, it is not too late to provide feedback. You have until the end of January to get your comments to Terri Colbert, program manager, Workforce Training Board, PO Box 43105, Olympia, WA 98504; or by email to tcolbert@wtb.wa.gov.  For a copy of the draft plan:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_Fed_Perkins.asp

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO TESTIFY --Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director, will testify on Monday before the Senate Higher Education Committee regarding SB 6261, “Requiring the workforce training and education coordinating board to research and evaluate work and learning programs for adult youth,” and SB 6295, “Creating workplace-based electronically distributed learning opportunities.”  Both bills are sponsored by Sen. Derek Kilmer. Eleni's handouts

GREEN COLLAR JOB BILLS --The green collar job and greenhouse gas emission bill described in our last e-mail has been introduced and will receive hearings next week. HB 2815 by Rep. Hans Dunshee will be heard before the House Ecology & Parks Committee, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1:30 p.m. SB 6516 (companion bill) by Sen. Craig Pridemore will be heard before the Senate Water, Energy & Telecommunications Committee, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) BILL--Major revisions to secondary CTE are addressed in legislation requested by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  SB 6377 sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs will be heard before the Senate Early Learning & K12 Committee, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 8 a.m. HB 2826 (companion bill) sponsored by Skip Priest gets heard before the House Education Committee, Friday, Jan. 25, 1:30 p.m.

January 14, 2008 Update

Climate Change and Green Jobs Bill -- Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced major climate change legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create clean energy jobs. Her legislation would direct the state Department of Ecology to design a regional carbon cap and trade proposal; require annual emissions reporting by all significant generators of greenhouse gases; and create new “green collar jobs” programs to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities.  The proposal directs the Workforce Boardto create pilot industry skill panels. The initiative would authorize a green-collar job training fund administered by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges(SBCTC).  A funding request would be made next session.  If approved by the Legislature, the Employment Security Department, in consultation with the Workforce Board, the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, and the Washington State University Extension Energy Program, willanalyze the current labor market and projected job growth in clean energy sectors, the current and projected skill requirements of clean energy industry employers, the wage and benefits ranges of jobs within clean energy sectors, and the education and training requirements of entry-level and incumbent workers within those sectors.  This research along with the research gathered by the industry skill panels will inform SBCTC’s grant award process for the development of new green sector education and training programs.   The House Ecology & Parks Committee is expected to discuss this proposal as part of its Climate Change work session on Friday, Jan. 18, 8 a.m.

Other workforce development legislative news:

House Bill 2596, sponsored by Rep. Deb Wallace, would extend the Workforce Board’s strategic plan time horizon to five years.  The bill was heard on, January 14, before the House Higher Education Committee.

Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Board executive director, served on a panel of speakers that will make brief presentations to the House Education Committee on “What should be the top three education priorities for the Legislature in 2008.” The meeting was Tuesday, January 15 from 1:30 - 3:30 in JLOB Hearing Room B. 

Senator Derek Kilmer has introduced legislation titled: AN ACT Relating to adult youth programs.  Senate Bill 6261 calls on the Workforce Board to “conduct research into and evaluate programs and training systems designed to provide comprehensive work and learning programs for adult youth between 18 and 24 years of age. The board shall be the primary entity responsible for this research and evaluation, but shall consult with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the higher education coordinating board, and the state board for community and technical colleges.”

Madeleine Thompson, Workforce Board policy analyst, will serve on a panel on “Financial Aid and Child Care” presenting to the House Higher Education Committee, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 8 a.m. Ms. Thompson will speak to some of the findings of the Workforce Education Financial Aid and Student Access Retention report to the Legislature. 

For a complete schedule of legislative meetings addressing issues of importance to workforce development, visit the Workforce Board’s legislative update webpage: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Policy_State_Session2006.asp

January 7, 2008

Greetings & Happy New Year:
We are beginning the new year with an experiment. With the exception of this rather lengthy first-of-the-year missive, we are going to deliver your workforce development news in briefer, but more timely, segments. We will not send you more than two e-mails a week and it will be even less frequent after session. But with the session starting, we thought sending out the news as we hear about it may be more useful to you. Please let us know what you think. You can get off our list and/or share any comments, suggestions or news items by responding to this e-mail. Thank you.
Tim Sweeney tsweeney@wtb.wa.gov Workforce Board Marketing Director

WORKFORCE BOARD AT NEW MARKET SKILLS CENTER IN JANUARY
The Workforce Board will meet Thursday, January 31 at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater. Start time will be set later this month. The board will meet in Olympia in March and Spokane in May. For more information about board meetings, agendas and schedules, go to www.wtb.wa.gov .

CAEL AWARDS WASHINGTON GRANT FOR DEMONSTRATION LILA PROJECT
Through a highly competitive process, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the Lumina Foundation selected the State of Washington to develop a program of employee-owned, employer-matched, portable accounts that can be used by workers to fund their further education and training. Similar in concept to 401(k) and Individual Development Accounts, a Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) can be started any time during a workers life to save for education and training expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment. CAEL has been developing this concept over many years, but has not been able to achieve an adequate level of scale in any state. Lumina funded CAEL to identify and support a single state to create a model statewide infrastructure. The Workforce Board will be the recipient of grant funds and the projects administrator.

Washingtons demonstration project will target the Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific and Grays Harbor region. This area was chosen because it is served by the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, a partner and major investor in the project. After the demonstration project starts, the goal is to make the program available statewide. Along with the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board and PAC Mountain, the Association of Washington Business, the State Labor Council, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, the Department of Financial Institutions, and the Health Work Force Institute will work together to develop and implement this program for Washington. For more information, contact Martin McCallum, (360) 586-0151).

NEW FUNDING LAUNCHES ADDITIONAL SKILL PANELS
The Workforce Board awarded $600,000 in start up grants to seven new industry skill panels operating in Spokane, Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason, Pacific, Skagit, Skamania, and Whatcom counties.

--The Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council will receive $90,000 to start the Building Manufacturing Competitiveness Skill Panel focusing on manufacturing workforce needs for Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason and Pacific counties. Contact: John Loyle, (360) 570-4239.
--Highline Community Colleges Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics will receive $90,000 to start a skill panel to help develop career pathways and new training programs in international trade, transportation and logistics. Contact Raegan Copeland, (206)870-4838.
--The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County will receive $90,000 to launch a Construction, Green Design, and Green Building Skill Panel to focus on the workforce needs of this rapidly growing field. Contact: Laurie Black (206) 448-0474 ext 3014.
--The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council will receive $90,000 to increase awareness of construction trade careers among middle school and high school students. Contact: Mark Mattke (509) 625-6214.
--Greater Spokane, Inc. (formerly the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce) will receive $90,000 to start the Business and Professional Services Skill Panel to address training gaps, raise awareness among students and recruit recent college graduates and young professionals. Contact: Amy Johnson, (509) 459-4119.
--The Colville Tribal Enterprises Corporation will receive up to $60,000 to establish a Colville Tribal Regional Industry Skills Panel to address the needs of the recreation and tourism industry of a five-county region in northeastern Washington. Contact: Kanie St. Paul, (509) 633-0891.
--The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council will receive $90,000 to establish the Southwest Washington Regional Advanced Manufacturing Skill Panel to work with Clark College and Lower Columbia College in defining skills gaps and develop training resources. Contact: Jerry Petrick (360) 798-4110.

A request for proposals from organizations or educational institutions that have previously organized an Industry Skill Panel closes on Jan. 11. See our website (http://www.wtb.wa.gov) for more information.

$2 MILLION GRANT TO CREATE TWO YOUTH CAREER CENTERS

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2 million to the Workforce Development Council of Seattle/King County to establish two new career and education centers for downtown Seattle and South King County. Over the next two years, the New Futures Network will serve 200 youth aged 14 to 24 who have either been involved in or at high risk of being involved in the juvenile justice system. The two new centers will provide intensive support for education and employment goals through a partnership of 10 community and government agencies. In securing the grant, the workforce council partnered with King County courts, the King County Work Training Program, Seattle Public Schools, the Puget Sound Educational Service District, YouthCare, the Minority Business Association and Tabor 100, the cities of Auburn and Federal Way, and the United Way of King County.
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GOVERNOR'S AWARD RECOGNIZES SIX INNOVATIONS IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Highlighting the value of collaboration, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board designated six partnerships as winners of the 2007 Governors Award for Best Practices in Workforce Development. David Harrison, chairman of the Workforce Board, announced the winners of the 2007 Governors Award for Best Practices in Workforce Development at the Workforce and Economic Development 2007 Leadership Conference held in Tacoma in November. The winners were selected for innovation in problem solving, collaboration with other partners, and for their results in improving the lives and businesses of participants.

The winners are:
--Automotive Training and Career Opportunities at Shoreline Community College
--Brownfields Job Training at Clover Park Technical College
--The Center of Excellence for Energy Technology at Centralia College
--Dropout prevention intervention at Sedro Woolley School District
--Construction trades day at Spokane Public Schools
--Focus on employing persons with disabilities at Clark County

For more information on the winners, including photos, visit: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2007GovernorsBestPracticeawards.asp

PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDED ON NEW DRAFT FIVE-YEAR PERKINS PLAN
The Workforce Board will conduct hearings to solicit ideas and comments on how it should spend federal money provided through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. A draft five-year plan can be viewed at www.wtb.wa.gov .
--Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.
--Yakima Community College, S. 16th & Nob Hill Blvd., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008.
--Lower Columbia Community College, 1600 Maple Street in Longview, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
--Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Avenue W. in Lynnwood, Monday, Jan. 14, 2008.
--Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008.

All meetings will allow comment between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Written comment should be sent, no later than Jan. 16, to: Terri Colbert, Workforce Training Board, PO Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504; or by email to tcolbert@wtb.wa.gov .

WORKFORCE LEGISLATION WILL CLARIFY DEFINITIONS
The Workforce Board is proposing that the legislature adopt a handful of amendments that will make the use of the terms high demand, sector and cluster more consistent in state law. A work group of various state agencies agreed on consistent definitions for these terms after it was discovered that stakeholders were interpreting and using the terms differently. For a copy of the legislation and updates on other legislation affecting workforce development issues, visit www.wtb.wa.gov . Next week, we will e-mail you with more information about other bills expected during the 2008.

FIRST CTE TEACHER AS TEACHER OF THE YEAR
As best as we can tell, when Laura Jones, a Pasco High School teacher, accepted the state's Teacher of the Year award in the fall of 2007, she became the first CTE teacher to ever win that distinction. In a newspaper article, Pasco High School Principal Barbara Mannion said that Ms. Jones will not leave any stone unturned or any barrier to come in between the child and the child's success." Jones has an "absolute desire to see the success for every child." Jones, 38, who worked professionally in marketing and public relations, is in her 12th year of teaching. At Pasco High, she teaches marketing and specialty-foods marketing, and runs the schools DECA chapter, an international association of marketing students. She also helps students run the school store. She earned her teaching certification from Central Washington University and her master's degree in education from Heritage University. As Washingtons Teacher of the Year, Jones will travel around the state, serving as an ambassador for the profession. She will represent Washington in the national Teacher of the Year competition later in 2008.

NEW FACES ON WORKFORCE BOARD AND STAFF
The board will start this year with two new board members: Creigh H. Agnew, vice-president of Government Affairs and Corporate Contributions for Weyerhaeuser Company and Juli Wilkerson, director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development. In the last half of 2007, Cathy Hollingsworth, Carol Nix, and Tim Sweeney joined the workforce board staff.

SKILLS FOR THE NEXT WASHINGTON: A CLUSTER-BASED ECONOMIC PLAN
The Workforce Board, in collaboration with its economic and workforce development partners, has developed a draft plan for coordinating workforce and economic development at the state and local levels focusing on a cluster-based approach. An industry cluster is a geographic concentration of interdependent competitive firms that do business with each other, including firms that sell inside and outside of the geographic region as well as firms and institutions that support this economic activity. For a copy of the draft plan, see: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/SkillsfortheNextWashington.asp

FEBRUARY IS CTE MONTH
February is Career and Technical Education month. The festivities begin with National Job Shadow Day, Feb. 1, which will launch a year-long initiative that intends to provide youth an up-close look at the world of work. For more information about other activities associated with CTE month, visit the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education website: http://www.wa-acte.org/about.html

WAVE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE
Applications for 2008 WAVE Scholarships need to be in to the Workforce Board by Feb. 28. We recommend that high schools, skills centers, and community/technical colleges have their students get their applications into them by Feb.15 to allow time to meet that deadline. Students who have excelled in career and technical education can receive a scholarship that will cover up to four semesters or six quarters of undergraduate, postsecondary education. Up to three students per legislative district can win a scholarship. Award winners will be announced in April. For more information, go to: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/QuestionsandAnswers.asp or call Julie Anderson, (360) 753-5677 or Terri Colbert, (360) 753-5680.

DESIGN THE 2009 WAVE SCHOLARSHIP POSTER
The Workforce Board is holding its second annual poster design competition for its WAVE scholarship program. Competition is open to any Washington state high school junior or senior. Entries must be submitted by February 15, 2008. View the 2007 WAVE poster, designed by Henry M. Jackson High School graduate Josh Gillis, on the Workforce Board website: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/2007WAVEPosterandPosterDesigner.asp

CONFERENCE CALENDAR
--The Transitions, Learning & Work Conference, sponsored by the Center for Learning Connections and Washington Occupational Information System will be Feb. 4 & 5, at the SeaTac Holiday Inn. Participants will include counselors, career specialists, and teachers from K-12, agencies, colleges and businesses. Jan Harrison will be the keynote speaker.

--The 2008 Washington Association of Occupational Educators/Tech Prep/Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference is March 7 & 8 at the Coast Wenatchee Conference Center in Wenatchee. The Pathways to Washington's Workforce Conference," will feature Dr. William Daggett for the keynote address and Jason Dorsey for the closing session. See: http://www.wa-acte.org/futureconf.html
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