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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
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
INNOVATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS CAN HELP WASHINGTON ADDRESS
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.
TRIBAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
LATEST HEALTH CARE GRADUATE REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
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
WORKFORCE BOARD NEWS TRANSITIONS TO NEW EDITOR
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
DSHS REPORT EXAMINES POSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENT PATTERNS OF
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
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
September 19, 2013
WORKFORCE BOARD LOOKS AT HOW
VETERANS ARE TRANSITIONING TO CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
INSTITUTE REPORT IDENTIFIES HOW STATES COPED WITH DECLINING WORKFORCE
The Urban Institute's report on "The Public Workforce
System's Response to Declining Funding After the Great Recession" is now
CONSTRUCTION CENTER OF EXCELLENCE PUBLISHES INTERACTIVE
The Construction Center of Excellence, located at
Renton Technical College, has published an interactive Program and Resource
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
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.
GOVERNOR INSLEE SCHEDULED TO OPEN WORKFORCE BOARD
Governor Jay Inslee will kick off the Workforce Board's retreat July 30
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
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
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
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
BROOKINGS REPORT CITES WASHINGTON EXAMPLES IN PROMOTING ECONOMIC
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
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
The Workforce Board website now offers a list of key contact information
or every Workforce Development Council, Economic and Associate Development
Council, and Small Business Development Center in the state broken out by
SEATTLE MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES SNOHOMISH WDC'S WORKPLACE
REGISTER FOR WA-ACTE SUMMER CONFERENCE NOW
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
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
WORKFORCE BOARD DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT THIS WEEK'S SCHOOL
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
CONGRESSMAN KILMER INTRODUCES LIFELONG LEARNING
Washington's Lifelong Learning Account (LiLA) program
) 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 11, 2013
LEGISLATURE TURNS ATTENTION TO FINAL BILL PASSAGE AND
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
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).
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
at South Seattle Community College's Georgetown campus. Health care
educators may qualify for travel cost assistance.
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
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
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
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
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
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
A recently released Columbia University study
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 &
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
HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING BILL FOR
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
TODAY IS A KEY LEGISLATIVE DEADLINE
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.
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
COMMITTEE APPROVES HIGH SKILLS, HIGH WAGES RESOLUTION
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
February 5, 2013
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL CONDUCTS STATEWIDE
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/
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.
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