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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 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.
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