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

 

WORKFORCE TRAINING RESULTS REPORT AVAILABLE NOW
The 2015 edition tracks the results of 12 of our state's largest workforce programs and identifies potential improvements (along with those that are already underway). Find out how many participants got jobs, how much they earned, whether employers were satisfied with worker training, and more. Want more performance details? Individual chapters for each program are online. Order a printed copy of the executive summary and review chapters at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceTrainingResults.asp

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

 

NEW WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE NOW
The Workforce Board's popular workforce system poster is freshly updated and ready for 2015. Make sure to order copies of this handy overview of Washington's workforce training system, including participant employment rates and earnings, federal and state funding totals, and a listing of administering agencies and providers. The poster is free and perfect for cubicle and office walls: http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceDevelopmentDirectory.asp

 

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

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

 

ANNUAL HEALTHCARE REPORT SHOWS PROGRESS, CHALLENGES IN TRAINING SUFFICIENT WORKFORCE
A new report from the state's Health Workforce Council provides solid data on the number of healthcare workers being trained in Washington and the growing demand for healthcare services as more people gain health insurance and the population ages. This detailed assessment of Washington's healthcare system includes a look at key healthcare occupations, tallying the current supply of trained workers against projected demand. The report also includes recommendations to the Legislature for growing training opportunities and increasing placements, particularly in rural, underserved parts of the state. The Workforce Board staffs the Health Workforce Council. Read the report and view the index of health program completions at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/HCTFIntro.asp

 

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

 

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

 


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