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February 7, 2018

 

BOARD HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING TO CONSIDER DRAFT UPDATED WORKFORCE PLAN
The Workforce Board will consider a draft of the updated state workforce plan, "Talent and Prosperity for All," or TAP, at a special call in-meeting, Monday, February 12 at 10 a.m. The Board will take action on releasing the revised draft plan for public comment. The Board will take final action at its regular March 14 meeting before submitting the plan to federal agencies. More: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/February12agenda.asp

      

NEW VIDEO: WDC DIRECTOR CHERYL FAMBLES INTERVIEWED ABOUT WORKFORCE ISSUES

Thurston Community Media recently interviewed Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council Executive Director Cheryl Fambles about the organization's role in workforce and economic development in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties. The interview is part of an ongoing series called Mission Nonprofit. Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX_LOUxrOIc&feature=youtu.be

 

NEW DIRECTOR HIRED TO HEAD BENTON-FRANKLIN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Tiffany Scott was recently named the new Executive Director/CEO of the Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council, which serves the Tri-Cities area, including Benton and Franklin counties. Scott succeeds Jack Fitzgerald, who assumed a new position as Director/CEO of the South Central Workforce Development Council. Scott has 17 years of experience in workforce program coordination and management. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operations Officer at the Benton-Franklin WDC. http://www.bentonfranklinwdc.com/index.html
 
NEW ASSESSMENT RELEASED ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE CHALLENGES

 

The Workforce Board, in partnership with the Health Workforce Council, University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, and Agnes Balassa Solutions, recently released a behavioral health workforce assessment that includes recommendations to policymakers on ways to address shortages, distribution challenges, and other retention issues. Behavioral health includes both mental health and chemical dependency. The state's Workforce Board staffs the Health Workforce Council, which includes representatives from a broad range of healthcare stakeholders. A $250,000 federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant, allocated by Gov. Inslee, funded the work. More: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/behavioralhealthgroup.asp

 

WASHINGTON STATE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP SEEKS APPLICATIONS THROUGH FEB. 28.

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is accepting applications from qualifying Washington residents through the end of the month. The scholarship provides career-launching support services and scholarships of up to $22,500 to low- and middle-income students pursuing high-demand bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) or healthcare. https://waopportunityscholarship.org/ 

January 24, 2018

NEW WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER AVAILABLE NOW
The Workforce Board's popular workforce system poster is freshly updated and ready for 2018. 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

 

WORKFORCE SOUTHWEST CEO TO RETIRE, APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED

After six years as CEO of Workforce Southwest Washington, Jeanne Bennett is retiring in June.  During Bennett's tenure, the nonprofit workforce organization sought and received millions of dollars in competitive grants for workforce training programs in Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties. Applications for CEO are being accepted. More: http://workforcesw.org/

 

CAREER PATH SERVICES CEO LAUNCHES WORKFORCE PODCAST

George Iranon, CEO of Career Path Services in Spokane, has launched a podcast called "The Dignity of Work." Iranon discusses best practices with leading workforce practitioners around the country. Recent podcasts have highlighted on-the-job training, building new partnerships, and an interview with Jessica Clayton of Spokane's youth career center, the Next Generation Zone. More: http://www.careerpathservices.org/

 

AJAC HOSTS GOVERNOR'S YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP SUMMIT NEXT WEEK
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) is hosting the Governor's Youth Apprenticeship Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in Olympia. This year's summit serves as a technical workshop for educators, employers, apprenticeship committees, and policymakers on new program development, best practices, and recommended state-level policy change. Gov. Inslee is the keynote speaker. Register: http://conta.cc/2GbNXd4

 

TAP COMMITTEE SEEKS COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

A committee focused on reducing barriers for workforce system customers has issued a Request for Proposals for a communications consultant to help create a strategy to share best practices, issues, and concerns among the state's 12 workforce regions. The Barriers and Accessibility Solutions Committee is one of several committees working to implement the state's workforce plan "Talent and Prosperity for All," or TAP. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 12. More:  http://www.wtb.wa.gov/TAPaccessibilitybarriersolutions.asp  

 

January 11, 2018

 

STAY ON TOP OF WORKFORCE BILLS WITH LEGISLATIVE TRACKER
Follow workforce bills throughout the 2018 Legislative session. View bills our Workforce Board staff are tracking, along with presentations and materials at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp
 
NEW DIRECTOR HIRED TO HEAD CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR GLOBAL TRADE & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Sam Kaplan has been hired as the new director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management at Highline College. He succeeds Meg Ryan, who retired. Kaplan is a 20-year veteran of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and served as President the past five years. There are 10 Centers of Excellence at community and technical colleges throughout the state, each focused on a different key industry sector. https://www.sbctc.edu/for-employers/centers-of-excellence.aspx
 
SKILLED WORKER AWARENESS PROGRAM PROVIDES GRANTS TO BOOST WORKER TRAINING
The state's Department of Commerce has launched a new program aimed at boosting the number of Washington workers who receive education and training that leads to certificates, associate's degrees, and other credentials recognized by industry. Organizations and government agencies involved in recruiting and outreach efforts aimed at worker training are encouraged to apply for grants to help more workers gain needed skills. The Skilled Worker Awareness program has $70,000 to distribute, with priority given to projects that range from $20,000 to $35,000. Deadline to apply is February 21. More details: http://bit.ly/2DkR3dO
 
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Randy Spaulding is the new executive director of the State Board of Education, which provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public K-12 education in Washington. Spaulding has worked in education policy for over 20 years, most recently at the Washington Student Achievement Council, where he served as the Director of Academic Affairs and Policy. More at: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/index.php
 
WE'RE HIRING: WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS VETERANS EDUCATION SPECIALIST
The Workforce Board is hiring a vocational education program specialist to help evaluate and approve education and training programs at the 160 Washington institutions that offer certificate and diploma programs for veterans using the GI Bill. Closing date for applications has been extended to January 19. More details: http://bit.ly/2qe78iz

 

 


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