Washington's Workforce Development Strategy
Youth Goal: Ensure all youth receive the education, training, and support they need for success in postsecondary education and/or work.
Objective 3 - All students graduate from high school.
No later than 2018: Every local community in the state will have an effective school/community partnership that provides a comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention and re-engagement system for ALL youth, including those who have dropped out or who are at risk of dropping out.
Steps To Get Us There
- Expand the Building Bridges Grant Program to build more school/community partnerships that support youth at risk of dropping out and re-engage youth who have dropped out of school. Leads: OSPI, Workforce Board, with other partners. Requires the support of the Governor and Legislature and General Fund – state appropriations.
- Collaborate with education and social service partners to develop state-level performance measures and targets for reducing the dropout rate, increasing the on-time graduation rate and increasing successful re-entry and achievement for students who have dropped out. Leads: OSPI with other partners.
- Establish a process for identification, development and replication of best practices statewide. Leads: OSPI, Workforce Board, with other partners.
- Explore changes in educational policy and school funding that will provide incentives to serve at-risk youth. Leads: OSPI, Workforce Board, with other partners. Requires the support of Governor and Legislature.
- Identify and make recommendations to reduce the fiscal, legal and regulatory barriers that prevent coordination of program resources across agencies and community-based organizations to support the development of sustainable dropout prevention, intervention and retrieval partnerships. Leads: OSPI, Workforce Board, WDCs, SBCTC, with other partners. Requires the support of Governor and Legislature.
- Create stronger program links between Job Corps and Skills Centers to ensure more Job Corps students receive a high school diploma. Leads: OSPI, with other partners.
- Identify support services for at-risk youth and their parents, and implement action steps. Leads: OSPI, ESD, WDCs, with other partners. Requires the support of Governor and Legislature and General Fund – state appropriations.
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