January 22, 2018
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HB 2641: Work-based learning

AWB supports House Bill 2641, which promotes the use of industry experts in career and technical education. HB 2641 requires each school district to adopt a policy to promote the recruitment and use of industry and trade expert volunteers in career and technical education courses offered in grades seven and eight. It would also require the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in coordination with the Washington State School Directors' Association, and a state association representing career and technical education, to develop materials, including a model policy and other supporting documents, to assist school districts.

The bill received a hearing in the House Committee on Education last week.

For more on education policy, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Amy Anderson.



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Key Workforce Education

Help community colleges meet job training needs

By The Editorial Board of The (Everett) Herald

The state's 34 community and technical colleges are playing an indispensable role in educating and preparing students for further study and advanced degrees at universities but also for more immediate jobs with employers throughout the state, particularly in manufacturing and other trades.

With some 740,000 job openings in the state expected over the next five years -- and more than half of those requiring post-high school education and training -- community and technical colleges represent the best option for many of those students...

Read the full editorial in The Herald
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