July 22, 2019
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AWB's communications team wins national award for AWB Amplified and AWB News

A new collaboration between the AWB Government Affairs and Communications teams won a national award last week in Long Beach, Calif., at the annual meeting of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Brian Temple, AWB's creative director, accepted the Award for Communications Excellence in the digital category for two products he created in collaboration with the GA and Communications teams: AWB Amplified and AWB News.

AWB's Andrew Lenderman partnered in the effort, writing the scripts, conducting the interviews and putting together the blog posts that helped lead the information push in the Amplified and News reports.

The video series gives AWB another communications channel to report on issues of concern to the employer community.

Examples from the 2019 legislative session included reports from tax and fiscal policy expert Clay Hill and workplace law expert Bob Battles.

Contact Jason Hagey, vice president for communications, to learn more or to share your company's story.

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Career-connected Learning

Steer our students to the many paths for productive lives

By State Sen. Lisa Wellman and State Rep. Vandana Slatter

We know that today's jobs require education beyond high school. But our graduation rate is still under 80 percent, and only 40 percent of our high school students earn a credential or degree after high school by the time they are 26 years old.

Meanwhile, businesses can't find workers with the skills they need. This means that despite the state's strong economic growth, thousands of Washington students are being left behind every single year.

The situation is serious and getting more urgent. In the next few years, Washington employers are anticipating 740,000 job openings with jobs that require technical certification, apprenticeship or college degrees. We need to get students ready...

Career Connect Washington provides a fundamental new framework for connecting students to high demand, high potential jobs, and higher education, job training and actual employment. Through a regional approach of supporting localized networks focused on the needs of our diverse state, each area of our state will be able to help students learn about, explore and prepare for their careers...

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times