July 22, 2019
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Get to know the people who represent you in the national government at AWB's Federal Affairs Summit

Your voice matters! Federal issues from immigration to infrastructure and international trade impact Washington employers every day. That's why it's critical that Washington businesses engage with our federal delegation and government agencies.

AWB is providing members a fantastic opportunity to connect with our congressional delegation at the 2019 Federal Affairs Summit August 19 and 20. Please join us at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle, in the Tri-Cities for our third Federal Affairs Summit event.

This event is ideal for business owners—both small and large—whose business is impacted by federal policy, including trade, immigration and infrastructure. We'll have great discussions and networking with our state's policy makers. Leverage this face-to-face networking opportunity to ask questions, discuss federal policy and build strong connections with the lawmakers who serve Washington employers and communities.

Register here or contact Jacob Sodeman at JacobS@awb.org for more information.

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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