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Just announced! March 19: Navigating change & finding effective solutions for today's workforce

AWB’s Workforce Summit brings together new ideas and innovative employers to share tools to support the development of a world-class workforce in our state. With new collaborative elements and networking opportunities, you will benefit from greater connections and practical solutions for today's workforce.

This event is ideal for workforce developers, employers, policy experts, state government, and non-profit agencies who are interested in addressing regional economic disparity and fostering positive action on strategic workforce development. Registration is now open: http://bit.ly/2tIXN4I. Details will be posted online as they become available.

Event details

Thursday, March 19 | 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Reception 4:30 - 7 p.m.

AWB Members: $120 | Non-members: $165

Greater Tacoma Convention Center | 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma WA 98402

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2tIXN4I
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Carly Michael at carlym@awb.org.

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Effective Workforce Education

Path to apprenticeships now starts at high school

By Nate Nehring, a Snohomish County Council member

A four-year university education can be valuable for some, but many could benefit from greater access to pathways into the trades. While many college graduates now work minimum wage jobs and are burdened with student debt, high-paying trades jobs with competitive benefits sit empty.

In Snohomish County, we are working proactively to increase access to family-wage careers. Over the last two years, we have built a coalition of representatives from labor, industry and education. Community leaders from these sectors have come together to talk about how we can work together to provide meaningful solutions to the problem of a workforce shortage. What began as a group of stakeholders around a table has resulted in the creation of the Regional Apprenticeship Pathways (RAP) Program, which is being hailed as a potential statewide model for workforce development.

As a result of in-depth discussions between sectors and site tours of existing workforce development programs, the concept of a pre-apprenticeship program within the high school setting was organically produced. There currently exists several state-certified apprenticeship programs for a variety of skilled trades, from carpenters to electricians to laborers. What has been lacking is a pipeline of students with the basic skills and confidence to pursue these apprenticeship programs. The average apprentice is in his or her late 20s before beginning a program, representing an entire lost decade of post-high school productivity. As a group, our goal has been to bridge that 10-year gap...

Read the full guest column in The (Everett) Herald