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Washington Workforce Development News

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

April 16, 2019

WORKFORCE BOARD TO DISCUSS PLANNING PRIORITIES AT APRIL 24 MEETING IN LACEY

The Workforce Board will discuss priorities for the latest revision to the state’s workforce plan “Talent and Prosperity for All,” (TAP), on Wednesday, April 24 in Lacey. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and also includes a legislative update. More details coming soon! www.wtb.wa.gov

RURAL COMMUNITY FORUMS ASK WHAT’S WORKING, WHAT’S NOT?--FROM TOPPENISH TO ABERDEEN

The Workforce Board is hosting four Rural Community Vitality Forums that ask local communities what’s working in generating a strong economy, and what’s not. The first forum kicks off next Tuesday, April 23 in Toppenish. The second forum follows close behind, on Thursday, April 25 in Aberdeen. Two more forums are scheduled for May 14 in Colville and May 16 in Quincy. The forums are open to all—employers, educators, service-providers, elected officials, jobseekers, and concerned citizens. The Workforce Board was fortunate to receive a U.S. Department of Labor grant that helps fund a nationally recognized facilitation team who will help capture comments and frame next steps. Get more details and register today for a forum near you: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/RuralCommunityVitalityForums.asp

STATEWIDE HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER SUMMIT SLATED FOR APRIL 26 IN BELLINGHAM

A statewide summit on healthcare careers focused on reducing health professional shortages, helping students find pathways to meet their professional career goals, and building a more diverse workforce is set for Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. The summit is aimed at community and technical college health science and workforce program educators, STEM and CTE teachers, and guidance and career counselors and advisors. The summit is the work of the Area Health Education Center for Western Washington and Allied Health Center of Excellence based at Yakima Valley College, along with the University of Washington School of Medicine, and representatives of OSPI and WA-ACTE.  Clock hours are available, including STEM. Register at: https://form.jotform.com/cjensen/nw-health-career-path-summit

WENATCHEE EIGHTH GRADERS TO PARTICIPATE IN PIZZA, POP, & POWER TOOLS EVENT

Eighth grade girls in the Wenatchee School District will get to weld, operate heavy equipment, use power tools and machining equipment, and scale a 30-foot power pole, among other activities, as part of “Pizza, Pop, and Power Tools” on May 7. This popular event, which launched in Spokane, is meant to encourage girls to explore a variety of non-traditional careers for women. Organizers hope more girls enroll in high school career and technical education (CTE) classes in construction trades and welding, and move forward with vocational training after high school, including apprenticeships. More details: https://www.wenatcheeschools.org/wl/programs/pizza-pop-power-tools

WASHINGTON’S LARGEST YOUNG ADULT JOB FAIR RETURNS TO TACOMA DOME APRIL 23

JobFest, the state’s largest job fair aimed at 16- to 24-year-olds, is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the Tacoma Dome. An estimated 100 exhibitors will be on hand, many of whom will be interviewing applicants on the spot. Young adult job seekers can register in advance to receive special information about JobFest VIP sessions. Get more details and register for this free event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jobfest-2019-registration-53664249214?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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