Initiative launched to improve students' career readiness - Nov. 18, 2013
OLYMPIA – About 1,000 Washington high school students will get to test drive potential career opportunities under a pilot program unveiled today by the Employment Security Department and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
Career Readiness for a Working Washington will match students with mentorships, internships or other work-based learning activities at local businesses in five Washington communities: Renton, Spokane, Vancouver, Wenatchee and Yelm.
In addition, 35 teachers in these communities will participate in business externships next summer to learn how the subjects they teach are applied in real-life work settings. Then, they’ll incorporate that experience into their curricula.
“The health of our economy is closely tied to the quality of our workforce,” said Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke. “We need to do more to help students see the connection between their book learning and their future careers, and help them make smart choices about the courses they take.”
State Superintendent Randy Dorn said the program will give students another educational option.
“I’ve said for many years that the more paths we give students for success, the more students will succeed,” he said. “Not all students learn best by sitting in a classroom. This program gives them another way to learn.”
In each community, the local workforce development council and the school district will work together to implement the program, recruit and organize employer involvement, and coordinate student participation.
Employment Security is contributing $100,000 and OSPI is contributing $150,000 to support the five pilot projects. The two agencies hope to expand the Career Readiness program to other communities if the pilot projects are successful and funding is available.
To learn more about how the Career Readiness program will be deployed in each community, please contact these local coordinators.
Workforce development council contact
School district contact
Dan Fey, chief operations officer
Renton School District
Dawn Karber, chief operating officer
Lisa White, CTE director
Jeanne Bennett, executive director
Susan Dixon, CTE director
Susan Adams, SkillSource manager
Dennis Conger, CTE director
Cheryl Fambles, executive director
Teri Pablo, CTE director
Employment Security Department
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
A thousand high school students in Washington will get to test drive potential career opportunities under a pilot program sponsored by the Employment Security Department and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The program is called Career Readiness for a Working Washington. It will match students in five communities with mentorships, internships or other work-based learning activities at local businesses. In addition, thirty-five teachers will participate in business externships next summer to learn how the subjects they teach are applied in work settings.
The program is being piloted in the Renton, Spokane, Wenatchee and Yelm school districts, as well as the Evergreen School District in Vancouver.