High Skills, High Wages 2008-2018: Washington's Strategic Plan for Workforce Development

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Organizational Author(s): Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, State of Washington

Funding Source: Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Washington

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Provides a plan for Washington’s workforce, from preparing workers with the education and training needed to land family-wage jobs to supplying industry with a skilled workforce to improve Washington’s economy.


“High Skills, High Wages 2008–2018 provided a detailed plan for Washington’s workforce, from preparing workers with the education and training needed to land family-wage jobs to supplying industry with a skilled, flexible workforce to move Washington’s economy ahead. [It planned] along a 10-year horizon, to [allow] time to make [the] vision of a stronger economy a reality. To get there, [Washington will] coordinate and implement key strategies to boost the state’s workforce system, which spans seven state agencies, 18 programs and nearly $900 million in state and federal funds. This plan offered a clear and comprehensive look at [the] state’s workforce challenges, and opportunities, with a focus on three key groups: youth, adults, and industry. All play a vital role in [the] economy. Each merits greater attention, especially during an economic downturn” (p.1). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• An expansion of guidance services in K–12 schools and a scholarship program to incentivize low-income students to complete high school (p.36).

• More opportunities for youth to connect to the workplace through apprenticeships/internships, mentorship programs, and job shadows (p. 40).

• Collaborate with education and social service partners to develop state-level performance measures and targets for reducing the dropout rate (p.43).

• Connect unemployed youth with employment navigators who can provide them with resources and work experience opportunities (p. 46).

• “Provide more financial aid and support services to enable students to enroll and complete at least one year of postsecondary training and receive a credential” (p.53).

• “Establish more industry-based credentials in occupational and general workplace skills demanded by employers for students to complete one year of training” (p. 53).

• “Identify and implement best practices models for working adults to gain further education and training at the workplace, including online learning” (p. 57).

• “Develop better links between Adult Basic Education, English-as-a-Second Language, job preparation, and college-level courses” (p. 57).

• “Expand use of the Food Stamps Education and Training program for customers with the greatest barriers to employment” (p. 63).

• “Enhance employment and training options for targeted populations (people of color, people with disabilities and women), ex-offenders, and veterans” (p. 63).

• Improve workforce development services for individuals with disabilities by building stronger linkages between workforce development services and programs that provide the essential support services many individuals with disabilities need to participate in the workforce (p. 64).(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

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Publication Date: 2009
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