Washington Awards $6.4M to Create Apprenticeship, Career Connections

New Career Connect Washington grant funding totaling $6.4 million will become available to 29,000 students in Washington for job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships and other career connections opportunities.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks May 31 about the Career Connect Washington initiative during the Governor’s Summit on Career Connected Learning in Redmond.

The awardees expect to create 29,000 new career connected learning experiences in 11 communities from now through September 2019.

These include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning experiences, job shadows at local employers, career planning, and over 4,800 new internships, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeships.

“A four-year degree isn’t the only path to a fulfilling career,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.

“Business leaders have told us they are looking for talent in everything from information technology to health care. And that’s what this initiative is all about: connecting students to great employers and high-quality job training.”

The initiative expands registered apprenticeship programs and puts a new focus on youth registered apprenticeships.

The awardees expect to move over 1,400 young people, plus more than 400 adults, into new apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships in fields such as advanced manufacturing, health care, agricultural irrigation systems, building trades, IT and maritime manufacturing.