Governor’s initiative

Why this is important to Governor Jay Inslee
“We are going to stop telling our kids that a four-year degree is the only path to success. Most of them will require education and training after high school, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a four-year college degree. Through registered apprenticeships, technical training programs, and other career connected learning opportunities, we’ll give students all kinds of ways to fulfill their dreams of helping build airplanes, cure diseases, or design innovative new software.”
-Governor Jay Inslee

Introduction and fact sheet


We are business, labor, education, and community leaders who are creating work-based and academic programs for young people to explore, learn, and earn money or college level credit. We believe all students in Washington deserve a future of purpose and prosperity—and the support necessary to achieve it. So we’re creating opportunities that launch every Washington student into college and career. And by weaving together college and work, we’ll build a better workforce, better lives, and a better Washington.

History –

In May 2017, Governor Jay Inslee launched the Career Connected Learning initiative at STEM summit, with the goal of connecting 100,000 Washington youth during the next five years with career-connected learning opportunities that prepare them for high-demand, high wage jobs.

On October 25, 2018, Career Connect Washington released a plan that maps the vision, the framework and the strategic approach to meeting the needs of our young people on a statewide scale. The Governor included funding for the Career Connect Washington Plan in his budget, and in May 2019, the Legislature passed HB 2158, making Career Connect Washington a reality.

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Career Connected Learning

Awareness to exploration to preparation and training

2020 Building an Equitable Career Connected Learning System Survey

Exploration –

Here’s a list of programs statewide that allow students to go to places of business and experience first-hand what it’s like to work in that environment.


Some of the examples include:
•Career fairs
•Worksite tours
•Career presentations
•Work-based problem solving
•Job shadowing / preparation events
•Networking events

Career Preparation

During career preparation future workers are given opportunities to dive deeper into what might be their future career:

  • Comprehensive internships
  • Pre-apprenticeships
  • Instructional worksite learning
  • Cooperative worksite learning
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses
  • Community and Technical Colleges (CTC programs without required work-based learning)

Career Launch

Career launch includes meaningful methods for helping those new in the career to get a strong start through paid opportunities and ongoing learning. Here are some examples:

  • Registered apprenticeships
  • CTC programs with required work-based learning
  • CTE that meets credential and work-based learning requirements
  • 4-year program with required work-based learning
  • Other career launch programs

Core Plus is a two-year, written curriculum for high school industrial arts instructors. The Core is 1st year foundational skills like safety and tool use, the Plus represents sector-specific skill sets. Click on the link to learn more.