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:   

Career Connect Washington Taskforce 

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding –
In November 2018, Governor Inslee put together a funding package to develop the future workforce of 740,000 in Washington. Here’s more information:


Career connected learning

Awareness to exploration to preparation and training
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.