• Washington Workforce Development Newsletter (January 11)

    January 12, 2022
    Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
    January 11, 2022
    WORKFORCE BOARD’S POPULAR WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER NOW ONLINE
    The Workforce Board has posted an at-a-glance Washington workforce system poster known as “America’s favorite matrix” to the web. It’s perfect for gazing at on your home computer or (for some lucky folks) on their office PC. This poster provides a look at Washington’s workforce system’s largest programs—who they serve, how much is spent, and employment and earnings for participants. This year’s 2022 poster is currently available on the web, but will also be published and mailed to stakeholders once data is complete. (We’re waiting for a partner to provide a few missing data points.) It’s all there in minty fresh green: https://bit.ly/3HOOtwQ
    HEALTH SENTINEL NETWORK RELEASES NEW FINDINGS
    Washington’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network has released new findings on how hospitals, primary care clinics, community health centers, and other healthcare facilities are addressing a health workforce crisis that has deepened with the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent data collection is from this fall and sorted and summarized by facility types. A lack of available trained staff cuts across all healthcare areas, impacting patient care, training opportunities, employee retention, and sparking ongoing frontline fatigue by overworked healthcare workers. Twice a year, the Sentinel Network helps capture key recruitment, retention, and skills issues, and makes that information available to educators, policymakers, and others. Washington’s Sentinel Network is a collaboration of the state’s Workforce Board and the University of Washington’s Center for Health Workforce Studies. More details: https://bit.ly/3ngiduD
     
    WASHINGTON PUBLIC FOUR-YEARS LAUNCH GUARANTEED ADMISSION PROGRAM (GAP) PILOT
    Five of the state’s public baccalaureate institutions are partnering with over 60 school districts and schools to increase the college-going culture statewide. Partnering with districts and schools in all nine Educational Service Districts, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, Washington State University, and Western Washington University launched a joint pilot to support guaranteed admissions programs at each institution. To be eligible students must meet criteria set by institutions. If a student meets the criteria or is on track to meet the criteria by high school completion, admission to the institution is guaranteed. Institutions are also engaging with districts and schools to encourage students who may not be eligible for guaranteed admission to apply through the regular admissions process. To learn more go to: https://councilofpresidents.org/_admissions/
     
    NEW DIRECTORS CHOSEN TO HELM TWO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS
    It’s a new year and two new leaders have stepped up to head a pair of Workforce Development Councils, which deliver on-the-ground workforce services in 12 regions across the state. The WDCs include: North Central (Wenatchee), where Lisa Romine has succeeded Dave Petersen as the new Executive Director of SkillSource. Romine has led North Central regional planning, implemented workforce investment programs including sector partnerships and incumbent worker training, and developed pre-employment training for students. At Workforce Southwest Washington (Vancouver), Miriam Halliday has succeeded Kevin Perkey as Chief Executive Officer. Halliday was most recently the organization’s Director of Programs and joined Workforce Southwest as its youth manager in 2016. These leadership changes follow two others at Olympic Workforce Development Council, where William Dowling was named the organization’s new director, and at Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, where William Westmoreland was recently hired as the new CEO.
    WHAT IS WORKSOURCE?
    Faithful readers of this newsletter likely know better than most that WorkSource provides employment and training services to jobseekers and businesses across Washington. But you’ll get the full scoop when you listen to a fast-paced and informative podcast from the South Central Workforce Council (Yakima). Take a listen and wonder no more about all things WorkSource! https://apple.co/3GhXRbT
    Contact:
    Marina Parr, Communications Director
    marina.parr@wtb.wa.gov, 360-709-4607