Washington Student Achievement Council

Project Title: Washington Jobs Initiative
Region (applicant-defined)/State(s) or territory served: State of Washington
Phase (applicant-defined): Program Design
Award Amount: $23,500,000
Key Industry / Industries: Healthcare; Information Technology; Financial and Professional Services; Energy and Resilience; Manufacturing; Building and Construction
Contact: Heather Hudson, Director of Policy & Planning, [email protected]
Project Narrative (applicant submitted) (PDF)
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The Washington Student Achievement Council (the state’s higher education agency) is bolstering its economy by connecting jobseekers with local, quality jobs through its career pathway project, Career Connect Washington (CCW), which supports the state’s largest industries. CCW is a coalition of industry, organized labor, state government and other stakeholders. Several major Washington employers have signed letters of commitment including Kaiser Permanente, Providence, BECU, and McKinstry. EDA’s investment in the Washington Jobs Initiative will enhance the CCW infrastructure by building sectoral partnerships in six high-demand sectors: advanced manufacturing and aerospace; construction; energy and clean technology; financial services; healthcare, and information technology and cybersecurity. Backbone organizations include but are not limited to SEIU’s Training Fund, Washington Bankers Association, and CleanTech Alliance. These new partnerships are designed to place Washington residents into jobs and strengthen the state’s and the nation’s economic recovery.

The project narrative included above is what was submitted by the applicants. The final EDA-approved scope of work may differ.