Regional Network

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October 2022

Led by Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS), Workforce Central, College Success Foundation, and Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

Lessons From Luisa, a high school sophomore near you

Learn from Luisa each month as she shares her thoughts and experiences on Career Connected Learning with partners and stakeholders across King and Pierce Counties.

Do you have a story to share? This month Luisa shares some tips on what students want to know when they meet with industry professionals who volunteer their time.

Are you an employer eager to support the development of students and build sustainable relationships to grow and diversify your workforce? Learn more.

Regional Network Purpose

We help young people, especially those furthest from opportunity, envision and

achieve high opportunity careers in our regional economy.

As a regional hub for career connected learning we

  • increase equitable participation,
  • build network capacity, and 
  • champion a cohesive and responsive regional ecosystem

through a collaborative network of K-12, higher education, industry, labor, and community-based organizations.

Congratulations to Round 9 Program Builders

We would like to extend our congratulations to the applicants across the state who were selected in Round 9 to develop career connected learning programs:


  • San Juan Conservation District – New Career Launch in Restoration Ecology
  • Washington Alliance for Better Schools – Expanding Career Launch in IT
  • Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee – Expanding Registered Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Eat on the Wild Side – Expanding Registered Apprenticeship in Maritime
  • Pacific Education Institute – New Career Prep in Education
  • Sawhorse Revolution – Expanding Career Prep in Carpentry & Architecture
  • Machinists Institute – Expanding Career Prep in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Northwest Maritime Center – Expanding Career Prep in Maritime
  • Garden Raised Bounty – Enhancing Career Prep in Agriculture
  • Foundation for Academic Endeavors - Enhancing Career Prep in Education
  • RVC Seattle: Riz Partnership – New Career Explore in a Agriculture, Journalism, Finance, Arts & Construction
  • Washington State University – Expanding Career Explore in Data Science
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington – Expanding Career Explore in Manufacturing Technology
  • Northwest Education Access - Enhancing Career Explore in High wage & High demand careers
  • Pacific Shellfish Institute – Enhancing Career Explore in Aquaculture

Funding Available for Building Career Connected Learning Programs

Is your organization interested in building or expanding career connected learning programs for young people, especially students furthest from opportunity?

Email us to register for our October 26th Information Session for Current and Prospective Program Builders or to meet individually. We will share best practices and provide technical assistance for a head start on upcoming RFPs.

Anticipated RFP release dates:

Round 10 Funding: November, 2022

Round 11 funding: March, 2022

Career Connect Washington Adds Sector Intermediaries

We would like to extend our congratulations to:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resource Center of Excellence
  • Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), in partnership with Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP)
  • Life Science Washington

These Sector Intermediaries will develop and implement industry-aligned and coherent sectoral strategies that support Career Connected Learning programs (i.e. Career Explore, Career Prep, and Career Launch) in the Agriculture, Education, and Life Sciences sectors.

These join the seven selected during our previous RFPs to provide comprehensive engagement across ten priority sectors.

Resource Corner

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Wheel of Privilege and Power

Career Connect Washington Program Maps and Outcomes Data |