Regional Network

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July 2022

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

Introducing 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.

This month Luisa shares personal questions and concerns about her future and what role on-site work based learning opportunities provided by employers can play in her ultimately choosing and achieving a high opportunity career.

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.

Update: What is the Regional Network for King and Pierce up to?

We are a resource to support innovative career-connected work led by community organizations, employers, schools, labor, and others across King and Pierce Counties.

We also invite you to engage with us in developing a career connected learning system with pathways to self-sufficiency and career fulfillment for all young people. Initiatives:

Career Exploration: Worksite Tours

We partner with Challenge Seattle, WABS, regional employers, and school districts to conduct broad-scale worksite tours for students furthest from opportunity.

Career Prep: Career Prep Accelerator

We convene partner school districts and stakeholders to build system capacity to equitably scale internship experiences for high school students.

Career Launch: Program Support

We foster partnerships, co-design programs, and provide technical support to develop career connected pathways to high opportunity careers through Career Launch.

BRAC: BIPOC-led Regional Advisory Council

BRAC nonprofit CEOs help us center community voice, advise on system issues, and expand funding opportunities to equitably scale career connected learning.

Building a Continuum of Career Connected Learning Experience

With your help, before the high school class of 2030 is 30 years old 

  100%  of students will complete Career Explore and Career Prep activities

  060%  of students will complete a Career Launch program

Learn more about Career Explore, Career Prep, and Career Launch.

Funding Available for Building Career Connected Learning Programs

Interested in building or expanding a career connected learning program? Funding is now available for Program Builders to design, implement, and/or expand Career Explore, Career Prep, and Career Launch programs.

First step: Contact the Regional Network to share and consult on your idea, gain technical assistance on your proposal, and explore connections with other program builders and career connected learning partners.

Resource Corner

Your Guide to Becoming an Impact Employer (Jobs for the Future)

New Online Career Launch Endorsement Application

Career Connect Washington Program Maps and Outcomes Data |