Career Connect Washington Coalitions Boost Student Career Experiences

For the past year, 12 regional teams of business, education, labor, and workforce development partners have joined together to develop and expand opportunities for Washington youth to take part in career connected learning, including internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, and career planning.


Each team has engaged in strategic conversations and collaborations to incorporate career connected learning into the busy lives of young people and offer support for employer-supported internships and apprenticeships, and these efforts are paying off.

To date, 1,362 youth have created employer internships, combined with career planning and adult mentorship. Additionally, 97 youth and young adults are earning wages and journey-level credentials in apprenticeships in marine manufacturing, healthcare, construction trades, and other industries.

A few highlights from each program: