Meeting the Career Development Needs of all of Southwest Washington’s Youth

As business leaders and educators in Washington state come together to ensure youth develop the necessary skills to participate in the 21st-century economy, regional leadership and oversight of career and work-based learning activities is essential to ensure quality, equal access and accountability. When business and educators work together in a systematic and focused way, they can develop a strong workforce and in turn develop a strong economic future for their community.

We organize our programming and support along the Washington Career Connected Learning Framework, which begins in kindergarten and supports students through high school and into their chosen career pathway. A critical component in this work is an engaged employer base and community partners that provide expertise and mentoring, as well as work-related learning experiences.

Awareness

Awareness

Career Awareness happens in the classroom and is connected directly to student learning.

Exploration

Exploration

Career Exploration provides opportunities for students to consider the vast range of employment opportunities in their community and beyond.

Preparation

Preparation

Internships and apprenticeships, both paid and for school credit, are critical to help build social capital and transition from high school to career.

Launch

Launch

Career Launch is a certified partnership that develops an earn-as-you-learn model to support youth out of secondary school.

CCL Professional Development Series for Teachers & Administrators

Free courses, clock hour fee may apply.

This 5- module series of online professional development courses will introduce K-12 teachers and administrators to Career Connected Learning in Washington and provide guidance on the four stages of career connected learning. The content is specific to the Career Connect SW Network programs and services, but all educators in Washington will find resources and information applicable to their own district work.