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AWB videos highlight better jobs, brighter futures, a stronger Washington

Videos co-produced by the Association of Washington Business AWB Institute and SBCTC highlight partnerships to connect employers to a trained workforce.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Watch AWB video about Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's partnership with community collegesWashington's community and technical colleges are vital in addressing PNNL's challenge to develop the next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators.


P&J Machining, Inc.

Watch AWB video about P&J Machining's partnership with community collegesP&J Machining looks to its local community and technical colleges in Washington state for work-ready graduates for high-demand, well-paying advanced manufacturing careers


Inland Northwest Health Services

Watch AWB video about Inland Northwest Health Services' partnership with community collegesThe healthcare industry is creating alternative models of care, requiring new types of workers. When Inland Northwest Health Services needs new employees or to train its workforce, it relies on local community and technical colleges.

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Better Lives, Brighter Futures, a Stronger Washingtonpdf [Jan. 2014]
With changes in technology, demographics, and workforce trends, Washington needs colleges to not only keep pace, but lead the way. Washington's 34 community and technical colleges answer that call.

Washington's Community and Technical Colleges at a Glance pdf [June 2014]
Quick facts about our community and technical college system.


2015-17 Operating Budget Request pdf [Updated Jan. 12, 2015]
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ $176 million operating budget request is designed to fuel our rebounding economy and advance state education goals: by 2023, at least 70 percent of Washingtonians will have a postsecondary credential; and 100 percent will have a high school degree.

2015-17 Capital Budget Request pdf [Updated Jan. 12, 2015]
Community and technical college capital projects are scored and ranked based on the need for space, condition of existing facilities, prior planning, policy objectives, and estimated costs and timelines.

Basic Education for Adultspdf [December 2014]
Overview of innovations underway in the area of adult education.

Higher literacy, stronger skills, greater prosperitypdf [July 2014]
Washington’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST) is a nationally recognized model that quickly boosts students’ literacy and work skills so that students can earn credentials, get living wage jobs, and put their talents to work for employers.

Washington Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) pdf [October 2014]
Washington MESA – Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement – helps under-represented community college students excel in school and ultimately earn STEM2 bachelor’s degrees. The timing couldn’t be better.

Applied Baccalaureate Degrees pdf [January 2015]
Applied bachelor’s degrees arguably offer the best of both worlds: hands-on training in a career embedded within a four-year degree.

Student Achievement Initiativepdf [January 2015]
This nationally recognized initiative rewards community and technical colleges for improving student student retention, completion, and success. Colleges earn a portion of their funding based on results, not just enrollments.

Getting Veterans Back to Workpdf [December 2014]
Washington’s community and technical colleges are a perfect fit for returning veterans transitioning to civilian life and private-sector jobs. Also see companion map (8x11) and companion map (11x17).

Smarter Balanced Agreement pdf [September 2014]
Washington 11th graders who score at a college-ready level on Smarter Balanced assessments will automatically place into college-level math and English language classes when they enroll in college, thanks to a statewide agreement by Washington’s community and technical colleges and public four-year universities.

Basic Food, Employment and Training (BFET) pdf
Washington’s community and technical colleges are helping thousands of Basic Food recipients train for jobs and move off public assistance.

Competency-based Business Degree Issue Brief (Q&A) pdf [January 2015]
In 2015, eight Washington community colleges will launch an online, competency-based business transfer degree – the first in our state’s community and technical college system. Below are answers to commonly asked questions.

National Leaders in Innovationpdf [April 2014]
This sampler highlights the national recognition of Washington’s community and technical colleges for innovative policies, practices, and research for student success.

Aerospace Trainingpdf [April 2014]
Aerospace is an economic powerhouse that generates jobs and fuels our economy. Washington’s community and technical colleges produce the world-class employees needed to keep it that way.

Limited License Legal Technician [March 2014]
A landmark state Supreme Court rule that promises to create new jobs and expand public access to legal help is coming to life at Washington’s community and technical colleges.

Basic Education for Adults - Infographic pdf [July 2014]
Quick facts/infographic about Basic Education for Adults in Washington state.

Project I-DEApdf [November 2014]
Description of the new, technology-enhanced approach to English language instruction, which builds on the I-BEST model.

New High School Credential Option: HS 21+pdf [Nov. 2013]
Adults who lack a high school diploma now have a new way to get a second chance. It’s called “High School 21+,” a competency-based high school diploma offered at Washington’s community and technical colleges. Adults 21 years old and older can go to participating colleges to earn a high school diploma. An advisor will look at transcripts and knowledge gained from life experience, and work with the student to craft an educational plan to fill gaps.

STEMing the Skills Gappdf [Nov. 2013]
Employers need people proficient in science, technology, engineering, and math. For many students, the road toward a STEM career begins at a community or technical college.

Building a Prosperous Economypdf [March 2013]
Washington's community and technical colleges are a collective, powerful, unmatched resource for advancing prosperity through education.

Corrections Educationpdf [Oct. 2013]
Inmates who participated in correctional education programs show a 43 percent lower recidivism rate than those who did not. Also see companion pamphlet.


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