Connecting to Careers in Rural WA
542 people registered, ready to gather together in 21 different communities across the state for a morning of inspiration, learning and networking with key speakers and local leaders.
“We had a fantastic conference with 20 passionate educators, business owners, and organizations in attendance. Networking at its finest!” Margie Hall, Davenport, WA (population 1,690)
A photo of more networking from Raymond, WA (population 2,960)
We were inspired by two great speakers:
Here is the YouTube link to the recording: https://youtu.be/N3MiyNMQeX0
Brent shared rural best practices from across the country to create opportunities for young people to get ready for future career success while supporting businesses who are seeking a prepared workforce.
Here is a link to Brent Parton’s PowerPoint: P2P_Rural Keynote Final
Here is a link to the report he mentioned: Youth-Apprenticeship-Today: Connecting high school students to apprenticeships
Chris helped us understand how to link to statewide career and technical education resources and opportunities for apprenticeships, internships, mentorships and other on-the-job learning experiences.
Here are some key takeaways reported from a site:
- Serve on a High School CTE Advisory Committee
- Host Interns
- Bring youth into your business
- 70 % of youth will need more than a HS Diploma, but not necessarily a BA Degree
- Getting Youth on the job early , within their community will increase the possibility that they will stay within their community
- Partner with a regional Skills Center
- Have Youth Build Tiny Homes!
- Learning Occurs Everywhere. Connection to Industry Can Happen Everywhere.
The conference is paid, in part, $2,500, with funding provided to
Washington from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.