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Gearing up for 2015 (newsletter)

January 22, 2015

2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Goals

Upon welcoming 2015, the gears are running smoothly as the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council continues to collaborate with local businesses, educational institutions and community partners to develop and lead a dynamic, demand-driven workforce for our region's industries. We have great plans in the works to make 2015 an even more productive year with goals to offer more services to support businesses, educators and workers in our region.

Review our 2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Goals to see just some of the ways in which we:

  • Respond to business needs for a skilled workforce

  • Develop local talent and training

  • Ensure quality and stewardship of funds

2014 Accomplishments

  • Served over 45,000 visitors at 18 WorkSource-affiliated sites.

  • Implemented an industry-specific youth cohort training model.

  • Improved upon a sustainable model to make paid internships more accessible for young adults in Spokane County.

  • Connected more than 2,500 job seekers to more than 70 local businesses through our inaugural job fair event.

  • Served more than 3,000 young adults through the Next Generation Zone - a 30% increase in foot traffic from 2013.

  • Next Generation Zone staff provided 60 career readiness presentations to over 1,000 young adults in Spokane County.

  • Provided labor market information to high school teachers and counselors to support more targeted career planning.

  • Became a 501(c)3 organization, and secured over $1.4M in new grant funding that will be used to help provide employment and training services, create a talent pipeline, and ensure businesses have access to a skilled workforce.

2015 Goals

  • Collaborate with partners to build a talent pipeline that leads to well-paying jobs and supports the growth of key industries in Spokane County.

  • Provide targeted training and education programs for workers, including programs in logistics, project management, and lean management.

  • Expand the exceptional business and career workshops at  WorkSource Spokane, including entrepreneurial classes. 

  • Validate worker skills to accelerate access to qualified talent for employers through the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and WorkReady Washington project.

  • Create a series of labor market information tools and resources that can be used throughout the community, including specific offerings for our K-12 partners.  

  • Complete a comprehensive industry cluster analysis and workforce road map for the regional healthcare sector.

  • Implement the new federal workforce law - the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - which will expand and align workforce services for businesses and employment candidates in Spokane County.

  • Continue to serve as a liaison between industry and education to connect the classroom to the real world of work.

  • Ensure measurable returns to philanthropic investments.

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