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Sep 17, 2018

Build your workforce with an apprenticeship program

One effective way for manufacturers to develop skilled workers is through apprenticeship programs, which are again taking hold among U.S. manufacturers looking to fill open positions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” training model that combines work-based learning with classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. This approach […]
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Feb 19, 2019

How to start an apprenticeship program at your Whatcom County business

As baby boomers retire and taking with them their years of expertise, the workforce is faced with a growing need for skilled workers to step in and take their places. But in Whatcom County and throughout the country, employers are finding that the skilled workers they need aren’t always readily available. One effective way to […]
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Jun 24, 2019

July 17, 2019: Develop your workforce and optimize your operations

Attendees of this workforce development breakfast will learn about apprenticeship opportunities in advanced manufacturing for youth and adults. Plus, they’ll learn how Lean / Six Sigma methodologies will optimize operations by eliminating waste and eliminating defects in product, process or service. Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) is a state registered apprenticeship training program for aerospace […]
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May 16, 2019

No-cost cybersecurity camp for Whatcom County students

Whatcom Community College is offering GenCyber camps for middle and high school students who want to explore cybersecurity — a rapidly growing, high demand field in the U.S. and worldwide. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities. They’ll learn how cybersecurity professionals help protect information and information systems from unauthorized access, misuse, and destruction. Sounds interesting, […]
Design Your Future - Career-Connected Learning
Date Posted
Nov 1, 2019

Nov. 19 event to help high schoolers decide on college, career

High school students and their families are invited to an informational event at Bellingham’s Squalicum High School Nov. 19 to help make choices about colleges and careers. At 5:30 p.m., Tanya Rojas, from Northwest Educational Service District 189, will deliver a keynote presentation titled “Discovering your Passion.” The keynote will be followed by breakout sessions […]
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Jun 30, 2020

Online Q&A sessions connect local youth to available jobs

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, companies are hiring local youth. The Career Connect at Home video series helps workers find the jobs they want. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as one might expect, has exacerbated the difficulty in connecting workers to jobs in Whatcom County and throughout Washington state. However, as the economy begins to open up, […]
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Mar 14, 2019

Resources for talking with kids about college alternatives

It’s getting easier and easier these days to find a great family-wage job without a college degree. Why? Simply put, there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill all of the available jobs. Whatcom County youth who are considering entering the workforce without going to college have a number of great paths available to them. Here […]
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Sep 13, 2018

WBA announces $50K contribution to Youth Engagement Initiative

Whatcom Business Alliance Board chairman Doug Thomas and president Tony Larson, along with education committee co-chairs Laura McKinney (director of NW Government Affairs and Public Relations for Alcoa) and Tom Kenney (recently retired regional president for Washington Federal), have announced phase two of the Youth Engagement Initiative, the WBA’s major youth outreach effort. More than […]
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Jan 14, 2019

What is career-connected learning?

Young adults aged 18 to 24 experience unemployment rates that are double those in older age groups, and they have the greatest difficulty finding a job and keeping it, according to Washington’s Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board. Meanwhile, thousands of employers in the state have said that a lack of qualified candidates has left […]
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Sep 12, 2018

Whatcom entrepreneurs inspire youth to work hard, seek meaningful careers

Whatcom Business Alliance’s Youth Engagement Initiative launched in February 2018 with presentations from four Whatcom County business founders and entrepreneurs. In front of 300 youth at Bellingham Technical College, Kevin Menard of Transition Bikes, Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry, Erin Baker of Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods, and Mike Andes of Augusta Lawn Care Services […]