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Date Posted
Jun 13, 2019

YESWhatcom.com aims to build robust career pipeline for local youth

Whatcom County, like the rest of the United States, is experiencing an employment crisis. Many great jobs are going unfilled because there simply aren’t enough workers seeking employment in the trades. Jobs are out there, and a four-year degree isn’t necessary to get started on a high-wage career path. In Washington state, for example, electricians […]
Date Posted
May 23, 2019

Workforce development meeting, June 20, 2019

A YES Whatcom/Youth Engagement Initiative committee meeting is scheduled for June 20, 2019, 10 a.m., at the Ferndale Library (2125 Main Street). Whether you’re a local employer, educator or youth influencer, parent or a member of the community who is interested in workforce development, consider joining us on June 20. You’ll learn more about the […]
Date Posted
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, […]
Date Posted
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 […]
Date Posted
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 […]
Date Posted
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 […]
Date Posted
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 […]
Date Posted
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 […]
Date Posted
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 […]