Coming Soon: Education for Today's Job Market
Our expert panelists represent organizations in our community that are deeply involved in work on these issues, and we wanted to tell you more about them! Here's a quick glance at their work, taken from their websites:
Health Work Force Institute
In response to the burgeoning heath care personnel crisis, the Washington State Hospital Association founded the Health Work Force Institute as a non-profit affiliate in 2004. Since then, the Institute has made great strides in building a more sustainable health work force for the state of Washington. The Institute has brokered partnerships that have resulted in an investment of more than $56 million for health care training, retention and recruitment efforts.
The Institute is chartered to look past economic, educational, and regulatory boundaries to develop, test, and launch the most promising catalysts to increase the supply of skilled health care workers. HWFI's strategies focus on increasing capacity of the state's colleges and universities to train people, especially those from diverse backgrounds, to enter a health profession. Improving our health care system, increasing its diversity, and bolstering our economy - this is the work of the Health Work Force Institute.
Seattle Jobs Initiative
Lack of job skills, transportation, housing and childcare, and limited English proficiency can be major hurdles to long-term job success. Seattle Jobs Initiative approaches the problem from a big-picture point-of-view. Through partnerships and innovative approaches, SJI eliminates these barriers by providing participants with the full range of services necessary to ensure their long-term financial stability. By partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs), community colleges, and employers, SJI links Seattle’s low-income and low-skilled residents to jobs – jobs that pay living wages, offer room for advancement, and include necessary work supports such as health coverage, sick leave and paid vacation. Our policy team complements our efforts on the ground by keeping abreast of the current labor market and supporting legislative changes that improve access to training and services for low-income residents. Seattle Jobs Initiative’s comprehensive approach creates real opportunities for Seattle residents to support themselves and their families.
Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation
As part of their United States Program, Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation puts a focus on education: "We work to make sure high school students graduate ready for success and prepared to earn post-secondary degrees. We fund college and graduate school scholarships. We support high-quality early learning programs in Washington state." The foundation breaks down focus - high school, post-secondary education, scholarships, and early learning - and goes into more detail about their work in those areas on separate webpages. Click here to find your way to each.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has the following vision: "Build strong communities, individuals and families, and achieve greater global competitiveness and prosperity for the state and its economy by raising the knowledge and skills of the state’s residents."
Higher education is vital to society and individuals. Economic prosperity, the livelihood of families and individuals, and the strength of communities are just a few tangible results. People who attend colleges and universities live healthier lives, and give back to society locally and globally. For these reasons, the state must find ways to create more higher education opportunities for all residents across the state.
Their website details principles and 10 year goals - click here to learn more.