New Opportunity: Career Connected Learning Network Director

We are excited to announce a consultant position to help oversee and lead Career Connected Learning opportunities in King and Pierce Counties. This position reports directly to the Executive Director of Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS), College Success Foundation, and the CEO’s of Workforce Development Councils of King and Pierce County.

The consultant will help build a regional Career Connected Learning system in King and Pierce Counties in close coordination with the leadership council, by serving as a primary contact and convener of industry, K12 education, post-secondary educators, community-based organizations, and other key partners to accomplish the following:

  • Help build and bring to scale a Career Connected Learning system in the areas of career exploration, awareness, preparation, and launch programs.

  • Communicate Career Connected Learning opportunities to the local K12 system.

  • Serve as the hub and primary point of contact for Career Connected Learning


  • Align work and outcomes with the region’s economic needs as well as consolidate

    regional data and report key learnings.

  • Understand and design work based on the diverse needs of students, industry, and K12 and post-secondary educators in King and Pierce Counties.


  • Working knowledge of the regional education and workforce needs and challenges.

  • Experience and demonstrated success working with K12 systems, specifically Career and

    Technical Education (CTE), and preferably apprenticeships, post-secondary systems

    including 2 years, 4 years, trades, etc.

  • Excellent facilitation and communications skills working across diverse audiences including

    parents, educators, and the business community.

  • Experience developing successful partnerships and collaborations across K-12 education,

    business and industry, post-secondary systems, and community based organizations.

  • Demonstrates an understanding and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Professional experience in leading professional learning for adults (preferred)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (preferred)

Job Responsibilities

  • In partnership with a leadership council, work closely to lead and support Career Connected Learning opportunities in King and Pierce County. This will include providing assistance to expand existing programs, develop new ones if applicable, and provide technical assistance and support to key stakeholders.

  • Convene and lead outcome-focused discussions with industry, education, community-based organizations, and other key partners as needed to drive the strategic planning, work, and implementation for career connected learning for King and Pierce County.

  • Develop an online regional network site for employers, youth, parents, and community members to get access to and learn about career connected learning opportunities in the region. Collect appropriate regional data and report key learnings to Career Connect Washington (CCW).

  • Work closely with the Puget Sound Educational Service District to network and coordinate within K12 and as needed.

  • Manage the regional network budget.

Job Details

  • Contract amount is $70,000. Please note this contract does not provide benefits.

  • Contract runs through June 30, 2020, with potential to continue.

  • To learn more about Career Connect Washington, please visit:

  • Closing date: October 29, 2019 at 5pm

  • To apply, please send resume and cover letter to

Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and Bank of America Announce $150,000 Year-Long Youth Workforce Development Partnership

Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and Bank of America Announce $150,000 Year-Long Youth Workforce Development Partnership

September 4, 2019

SEATTLE, WA – The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) and Bank of America announce a $150,000 year-long partnership tosupport the WDC’s Youth at Work Summer Employment Program.

Bank of America and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County share a commitment to connect low-income youth to meaningful employment opportunities. Funding will expand participation in the Youth at Work Summer Employment Program that will run through June 2020, through paid internships for 25 economically disadvantaged youth at a variety of worksites, with an emphasis on high-growth industry sectors.

The mission of the WDC is to support a strong economy and the ability of each person to achieve self-sufficiency. Under the direction of the WDC, Youth at Work sponsors summer job opportunities for youth ages 14 to 24, supports the development of their workplace skills, and assists employers in evolving a future workforce.

“We’ve long supported WDC because of their ability to provide our local youth with the tools, resources and encouragement needed to lead them on a path toward financial stability,” said Kerri Schroeder, Seattle Market President for Bank of America. “The individuals WDC serves want the same thing we all want: the ability to have a good job and make enough money to support ourselves and our families. By supporting and strengthening these opportunities for our local youth, we help close the poverty gap and build a more economically thriving community.”

This year alone, Bank of America has given $735,000 in economic mobility grants to non-profit organizations working to change lives across the Puget Sound region. In addition, Bank of America’s signature Student Leaders© program offers young people an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit and the ability to help improve their communities. Bank of America has helped chart a path for more than 75 local Student Leaders since the program started in 2015. The Bank also partners with the Boys and Girls Club to provide summer internships to 10 BGC students who are learning banker skills in community financial centers located in low- and moderate-income communities. These locations offer access to tailored financial education, expert professionals, job opportunities, affordable homeownership solutions, and potential capital for small businesses. 

The programs and initiatives mentioned above only skim the surface of the workforce development efforts facilitated by Bank of America locally. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 19.6 percent of our state's young adults were unemployed in 2015. The WDC’s target population, particularly out-of-school youth, face a complex range of challenges – 41 percent of disconnected youth in south King County have a history of mental illness, are involved with the juvenile justice or foster care systems, or need specialized academic or social support. Many also have urgent needs related to basic stabilization, physical and mental health, and other challenging life circumstances.

Research shows that youth employment improves long-term financial well-being, while increasing cognitive and non-cognitive skills, such as grit, responsibility, determination, and self-confidence. When young people are employed, they are less likely to be involved in criminal activity and are better able to attain self-sufficiency in the future.

Marie Kurose, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, stated, “Thanks to this grant, we can connect more youth to opportunities that set them up for lifelong success. This is one part—an important and vital part—of ensuring that our region is doing all it can to create equitable outcomes for our youth.”


About the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (, @SeattleKingWDC) is a nonprofit workforce think-tank and grant-making organization that oversees employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce, and employers in King County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident.

About Bank of America

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News).

Map Your Career | Redesign Walkthrough


Map Your Career, a career pathway planning resource illustrating Seattle-King County’s current and predicted labor market, has been completely redesigned with updated data.

In a classroom or career counseling setting, Map Your Career is most useful for broadening awareness around local opportunities, and inspiring further discovery of education, training pathways, and networking starting points.

In addition to a printed booklet for the public school and workforce systems, is easily accessible on both desktop and mobile devices.

Let's take a walkthrough of the major features.


In designing Map Your Career, we identified a need for a worksheet to help frame career planning in the context of personal work values, in an open-ended format without right or wrong answers. This resource is perfect for a group activity in a classroom.


Industries were identified by their potential for career opportunity over the next 10 years. To illustrate this for a general audience, we placed job data in the context of population demographics to provide an overview of regional opportunity.


The career maps—the bread and butter of this resource—are designed to show a layered approach to career pathways driven by education and experience, but without creating a false impression of strict, linear progression.

From the Center Out

Some maps show career pathways that move in less of a straight line. To read these maps, start in the center, and work your way out by education/experience level.

From Left to Right

Some maps show career pathways that have a bit more structure, often with clear stages of advancement. To read these maps, begin on the left side and move to the right, advancing with education and experience.



We also included a general guide to career planning to help point to concrete next steps, and to the wealth of public resources available for further discover. We want Map Your Career to be used to plan a career, rather than just pick a job.


Check out the Resource Showcase  to learn more about the history and philosophy behind Map Your Career.

Free Online + Print Career Planning Resource, "Map Your Career"

“Map Your Career” microsite and print booklet for people of all career stages


Seattle, Wash. – Community members of all ages and life stages are invited to use the newly redesigned career planning resource provided by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County—"Map Your Career.” Map Your Career brings together labor market data with research around career pathways—both in the education system and within industries—in order to represent job opportunities in Seattle-King County now and in the future in a visual format that is accessible to students and jobseekers.

Where do you want to be in 10 years? It's a daunting question, no matter where you are now. Life changes, careers go in different directions. People learn things along the way that make them smarter and wiser. “Map Your Career” is an educational tool designed to illustrate the current and predicted labor market in Seattle- King County. 

In a classroom or in a career counseling setting, Map Your Career is most useful for those seeking to broaden awareness around local opportunities, and to inspire further discovery of education, training pathways, and networking starting points. The resource has been accessed by thousands over the past five years, including with release to school districts, WorkSource Seattle-King County job centers, and other community centers throughout the region. 

Not only is the microsite responsive to devices (mobile, tablet, desktop), but it contains the most recent release of data related to industry opportunities, job titles and wages.

“We are thrilled to release this exciting redesigned resource to the community,” says Dot Fallihee, interim Chief Executive Officer. “Educators and community members of all ages seeking long-term, self-sufficient employment in Seattle-King County can benefit in their contributions to our thriving region.”

Check out the recording of the “Resource Showcase” to learn more about how to use the application:

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to creating career pathways for adults and youth through demand-driven workforce and training programs. Led by a majority private sector board representing industry and partner agencies, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is positioned to serve both industry and community members as partners and customers. Learn more at

Media Contact
Joe Taylor, Strategic Communications 
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County |  206-448-0474 x 3031

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Washington Workforce Conference | Staff Presentation Highlights

Seattle-King County staff presented on a range of workforce development topics at annual statewide conference.

The Washington Workforce Conference took place November 6 & 7 with the theme “Powerful Partnerships: Building the Talent Pipeline,” hosted by the Washington Workforce Association.

Eleven staff and board member Ligaya Domingo from the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County presented nine seminars covering the current state of workforce development, with collaboration from the regional system and across the state.

In order of presentation:

The New Older Workplace

Beth Blanchard, Moderator/Lead Presenter
Georgia Duffy, Co-Presenter
Art Dreeban, Co-Presenter
Tom Auflick, Co-Presenter

The population of younger workers with sufficient education and skills is not large enough or growing fast enough to make up for the impending retirement of Baby Boomers. How are Workforce Development Councils and the WorkSource system prepared for and serving this population of jobseekers?


Investing in Staff as Front Line Leaders

Liesel Schilperoort, Moderator/Lead Presenter
Samara Reich Thomas, Co-Presenter

Investment in professional staff development brings substantial return. How do we know? Over the past 10 years, we’ve strategically coordinated training and curricula for professional development within WorkSource Seattle-King County.


Partners in Apprenticeship: Workforce Development Councils as Innovators in Work-Based Learning

Jason Petrait, Moderator/Lead Presenter

We’re engaging apprenticeships, employers, unions, and job seekers to facilitate the expansion of existing apprenticeship opportunities and the growth of new apprenticeships. Attendees learned about the current state of work-based learning and how to recognize opportunities to expand apprenticeship in their workforce areas.

Equity and Economic Security for Immigrants, Refugees and All Working People: Re-Envisioning Workforce Development and Adult Education

Ligaya Domingo, Moderator
Glenn S. Davis, Lead Presenter
Jennifer Hernandez, Co-Presenter

Immigrants and refugees represent more than one in six American workers, over 17 percent of the workforce, but they remain disproportionally employed in low-wage service jobs with high levels of underemployment and involuntary part-time work. Attendees received a toolkit resource and discussed robust targeted workforce and adult education programs utilizing both WIOA and non-WIOA funding to address labor market, institutional, language, education, and social barriers facing immigrant jobseekers and workers.


WorkSource Brand Basecamp: Marketing Solutions for WorkSource Professionals

Janelle Guthrie, Moderator
Gary Smith, Lead Presenter
Hannah Mello, Co-Presenter
Curt Wilson, Co-Presenter
Bill Tarrow, Co-Presenter

The Washington Workforce Association Brand and Media group works together to develop professionally branded materials for print, web, and social media. Attendees toured the new Brand Basecamp, designed to provide WorkSource staff with tools to conduct successful employer and job seeker outreach.

Micro-Information Products (MIP) Today – Getting the Most from the System You Already Have

Marcelle Wellington, Moderator
Patti Miele, Lead Presenter

Micro-Information Products (MIP) is one of the most flexible, robust, and popular non-profit accounting software services in today’s market. Attendees learned how to get the most out of the system in order to make strategic business decisions.


Learn from the Experiences of Two Local National Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Projects in Multiple Areas in the State

Seanna Ruvkun, Moderator/Lead Presenter
Charlie Thompson, Co-Presenter

A discussion on lessons learned from participation in the national Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG), administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Attendees identified opportunities and strategies for engaging diverse program participants in career pathway planning and progress aligned with industry need.

How Does an Integrated Communications Strategy Affect the Way We Do Business?

Hannah Mello, Moderator/Co-Presenter
Bryan Pannell, Lead Presenter
Heidi Seveska, Co-Presenter
Joe Taylor, Co-Presenter 

An effective communications strategy is critical to getting information to all possible audiences. Attendees learned how an integrated communications strategy allows small organizations to meet the increased opportunities—and demands—of the digital age.


Job Readiness Training Curriculum: Evaluation and Professional Development for Youth Programs

Sean Morrin, Moderator/Lead Presenter
Mike Davie, Co-Presenter

Many curricula and programs aim to build the pipeline of workers by engaging young adults in job readiness training. Attendees learned how current research and tools can help to evaluate current job readiness curricula and programs to strategically plan for the future workforce.

Thanks to all presenters, attendees, and to the Washington Workforce Association for a great conference. See you next year!