REPORT: Right now, it’s estimated that just 41% of our high school students go on to earn a credential by age 26. To ensure students are prepared for jobs and opportunity, Washington must rapidly increase the rate at which students prepare for, pursue, and complete postsecondary credentials, according to a new report from the Washington Roundtable and Partnership for Learning.
Earning a credential after high school is the key to accessing a vast array of career and advancement opportunities in Washington.
Today, an estimated 40 percent of Washington’s students earn a credential after high school that they will need to get a good job.
Partnership for Learning is leading the conversation about policy actions and implementation that will enable more Washington youth to successfully pursue careers and opportunities in their home state.
Washington is home to a diverse economy with a broad range of anchor industries, including agriculture, aerospace, health care, retail, technology, and more. Increasingly the jobs available in our state are being filled by workers who have completed a postsecondary credential – such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. Right now, it’s estimated that just 41% of our high school students go on to earn a credential by age 26. Washington needs more students completing credentials in all categories. This report assesses Washington’s progress across four targets that are pivotal to reaching the 70% credential attainment goal. It highlights the critical role postsecondary institutions play in driving improvement, and it establishes guiding principles for investments.
Our Focus Areas
Increase the number of students who pursue and complete credentials after high school that will enable them to secure the career of their choice.
College and Career Readiness
Prepare Washington students with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to succeed in college, an apprenticeship, or other training after high school.
Career Awareness in WA
Increase student awareness and understanding about the career opportunities available in Washington and the education they’ll need to succeed.
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Most of the 740,000 job openings our state will have by 2021 will be filled by workers with postsecondary credentials, such as a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, an industry certificate or an apprenticeship. People who like working with their hands and understanding how things work are a great fit for manufacturing jobs.