We’re working to ensure that by the high school class of 2030, 70% of Washington students will earn the credentials they need for career success, by age 26.

By 2030, 70% of Washington students will earn the credentials they need for career success, by age 26.

Good news

Earning a credential after high school is the key to accessing a vast array of career and advancement opportunities in Washington.

Tough news

Today, an estimated 40 percent of Washington’s students earn a credential after high school that they will need to get a good job.

That’s why…

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.

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The Credential Is Essential

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.