More than 740,000 job openings are coming to Washington state. Most will be filled by workers who have a post-high school credential, such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. Washington students have questions about how they can best set themselves up for success after high school. Planning and taking action through middle and high school will support students on their path to fulfilling their career dreams.
More than 9 in 10 students in Spokane’s West Valley School District graduate on time. Six in 10 enroll directly in postsecondary education. West Valley is outpacing the state as a whole on both metrics, and much of that success can be attributed to rigorous expectations paired with robust guidance. See where West Valley wins in our latest ‘Credential is Essential’ district case study.
High school students in Edmonds School District graduate at a higher rate than their peers statewide. They also enroll in post-high school education at much higher rates. Targeted supports, guidance, and partnerships are helping to drive this out-sized success. Learn more about where Edmonds SD excels in a new case study as part of our Credential is Essential series.
Ready Washington’s posters – which were mailed out to all middle schools, high schools, and skills centers across the state – encourage students to plan their path today.
VIDEO: Ready Washington provides students, families, and teachers with clear, easy-to-use information to help students connect their learning to their career plans and aspirations.
REPORT: There will be 740,000 job openings in Washington in the next five years. The majority of job opportunities—particularly those that will support upward mobility and good quality of life—will be filled with workers who have postsecondary education or training.
REPORT: To prepare Washington students for success in their home state, we must improve outcomes at low-performing schools and for struggling students.
Hear from McKinstry employees about their career paths and some advice they have for today’s students.
Learn about some high demand jobs in Washington state.