Laura Lyman, a 10th grader at Cascade High School in Leavenworth, plans to be the first in her family to attend college. She knows how to organize. She is motivated. She recognizes college education will have positive impacts on her future. The data says she’s right. Our research projects more than 740,000 job openings in our state in coming years, and most will be filled by workers who have a credential after high school.
Fanuel Abraha is a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. He also has big dreams and a clear plan to achieve those dreams. Fanuel was featured in our latest #CredentialEssential campaign video about the success of the Edmonds School District in enrolling students into education and training programs after high school.
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.
The Ready Washington coalition has released two new infographics to help students plan their path through high school and beyond. Families are busy, and Ready WA wants to make it as easy as possible for them to get the information they need to support students’ educational success.
The word “college” means different things to different people.
For some, college means a 4-year experience at a large university. For others, it means pursuit of an associate’s degree or a credential earned through community or technical college.
Whatever college means for you, one thing is true: completing a post-high school education or training program and earning a credential is essential, be it a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. Students with a credential will earn nearly $1 million more in their lifetime. They will also open the door to the more than 700,000 job openings coming to Washington state by 2021.
REPORT: To prepare Washington students for success in their home state, we must improve outcomes at low-performing schools and for struggling students.
VIDEO: The time is ripe in high school for students to think about their next steps after graduation.