The Credential is EssentialWashington is home to a diverse economy with a broad range of anchor industries. Increasingly, the jobs available in our state are being filled by workers with a postsecondary credential—such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. But, only 40% of Washington’s high school students earn such a credential by age 26.

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.

To meet this goal, Washington must close achievement gaps and match or outperform nation-leading states on high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment, and postsecondary graduation. We must also more effectively reengage students who drop out of the education system. Reaching the 70% goal will be challenging and will require coordinated efforts from all of us. We look forward to close collaboration, to setting annual goals, pursuing improvement, and measuring progress. And most importantly, we look forward to brighter futures for more Washington kids.

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To make it easier for young people to access local programs & pathways to economic success, @careerconnectWA has created an online, statewide directory of career connected learning opportunities: #Pathto70 #CareerConnectedLearning
“I am excited to be part of the next generation of innovators in WA.” Toppenish HS senior & #STEMSigningDay honoree Xandria McCord, who will attend @UW this fall, shares her STEM goals: @tsd202 @BoeingWA @CouncilofPresWA @WA_SBE @waOSPI #Pathto70
Mountlake Terrace HS senior & #STEMSigningDay honoree Nina Otebele plans to study aerospace engineering & propulsion systems at @EmbryRiddle! Learn about Nina’s goals & the importance of STEM: #Pathto70 @BoeingWA @EdmondsSchools @waOSPI @WA_SBE

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