Seattle Times: Washington students need college and career training. Washington Roundtable launches #WAKids4WAJobs

The Seattle Times editorial board reinforces a point we’ve been making often over the past year (for example, here and here). 

Washington needs more of its young people from a variety of backgrounds to continue their education past high school, either in college or career training.

Washington state has set high goals for college attainment through its Washington Student Achievement Council. By 2023, at least 70 percent of Washington adults, ages 25-44, should have a post-high school credential, as the council desires.

The objective is rooted in solid data.

The ST editorial concludes,

Of course, college is not the only way to obtain a post-high school certificate. Apprenticeship programs and other technical training should also get ample support in the state budget.

The state must also continue to provide more high school counselors and programs that encourage all students to enroll in post-high school education and training programs.

Washington institutions provide an excellent — and reasonably priced — education for the students who make it to college. The next goal must be to dramatically increase the number of students who walk that path.

Washington Roundtable CEOs are encouraging students to walk that path in a new campaign, #WAKIDS4WAJobs. The campaign features executives sharing their enthusiasm for the opportunities awaiting today’s students and underscores the objective:

We are heading into an era of incredible opportunity in Washington. There will be 740,000 job openings here in the next five years. Most will be filled by workers who have postsecondary credentials—certificates, apprenticeships, and degrees—or training.
 
Yet, today just 31 percent of Washington high school students go on to earn a credential. Our goal: raise that number to 70 percent.

Follow the link.  It’s an impressive campaign and a vitally important message.