Washington Workforce Development News

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

July 18, 2019


The Workforce Board is seeking an experienced education/workforce professional to coordinate a project that aims to upload thousands of Washington education programs from CareerBridge.wa.gov to a national credential registry. The agency was awarded a $50,000 grant from Credential Engine and will be the 10th state to add credentials to the national registry. The coordinator will provide one-on-one assistance through a “Help Desk,” create training materials, and convene a new Credential Advisory Committee, among other activities. Proposals must be submitted through the state’s contracting portal WEBS by July 29. More details: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/credentialengine.asp



As credentials proliferate online, in schools and colleges, and within industry, there’s a need to clearly distinguish between and among them by defining skills, competencies, and experiences associated with each. Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis will moderate a webinar from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 22, about credential transparency and credential literacy. A panel of national speakers will discuss the building blocks being created to help states and others re-imagine credentialing systems, and the business and labor perspectives on these issues. They’ll discuss the need to better describe, and make publicly available, information on the wide range of education credentials. The Workforce Board’s Future of Work Task Force is exploring credentials and their ability to make our workforce more nimble and responsive to rapid change. More webinar details: https://bit.ly/2RfbIGf



The Washington Workforce Association is seeking presentations for the association’s fourth annual conference slated for October 29-30 in Sea-Tac. Dubbed “Sharing the Vision: Navigating the Future Workforce Together,” this two-day conference focuses on partnerships and engagement with businesses and jobseekers, performance and operations, impacts of technology, equity and inclusion strategies, and self-care. Deadline to submit a presentation is August 16. More details: https://bit.ly/2Sjzpii



It’s almost time for the annual Washington Association for Career and Technical Education conference in Spokane, slated for Aug. 4-7. The Workforce Board is among the sponsors of this multi-day conference aimed at CTE teachers from around the state. https://www.wa-acte.org/summer

Programa de nutrición WIC estatal implementa tarjetas para simplificar las compras

Para publicación inmediata: 16 de julio de 2019                      (19-079-español)

Contacto: Kristen Maki, Oficina de Comunicación Estratégica, 360-545-2944

OLYMPIA – A partir de julio, el Programa de Nutrición para Mujeres, Bebés y Niños (WIC) de Washington reemplazará los cheques en papel por tarjetas del WIC, una forma más flexible y práctica de comprar para los casi 275 000 participantes del programa.

“WIC es una parte fundamental del trabajo  estatal para hacer que nuestra próxima generación sea la más sana de todos”, aseguró el gobernador, Jay Inslee. “WIC ayuda a que los niños adopten hábitos nutrivos saludables antes de comenzar el jardín de infantes y brinda apoyo a los padres para que puedan tener un embarazo saludable y criar hijos sanos”.

A medida que el programa pasa a las tarjetas durante el verano y el otoño, cuando los participantes del WIC reciben las tarjetas ya no tendrán que llevar un registro de varios cheques en papel ni comprar todos los alimentos incluidos en el beneficio al mismo tiempo. Todos los beneficios que correspondan a una misma familia estarán reunidos en una sola tarjeta. Los alimentos que no compren estarán disponibles hasta el final del período de beneficios, y el recibo indicará los alimentos que les queden.

Sin necesidad de firma y un proceso automizado para verificar si un alimento está aprobado por  WIC, el nuevo sistema acelerará las transacciones en las tiendas de comestibles y facilitará las compras para las familias del WIC.

Los comentarios de los primeros participantes del WIC del condado de Kitsap que recibieron tarjetas durante una fase de prueba en marzo han sido sumamente positivos. Los participantes dijeron que las tarjetas “hacen que comprar comestibles sea muy fácil” y que “son como una tarjeta de débito: discretas y prácticas”.

“La facilidad de compra aumentó un 100 %”, dijó una madre de Port Orchard que participa en WIC.

Las mejoras en las funcionalidades tecnológicas del programa también darán a las clínicas nuevas herramientas que harán más sencilla la vida de los participantes, como recordatorios de las citas por mensaje de texto y la aplicación de teléfono WICShopper.

Con la aplicación, los participantes pueden escanear los códigos de barras de los alimentos para ver si están aprobados por  WIC, localizar clínicas y tiendas autorizadas del WIC, buscar recetas para preparar con los alimentos incluidos en WIC y consultar consejos de salud. Los participantes que no tengan acceso regular a Internet podrán seguir usando una lista de compras impresa.

El WIC ofrece muchos servicios además del acceso a alimentos saludables, por ejemplo, evaluaciones de salud, educación nutricional, apoyo a lactancia materna y derivaciones a otros servicios sociales y de salud importantes.

Obtenga más información sobre la puesta en funcionamiento de las tarjetas del WIC en el sitio web del departamento (enlace solo en inglés). 

El sitio web del departamento es su fuente para una dosis saludable de información. También, encuéntrenos en Facebook y síganos en Twitter.


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Public meeting on Sea-Tac Airport impact study July 24 at Tyee High School

Department of Commerce hosts first public information meeting about study of ongoing impact of growing operations at Sea-Tac International Airport

OLYMPIA, Wash.  –   The Washington State Department of Commerce and Stantec Consulting will host the first of several planned public meetings to inform and engage area residents on a state study of the ongoing impacts of growing operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

WHEN:                 Wednesday, July 24, 6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:               Tyee High School Cafeteria, 4424 S 188th St, SeaTac, WA 98188

The open house-style meeting will provide information on the study purpose, process and data-gathering efforts to date. Those attending will also have opportunities to give input directly to the study leaders and members of the technical advisory committee. The committee consists of city officials from Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila, and six public representatives including Rep. Tina Orwall and Rep. Mike Pellicciotti.

Seattle-Tacoma ranks among the fastest-growing airports in the United States, with operations up 23% between 2014 and 2016, and continuing to climb. 

The state Legislature requested the study last year to evaluate impacts on quality of life associated with Sea-Tac air traffic noise, public health, traffic, congestion, parking in residential areas, pedestrian access to and around the airport, public safety and crime within the cities, effects on residential and non-residential property values, and economic development opportunities.

The study is expected to be complete by June 2020.


Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

State nutrition program launches more convenient shopping with WIC Cards

For immediate release:  July 16, 2019                                  (19-079)


Contact: Kristen Maki, Strategic Communications                360-545-2944


State nutrition program launches more convenient shopping with WIC Cards


OLYMPIA – Starting in July, Washington’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program is replacing paper checks with WIC Cards, a more flexible, convenient way to shop for almost 275,000 participants who use the program.

“WIC is a critical part of our state’s work to make our next generation the healthiest ever,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “WIC helps children start nutritious eating habits before starting kindergarten, and supports parents so they can experience a healthy pregnancy and raise healthy children.”

As the program transitions to cards over the summer and fall, WIC participants will no longer need to keep track of multiple paper checks or purchase all foods on their benefit at one time. A family’s benefits will all be available on one card. Any foods they don’t purchase will be available on their next trip until the end of the benefit period, and their receipt will list the food benefits they have left.

With nothing to sign and an automated process for checking whether each food item is WIC-approved, the new system will speed up grocery store transactions and make shopping easier for WIC families.

Feedback from the first WIC participants to receive cards during a pilot phase in Kitsap County in March has been overwhelmingly positive. Participants said the cards “make getting groceries a snap” and “feel like a debit card: inconspicuous and easy to use.”

“The ease of shopping went up by 100 percent,” said one WIC mom in Port Orchard.

Improvements to the program’s technological capabilities will also give clinics new tools to make participants’ lives easier, like text message reminders for appointments and the WICShopper app.

Using the app, participants can scan food barcodes to see if they’re WIC approved, locate WIC clinics and approved stores, find recipes using WIC foods and browse health tips. Participants without regular access to the internet will still be able to use a printed shopping list.

WIC provides many services beyond access to nutritious foods, including health assessments, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and important referrals to other health and social services.

Learn more about the WIC Cards rollout on the department’s website.