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Helping students answer “what’s next?”. OSPI School Counselor Summer Meeting 2013. Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director. 2. Who is the Workforce Board?. Tri-Partite – 9 Voting Members 3 Business 3 Labor 3 Government: K-12, CTCs, Employment Security Non-Voting Chair: Cindy Zehnder

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helping students answer what s next

Helping students answer “what’s next?”

OSPI School Counselor Summer Meeting 2013

Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director

who is the workforce board


Who is the Workforce Board?
  • Tri-Partite – 9 Voting Members
      • 3 Business
      • 3 Labor
      • 3 Government: K-12, CTCs, Employment Security
  • Non-Voting Chair:
      • Cindy Zehnder
  • Non-Voting Representatives – 1 each from:
      • Targeted Disadvantaged Populations
      • Department of Commerce
      • Department of Social and Health Services
      • Local Elected Officials
what we do


What We Do:
  • Planning and Coordination
      • 16 federal and state funds
  • Performance Evaluation
      • 5 core measures, plus skills gap analysis
  • Research and Development
      • New ways of working, filling service gaps, who is left behind
  • Consumer Protection
      • Student investments
  • Advise Governor, Legislature, and Congress on system improvements
troubles for today s youth


Troubles for Today’s Youth
  • High unemployment
  • Tumultuous shifts in job market
  • Lack of work experience and job skills
  • Disconnect between school and work
  • Unsure of life, career, and education pathways
youth unemployment


Youth Unemployment

Youth unemployment persistently high – usually double adult unemployment rate

But even higher during Great Recession

…and AFTER

In 2012, 16.7% of state’s young adults were unemployed vs. 7% older workers

youth vs adult unemployment


Youth vs. Adult Unemployment

U.S. Unemployment Rate, 1980-2012

-not seasonally adjusted-

unemployment trends


Unemployment Trends

Source: Employment Security Department



Source: Employment Security Department

without early work experience


Without Early Work Experience…
  • Decreased life long earnings
  • Delayed attainment of adult milestones:
      • Marriage
      • Home ownership
      • Children
      • Healthy practices
  • Career pathway momentum stall and churn
high skills high wages state plan values and beliefs


High Skills, High Wages State PlanValues and Beliefs
  • Economy can provide a place for everyone interested
  • No single cookie cutter approach to student success; multiple pathways to success
  • Career relevance, meaningful career guidance, and industry engagement enhances success almost always
education and careers


Education and Careers
  • All pathways must connect to education beyond high school
  • Career focus helps give education meaning
  • Too many students don’t understand why they’re in school
  • Career education is essential in today’s economy


High Skills, High WagesObjective 1: Improve availability and quality of career and education guidance for students in middle school, high school, and postsecondary institutions.

Enhance career guidance for students

Partner with employers

Begin earlier

Value all career paths

Improve availability in middle and high schools

Provide professional development to faculty

Show variety of options

Increase engagement of private sector

Invite employers into classroom

Provide students chance to explore workplaces

Leverage private resources

how do students learn about work


How do students learn about work?

Teachers &


Parents & Friends

Media & Movies


career tools to use


Career Tools to Use

  • 6,000 education programs
  • Performance results for 40% of programs
  • Career quiz
  • Pay and employment outlook
  • Featured on NBC News and Hechinger Report
  • FREE!
new and improved where are you going career g uide


New and Improved:Where are You Going? Career Guide
  • Printed 200,000 copies this month
  • Career quiz + 100s of occupations + employment outlook
  • The printed companion of
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how do students learn about work1


How do students learn about work?

Parents & Friends

Teachers & Counselors


Media & Movies

partner with employers


Partner with Employers
  • Professionals in the classroom
  • Project learning advisement
  • Workplace tours for students, teachers, and counselors
  • Job shadowing
  • Mentoring
  • Internships & apprenticeships
  • After school jobs
  • Curriculum development/industry standards
work portfolio in lieu of resume


Work Portfolio in lieu of Resume
  • Tells employer a store about the young person – like a resume
  • Paid and unpaid internships
  • Project-based or problem-based learning
  • Work competencies validated by employers (directly or indirectly)
  • Used to help student navigate education and employment pathways
  • High School and Beyond Plan and Culminating Project should tie to Work Portfolio
entrepreneurs make the best employees


Entrepreneurs make the best employees!

Employment structures are shifting:

Permanent Temporary

Stable Contract

Business opportunities:


Cooperative ownership


Niche markets for world-wide audiences

what s next


What’s next?

Multiple Pathways lead to:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Certificates
  • Associate’s degrees
  • Four-year degrees
  • Master’s degrees and beyond
  • Business owners
  • Employers

Eleni Papadakis