CCW Intermediaries Bridge Industry & Education

Career Connect Washington (CCW) intermediary organizations bridge industry and education to create and bring to scale Career Explore, Prep, and Launch programs that are run by the education or industry partners. Organizations go through a rigorous process of review before being named a Career Connect intermediary and receiving funding to plan new programs. Selection is coordinated by the Employment Security Department and Washington STEM and funded through federal WIOA dollars, JP Morgan Chase, and local private funds. The regional network director can guide organizations interested in becoming intermediaries.

Goals for CCW Intermediaries

CCW intermediaries can apply for a grant for one year of planning with partners for programs that align with one or more of these goals:

  1. New programs: Design an endorsement-ready Career Launch program or a high-quality Career Prep program.
  2. Existing programs: Develop a scaling plan for an existing program to increase enrollment across industries and regions.
  3. Enhance: Existing Career Preparation or Career Exploration/Awareness programs to meet Career Launch requirements.

Career Launch Program Endorsement & Funding

Career Connect Launch programs, as advanced courses, must receive an official endorsement to earn their designation. The endorsement demonstrates the career-oriented program meets specific requirements that ensure students complete with strong academic knowledge and workplace-ready skills. Career Launch programs can be offered at community and technical colleges, training centers, universities, and K-12 schools that partner with higher-education institutions. A program must receive an official endorsement to receive certain types of state Career Launch funding.

Congratulations to Round 8 Intermediary Awardees

Washington Maritime Blue – Career Prep in Maritime

Friends of KSPS – Career Prep in Media & Broadcasting 

HopeWorks Social Enterprises – Career Launch in Education

Washington Alliance for Better Schools – Career Launch in Healthcare & Life Sciences

Western Washington University – Career Prep in Green Economy 

Pacific Education Institute –Natural Resources Career Prep

NEW Health Programs Association – Recognized Pre-Apprenticeship in Healthcare 

Washington State University – Career Launch in Viticulture

Washington State University – Career Launch in Education

Whatcom Working Waterfront – Registered Apprenticeship in Maritime

Players Philanthropy Fund – Career Prep in Healthcare 

Washington State University – Career Explore in Advanced Manufacturing & IT

Olympic Educational Service District 114 – Career Prep in Culinary Arts

Foundation for Youth Resiliency and Engagement – Career Prep in Healthcare

Connect with regional opportunities!

Our network would not exist without intermediary organizations to develop career-connected learning programs in King and Pierce counties. Ask how you can be involved.