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 Program Builders

CCW Program Builders 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 10 Program Builder Awardees

We Train Washington – New Registered Apprenticeship in retail seafood (King, Snohomish)

Tacoma School District – Enhanced Career Launch in healthcare (Pierce)

East Valley School District – Expanded Career Prep in advanced manufacturing (Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens)

Friends of KSPS – Expanded Career Prep in media production (Stevens, Whitman)

Washington State University – Expanded Career Prep in health science (Stevens)

Sawhorse Revolution – Expanded Career Prep in marine construction (King)

Trout Lake School District – New Career Prep in computer science, education, manufacturing, and natural resources (Klickitat, Skamania)

Mukilteo School District – Expanded Career Prep in aerospace, advanced manufacturing, health sciences, information technology, and human services (Snohomish)

College Success Foundation – New Career Prep in multiple industries (King, Pierce)

Educational Service District 123 – New Career Prep in commercial transportation (Franklin)

Gener8tor Management LLC – New Career Prep in administration (Chelan, Douglas)

Jefferson Co Public Hospital District – New Career Explore in healthcare (Jefferson)

Friends of KSPS – Expanded Career Explore in multiple industries (Spokane, Stevens, Whitman)

Washington Alliance for Better Schools – New Career Explore in healthcare, construction, and engineering (King)

Student Research and Development – Enhanced Career Explore in information technology (King)

Washington State Arts Commission – Expanded Career Explore in creative arts (Okanogan)

Sustainable Connections – New Career Explore in agriculture (Whatcom)

Highline School District 401 – New Career Explore in multiple industries (King)

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce – New Career Explore in advanced manufacturing (Spokane)

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.