Students & Families

People often ask, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" That's hard to answer, but "How are you going to get there?" is even tougher. Career-connected learning helps students explore career choices that lead to prosperous futures, then helps them get the skills and credentials they need to reach their goal. We work with schools, industry, and organizations called intermediaries to develop career-connected programs for K-12 and post-secondary students and young adults. Some programs also help young adults who need a GED or high school diploma.

Programs are divided into three types

  1. Career Explore programs put young people in direct contact with professionals. Programs can range from career fairs to worksite tours and job shadowing.
  2. Career Prep programs give students hands-on experience with a particular business, career track, or industry. Experiences range from career and technical education courses to pre-apprenticeships.
  3. Career Launch programs position young adults to be competitive in their chosen careers. They combine high-quality, paid job experiences with classroom learning. Also called “earn and learn” programs, they include paid internships or apprenticeships.

Connect with regional opportunities!

If you or your child is still in school, you can learn about local career-connected learning opportunities from your school district’s career and technical education (CTE) director. Find your school district contact information here.

If you are a young adult who is no longer in school—whether or not you have a high school degree—contact WorkSource about free and low-cost career programs. In Pierce County, contact WorkSource Pierce. In King County, contact WorkSource Seattle-King County.