West Sound STEM Network shares a common goal with Career Connect Washington to ensure “that every young adult in Washington have multiple pathways to self-sufficiency and fulfillment, strengthened by a comprehensive state-wide system for career connected learning.”
Too many young adults are working in subsistence-wage jobs having left high school without ever getting the chance to learn about, or prepare for, real jobs. Too many young people don’t know what jobs are “out there” or how to prepare for them. As a consequence, “many Washington employers are hiring people from outside our state because they can’t find local residents with the right training or qualifications. The state expects 740,000 job openings over the next five years – almost three quarters of which require a credential beyond high school.” – Career Connect Washington
Associate Controls Specialist Apprenticeship
West Sound STEM Network, in partnership with companies like MacDonald Miller, Johnson Controls, Inc., Long Building Technologies, local high schools and higher education, co-created the Associate Controls Specialist Registered Apprenticeship for individuals interested in entering the Controls Technology industry. Through the highly effective structure of apprenticeship, combining academic study with on-the-job training, apprentices learn to manage automated systems in complex, high-tech facilities. Today's smart buildings industry faces a serious shortage of workers and needs hands-on professionals with knowledge in controls technology, computer programming and networking, electronics, energy management strategies and contracting.