Monthly Archives: October 2018

Wellman speaks in support of Career Connect Washington

October 25th, 2018|

Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, spoke at the Career Connect Washington kickoff in Renton on Thursday.

Wellman, chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, voiced her support for connecting Washington’s 1.1 million students with real work experience.

Career Connect Washington is an initiative that brings government and the private sector together to offer programs that allow students to explore and discover jobs and careers that inspire them to grow and succeed. Learn more about CCW here.

Sen. Wellman’s full remarks:

The state of Washington has long recognized the value of “hands on” education of “work integrated learning”. We’ve had Skill Centers since the 1970’s and have an established program of registered apprenticeships.

But these have been targeted initiatives and localized programs.

Now to respond to the needs of the 1.1 million students in our elementary schools, the time has come of invest in operationalizing these avenues to participation in a 21st Century economy. We need to build a new integrated SYSTEM from within our current education system.

I’ve visited a number of career connected operations and have seen the buy-in by parents, educators and especially students.

The work that Maud and her team have done is exceptional. They listened.

I particularly commend them on paying attention to those barriers that affect our rural students and making sure this effort is directed at and will make a difference for those across our state for whom it is most needed and will be most significant.



Women’s Commission holds first meeting

October 17th, 2018|

The new Washington State Women’s Commission met on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues of focus, including sexual harassment, economic opportunity, and gender based violence.

Under the direction of Michelle Gonzales, the commission was formed through legislation earlier this year to focus efforts on improving the wellbeing of women in Washington state.

“I feel extremely fortunate to work with such talented group of women who are passionate about addressing issues that impact women’s lives every day,” said Sen. Lisa Wellman, one of four legislators appointed to the commission.

The Commission will focus its work on issues such as domestic violence, child care, child support, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, equal compensation and job pathways opportunities in employment, and the specific needs of women of color.