State of Washington’s Career Bridge
Career Bridge is a public-facing, online resource that students and transitioning workers use to support career and education planning. It is designed to work as a one-stop shop, offering a range of resources, including nearly 6,000 training and registered apprenticeship programs, with data on completion rates, employment, earnings, and the characteristics of students participating in the program.
Career Bridge is also home of Washington’s Eligible Training Provider (ETP) List.
The site was created by the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, a partnership of business, labor, and government dedicated to helping Washington residents prepare for and land living-wage jobs while meeting employers’ needs for skilled workers.
Washington is committed to transparency in its learn-and-work systems and has been a state partner of Credential Engine since 2019. That year, the state mapped credentials in Career Bridge to the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) and began publishing those credentials to the Credential Registry. The Workforce Board maintains online resources on credential transparency, through its partnership with Credential Engine. It also convened a Credential Advisory Committee, where education and workforce stakeholders established policy recommendations for how the state could expand and support its credential transparency goals. One of the major findings of the committee’s 2021 report was the need to upgrade Career Bridge to make it compatible with the CTDL and to enable a consistent flow of credentialing data to the Registry. The state legislature subsequently approved funding a partial amount to help Career Bridge launch its modernization project to connect to the Registry and provide a more seamless experience for users.
Additionally, Washington has begun requiring that occupational data be included in the information collected from employers that participate in the state’s Unemployment Insurance program. In the next few years, Washington students, families, and policymakers will see whether graduates actually land jobs in the careers for which they trained. This will provide a real-world report card and a true return on investment on the state’s education system.
Partners: The Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board partners with business, labor, and government, and Credential Engine
Link to Resources: https://careerbridge.wa.gov/
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