The Career Connected Learning of Grant and Adams Counties has been working along side many of the local businesses to foster youth education and career development.
Many companies like SGL Group, Simplot, Chemi-Con Materials have hosted “Occupational Exploration” days within their faculties to local school districts, all the way from Othello and Wahluke, up to Grand Coulee Dam School Districts.
Chemi-Con Materials also came out to the Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center to teach a day on “soft-skills” during the Workforce readiness clinic.
“The soft skills – things like the ability to work together, being on time, the ability to communicate – matter just as much to prospective employers,” said Cari Horning, the career connected learning specialist with Apple STEM Network.
Along with this hard work, SGL Group has announced they have hired four high school apprentices from Moses Lake, Ephrata, Soap Lake School Districts and the Moses Lake SkillSource. June 28, 2019 was Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day
in Washington State. At the ShoWare Center in Kent the four new apprentices from Grant County signed with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC). This day recognizes Washington’s newest high school registered Youth Apprentices along with the commitment from their hiring employers.
The students will complete 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training, three college-level classes and work experience specifically designed to develop the students while they complete their high school education.